A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
September 8, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 1


Welcome New Faculty!

Front row
: Colleen Hatfield, biology; Don Edwards, chemistry; Stephanie Misrahi, political science; Todd Lone and Tim Tripp, agriculture; Daniel Schindler, theatre arts; Leesa Huang, psychology.
Second row, left side: President Zingg; Dan Clark, biochemistry; Morris Brown, journalism.
Second row, right side: Zanja Yudell, philosophy; Adel Ghandakly, incoming chair, electrical and computer engineering; Don Hankins, geography.
Back row: David Eaton, anthropology; Uma Balaji, electrical and computer engineering; Kris Warner, nursing; Char Prieto, foreign languages and literatures; Susan Brockus, journalism; Lynn Houston, English; Celina Johnson, animal science; Amy Bloch, art; Susan Steffani, communication disorders; Mahalley Allen, political science.

Brief Biographies of New Faculty 2005-2006


Celina R. Johnson, Animal Science

  • PhD, 2002, Animal Nutrition, Oklahoma State University
  • MS, 1999, Animal Science, University of Florida
  • BS, 1996, Animal Science, California State University, Chico
  • Previous position: Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
  • Department of Animal Sciences

Todd Lone, Agricultural Economics

  • PhD, 1991, Agricultural Economics, Washington State University
  • MS, 1985, Economics, South Dakota State University
  • BS, 1983, Agricultural Economics, South Dakota State University
  • Previous position:   Lecturer, College of Agriculture and College of Business
  • California State University, Chico

Tim N. Tripp, Agronomy (Weed Science)

  • PhD, 1984, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Georgia
  • MS, 1981, Agronomy (Weed Science), Oklahoma State University
  • BS, 1979, Agronomy (Turf Option), Oklahoma State University
  • Previous position: Research and Development Scientist, Syngenta


David Ayers Eaton, Anthropology

  • PhD, 2001, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH, 1991, International Population and Family Health, University of California, Los Angeles
  • AB, 1980, History of Science, Harvard College, Cambridge
  • Previous position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Don L. Hankins, Geography

  • PhD, 2005 (ABD), Geography, University of California, Davis
  • BS, 1998, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation, Biology, University of California, Davis
  • Dissertation title: Pyrogeography in Riparian Ecosystems: An Indigenous Tool for Resource Management and Conservation

Mahalley D. Allen, Political Science

  • PhD, 2005 (ABD), Political Science, University of Kansas
  • MA, 2002, Political Science, University of Kansas
  • JD, Law, 1998, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • BA, 1995, Political Science and English, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Dissertation title: A Voice for the Voiceless: The Politics of the Animal Rights Movement

Stephanie B. Mizrahi, Political Science

  • PhD, 2005 (ABD), Political Science, Washington State University
  • MA, 2001, Criminal Justice, Washington State University
  • JD, Law, 1994, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • BA, 1984, History, University of the Pacific
  • Dissertation title: From Panic to Policy: The Relationship between Terrorist Incidents and Policy Change

Leesa V. Huang, Psychology

  • PhD, 2004, School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
  • EdS, 1998, School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
  • BA, 1995, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Previous position: School Psychologist, Weld County School District, Greeley, CO


Susan Ann Steffani, Communication Arts and Sciences

  • PhD, 1992, Communication Disorders and Sciences, University of Oregon
  • MS, 1988, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Arizona State University
  • BS, 1986, Speech Pathology & Audiology/Education, Oregon State University
  • Previous position:   Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University

Susan Brockus, Journalism

  • PhD, 2005 (ABD), Media, Technology & Society, Purdue University
  • MA, 2002, Communication - Public Affairs and Issues Management, Purdue University
  • BA, 1987, Sociology, Southern Oregon University
  • Previous position: Instructor of Communication, Purdue University

Morris Brown, Jr., Journalism

  • DPA, 1999, Public Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • MS, 1990, Public Relations and Public Affairs, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • MA, 1973, Journalism, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
  • Previous position: Associate Professor of Mass Communications, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO


Uma Balaji, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • PhD, 1997, Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • MS, Engineering - Communication Systems, Anna University, Madras, India
  • BS, Engineering - Electronics and Communication
  • Previous position: Associate Professor, United States International University, Nairobi

Adel A. Ghandakly, Incoming Chair & Faculty - Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • PhD, 1975, Electrical Engineering - Systems and Control, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • MS, 1973, Electrical Engineering - Systems and Control, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • BS, 1967, Electrical Engineering - Systems and Control, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Previous position: Department Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH


Amy R. Bloch, Art and Art History

  • PhD, 2004, Art History, Rutgers University
  • MA, 2000, Art History, Rutgers University
  • BA, 1997, Art History and Biology, Cornell University
  • Previous position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Art and Architecture, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Lynn Marie Houston, English

  • PhD, 2003, Literature, Arizona State University
  • MA, 1998, Humanities, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • BA, 1994, Art History, English, and Spanish, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
  • Previous position: Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Southeastern Louisiana University

Char Prieto, Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • PhD, 2000, 20 th Century Spanish Literature, Purdue University
  • MS, Education - Spanish, Purdue University
  • BS, Spanish, IUSB, IN
  • Previous position: Assistant Professor, Spanish, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Daniel Schindler, Theatre

  • MFA, 1998, Scenic Design, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • BA, Theatre Arts, Montana State University
  • Previous position: Assistant Professor/Scenic Designer, Colorado State University

Zanja Yudell, Philosophy

  • PhD, 2005 (ABD), Philosophy, Columbia University
  • MPhil, 2003, Philosophy, Columbia University
  • MA, 1999, Philosophy, Columbia University
  • AB, 1997, Philosophy, Stanford University
  • BS, 1997, Physics, Stanford University
  • Dissertation title: Scientific Realism and Inconsistency: A Model-Based Approach


Colleen Hatfield, Biology

  • PhD, 1996, Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • BA, 1980, Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Previous position: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University

Daniel Clark, Chemistry

  • PhD, 2001, Biochemistry, Utah State University
  • BS, 1997, Biology, California State University, Chico
  • Previous position: Research and Development Staff Scientist and Supervisor, Stratagene, La Jolla, CA

Daniel J. Edwards, Chemistry

  • PhD, 2001, Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • BS, 1996, Chemistry - Biochemistry, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Previous position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Willamette University, Salem, OR

Kristine D. Warner, Nursing

  • PhD, 2000, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • MS, 1989, Community Health Nursing - Nursing Education, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • MPH, 1988, Community Health Nursing - Program Planning and Evaluation,
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • BS, 1975, Nursing, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
  • Previous position:   Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento