Welcome to the Hornet Family!

Sacramento State is proud to welcome new faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.

Sadaf Ashtari

Sadaf Ashtari
Assistant Professor

Management Information Systems
College of Business Administration

Ph.D.; Eastern Michigan University

Expertise: Healthcare Information Systems, Business Analytics in Healthcare, Computational Thinking, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

Pooria Assadi

Pooria Assadi
Assistant Professor

Management Area
College of Business Administration

Ph.D.; Simon Fraser University

Expertise: Management, Strategic Human Capital, Business Ethics, Business Methods

Serpil Atamaz

Serpil Atamaz
Assistant Professor

Department of History
College of Arts and Letters

University of Arizona

Expertise: Modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, women

Rodolfo Barniol Duran

Rodolfo Barniol Duran
Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ph.D.; University of Texas at Austin

Expertise: High-energy astrophysics (theory); physics of astrophysical jets

Andrea Becker

Andrea Becker
Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
College of Health and Human Services

PhD; University of Tennessee

Expertise: Sport Psychology and Coaching

Miguel Bota

Miguel Bota
Assistant Professor

World Languages & Literatures / Spanish
College of Arts and Letters

Stanford University

Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Iberian Literatures and Cultures, Gender & Masculinity, Imperialism, Literary Theory, Creative Writing

Nadine Braunstein

Nadine Braunstein, PhD, RD, CDE, FAND
Assistant Professor 

Dietetic Internship Director
College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Boston University School of Medicine

Expertise: Food and nutrition policy, health policy, nutrition, dietetics, oral health, diabetes, eating disorders, food security, ethics and public health.

Bernard Brown

Bernard BrownAssistant Professor 

Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts & Letters

UCLA

Expertise: Dance, Choreography and Performance

 

Matt J.N. Brown

Matt J.N. Brown
Assistant Professor

Kinesiology and Health Science
College of Health and Human Services

Ph.D.; University of Waterloo

Expertise: Sensorimotor control; Neurophysiology; Brain stimulation techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); Brain recording techniques including electroencephalography (EEG); Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Lisa Cantrell

Lisa Cantrell
Assistant Professor

Child Development
College of Health and Human Services

Indiana University

Expertise: Visual attention in infants and young children

Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow

Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow
Senior Assistant Librarian / Social Sciences Librarian

University Library

San José State University

Expertise: Academic librarianship, disability studies and LIS, equity, diversity & inclusion in library services, social science research strategies and behaviors, critical librarianship, critical social theory, whole person librarianship, qualitative methods

Haiquan Chen

Haiquan Chen
Assistant Professor

Computer Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Ph.D.; Auburn University, AL

Expertise: Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Security/Privacy

Cindy Collado

Cindy Collado
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Teaching Credentials

University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D

Expertise: Early childhood special education, educational assessment, evidence-based intervention, teacher preparation and professional development

Tonia N. Davis

Tonia N. Davis
Assistant Professor

Communication Sciences & Disorders
College of Health & Human Services

Vanderbilt University

Expertise: Intellectual and developmental disorders; autism spectrum disorders; complex communication needs

Basia Daria Ellis

Basia Daria Ellis
Assistant Professor

College of Education
Undergraduate Studies, Child Development

University of Calgary

Expertise: Sociocultural Psychology, Immigration and Human Development

Erin Rose Ellison

Erin Rose Ellison
Assistant Professor

SSIS/Psychology Department

University of California, Santa Cruz

Expertise: Social-community psychology, empowerment theory, youth and community development, participatory action research.

Evren Eryilmaz

Evren Eryilmaz
Assistant Professor

College of Business, Management Information Systems

Claremont Graduate University

Expertise: Teaching: Systems development lifecycle, mobile application development for business, java business application development, database management, web design and development, human-computer interaction, information systems project management, business intelligence and analytics. Research: Design science, persuasive design, human-computer interaction, mobile computing, business analytics, and big data management

Dr. Rachel Flamenbaum

Dr Rachel Flamenbaum
Assistant Professor

Anthropology, SSIS

UCLA

Expertise: Linguistic anthropology, digital literacies, language socialization, language ideologies, new media, codeswitching, West Africa.

