A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Sept 20, 2007 Volume 38 / Number 1


Welcome New Faculty

New Faculty Photo part 1

From left to right:

Michael Mann, Health & Community Services; Margaret E. Leigey, Political Science; James Sutton, Sociology; Sally Parker, Political Science; Katharine Gray, Mathematics & Statistics; Noriyuki Sato, Geography & Planning; Gregory Watkins, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, & Manufacturing Technology; John Schwarz, Construction Management; Aaron Bowen, Meriam Library; Erik C. Wasinger, Chemistry; David Michael Scholz, Music; and Jesse Dizzard, Anthropology.

New Faculty Photo part 2

From left to right:

Chiara Ferrari, Communication Design; Kristin M. Cooper-Carter, Concrete Industry Management; Sandra Flake, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Chris Coughlin, Child Development; Cara Deleon, Communication Design; Elizabeth Colson, Meriam Library; Phyllis Salopek, Nursing Michael Ennis, Psychology; Martin van den Berg, Psychology; Mahan H. Mirza, Religious Studies; Julie Monet, Geological & Environmental Sciences; Gabriel Aguilera, Political Science; Dawn Clifford, Nutrition & Food Science; Kevin Johnson, Communication Arts & Sciences; Susan Porter, Professional Studies in Education; Brian Brazeal, Anthropology; Rebecca Justeson, Professional Studies in Education; and President Paul Zingg.

New Faculty Photo part 3

From left to right:

Irene Yun Salter, Biological Sciences; Michael J. Coyle, Political Science; Julie Schneider, Nutrition & Food Science; Linda Keeler, Kinesiology; Leslie Atkins, Physics; Kuo-Liang “Matt” Chang, Agriculture; Jason Nice, History; Denise Minor, Foreign Languages & Literatures; Baohui Song, Agriculture; Chi-Hung “Charles” Liao, Economics; Sue J. Steiner, School of Social Work; Teri Todd, Kinesiology; David Hibbard, Psychology; Michelle D. Givertz, Communication Arts & Sciences; Anita M. Chaudhry, Economics; Ryan W. Patten, Political Science; R. Mitch Casselman, Management; Michael Gundlach, Management; Dirk Vanderloop, Concrete Industry Management; and John Traver, English.


Gabriel Aguilera, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Political Science Department
Gabe Aguilera received his PhD in government from Harvard University in 2006. His areas of teaching and research include international relations, international political economy, and Latin American politics. Before joining CSU, Chico, he taught at Occidental College, the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico in Mexico City, Scripps College, and Chapman University. For his dissertation on the politics of financial sector reform in Latin America, Professor Aguilera conducted extensive field research in Mexico and Venezuela. He is currently working on two articles and a book on banking crises and reform efforts in Mexico and Venezuela in comparative perspective. Before pursuing an academic career, he worked as an international trade and investment policy analyst for the California Trade and Commerce Agency in Sacramento.

Leslie Atkins, College of Natural Sciences, Physics Department
Dr. Leslie Atkins received her BS in 1998 in physics at the University of Virginia and an MS in physics from the University of Washington and in 2004 completed her PhD in physics at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation research focused on analogies in scientific discourse, with implications for instruction. Prior to coming to Chico State, she worked in informal science education at Dartmouth College and in research-based curriculum development and teacher professional development at LessonLab Research Institute in Santa Monica. Her current interests lie in understanding of what it means to “think like a physicist” and creating classrooms and labs that promote this kind of thinking, particularly for the preparation and professional development of K–12 teachers. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, backpacking, yoga, and baking.

Aaron Bowen, Information Resources, Meriam Library
Hi! My name is Aaron, and I am the communications librarian in the Meriam Library. I recently completed a double master’s degree in library and information science and also in international studies at the University of Washington. My area of focus is the global flow of information—how information travels around the world through the Internet, and how people from different cultures think about digital information differently. My current research involves a comparison of Internet use in Chile and Brazil— why people in Chile have been better able to embrace the Internet than people in Brazil, and why Brazil is catching up very rapidly. I also maintain a blog on international information issues on behalf of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Brian Brazeal, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Anthropology Department
Brian Brazeal was born and raised in Chicago. He took a BA in anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1999 and completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2007. He has spent several years living and conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the backlands of Bahia, Northeast Brazil. His research concerns Afro-Brazilian religions, especially healing, witchcraft, and the economic aspects of ritual practice. Brian directed and produced an award-winning documentary film in 2004 titled The Cross and the Crossroads. He is currently expanding his interests into ethnographic photography and the trade in colored gemstones.

