The source of Sacramento State's extraordinary academic strength, our dedicated 1,500 faculty members are recognized experts in their fields, and they apply that knowledge to their work with students, as well as the work they do in the community. Pictured here is History Professor Rebecca Kluchin, a recent research award winner. Below, please enjoy some highlights from recent profiles of our outstanding educators.

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Our Faculty: Mark Stoner

Mark StonerCommunication Professor Mark Stoner presented the prestigious 2014-15 Livingston Lecture, "Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? Communication, Collaboration and Coalition of Minds," on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Livingston Lecture is an honor awarded each year to a faculty member who has been active in the life of the University, including faculty governance, who displays consistent collegiality and a commitment to students, and who actively participates in creative and scholarly activities.

Stoner helped found Sacramento State's Center for Teaching and Learning ,and served as its assistant director and interim director between 2004 and 2012. In 2012, he formed a committee of alumni, faculty and students to create NETS (Network: Extending Teaching and Scholarship). He is currently working with fellow Professor Diego Bonilla on two innovative projects in communication studies.

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Roberto Pomo

in-story graphicFrom reviving the University's Honors Program to serving as the inspiration for many students, including award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler, this professor of theater history and film studies has had a far-reaching influence. He's known for challenging and engaging students and urging them to attain their full potential.Read More

Pingsheng Tong

in-story graphicThis professor, who helped create the College of Business Administration's honors program in 2012, began her higher-education journey in Beijing. At Sacramento State, Tong focuses on real-world scenarios that teach and prepare students to compete while also providing "a valuable service to the community."Read More

Elaine Gale

in-story graphicGale's main role as a communication studies and journalism professor provides a venue for her passions for teaching and art. She manages to pile much more onto her plate as well: Among other pursuits, she's a journalist, writing coach, editor, trainer, speaker and communication consultant.Read More

Tanya Altmann

in-story graphicNursing Professor Tanya Altmann has been serious about the healing profession for a long time: It was her career ambition as a little girl, and her commitment carried through volunteer shifts as a teen. High academic standards are why her student evaluations routinely rank this Outstanding Teaching Award winner as a tough but fair grader.Read More

Ron Coleman

in-story graphicHis knowledge of cichlid fish is internationally renowned. But it is the biological sciences professor's work in the community, specifically through the Dinner with a Scientist program, that has earned him commendation from the University and helps spark young, scientifically inclined minds.Read More

Lorelei Bayne

In-story graphicPraised 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