Dr. Denver J. Fowler

Dr. Denver J. Fowler
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

College of Education, Graduate & Professional Studies in Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Ohio University

Expertise: Dr. Fowler’s research interests include ethics, leadership, educational leadership, and research on the superintendency and principalship. More specifically, he is interested in how the ethical leadership perspectives of school leaders vary according to school leader demographics and school district characteristics. Dr. Fowler has presented his research and served as a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally, including presentations in China, Italy, Greece, and Puerto Rico.

Sargam Garg

Sargam Garg
Assistant Professor

Management Area
College of Business Administration

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Expertise: Strategic Human Resource Management, Idiosyncratic Deals and other exceptions in organizations

Torsa Ghosal

Torsa Ghosal
Assistant Professor

English Literature
College of Arts and Letters

Ph.D from The Ohio State University

Expertise: --Post-1945 English Literature (US/UK/World) --Multimodality and Media Studies --Cognitive Literary Studies --Narrative Theories --Creative Writing

Lani Gleason

Lani Gleason
Assistant Professor

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biological Sciences

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Expertise: Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics, Molecular Ecology, Ecophysiology, Marine Biology

Sue Hobbs

Sue Hobbs
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Child Development

University of California, Davis

Expertise: The majority of my work focuses on two key areas of child development as they relate to child victims and witnesses. These are 1) Children’s eyewitness testimony, specifically, suggestibility, memory development, and secret-keeping; 2) Factors influencing the outcomes of foster youth once they emancipate from care.

Cara Jones

Cara Jones
Assistant Professor

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Women's Studies

Ph.D, Louisiana State University

Expertise: Feminist disability studies/crip studies, feminist health studies, feminist science studies, medical humanities, queer studies, and health narratives & memoirs.

HyunGyung Joo

HyunGyung Joo
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Graduate and Professional Studies

The Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Bullying/Cyberbullying, school climate, school counseling

Stephanie Karas

Stephanie Karas
Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Services Division of Criminal Justice

Abd, Sam Houston State University

Expertise: Post-Ferguson policing issues, police cadet training, media and crime, criminal justice education

Farzan Kazemifar

Farzan Kazemifar
Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Expertise: Environmental fluid mechanics, Greenhouse gases, CO2 capture and sequestration, laser diagnostic techniques.

Catheryn Koss, JD, PhD

Catheryn Koss
Assistant Professor

Gerontology Department

University of Kansas

Expertise: Elder law, end-of-life and incapacity planning, guardianship, decision-making by older couples.

Corinne Lardy

Corinne Lardy
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Teaching Credentials

University of California San Diego and San Diego State University

Expertise: Science Education Science Teacher Education

Leslie K. Larsen

Corinne Lardy
Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

University of Tennessee

Expertise: Cultural Sport Psychology, Coach Education

Rolando T. Lazaro PT, PhD, DPT, GCS

Rolando Lazaro
Assistant Professor

CHHS Department of Physical Therapy

Touro University

Expertise: Geriatrics Physical Agent and Electrotherapy Balance and Falls in the Older Population Community-Based Rehabilitation

Young-Im Lee, Ph.D.

Rolando Lazaro
Assistant Professor

Political Science, SSIS

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Expertise: Gender and politics, Korean politics, East Asian politics

Herman Li

Herman Li
Assistant Professor

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Economics

Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Dr. Michele Mahr

Dr. Michele Mahr
Assistant Professor- Rehabilitation Counseling

College of Education

University of Wisconsin- Madison

Expertise: Research interests include health psychology, exercise behavior for individuals with disabilities, multiculturalism, and social justice advocacy. Previous Teaching experience: Southern University and St. Cloud State University.

Carol Leler Mansyur

Carol Leler Mansyur
Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Ph.D.; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Expertise: Health Disparities/Social Determinants of Health, Social and Behavioral Theory, Health Promotion Methods, Social and Structural Influences on Health Behavior, Quantitative Research Methods

Charl Mattheus

Charl Mattheus
Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Services Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

D.B.A. ; Walden University

Expertise: Managerial intervention strategies to reduce patient no-show rates, Single-payer and universal healthcare systems

Melissa L. McTernan

Melissa L. McTernan
Assistant Professor

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology

PhD, University of California, Davis

Expertise: Quantitative methods, longitudinal data analysis, mixed-effects models, two-part models for zero-inflated data

Praveen Meduri

Praveen Meduri
Assistant Professor

ECS College, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Old Dominion University

Expertise: Analog and Digital VLSI, Analog Design Automation, MEMS Design, Embedded Systems and FPGAs

Garret Merriam

Garret Merriam
Assistant Professor

Philosophy

Rice University

Expertise: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Neurophilosophy

Emily Merrifield

Emily Merrifield
Senior Assistant Librarian

University Library

M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

Expertise: Information literacy, library outreach

Mohammed Eltayeb

Mohammed Eltayeb
Assistant Professor

College of Engineering & Computer Science Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University of Akron

Expertise: Communication Systems, Beamforming, MIMO Precoding, Connected Vehicles.