Mitch Casselman, College of Business, Management Department
I just moved to Chico from Melbourne, Australia, where I was teaching and finishing a PhD in management at the University of Melbourne. The focus of my PhD was on the impact of knowledge on organizational performance. My prior degrees include a Master of Public Administration and a B.Comm., both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. An academic career is new to me; my prior work experience is in the technology industry in Canada. I have worked in senior positions in both finance and human resources, including a very interesting job traveling around Asia helping to expand a telecommunications company. I love traveling and have managed to get around to many parts of the world. My PhD in Australia was great for this—I managed to visit all the states of Australia as well as surrounding locations such as New Zealand and Fiji. I’m looking forward to exploring the west coast of the USA from my new base here in Chico!

Matt Chang, College of Agriculture
I received my master’s and PhD degrees in the Department of Economics at the University of Utah.
I was born and raised in Taiwan by my wonderful parents. I came to this country in 1996 with a heart ready to absorb everything I could learn. While working on finishing my education in Utah, I had the opportunity to visit many beautiful national parks located in southern Utah and northern Arizona. I was deeply moved by the astonishing beauty of the nature I saw. I remember in the summer of 1997 (I was still very young at that time, ha ha!), I sat on the corner at a place called the Green River Viewpoint in the Canyonlands National Park and decided to devote myself to the study of the environmental issues. I am still working on reaching this goal, and I will continue to do so until the day I am ready to leave this beautiful land God has given us. I am also very interested in the study of the labor economics, especially in the agriculture sector. My main concern is the poverty issue. When I am not busy doing research or teaching, I like to go swimming and exercise. I also like reading (anything from Harry Potter to science journals) and watching foreign films.

Anita Chaudhry, College of Behavioral and Social Science, Economics Department
Anita Chaudhry has come to Chico from Laramie, Wyoming, where she completed her doctoral work in economics at the University of Wyoming. She did her undergraduate work at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan before finishing a master’s degree in economics from University of Southern California and a second master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics from University of Connecticut. She is interested in environmental and natural resource problems, especially as they relate to economic growth and development. Anita has worked on research and economic development projects in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.

Dawn Clifford, College of Natural Sciences, Nutrition & Food Science Department
While I’m originally from the Bay Area, I most recently moved from Fort Collins, Colorado, where I completed the master’s and doctorate programs in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. Prior to attending Colorado State University, I worked as a clinical dietitian at a Veterans Administration health care facility in Phoenix, Arizona. My undergraduate education was in nutrition/dietetics at Northern Arizona University. I have a true passion for teaching and mentoring, and I’m excited to be a part of a fantastic new nutrition/food sciences department in the College of Natural Sciences. I have a son who just turned 1, so I spend most of my time outside of work playing with him.

Liz Colson, Meriam Library
Liz has been a resident of Chico for 15 years. She earned a BA in psychology from Grinnell College and an MA in library and information science from the University of Iowa. While living in Iowa City, she met and married her husband David, a composition student at the University of Iowa School of Music. Liz was director of cataloging at the Houston Academy of Medicine/Texas Medical Center Library from 1986–1992 before moving to Chico. She was hired as a temporary, part-time reference librarian at Meriam Library in 2001. Liz’s interests include working with students to help them with their research and information needs, virtual reference, reading (naturally! she’s a librarian!), and spending time with her family.

