CSU, Chico News

Top CSU, Chico Faculty Honored for Achievements

Date: 01-06-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Five faculty members have received recognition as Outstanding Professor, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding Research Mentor for 2010­–2011. These awards are the most prestigious honors given at California State University, Chico.

The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee (FRAS) selects the honorees. Faculty members are nominated by their peers, which makes the awards especially valued by recipients.

Outstanding Professor Tony Waters
Professor Tony Waters, Department of Sociology, received his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis in 1995 and started teaching at CSU, Chico in 1996. He brought international experience to Chico and added the field of immigrant youth and crime to his already broad areas of expertise.

His teaching and scholarship resulted in his first book, “Crime and Immigrant Youth,” published in 1999. Since then he has published three more books, “Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan: The limitations of International Relief Operations”; “The Persistence of Subsistence: Life Below the Level of the Marketplace”; and “When Killing is a Crime.” He has a new book, “Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy,” coming out in 2011.

In addition to his books, Waters has published more than 70 articles and 20 book reviews.

In 2007–2008 and then again in 2010, Waters taught social change and social theory at Zeppelin University in Freidrichshafen, Germany. In 2003–2004, he was a Fulbright Scholar in teaching and research at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Waters brings his international experience and scholarship to his teaching. His students often comment on the broad range of his knowledge and his ability to relate his varied experience to sociology theory and practice.

Outstanding Teacher Masami Toku
Professor Masami Toku, Department of Art and Art History, came to CSU, Chico in 1999. She earned a doctorate in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her specialties include art education, visual art and multicultural art.

Toku received a substantial grant from the Japanese Foundation for the development of an international exhibition of original Shojo Manga (girl’s comics) that began its tour in Chico in 2005 and traveled to nine sites in North America and fours sites in Japan over three years. Her students assisted with the exhibition and are credited in the exhibition catalogue.

Toku has served as the coordinator of the art education program and advisor to its students since 2003. She has collaborated with faculty and staff from the art department, Japanese studies, Asian studies, international studies and the Department of Food and Nutrition in presenting programs in Japanese art, food and culture for the past several years.

Toku has published more than four dozen articles, book reviews and book chapters since coming to CSU, Chico and has a textbook, “Art Appreciation: Multicultural Perspectives,” coming out in 2011.

Toku’s students praise her knowledge, her organization, her sense of humor and her passion for her subject. “Dr. Toku incorporates her insight from the art education world and her status as an international artist into a meaningful and enriching experience for students,” wrote Maura Schapper, graduate teaching assistant in Toku’s art appreciation class.

Outstanding Service Award—Charles Zartman
Professor Charles Zartman, Department of Professional Studies in Education, received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in multicultural and bilingual education. He came to CSU, Chico in 1985 to teach and supervise future teachers. He serves as the single subject coordinator for the Bilingual Credential Program.

Professor Zartman served his department and the field of bilingual education by becoming a trainer for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers from 2006 to 2008. He served on the dean’s review committee during 2008–2009. He has served on the department personnel committee from 1995 to 2010, most years as chair of the committee.

His service to the University includes service on the General Education Design Team, the Executive Management Evaluation and Development Committee and the Faculty Recognition and Support Committee. He teaches a section of University 101, an introductory course for students in the First-Year Experience Program.

Zartman is a member of the California Association of Bilingual Teacher Educators and served as its president from 2008 to 2010. He served on the California Council on Teacher Education from 2005 to 2008 and on the board of directors of the California Council on Teacher Education 2009–2010.

Zartman has been the director of a summer institute for teachers from South Korea since 1988. In the 22 years of the program, more than 800 teachers have attended the institute sponsored by the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies.

Outstanding Advisor Jane Rysberg
Professor Jane Rysberg, Department of Psychology, received her PhD in educational psychology with a specialization in human development from Arizona State University. She joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 1981.

Rysberg is the chair of the undergraduate advising committee and, in that position, sees a majority of the 800 undergraduate psychology majors. She provides direction and assistance to the other department advisors, as well. She has prepared the two- and four-year academic plans for the major.

“Dr. Rysberg does her best to get students to take the next step in involvement and leadership,” wrote Brian Oppy, chair, Department of Psychology. “She recruits, trains and oversees the Psychology Peer Advisors, a group of upper division majors who keep regular office hours and provide basic advising.”

Rysberg also places about 60 students into internships throughout the year. This requires that she evaluate all internship sites to ensure that the experiences will be appropriate and valuable.

Rysberg is the chair of the College Curriculum Committee and serves on the Department Scholarship Committee. She serves on several University committees, including the First-Year Experience committee, the Getting Connected/Wildcat Welcome committee and the Outstanding Thesis/Project committee, of which she is chair.

Oppy describes Rysberg as a caring and attentive advisor and an inspirational colleague. She participates in Chico Preview Days and does summer advising, encouraging her colleagues to do the same. In fact, said Oppy, “She arranges scavenger hunts to bring students to our offices and tries her best to get us all into the same advising groove. Nothing is too much if she thinks it will get the students active.”

Outstanding Research Mentor Neil Schwartz
Professor Neil Schwartz, Department of Psychology, received his PhD from Arizona State University. He has been at CSU, Chico since 1992. His fields of expertise are learning and cognition in problem solving and comprehension.

Professor Schwartz’s long-term commitment to mentoring students spans two decades. He shares his office freely with his students, creating an atmosphere of full participation for the students and engaging in what he calls a “research apprentice model.”

“Rather than occasional lab meetings with students being told what to do for his projects, what one sees in his office are students participating in all phases of the project,” said Brian J. Oppy, chair, Department of Psychology, “and, perhaps more importantly, participating in an empirical approach whereby they learn the values of the academy and the need for active exploration of theory.”

One of three international faculty who co-authored and received a grant to create a dual master’s program in cognition and visualization, Schwartz has helped create an opportunity for select students to work with colleagues in Germany and France.

Professor Schwartz is one of the most successful authors in the department, with about one third of his more than four-dozen published papers co-authored by students. He has presented approximately 90 papers over the course of his career, with student co-authors participating in many presentations.

He was the recipient of a CSU, Chico Professional Achievement Honor in 2007. He is the chair of the International Research and Scholarship Committee and editor of the Division C and Division 15 Bulletin for the American Educational Research Association.