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Edward Inch


Dean InchBefore coming to Sacramento State, Inch served as provost at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and dean of the School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. While at Pacific Lutheran, he also taught communication and specialized in mediation and conflict resolution.

In 2006, Inch spent the year at Sacramento State as an American Council on Education fellow. He was named dean of the College of Arts and Letters in August 2011. Among his goals is to engage the Sacramento community in the University's arts and cultural programs.

Joseph A. Palermo

Professor of American History

President KennedyThe much-published professor is the author of The Eighties as well as In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism. Among his contributions to scholarly journals is a biography of peace activist Father Daniel Berrigan for The Human Tradition in America Since 1945, and an essay on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon.

Palermo has a master's degree and doctorate in history from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. He has an additional master's degree in history from San Jose State. His expertise includes the 1960s and 1980s, political history, presidential politics and war powers, 20th century social movements and the history of American foreign policy.

Steve Roach

Music Professor and Jazz Studies Director

Theatre PerformanceRoach has performed with some of the world's top jazz and pop musicians, including Tito Puente, Louis Bellson, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, John Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D'Rivera, and the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey orchestras.

Roach became the director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State in 2001 and has since taught courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz history. He has directed Sacramento State's annual Winter Jazz Festival and the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival.

Before coming to Sacramento State, Roach was Jazz Studies director at Baylor University and taught at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. He holds a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a master's degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Melinda D. Wilson Ramey

Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance

One Book EventWilson Ramey, who joined the Theatre and Dance department in 2005, says history influences the way African American playwrights use the stage to explore the life chances and choices of black teenagers. Her scholarship examines the construction of youth identity in African American dramas from the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.

Her acting and directing credits include Dearborn Heights, Day of Absence, The Colored Museum and various productions with the Rhythm & Roots Performance Company, based in Nashville, Tenn. She holds a doctorate in theater and drama, and a master's degree in theater, from Northwestern University; and an undergraduate degree in African American studies from Vanderbilt University.

Sheree Meyer

English Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Jazz students playing saxophoneIn 2007, three years before she became associate dean for Undergraduate Studies, Meyer founded the University's One Book Program, and she continues to serve as its coordinator.

Meyer arrived at Sacramento State in 1991. She chaired the English Department from 2004 to 2010 and served as the department's graduate coordinator and coordinator of the University Learning Communities Project. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in English Renaissance studies from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

John Kanemoto

Engineering and Computer Science Student

Camerata CapistranoKanemoto was a mentor for the First Year Experience (FYE) Program, a three-unit academic course open to all first-time freshmen. He also was active in Sacramento State's 2009 One Book Program, which featured Julie Otsuka's first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine.

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