Kristin Cooper Carter, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, Concrete Industry Management Program

Kristin Cooper Carter, CSDP, MA, a graduate from CSU, Chico in program administration and evaluation, has recently been hired to direct the new Concrete Industry Management Program for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management. Cooper Carter is the director of the college’s Office of Environmental Programs and has been a project director on several environmental projects on and off campus for over 10 years. These projects revolve around faculty research, feasibility studies, and water management issues. Carter has overseen projects that focus on the sustainability of our natural environment through biological resource analysis, development of mitigation strategies, and minimizing project effects on natural resources. Many of these projects have been conducted in the North State. She was involved in a major nonnative plant removal project at the abbey in Vina, a bank stabilization project on Brickyard Creek in Red Bluff, a stream geomorphology and restoration research on Reeds and Red Bank creeks in Tehama County, and a major wetland restoration and road survey project on Deer Creek in Tehama and Butte Counties. She also served as coordinator for North State Renewable Energy, an alternative energy education/coordination effort that spanned from Sacramento north to the Oregon boarder. She has been involved in numerous natural resource projects within Butte County since 1993. Her personal area of interest is sustainability in the built environment. She was recently awarded a special certification through the Association of Energy Engineers as a specialist in sustainable design. Over the last few years, she has been awarded over $12 million dollars in grant funding in support of her work.

Chris Coughlin, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Child Development Program
I received both my MS and PhD in human development and family sciences from Oregon State University. After completing my graduate work, I spent a number of years living and working in Oregon until moving to New Zealand in 2001. Since that time, I also have had the pleasure of living and working in the Middle East. I made the decision to move overseas because I desired the opportunity to live, study, and work internationally. In teaching courses in the area of child development and family studies, one becomes readily aware of the need to consider development within context. Thus I wanted to experience firsthand unique cultural influences on development. While living abroad, I had the opportunity to travel quite extensively and have spent time in Egypt, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, Bahrain, Oman, Sri Lanka, Jordon, Tibet, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco, India, and various European countries. When I am not traveling, my other passion is horses, and I have experienced riding some beautiful Arabian horses across the deserts of Arabia—memories I will always treasure.

Michael J. Coyle, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Political Science Department
Michael J. Coyle, PhD, teaches social and criminal justice with a focus on the acquisition of critical learning skills. His current research interest is language studies that ask critical questions about everyday justice discourse as a whole and in relationship to social control and moral entrepreneuring. Michael’s activist focus is on the imprisoned, homeless, and further socially discarded others.

Cara Deleon, College of Communication and Education, Communication Design Department
Cara received her MA in film studies from the University of Iowa and her MFA in film and video production from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her interests include experimental film, sound design, the creation of identity within media, and filmic representations of women in revolutionary states. An award-winning filmmaker, her work often experiments with form, addressing issues of ideology, gender, identity, and the body, and has been shown throughout Europe and the United States.

Jesse Dizard, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Anthropology Department
I am from Juneau, Alaska, where I was the research director for the Subsistence Division, a social science research unit within the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I earned my PhD in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. My research has to do with the intersection between culture and the natural world. I am particularly interested in problems of ethnic and religious conflict, representation, tourism, and competition over natural and cultural resources.

Michael Ennis, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Psychology Department
I received my BA and MS in experimental psychology from the University of North Texas. At UNT I did work in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and psychoneuroendocrinology (PNE) with human subjects under the guidance of Dr. Kimberly Kelly. Dr. Kelly was a student of Robert Ader, who was the first to discover that the immune system could be classically conditioned, thereby inaugurating the field of PNI. I received my PhD in psychobiology from the University of California, Davis in 2006. At UC Davis, I examined the role of behavioral neuroscience in regulating sympathetic stress responses using a rodent model. Ultimately, I hope to combine human and rodent data to understand how trait (i.e., ongoing, stable characteristics) and state (i.e., transient, situational characteristics) factors interact to produce individuals’ affective and stress responses.

Chiara Ferrari, College of Communication and Education, Communication Design Department
My name is Chiara Ferrari. I was born in Genoa, Italy, where I graduated in philosophy with a minor in film studies in 2000. I received a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2003, and I received my PhD in 2007 from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television in cinema and media studies. I teach in the Communication Design Department, and my focus is global media and international television flows.

