Faculty Center Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Multiculturalism:

Dr. Fredi Avalos has taught in the Department of Communication for nearly 16 years and has served the campus and larger community as a scholar and human rights activist for over 25 years. The classes she teaches, and the workshops she facilitates, deal with topics that are at the heart of multicultural education. Her pedagogy, research, key note presentations, and pubic seminars center primarily on issues of race, class, and gender.  Prior to entering the academy, she served 10 years as a public and community relations professional. For the last 15 years, she has worked as a cross-cultural communication consultant and has served agencies including the AIDS Foundation of San Diego, University of Southern California Medical School, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She is currently the director of the Difficult Dialogues Project of North County. This highly successful series of workshops brings together multiple stakeholders in our region to discuss political and cultural differences.   Dr. Avalos has won many awards and recognitions for her work in the area of social justice.  At CSUSM, she received the President’s Award for Contributions to Student  Success, and this semester the designation of Outstanding Faculty Member from the Office of Community Service Learning.  Her strong connections to the San Diego region will position her to support faculty development, curricular and co-curricular innovations, and to further our community engagements in ways that will strengthen educational equity both in and outside the classroom.  Her essay “Bread and Roses Too” will be published in a special edition of the Social Justice Journal this summer. 


Faculty Fellows for Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century Student:

Dr. Veronica Anover is a Professor in the Modern Language Studies Department and a Global Studies Affiliate. She was hired in Fall 1999. Since her arrival she has promoted the French Program on campus. She developed and started the French Minor and the French Club. She has developed courses for the French and Spanish Programs as well as Global Studies. Dr. Anover was department Chair from Fall 2006 until Fall 2009. In addition she served as Coordinator and Supervisor of the Spanish Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). As such she offered workshops on methodology and pedagogy, she conducted classroom observations and she held regular meetings with the GTAs to discuss best teaching practices. Her fields of expertise are Second Language Acquisition and contemporary French and Spanish women writers. She has co-authored several French and Spanish textbooks from beginner to intermediate levels. She was granted the President’s Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (AY 2008-2009). Dr. Anover is very excited to have been selected as the Faculty Fellow for the 21st Century Teaching and Learning. 

Dr. Matt Atherton is an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology/Criminology and Justice Studies. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005. Prior to gaining his Ph.D., he completed a Master’s Degree at California State University San Marcos.  Drawing from his experience as a first-generation student, Matt has a long-standing interest in both researching higher education outcomes as well pedagogical techniques. He has researched the topics such as financial concerns, educational aspirations, demographics and academic preparedness among non-traditional student populations. Additionally, Matt has published pieces about the use of technological innovations in the classroom such as films, social media and web-based mapping tools. He enjoys continually evolving his pedagogical approach to match current changes in technology, advances in the field of sociology/criminology as well as growing diversity of students. Dr. Atherton is looking forward to leading the Faculty Learning Community for Engaging and Instructing the 21st Century Student next year.