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Honors, Awards & Grants Archive

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Spring 2014

Bonnie Bade (Professor, Anthropology) submitted "CSUSM Community Ethnobotony Garden" to the California Higher Education Sustainability Award on March 7, 2014.

Fredi Avalos (Lecturer, Communication) was selected as a Fall 2013 Civility Champion.

Sharon Elise (Professor, Sociology) was awarded the 2013-14 President's Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity.

Laura Makey (Lecturer, Liberal Studies) was awarded the 2013-14 President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer.

Merryl Goldberg (Professor, Visual & Performing Arts) was awarded the 2013-14 President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence. 

Terri Metzger (Lecturer, Communication) was nominated for the President's Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity.

Elizabeth Matthews (Associate Professor, Political Science) was awarded the 2013-14 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award.

Dawn Formo (Associate Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) and Laurie Stowell (Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) received an NCHEA Grant. "Aligning for Success in Writing." This project is in partnership with Mira Costa and Palomar College, our high school colleagues, and the North County Professional Development Federation. 

Vivienne Bennett (Professor, Liberal Studies) was named to the board of the International Boundary and Water Commission.

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.

Terri Metzger (Lecturer, Communication) has been accepted as a member of the Diversity and Multicultural Learning Community.

Fall 2013

Fredi Avalos (Lecturer, Communication) was selected as the Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Faculty Center. She was also named a "Woman of Distinction" by the San Diego State Chicana Archive Project in July 2013. 

Fall 2012

Fredi Avalos (Lecturer, Communication) was selected as the Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Faculty Center. She was also named a "Woman of Distinction" by the San Diego State Chicana Archive Project in July 2013. 

Pamela Stricker (Associate Professor, Political Science) has been elected as the Chair of Faculty Development Committee.  She has also been appointed to Professional Leave Committee, representing CHABBS-BSS. 

Martha Stoddard Holmes (Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) received the 2012-13 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

Merryl Goldberg (Professor, Visual & Performing Arts), will receive the 2012-2013 President's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity and Sharon Hamill(Profesor, Psychology), will receive the award for Service Leadership. They will be honored Thursday, January 17, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.

Kendra Rivera (Assistant Professor, Communication) is the recipient of the National Communication Association, Applied Communication Division's 2012 Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article for her work as co-author of the article entitled, "Endorsing equity and applauding stay-at-home moms: How males' voices on work-life reveal aversive sexism and flickers of transformation" from Management Communication Quarterly, 24, 3-43.

Rebecca Lush (Assistant Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) is the recipeint of the University of Maryland's Alice Geyer Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled: “The ‘Other’ Woman: Early Modern English Representations of Native American Women 1579-1690”; Prof. Lush has also received a NEH Grant for her project titled "Selected Epistles by Margaret Fell."

Kimberly Dark (Lecturer, Sociology) was awarded a 4 week writing residency in August, 2012, at the Berlin, Germany, Institut fuer Alles Moegliche.

Spring 2012

Maureen Fitzpatrick (Professor, Psychology) was honored as the Professor of the Year by Psi Chi (student honor society in Psychology)

Merryl Goldberg (Professor, Visual and Performing Arts) received an Academic Achievement award from the San Diego Theater Educators Association

Rebecca Lush (Assistant Professor, Literature and Writing Studies) has won the Geyer prize from the University of Maryland for her dissertation, "The ‘Other’ Woman: Early Modern English representations of Native American Women, 1579-1690."

Kim Pulvers (Assistant Professor, Psychology) is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Learning Faculty Award from Cal State San Marcos

CIVILITY ICONS: Associate Professor Veronica Añover (Modern Language Studies) and Assistant Professor Shana Bass (Political Science) were honored as CSUSM Civility ICONs (Initiating Civil Opportunities Now) in April. Dr. Bass was recognized for her project, USING CIVILITY BRACELETS IN THE CLASSROOM. "For Spring 2012, I thought that my Political Science courses could use a dose of civility and community, and that the civility themes of 'Care, Respect, and Empathy' would be useful to emphasize for the discussions of politics and controversial issues that repeatedly arise in my courses. As part of my introductory discussion to our Classroom Code of Conduct, I discussed the campus Civility campaign and its themes and introduced a civility bracelet specifically for students in each of my courses. I handed the bracelet out the first day to a student who exemplified civility to his/her classmates in our discussion, and then the student wearing the bracelet was to personally pass it on at the end of each class period to another student who exemplified civility that day. This plan worked very well in my classes and bracelets are still in circulation." Dr. Bass was nominated by Sammi Carr, CSUSM fourth year student and student member of the CSUSM foundation Board.