Michelle Givertz, College of Communication and Education, Communication Arts and Sciences Department
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived there until coming to the United States to complete my higher education. I completed a BA in communication studies at the University of Kansas. I completed an MA in communication studies at the University of Michigan. I completed a PhD in communication at the University of Arizona, and then went on to do a two-year postdoc in the psychiatry department at the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center. Following my postdoc, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Speech Communication Department at Oregon State University for the last two years. I am excited to join the faculty in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies Program at Chico State.

Kathy Gray, College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics Department
My name is Kathy Gray, and I have recently moved to Chico from Missoula, Montana. I received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Montana. My emphasis is statistics, and I am particularly interested in statistical ecology. My dissertation research involved applying spline regression to trend data. My hobbies include whitewater kayaking and snowboarding.

Michael Gundlach, College of Business, Management Department
Born on a high mountaintop, Michael had a hard life as a child—just kidding!
Born, raised, and worked in South Florida (born in Ft. Lauderdale); studied (Emory University) and worked in Atlanta for five years and then worked back in South Florida; graduate work at FSU in Tallahassee, where I attained my PhD in business administration and where I met my wife. Then I lived and worked in Australia for three years, and now I’m very happy to be here! I have a wonderful wife and a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, and I just love Chico State and Chico. It is a real pleasure to be here. My expertise is in the field of human resource management. I enjoy researching and have published work in many journals and books, and have presented at many regional and international conferences. I also enjoy consulting, but my favorite part of my job is teaching! I really enjoy the students and helping them become more knowledgeable critical thinkers and responsible organizational citizens, as well as learning from them. My hobbies include mountain biking, tennis, and surfing.

Dave Hibbard, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Psychology Department
He received his PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. His general developmental focus is adolescent and young adult social development (e.g., peer relationships, friendships, personality traits). He has conducted research on the development and influence of competitiveness on adolescent development and gender differences in social interaction styles, and he is currently examining the development of perfectionism in children, adolescents, and young adults. When he’s not out saving the world, Dave likes playing guitar, mountain biking, and hiking.

Kevin A. Johnson, College of Communication and Education, Communication Arts and Sciences Department
He earned his PhD From the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the examination of desire and enjoyment as political and rhetorical factors. His methodological approach constitutes a fusion of psychoanalytic and rhetorical thought. He is principally concerned with political struggles in the context of globalization and the role of class oppression in the struggle for ending political injustice. He teaches courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, persuasion, First Amendment studies, and small-group communication. In his personal life, he is a triathlete and shares a love for humanity.

Rebecca Fawns-Justeson, College of Communication and Education, Professional Studies in Education
I am a Northern California native and attended CSU, Chico for my BA and MA degrees, as well as for my regular and specialist teaching credentials. I received reading recovery teacher leader training and other advanced literacy training at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. For my doctoral work, I completed coursework at both UC Davis and University of the Pacific and received my EdD degree from University of the Pacific in 2006. I served for more than a decade in the public schools filling the roles of bilingual elementary school teacher, reading recovery teacher, reading recovery teacher leader, and reading specialist. I joined the faculty of PSED in 2002 as an adjunct member teaching a variety of courses within teacher education. I am now a full-time teacher education faculty member and am coordinating the tri-placement credential program. My interests are in the areas of educational psychology (resilience, application of positive psychology to education, successful coping with stress/burnout within teaching, etc.) and all areas of literacy instruction. 

Linda Keeler, College of Communication and Education, Kinesiology Department
Linda Keeler has joined the Department of Kinesiology specializing in sport and exercise psychology. Linda completed her undergraduate psychology degree at Colgate University and her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland. She finished her doctorate in sport and exercise psychology at West Virginia University while concurrently completing her master’s in community counseling. She is an active member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychologists and is a national board-certified counselor, consulting in areas of performance enhancement and exercise adherence. Her research interests center around behavior change in mental skills use and monitoring training loads in sport. Linda is originally from New Jersey and has spent the past year teaching at East Tennessee State University.

