Richard Rosecrance—An Expert in Olives
Turkey will be agriculture professor Richard Rosecrance’s 2013–14 home. He is teaching at the University of Cukurova as a Fulbright Scholar. Rosecrance established high-density olive orchard at the CSU, Chico University Farm—he will continue his research into orchard management in Turkey. “My experiences [in Turkey] will strengthen my teaching, research, and extension programs at CSU, Chico,” he says.
Ann Schulte—An Education Activist
Education professor Ann Schulte teaches and advises future teachers. This is an exciting challenge, says the 2011–12 Outstanding Teacher, because she must demonstrate as well as explain the art and science of teaching. “My goal as a teacher-educator has been to prepare teachers with the attitudes and skills necessary to reflect on their practice in a way that will increase their effectiveness with a diverse population.”
Jed Wyrick—Helping Students Succeed
Wyrick is coordinator of Modern Jewish and Israel Studies and chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities. His commitment to student success is apparent in his service to students. “I don’t really separate advising from teaching, says the 2011–12 Outstanding Academic Advisor. “It’s a lot of fun to help match each student with styles of instruction that complements and challenges them.”
Troy Jollimore—Chico’s Philosopher-Poet
Tom Thomson in Purgatory garnered philosophy professor Troy Jollimore critical acclaim. His next book of poems, At Lake Scugog, continued to look at the larger-than-life Tom Thomson, as well as the philosophical concepts that are the focus of Jollimore’s teaching. The title poem begins, “Where what I see comes to rest/at the edge of the lake/against what I think I see”. Jollimore won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.
Tanya Komas—A Reputation Set in Concrete
Professor Tanya Komas is director of bachelor’s degree program in Concrete Industry Management—one of only four in the U.S. She was named one of the most influential people in the industry by Concrete Construction magazine. The recognition came in part for the innovative ways Komas and her faculty prepare students for success, including a summer doing repairs at Alcatraz Island National Historic Landmark.
Keiko Goto—Studying Food and Culture
Nutrition professor Keiko Goto is CSU, Chico’s 2012–13 Outstanding Professor and was named one of the Top 20 Women Professors in California in 2013. She is passionate about the cultural aspects of food and nutrition. As assistant director for research and evaluation at CNAP, her grant-funded projects include a study of ways to encourage ethnically diverse families to make healthy food choices.