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Research, Publications, & New Works Archive

Cyrus Masroori (Associate Professor, Political Science) presented at a seminar on Political Humor (gender and satire in 19th century Iran) at UC Riverside (2/12).

Oliver Berghof (Associate Professor, Literature & Writing Studies) was part of a reading group dedicated to the work of Peter Sloterdijk, which met last spring. They interviewed Sloterdijk and the interview was published last month in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

Tony Allard (Lecturer, Visual Arts) March 2014 - Participating artist in Transannual: Normal Actions for Normal Heights event on. [flyer

Doris Bittar (Lecturer, Visual Arts) October 2013 - Cover Graphic for Four Arab American Plays, book by Jamil Khoury, published by McFarland & Co..
March 2014 - Cover Graphic for AL JADID, cultural magazine on Middle Eastern art and opinion, based in Los Angeles
February 2014 - Panelist for  “Who Builds Your Happiness?” Global South Asia Conference, New York University panelist representing Gulf Labor Artist Coalition,
April 2014 - Chairing panel sessions at the Arab American Studies Conference at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI.
Recent and upcoming exhibitions are the following:

  • February 2014 - Women, War and Industry, San Diego Museum of Art exhibit
  • December 2013 - Infinite Mirror, November, University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan.
  • March/April 2014 WORD OF ART,  Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, California.
     - Labor Migrant Gulf, Southwestern College Gallery, Chula Vista, California. Three students (Sean Boyd, Sara Hopper and Edgar Mendez) from the art dept. at California State University San Marcos will be participating along with international and established artists.  Bittar is a core organizers for Gulf Labor, a New York-based artists coalition and collecting endorsements from organized labor, community and interfaith groups, and art institutions.

Ching-Ming Cheng (Assistant Professor, Music) Recent performances are the following:

  • January 2014  - North Coast Singers Women's Choir Pianist, Encinitas, CA
    - Campus recital with saxophone Professor Kenneth Radnofsky
  • February 2014 - A private piano student won the first place in Concerto Competition of Music Teacher Association of California San Diego Branch
    - Solo Pianist of The Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra, performing in Point Loma Nazarene University
  • March 2014 - Pianist, fundraiser concert for Taiwan Center in San Diego 
    - CSUSM Fundraiser piano recital (tickets:

Kaja Dunn (Lecturer, Theatre) March 2014 - Presenting at the Southeaster Theatre Conference on Shakespeare in Found Spaced and Making the Leap from MFA to Teaching professional.
April 2014 - Directing the CSUSM spring musical, Seussical the Musical opening in April. (tickets

Karin Flijan (Lecturer, Theatre) Jan/Feb 2014 - Lighting designer for Tracy Lett’s “Bug” and Sam Holcroft’s “Edgar & Annabel” at Ion Theatre Company
March 2014 - Lighting designer for Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away” performing in repertory at Ion Theatre Company.

Merryl Goldberg (Professor, Visual & Performing Arts) February 2014 - Featured speaker at the National Title I conference (Feb 4th and 5th) on DREAM and Arts Integration:
January 2014 - Published a blog “Dreams of Education” on California Alliance for Arts Education website
Published article: STEM to STEAM with National PTA “Our Children” magazine:
President’s Award for Teaching Innovation CSUSM.

Jason Heil (Lecturer, Theatre) Upcoming Acting Productions:

  • Feb/March 2014 - SCHOOL FOR LIES - North Coast Repertory Theatre
  • April/May 2014 - PASSION - Ion Theatre Company -
  • October/November 2014 - MARLENE IN PARIS - Lamb's Players Theatre (Oct-Nov)

Upcoming Directing Production - June 2014 - I HATE HAMLET - Intrepid Shakespeare Company (June)

Judit Hersko (Professor, Visual Arts) June 2013- January 2014 - Selected for the exhibition Converging Ingenuities at the San Diego International Airport – will be exhibited in the terminal 2 art gallery
March 2014 - Panelist: Converging Ingenuities – (one of two artists invited to participate) At the symposium: Aesthetics & Authenticity: Presented by San Diego International Airport San Diego International Airport Art Program
April 2014 - Paper selected for presentation - Anthropocene Feminism Conference, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee,
July 2014 - Artwork selected for online exhibition and symposium organized by Stewardship of the Antarctic

Lisa Hutton (Lecturer, Visual Arts) March 8-29th - A solo exhibition “Wither Properties” at Not an Exit Gallery at Bread and Salt.
March 10-April 3, 2014 - A charity exhibit, “The Emperor No More: Artists for Healing” at the Hyde Art Gallery on the Grossmont College Campus

Andrea Liss (Professor, Visual Arts) February 2014 - Participating in the Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association in Chicago with a keynote presentation entitled "Maternal Self-Portraits: Revolutionary Forms of Justice.”