Margaret E. Leigey, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Political Science Department
Margaret E. Leigey, a Pennsylvania native, received her PhD with a specialization in criminology from the University of Delaware in 2007. Research conducted for the dissertation examined the correctional experiences of older inmates who are serving life-without-parole sentences. Her research has been published in Criminal Justice Policy Review and Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Chi-Hung Liao (Charles), College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Economics Department
I’m Chi-Hung Liao (Charles). I’m originally from Taiwan and got my bachelor’s degree in geography and economics from National Taiwan University. Served in mandatory army service for two years and went to Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to continue my study. I received a Master of Environmental Science focusing on environmental economics from Yale in 2000 and went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to get my PhD in economics. My focus at UNC was international trade and development as well as Tar Heel basketball. I arrived at the Department of Economics at Chico State in August 2007 with my wife. 

Michael Mann, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Community Services
Michael Mann completed his PhD in health and human performance at the University of Florida. While completing his degree, Mike foundedProject Challenge, an outdoor adventure program for abused and neglected girls. Prior to graduate study, Mike worked with a national youth organization in a several positions. These included school-based positions such as youth development specialist, classroom teacher, and alternative school director, and corporate positions such as regional director and director of organizational development. At CSU, Chico, Mike will be teaching Health Education Techniques and Health Education for Secondary School Teachers and conducting research focused on adolescent health and youth development.

Denise Minor, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Literatures Department
I recently received a PhD from UC Davis in Spanish linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition with a secondary secondary focus on sociolinguistics. My dissertation was a longitudinal study of five children enrolled in a Spanish immersion school that followed their acquisition of spoken Spanish over five years. I looked at language choices, classroom motivational systems, identity issues, and the development of grammatical and sociolinguistic competencies. I am originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho. My husband, Alex Milgram, is from Odessa, Ukraine. We have two sons, Nathan and Max, who have spent most of their lives in Davis.

Mahan Mirza, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Religious Studies Department
Mahan Mirza was born and raised in Pakistan in an air force family. He spent kindergarten in England, grades four and five in Southern California, and the rest of his childhood growing up in various parts of his home country. Mahan traveled to the United States as a student in 1992 and comes to Chico State with degrees in mechanical engineering, Christian-Muslim relations, and Islamic studies. He teaches courses on Islam in the Department of Religious Studies. Mahan has a wife and three young sons who are all excited to have moved into their new Chico home over the summer.

Julie Monet, College of Natural Sciences, Geological and Environmental Sciences Department
Dr. Monet received her EdD in science education from Rutgers University, her MS in geosciences from San Francisco State University, and her BS in geology from Sonoma State University. While at Rutgers, her research focused on teacher learning, specifically the development of teachers’ topic-specific pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for teaching science. Prior to her appointment at Chico, she was a postdoctoral associate for the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative at Rutgers University, where her teaching and research focused on the design and implementation of inquiry-based professional development programs aimed at better preparing middle school science teachers to teach Earth science. As a fourth-generation San Franciscan, she credits her passion for Earth science to the incredibly diverse geologic landscape of California.

Jason Nice, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, History Department
After nearly 10 years, I am returning home to Northern California, after studying and working in England and Wisconsin. Originally from Redding, I received my BA from UC Berkeley before moving to England, where I completed my PhD in history at the University of York. After receiving the PhD, I remained in England for a while longer (teaching at the universities of York and Sheffield) before moving to Wisconsin in 2005, where I joined the faculty of UW Green Bay. I spent two wonderful years in Green Bay, where my daughter was born, before deciding to relocate to Chico. From both a personal and professional point of view, I am delighted to be in the North State.

Sally Parker, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Political Science Department
Professor Parker received her JD from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After practicing as an attorney in the civil litigation field with an emphasis in workers’ rights, she began teaching at Chico State in 2006. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of public law.

Ryan Patten, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Political Science Department
Ryan Patten is a native of the Puget Sound region. After earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Western Washington University and spending a year as a land-use planner, Ryan entered the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 2001. After leaving law enforcement, Ryan earned both his master’s degree and PhD in criminal justice from Washington State University. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys outdoor activities, sports, and movies.

