Sept. 16, 2013Vol. 44, Issue 1

University Welcomes New Faculty

CSU, Chico welcomes 16 new professors to the campus community this academic year. The outstanding additions represent a variety of academic fields and bring a breadth of knowledge and expertise in their respective areas.

College of Business

K. Damon Aiken, Department of Finance and Marketing, received his doctorate in marketing from the University of Oregon in 2001. His research efforts focus on sport marketing (investigating “old school” values of sport fans) and Internet marketing (understanding communications issues and trust development). Previously, he taught at Butler University, Pepperdine University, and most recently, at Eastern Washington University. In 2012, he won the Marketing Management Association's national award for teaching excellence.

James Downing, Department of Management, holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His area of interest is strategy and entrepreneurship. He is the founding executive director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA), which represents nearly 500 private equity professionals with more than $77 billion in assets under management. Before founding IVCA, he was administrator of the Illinois Venture Investment Fund, a $15 million fund of the Illinois Development Finance Authority. He has also served on the majority staff in the Illinois State Senate and in the governmental affairs office of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. 

Nicholas Lynch, Department of Accounting, earned his doctorate in accountancy from Mississippi State University in 2008. His research interests include sustainability accounting, capital markets, and taxation. In 2012, he received the CPA Journal’s Max Block Award for best policy analysis for his article: “The Controversy over Private Company Reporting Standards: Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Response Spark New Debate.” He has a background in public accounting and comes to us most recently from Georgia Southern University, where he was an assistant professor. He will be teaching in a financial accounting track.

Richard Ray, Department of Accounting, received his doctorate from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in business administration. His research interests include corporate tax avoidance, corporate tax aggression and earnings management using tax reporting. He has taught a range of accounting courses at California State University, Sacramento; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; and Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as a private tax consultant for more than a decade and as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen, LLP.

College of Communication and Education

Jacob Jensen, Department of Kinesiology, received his doctorate in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include applied psychological skills training to a variety of performance settings, and stress management techniques such as mindfulness meditation. For his dissertation, he conducted a year-long ethnographic study of the psycho-socio aspects of professional tennis players competing on the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Futures Tour. He has taught educational psychology courses at the University of Tennessee and is a sport psychology consultant.

David McCoy, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, holds a doctorate in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida, Tallahassee, and has expertise in the areas of early intervention, autism, interdisciplinary clinical work, and creating community alliances. His research focuses on the early indicators and predictors for children with autism, and facilitated parent education interventions. His primary areas of teaching are research methods, autism, fluency, anatomy and physiology, and professional aspects. He began teaching part-time at CSU, Chico in fall 2012 and now joins the faculty full time.

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Daisuke Aoyagi, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, received his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine, in 2006. His research interests include rehabilitation robotics and mechatronics. Previously, he served as a research engineer at Los Amigos Research and Education Institute and a consultant in several research projects in Southern California. Since 2010, he has served as a lecturer at CSU, Chico.

Bryan Dixon, Department of Computer Science, received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. His thesis work involved power-based malicious code detection for smartphones. He holds undergraduate degrees in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. He looks forward to pursuing his passion for teaching and for researching smartphone and computer security topics at CSU, Chico.

Elena Harris, Department of Computer Science, received her doctorate in computer science (bioinformatics) from the University of California, Riverside, in 2010. During her doctoral program, she worked on several interdisciplinary research projects, the findings of which contributed to the knowledge of essential biological mechanisms in malaria. After receiving her doctorate, she worked as a research assistant at University of Southern California, where she studied methylation and its role in gene expression within different mammalian cell types. Most recently, she taught courses in computer science and engineering at Cal Poly Pomona as a lecturer.

College of Natural Sciences

Troy Cline, Department of Biological Sciences, completed his doctorate in integrated biomedical sciences with a focus on immunology at Ohio State University in 2010. His dissertation studies focused on respiratory viruses and the characterization of the antiviral properties of a recently discovered immune mediator. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of infectious diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he studied the interaction of H5N1 avian influenza (“bird flu”) with immune cell types. At CSU, Chico, he will continue his research on influenza viruses and will teach medical bacteriology and virology.

Karin Lightfoot, School of Nursing, is enrolled in a doctoral program in public health at Walden University. She has served in  public health departments in the North State in a number of roles, including public health nurse, children’s services case manager, SIDS coordinator, maternal child adolescent health coordinator, and outreach nurse. She has co-authored a chapter in a community health nursing textbook and helped develop a program to identify women experiencing maternal depression and assist them in accessing treatment services. She has served as a lecturer at CSU, Chico for six years and is now a tenure-track faculty.

Brian Lindaman, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, earned a doctorate in mathematics education in 2007 from the University of Kansas. His doctorate focused on secondary and undergraduate mathematics education with an emphasis in educational statistics and assessment. He is interested in students’ conceptions of mathematics, and incorporating that into instruction, as well as developing resourceful and reflective math teachers. Previously, he taught math at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. Before that, he completed a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota, studying calculus instruction and students’ conceptions of limit processes in calculus.

Mary Elizabeth Matthews, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is completing her doctorate in mathematics education from Boston University this semester. Her research focuses on teacher education and professional development. Her dissertation focused on the experience of secondary school teachers immersed in an intensive university-level number theory course during a six-week professional development program. She is examining how learning experiences in mathematics affect teachers’ classroom teaching.

Shane Mayor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, earned a doctorate in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow and scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., before coming to CSU, Chico in 2008 as a researcher and lecturer. As head of the University’s Atmospheric Lidar Research Group, supported by the National Science Foundation, he is focusing on active remote wind sensing to optimize wind energy, and mapping particulate matter in the atmosphere. He will teach energy and atmospheric science courses.

Miriam Walter, School of Nursing, is enrolled in a doctoral program in human science at Saybrook University in San Francisco. She has served in multiple nursing positions, including charge nurse, clinical manager, in-service education coordinator, patient care coordinator for hospice, and licensed practical nurse/associate degree nursing instructor. Most recently, she worked with Addus Home Health in Chico, leading the agency through a Medicare-focused review to improve care quality and documentation processes. She joined the CSU, Chico nursing faculty in 2010 as a part-time lecturer, and has taught fundamentals, family nursing, advanced pathophysiology, and community health nursing. She began full time in spring 2013.

Library Administration

Kevin Klipfel, Library Reference and Instruction, received his master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier this year. His master's research, "Authentic Engagement: Assessing the Effects of Authenticity on Student Engagement and Information Literacy in Academic Library Instruction," was awarded the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award for best master’s thesis. He also holds a master’s in philosophy from Virginia Tech, and served there as a lecturer in moral and political philosophy before working in academic libraries. He is interested in applying research in educational psychology, critical thinking, and humanistic and existential psychotherapy to learner-centered information literacy instruction.

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