Partha Sarathi Mohapatra

Partha Sarathi Mohapatra
Assistant Professor

College of Business, Accounting

University of Kentucky

Expertise: Accounting Information Systems, auditor reputation and litigation, auditor independence, PCAOB inspections, AIS ethics, Big data in auditing and accounting

Alexandra Morrison

Alexandra Morrison
Assistant Professor

Psychology, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Temple University

Expertise: Attention, working memory, mind wandering, cognitive enhancement strategies

Matthew C. Morse

Matthew C. Morse
Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands

School of Music, College of Arts and Letters

D.M.A., University of North Texas

Expertise: Wind conducting, wind band history and literature, trombone/low brass performance

Kikuko Omori

Kikuko Omori
Assistant Professor

Communication Studies, College of Arts and Letters

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Expertise: Intercultural Communication (Global media & culture, cross-cultural adaptation, identity & intercultural communication, online health information seeking behavior across cultures, body images & culture) Online education and student satisfaction

Sangmin Park

Park Sangmin
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Education

University of Iowa

Expertise: Multicultural competency development in counselor education, Career counseling

Aishah Y. Patterson

Aishah Y. Patterson
Assistant Professor

Communication Sciences and Disorders

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Expertise: Fluency disorders, physiological stress response, and clinical methods/procedures

Scott Perkins

Scott Perkins
Assistant Professor of Music

School of Music

Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester)

Expertise: Composition, music theory, pedagogy of music theory and musicianship, atonal music-reading, music of Benjamin Britten

Zachary Pietrantoni

Zachary Pietrantoni
Assistant Professor

College of Education, Graduate and Professional Studies, Counselor Education

Ph.D.; Southern Illinois University

Expertise: School counseling, multicultural competency development in school counselor training, evidence-based practices in school counseling

Phillip Reese

Phillip Reese
Assistant Professor

Communication Studies, College of Arts & Letters

M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Expertise: Data journalism, investigative journalism.

Roslyn Roberts

Roslyn Roberts
Assistant Professor

College of Business Administration

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Expertise: Financial accounting, Goodwill impairment, Business value impairment as a result of climate change

Alexa D Sardina

Alexa D Sardina
Assistant Professor

College of Health & Human Services, Criminal Justice Division

Indiana University, Ph.D

Expertise: Sexual offenses and offenders, sexual abuse assessment, treatment, and prevention efforts.

Nandini Singh

Nandini Singh
Assistant Professor

SSIS, Anthropology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Tübingen, Germany

Expertise: Primate skeletal morphology, human evolutionary biology and 3D geometric morphometrics.

Christy Solorio

Christy Solorio
Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

PhD University of California, Davis

Expertise: Pediatric nursing, nursing leadership, research with hospitalized children using drawing and interviewing.

Rachel Keiko Stark

Rachel Keiko Stark
Health Sciences Librarian

University Library

Drexel University

Expertise: Health Sciences Information, Evidence Based Medicine, Clinical Research.

Raul Cruz Tadle, Jr.

Raul Cruz Tadle, Jr.
Assistant Professor

Economics

University of California, Santa Cruz

Expertise: Monetary Policy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Financial Textual Analysis, International Finance

Mercedes Valadez

Mercedes Valadez
Assistant Professor

Division of Criminal Justice

Arizona State University

Expertise: Immigration, race and ethnicity, and inequality.

Maria Elena Vargas

Maria Elena Vargas
Assistant Professor

Ethnic Studies

University of Maryland-College Park

Expertise: Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, and Transnational feminist studies.

Summer Ventis

Summer Ventis
Assistant Professor

Art

University of Colorado, Boulder

Expertise: Printmaking.

Clayton Visger

Clayton Visger
Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences

University of Florida

Expertise: Evolution, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Ecological Modeling.

Farshid Zabihian

Farshid Zabihian
Assistant Professor

College of Engineering and Computer Science Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ryerson University

Expertise: Energy systems, Renewable and conventional power generation systems, Engineering Pedagogy.