Susan Porter, College of Communication and Education, Professional Studies in Education
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, but I have spent most of my life in Northern California. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in education from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. I am in the process of completing my PhD in education with an emphasis in language, literacy, and culture from UC Davis. Until recently, I was a consultant at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where I recommended and implemented teacher preparation policy for the state of California. Prior to this, I taught special education for over 15 years and served as a private consultant for special needs students and their families. My research interests include literacy interventions for at-risk secondary students, and validity and reliability issues pertaining to assessments for English learners with special needs. I have two grown sons that I am equally proud of: One is in the military, and the other is in an alternative rock band. Go figure! I would like to thank Cody and Andy (not necessarily in that order) for supporting me in taking the faculty position at CSU Chico—I am looking for a place up here that is big enough for all three of us!

Phyllis Salopek, College of Natural Sciences, School of Nursing
I was born in Pennsylvania but spent most of my childhood in Northern Africa and Turkey (my father in the Air Force). Later settled in Pennsylvania and started a family before moving to Southern California in 1984. I soon discovered that I am a small-town girl at heart, so in 1986 moved to Chico. I received both my BS and MS in nursing from California State University, Chico. I have been an instructor in the School of Nursing since the fall 1999. I also work for the Butte County Public Health Department as a family nurse practitioner. I am currently enrolled in the Doctorate Nursing Practice program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. I have one husband, two children, four grandchildren, and six cats.  

Irene Salter, College of Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences Department
Dr. Salter is committed to hands-on, inquiry-based science teaching. Her fascination with “learning by doing” began with her PhD research at the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied the neural circuits that drive motivated behavior and learning. In graduate school, she discovered her love of teaching and hasn’t turned back since. She spent the next four years teaching middle school science in Berkeley and creating a classroom where students work together like real scientists. She also spent some time at the Lawrence Hall of Science, developing curriculum for the GEMS Program. Her current passions lie in creating new hands-on science lessons, teaching teachers, and fostering the growth of an online community of educators and scientists. Check out recent examples of her work at http://www.mysciencebox.org/.

Noriyuki Sato, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Geography and Planning Department
Noriyuki Sato (Nori) is a new appointee at the Department of Geography and Planning. He is originally from Japan and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington. His academic interests are in applied climatology, especially in the field of transportation. Investigations in climate change and its impacts on winter roads and associated infrastructure are some of his current works.

Julie Schneider, College of Natural Sciences, Nutrition and Food Science Department
Dr. Julie Schneider received her BA in 1999 in dietetics at California State University at Sacramento and her PhD in 2005 in nutritional biology at University of California at Davis. A major focus of her dissertation research was assessing anemia and iron deficiency in low-income children. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Schneider worked as a postdoctoral scholar in developing assessment tools to evaluate fish intake in women of childbearing age. Additionally, she taught introductory nutrition at a community college in Sacramento and an advanced writing course in current topics in nutritional sciences at California State University at Sacramento. Current research interests include maternal-infant dyad, young child nutrition, and parent education. She is a mother of two young children, Aubrie and Matthew. She loves going to the beach and has just rediscovered biking after a 20-year hiatus.

David Scholz, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Music Department
Dr. David Scholz is the newly appointed director of choral activities at CSU, Chico. He holds a DMA in conducting from the University of Minnesota, a MM in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and a BM in vocal music education from St. Olaf College. Dr. Scholz conducts the A Cappella Choir, the Chamber Singers and the University Chorus, serves on various committees in the music department, and is coordinator of the annual Glorious Sounds of the Season music scholarship concert and the Chico Bach Festival. He has extensive experience in directing children, high school, church, community, and collegiate choirs and has taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, and Michigan. He resides in Chico with his wife Dara and their two cats, Sebastian and Oliver.

Baohui Song, College of Agriculture
I came from Mainland China, and I completed my PhD in agricultural economics in August 2006 at the University of Kentucky. My research interests include international trade, agricultural marketing and price analysis, and agribusiness management.