Ron Jessee (Lecturer, Directs Vocal Ensemble) - Received 2013 Community Service Award from the King-Chavez Community of Schools. 
- Older (2012) but may be of interest:

Kimberly Dark (Lecturer, Sociology) spoke at the University of Richmond on October 29, 2013 about "Gender, Race and Money." During November 2013, she was also part of 2 panels at the National Association for Student Activities Conference in Peoria, IL: "Becoming the Subject of Your Own Story" and "Storytelling for Leadership and Collaboration." On January 11th, 2014 she held a workshop at the Hilo HI Ku'ikahi Mediation Center titled "The Basics of Facilitation." Upcoming events for Kimberly are the following:

  • March 28, 2014 Kimberly will be speaking about "The Gayness: Love and Hate in America" at Western Michigan Univiersity at Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • April 5, 2014 "Games for Social Creators" workshop at the National Association for Campus Activities at Minneapolis, MN
  • May 9 & 10, 2014 as part of the Creative Writing Speaker's Series at Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon
  • July 23, 2014 she will be attending the Women in Theatre Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • From July 24-27, 2014 she will be at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Specifically she will be performing a story from her show "Love, Sex and Laughter" to open a panel called "Fat Chance, she will be offering a storytelling technique on a skills panel called "The Games We Play," and she will be telling a story during a panel titled, "Acting Out: Women's Health and Narratives of Resistance." 
  • November 13-15, 2014 she will be at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of the panels on Trans*feminisms and Fat Studies focus groups. 

Nicoleta Bateman (Associate Professor, Liberal Studies) will be speaking at LingUSA (Linguistics Undergraduate Association) on Linguistics in K-12 Education on February 20th at UCSD. [Learn more here]

Fredi Avalos (Lecturer, Communication) is the new Faculty Advisor for the Invisible Children's Club and the faculty Advisor for the newly established Public Relations Club at CSUSM. Avalos has also established three professional internships for her students in the areas of public relations, translation/interpreting, and journalism. She has established, facilitated, and successfully completed four Community Service Partnerships/projects for her COMM 456 course, two of which were new partnerships. Dr. Avalos also has a publication in the area of Latino/Chicano/a Studies: Bread and Roses Too.  Special Edition: Social Justice. A Life in Struggle/Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Vol.39, 2-3.

Katherine Brown (Associate Professor, Communication) was a part of the Professional Development Series: Public Speaking. Presented by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 15 and did a presentation on “Effective PowerPoint Presentation and Business Correspondence”

Anthony Cuomo (Lecturer, Communication) had two panel presentations at NCA: “Del Realismo Mágico a Camera Obscura: Constructing/Confronting Fascist Aesthetics, the Imaginary Homeland, and the Trope of the Childlike Innocent in Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Women in Higher Education: Establishing Connections and Creating a Cultural Climate of Inclusion into the Classroom.” Prof. Cuomo’s will be participating in a panel titled “Transferring Undergraduate and Graduate Learning into Opportunities for Service and Activism: A Roundtable Discussion” at the Western States Communication Association in February, 2014. Cuomo will also be chairing “Negotiating the Classroom Space as Female Teaching Associates.”

Michelle Holling (Associate Professor, Communication) served as respondent to a panel titled "Latina and Chicana Feminisms: Connections Past, Present, and Future.” Also, she was an invited discussant to a panel entitled "Womentoring: How Do I Publish a Book?” 

Dreama Moon (Professor, Communication) was a roundtable participant for the Women's Caucus Womentoring Panel on building bridges among women across colorlines and borders. She also was nominated as Chair of the Intercultural and International Division.  In addition, Prof. Moon was nominated for the President's Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award at CSUSM.

Bud Morris (Professor, Communication) Co-Authored Recounting the Experience of Being Moved: An Analysis of Organizational Communication Students’ Transportation Narratives. This NCA paper reports a qualitative analysis of narratives 48 organizational communication students constructed and performed when they were asked to tell about being moved by a narrative.

Vincent N. Pham (Assistant Professor, Communication) presented at the 2013 American Studies Association (ASA) and National Communication Association (NCA) in November, 2013. At ASA, he presented a “Community in debt and the Rhetorics of DIY organizing.” At NCA, he organized and chaired the panel "Late Additions, New Celebrities, and Old News: Asian American Transmedia Representational Connections" as well as presented the paper “(Past) Present/Future Summit: Asian American Media Organizations in a Digital Era.” He also wrote “The Young and the YouTube – Celebrating Wong Fu Productions” for the San Diego Asian Film Festival program booklet. He also participated with the “Conversation with Scholars” event as part of 10th anniversary of the Whiteness Forum.

