2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty

2013-2014 AY Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

Outstanding Teacher 2013-2014- John Roussell 

Communication Design professor. He has taught a variety of courses on design, communication, and media aesthetics. Roussell has authored many journal articles and is the co-author of three books. He is an active member of the International Visual Literacy Association and the International Society of Performance Improvement. He also designed an online model to enhance student learning: The Virtual Professional Immersion Model connects students with communication design professionals to solve real-life problems and scenarios.   Roussell earned his master’s in communication design from CSU, Chico and his doctorate in instructional technology from Virginia Tech.

Outstanding Academic Advisor 2013-2014- Zanja Yudell 

Professor in Philosophy serves as an honors advisor for the past eight years and also advises students in the Philosophy Department. Yudell holds master's and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Columbia University. He has also been a judge for the CSU, Chico Student Research Competition and has served on the Honors Program's scholarship and redesign committees.

Outstanding Faculty Service 2013-2014- Jean Schuldberg

Professor in the school of Social Work. Dr. Schuldberg is Co-Director for the CSU, Chico Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) that is administered by the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Schuldberg is also Coordinator of the CSU, Chico Mental Health Stipend Program that trains graduate social students for work in the public behavioral health system. Dr. Schuldberg earned a Doctor of Education in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Social Work from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Oregon.

Outstanding Professor 2013-2014- Matthew Looper

Teaches non-Western art history, with a focus on ancient Mesoamerica. Looper's research interests include Classic Maya art and writing, Maya textiles, and Maya dance traditions, in all periods. His most recently published book is an edited volume on early dress in ancient Mesoamerica and Central America, listed for Spring 2014. He is currently working on a book on hunting dances in the Maya area, and recently embarked on a three-year collaborative project on Maya hieroglyphic writing, funded by the National Science Foundation. Matthew Looper received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. 

Outstanding Research Mentor 2013-2014- Colleen Hatfield 

Professor in Biological Sciences. Hatfield encourages her students to present their work at conferences and symposiums, helps them establish networks with agencies and non-governmental organizations, and pushes them to hone their skills as scientists. She holds a doctorate degree in biology from the university of New Miexico, Albuquerque.