Shelly Duff (design) holds a B.F.A. from Iowa State University and an M.Arch. from the University of Wisconsin. She has ten years of professional experience practicing architecture and design; she has taught courses at the University of Wisconsin and as a part-time faculty member here at Sacramento State. Her current research interests include environmentally sustainable, or “green,” design and how changing demographics are influencing residential design.
Susan Fanetti (English) holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, an M.A.T. from Webster University, and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. She taught for five years at Southern Illinois University. She is a specialist in English education, American literature, and women’s studies, and she is writing a monograph on the gendered rhetoric of the United States women’s suffrage movement.
Erika Gasser (history) completed her Ph.D. in History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, "Manhood, Witchcraft, and Possession in Old and New England," examines the intersection of gender with politics and religion in early modern England and colonial New England. She is teaching courses on subjects such as early U.S. History (1607-1877), the Young Republic (1790-1840), and the history of women in Britain and North America (1600-1850).
Susan Metz (music) has a B.A. in Music Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a M.A. in Education/Music from the University of San Francisco. She worked in public schools as a music specialist, consultant, and administrator. She has worked extensively with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop single-subject music teacher preparation standards, and she is particularly interested in the researching of music teaching skills for the music education and liberal studies majors.
Mitch Numark (history) received his Ph.D. in South Asian history from UCLA; his dissertation, “Translating Religion: British Missionaries and the Politics of Religious Knowledge in Colonial India and Bombay,” examines the British missionary relationship to the colonial state in India and the interaction between British missionaries and Bombay's many religious communities including Hindus, Parsis (Zoroastrians), and Bene Israel Jews. He has taught at Bowdoin College, the University of Oklahoma, Pitzer College, and UCLA. He is currently working on several scholarly articles and revising his dissertation manuscript for publication.
Clay Redfield (music) holds a B.M. from Sacramento State, an M.A. in Arts and Letters from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University, and a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1997, he received the Northern Nevada Excellence in Education Award. He taught music for twenty years in the public school programs of Reno and Las Vegas, and at Eastern Arizona College, he served as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Division Chair. He is our Associate Director of Bands and the director of the Sacramento State Marching Band, Concert Band, and “Hornet Review” Pep Band.
Ron Reisner (theatre and dance) graduated from CSU Chico with a B.A. in Economics and English in 1982. After working as a building contractor, he earned an M.A. in Drama from Sacramento State in 2000. He taught as an adjunct at local community colleges and here at Sacramento State for several years while designing sets and lights for theatres in the area. He returned to UC Davis for an M.F.A. in lighting and scenic design, completed in 2005. Ron teaches lighting, stagecraft and scenic design, and he serves as production coordinator.
Mi-Suk Seo (English) earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Seoul National University, Korea, and she completed her Ph.D. in applied linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign after finishing an M.A. in TESOL at the same school. Her research interests include conversation analysis, second language acquisition, ESL pedagogy, and nonverbal communication.
Carmen Stitt (communication studies) holds a B.S from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. from Sacramento State, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, where she was a teaching associate for 6 years. She teaches classes such as Media Communication and Society, Mass Media Theory and Effects, and History of Media. Her research interests include mass media, social influence, narratives, and health communication, and her recent research efforts investigate how audiences cognitively process entertainment television narratives and how exposure to such media fare impacts beliefs about health-related issues.
Xiaoying Xie (communication studies) recently completed her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Maryland, where she also earned her M.A. in Communication. She holds a B. A. from Fudan University in China. Her research has focused on conflict management and negotiation, intercultural communication, persuasion, and quantitative research methods, particularly cultural differences in the cognitive and emotional process of conflict management and persuasion. Xiaoying is teaching classes in intercultural communication and quantitative research methods.