Kendra Dyanne Rivera (Assistant Professor, Communication) participated (with Sarah J. Tracy) in the Ethnography Division Competitive Paper Presentation titled "Embodying emotional dirty work: A messy text of patrolling the border.” In the Applied Communication Division, with Kimberly D'Anna Hernandez (CSUSM Psychology Department), Dr.  Rivera presented "Forging stronger healthcare connections: Communication tools for empowering immigrants and relieving health disparities." She also participated in an Organizational Communication Division Competitive Panel Discussion titled "Creating Organizational Communication Research Connections with (and as) Privileged Allies in Organizing Difference and Change at Work." 

Liliana Castañeda Rossmann (Professor, Communication) gave a presentation titled "Using the Daisy Model to Create Alternative Stories for Gang-Involved Women" in the panel, Connecting Theory, Practice, and Change: Practical Applications of the Theory of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM)” at the NCA Annual Convention in Washington. She is now the Vice-Chair Elect of the Communication as Social Construction Division of NCA. Previously, she gave a talk at the BMW Technology Center sponsored by the German International School of the Silicon Valley in Mountain View, CA on Monday, Oct. 28. She also was the featured presenter at the CSUSM Faculty Center Fall Colloquium Dinner on Nov. 6.  Most recently, she gave a presentation to the Young Women’s Empowerment Project of the Washington United Youth Center at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana in San José, CA on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Caroline Sawyer (Lecturer, Communication) chaired two panels for the Human Communication and Technology Division at NCA.  One was titled “Why we CMC: Theoretical Explanations for Communication Technology Use.” 

Rebecca Lush (Assistant Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) presented at the national meeting of the Western Literature Association in October 2013 a paper called "Seductive Soldiers: Cross-Dressing Heroines in Sensational Fiction."

Sandra Doller (Assistant Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) and  Martha Stoddard Holmes (Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) represented CSUSM, CHABSS, and LTWR at a Council on Undergraduate Research Institute on Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities held at CSU Sacramento in November. 

Martha Stoddard Holmes's (Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) essay "Dinah Mulock Craik and the pre-Raphaelites: Pages from Pettitt's Annual Diary" appears in Women's Writing 20.3. 

Dawn Formo (Associate Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) presented a paper "Where's the Writer in the Response Process?: Examining the Role of the Writer as Solicitor of Feedback in Response Research and in Composition Texbooks." PAMLA. San Diego. 1-3 Nov. 2013.

Jocelyn Ahlers (Professor, Liberal Studies) presented a paper in an invited session, was a discussant on a panel, and reported as Program Chair to the Society for Linguistic Anthropology at this year's American Anthropological Association meetings in Chicago the week before Thanksgiving.

Laura Makey (Lecturer, Liberal Studies) presented at Campus Connect.

Julie Gomez de Garcia's (Professor, Liberal Studies) students presented at Campus Connect and in the student poster presentation.

Kim Knowles-Yanez (Professor, Liberal Studies) presented at Palomar College for the GIS workshop, and at Campus Connect.

Marisol Clark-Ibanez (Associate Professor, Sociology) has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the "Negotiating In/Visbilities" conference in Cambridge, England (December 11- 13, 2013). Previously held in Zurich and Copenhagen, this conference is inter-disciplinary and attracts art practitioners and academics from areas including literature and film studies, philosophy and art history, architecture, sociology, geography and urban studies. As a part of this research network, they explore questions relating to cultural changes in the visible and the invisible. Her talk is called, "In/visibility & Ethics: The Case of Undocumented Immigrants."

Mary Jo Poole (Lecturer, Sociology) presented at Boston College, Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, 13th Annual Diversity Challenge.  She presented with Michelle Jacob, Ph. D., Professor at Heritage University and University, San Diego (CSUSM M.A.S.P. alumni as well).  Their presentation was based on Dr. Jacob’s research and was titled, What Helps American Indians Succeed in Health Interventions? In support of this presentation, she applied for and was awarded a $500 grant from CSUSM Social Justice and Equity Project.  As part of this award, she will be presenting on this experience Friday, April 25th, at the Faculty Center Teaching Expo.

Theresa Suarez (Assistant Professor, Sociology) is the CHABBS and IITS nomination for the SONY Awards Program for Innovative Teaching with Technology, which is in partnership with Intel Corporation and the CSU Office of the Chancellor. However, there is one more level of review to determine if she will be the CSUSM university-wide nomination as well, which would then put her in competition with three other CSU campuses for the award.

Donna Goyer (Lecturer, Sociology) participated in the CALM workshops to reduce book costs for students enrolled in SOC 201. She will also be presenting some data at PSA on online learning in March 2014.