Sue Steiner, College of Behavioral and Social Science, School of Social Work
Sue Steiner is originally from Denver, Colorado, and has lived in a number of places around the United States. She received an MSW degree from San Francisco State University and PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington. She taught social work at Whittier College for two years and has spent the past 11 years teaching in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her primary academic areas of interest are community organizing and development, social welfare policy, social change strategies, and effective teaching practices. In her non-work time, she likes to hike, kayak, grow vegetables, and make functional ceramics.

Jim Sutton, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Sociology Department
Jim Sutton is ABD in sociology from Ohio State University. His concentrations within sociology include criminology, gender, deviance, and the sociology of sport. Jim worked as a visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, during the 2006–2007 academic year, and he has also taught at Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. Jim was born and raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. 

John Schwarz, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, Construction Management Department
Graduate of CSU, Chico (BA, MA) in recreation administration: parks and resources. Graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Practicing attorney (1984–2007), with emphasis in real estate and construction, business and business entities, and estate planning. Lecturer at CSU, Chico (1988–2007) in Department of Construction Management, Recreation Administration, and Management.

Teri Todd, College of Communication and Education, Kinesiology Department
I received a BSc in exercise science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Shortly after this, I completed a MA in education with a specialty in adapted physical activity at McGill University in Montreal. I enjoyed working as an adapted physical activity coordinator for clients in residential facilities and young children at home with their families. During this period, I had three children. We spent hours skiing, boating, and swimming, or taking long walks in the woods. This opportunity made me realize the importance of lifelong physical activity and the role of the family and empowerment, especially for individuals with severe disabilities. This led me back to McGill, where I completed a PhD in educational psychology. My research was based on self-determination and how this concept can be used to promote empowerment and sustained physical activity for individuals with severe disabilities, particularly autism. Recently I have been experimenting with the use of visual methodologies in an effort to hear the “voice” of this population.

John C. Traver, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, English Department
He graduated with a MAR in Biblical studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2001, and he just received his PhD in 18th-century British literature from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Currently, he is researching novelistic sequels written in the 18th century. He is married and has two cats, Cricket and Pippin.

Martin van den Berg, College of Behavioral and Social Science, Psychology Department
Martin van den Berg joined the psychology department as a new cognitive psychologist. He is originally from The Netherlands, where he completed his undergraduate degree at Leiden University. He came to the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia, where he did research in visual perception. After obtaining his PhD, he taught psychology courses as adjunct assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for two years. At CSU, Chico he will be teaching courses in cognitive psychology and perception. His research interests include perceptual organization, the perception of time, human factors, and synesthesia.

Dirk H. Vanderloop, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, Concrete Industry Management Program
Originally from Santa Monica, I first came to Chico in 1976 to complete a BA in industrial arts. Since then, I have left and returned three times to gain experience in industry, government, and education. I taught automotive courses in Malaysia, worked twice as an airline mechanic, set up a small factory in Indonesia, owned an auto repair business in Chico, built and modified instrumentation packages at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in the Mojave Desert, and then returned to teach at Chico State. As a lecturer, I developed and delivered courses in the Manufacturing Technology Program for the past nine years. Now I advise students and coordinate the academic aspects of our new BS degree program in Concrete Industry Management (www.csuchico.edu/cim). In my “spare” time, I earned an MS in systems management (1992) and a Doctor of Public Administration (2004) from the University of Southern California.

Erik Wasinger, College of Natural Sciences, Chemistry Department
After graduating from the Chico public school system, I completed my undergraduate degree at Caltech and my graduate degree in chemistry at Stanford University. While at Stanford, I met and married my wife, Liz, who is from the Bay Area. Upon leaving Stanford, I worked briefly at Applied Materials in Sunnyvale before completing a postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago. Liz and I are excited to be in Chico and look forward to taking advantage of the wide variety of activities in and around Chico.

Gregory K. Watkins, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology DepartmentCame to Chico State from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Received BS in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and PhD in mechanical engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before coming to Chico, worked in industry for nine years, taught at a community college for eight years, and taught at a university for five. Spent most of my life in North Carolina before moving to California. Married with a 10-year-old son. Personal interests in triathlon and beer making.