Dr. Añover is extremely honored to have been named Faculty Civility ICON: "I embraced the Civility campaign from its conception and fostered in my classes a respectful and tolerant learning environment. I try to be a role model for my students by treating each one of them with the respect and understanding that they deserve, no matter who they are and where they come from. Next year, to honor my ICON nomination, I intend to ask my students to perform a random act of kindness each week and to post it -in the target language (either French or Spanish)- on our Cougar Course's blog to share it with all." Dr. Añover's was nominated by Tiffany Gabbard, CSUSM Study Abroad Coordinator, who stated, "Veronica is truly one of nicest individuals on the planet. I love her warmth, charisma, and the passion with which she teaches. She is such a believer in the value of international education and this stems from her intense interest in the world and her love for humanity. I appreciate what a support she has been to me, to the Office of Global Education, and to the campus community at large. What a remarkable professor and friend!" 

Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Lynch (Communication) was selected as the January "Civility Champion" by Student Life & Leadership and the Dean of Students Office.  She was profiled in The Pride (now Cougar Chronicles)  Dec. 6, 2011 issue. More information about the CSUSM Civility Campaign is available at:

Assistant Professor Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez (Psychology) was awarded CSUSM Grant Proposal Seed Money for the project "Postnatal alterations of the hypocretin/orexin system may influence depressive behavior." Prof. D'Anna-Hernandez's research is also funded through a NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) grant.

Associate Professor Marisol Clark Ibañez (Sociology) presented the event, "Avenidas to Success for AB 540 Students" in February, which served about 200 members of the North County community interested in supporting, or directly affected by, undocumented immigrant status. The event was funded by an NCHEA grant. North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for North County citizens and to promoting working relationships among California State University, San Marcos; Mira Costa College; and Palomar College. The one-time event was comprised of social networking for students, dinner, presentations on financial aid & scholarships, and a comprehensive immigration legal overview along with smaller break-out sessions with SD area immigration attorneys. The flurry of interest for this conference also generated a list serve of almost 400 participants who are interested in or affected by issues related to undocumented immigrant status. She now manages what is now known as the "AVENIDAS" listserv -- the goal of which is to continue to serve as a source of accurate information on legal, financial, and social activism around issues of immigration. With the keen interest of others in the community and sister colleges, this will most likely become an annual event. 

Assistant Professor S. Deborah Kang (History) has been awarded a one month summer Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library to conduct research on her book-in-progress The Legal Construction of the Borderlands: The INS, Immigration Law, and Immigrant Rights
on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Associate Dean and Professor Patty Seleski and Assistant Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi (History) were awarded a $1,500 seed grant from the CHABSS dean's office, thanks to a private donor, to do the groundwork for a proposed Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Digital Archive.

Assistant Professor Kendra Dyanne Rivera's (Communication) COMM 390 course was awarded a Service Learning Mini-Grants, Spring Semester 2012.

Professor Michael McDuffie (Philosophy) has been appointed as a Community Member to the Palomar Medical Center Investigational Review Committee, the hospital's equivalent to an institutional review board, for the review of proposed research studies involving human participants, to be conducted at the hospital.

Fall 2011

CSUSM President Karen Haynes honored seven faculty and staff in January, including Natalie Wilson, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Literature & Writing Studies, who received the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer, and Judit Hersko, Visual and Performing Arts, who received the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creativity. Congratulations Natalie and Judit! Read more about the awards...

Professor Peter Arnade, CSUSM History Department, was awarded a grant by UCLA's Center for 17/18th Century Studies to hold a  two day conference on Spanish Habsburg Cities in Europe and colonial Latin America to be held at UCLA and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, March 1-2 2013.  Professor Arnade was nominated for a one month stay at the Sorbonne  (University of Paris-IV) as the "Dupont Chair" for February 2013 as "professeur associé."

Professor Marcos Martinez, Professor of Theater, has received an Arts Partnership Grant from Kenneth Picerne Foundation in San Juan Capistrano. The focus of the grant will be to do theatre with the Latino community of Escondido and North County.

Professor Sheryl Lutjens, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, collaborated with Attorneys Anne Bautista and Joycelyn Grospe of Access, Inc. (San Diego) in implementing the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Leadership Project grant in fall semester 2011.

James Miller, Adjunct, Arts and Technology, has been invited to become an honorary member in the Golden Key international Honor Society.  Prof. Miller was recognized during an induction ceremony November 19, 2011 and presented a certificate and pin for service in his capacity as an adjunct faculty member in VPA. He was nominated by a Eric Lopez, who is a student officer in the society.