Our Faculty: Dian Baker
Award-winning Nursing Professor Dian Baker recently spearheaded a study with a team of nurses to determine why some hospital patients contract nonventilator-related pneumonia. By focusing on better oral care, her team pinpointed the problem and dramatically reduced the number of these cases - and most important, their death rate at Sacramento's Sutter General Hospital. Her study won Sutter Hospital's quality and safety award.
At Sacramento State, honors for Baker include an Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities. In 2010, she won an Outstanding Faculty Award for Community Service.
The professor, who in July took over as president of the National Association of School Psychologists, is a go-to expert on such issues as the problem of school violence. But it's the students who come first with him, which in large part is why he was honored with the College of Education's 2012-2013 Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activities Award.
In his seven years at Sac State, the business professor has been revered by his students, who routinely praise him as one of their best professors. That helps explain why he has received an Outstanding Teaching Award. Sun's scholastic specialty is industrial engineering and operations research, but his pedagogic passion is helping students maximize their potential.Read More
The education professor's passion for helping her students succeed flows from an intensely personal experience: She's the youngest of 11 children and the sole member of her family to have received a college degree. Students appreciate her exacting methods, which she practices out of a strong desire that they be prepared to teach. "Engagement is the key," she says.Read More
He wasn't too sure of where he was going, and where he had been had little to do with where he would end up. But that didn't keep this beloved mechanical engineering professor, who parlayed a part-time gig into a full-time one that has brought multiple accolades, from becoming one of the University's best and brightest.Read More
Nursing Professor Katherine Kelly's student evaluations are spectacular. Adulatory adjectives like "fantastic," "great," "insightful," "passionate" and "helpful" are routinely sprinkled through the comments. One student wanted to nominate her for teacher of the year. Indeed, the Faculty Senate presented her with a 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award. Spend a few minutes in Kelly's energetic presence, and you quickly understand why her students adore her.Read More
An infectious enthusiasm helps explain why this education professor has received an Outstanding Teaching Award. Motivating honors students is just one of Lilly's many teaching missions. He believes passionate teachers can make a profound difference in students' lives and preaches that educational philosophy with almost evangelical fervor.Read More
Melinda Wilson Ramey
Since joining the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2005, Wilson Ramey has compiled an impressive list of directorial successes. High atop that list is the presentation in 2011 of The Wiz, William F. Brown's Tony Award-winning, rock-and-soul version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Perhaps of greater significance, however, is the way the Theatre and Dance Department chair uses the stage to bring attention to social and cultural circumstances that both strengthen and strain individuals and communities.Read More
Praised for her "magnificent, mystical vision," this dance professor's resume includes original works that have been presented throughout New York City and nationally. So impressed was the then-Theatre and Dance Department chair that Bayne was recruited to come to Sacramento State. Students applaud her passion and professionalism, and her commitment to collaboration and dance-driven new performance has helped fortify the local dance community.Read More