CSU Channel Islands -- August 20, 2003
Faculty Appointed at California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands will have 18 new full-time
faculty members teaching courses this fall semester. The tenure-track
appointments mark the successful completion of an extensive nationwide
search. The new assistant, associate, and full professors will join
the existing 30 faculty members who taught this year's inaugural class.
More than 3,000 applicants submitted their curriculum vitas via an on-line
application and evaluation system that is the first of its kind in the
country. Cal State Channel Islands faculty conducted 350 phone interviews
of qualified applicants. Out of this applicant pool, 99 were invited
to campus for final interviews.
In a process unique to the University, finalists were chosen by the
entire Cal State Channel Islands faculty, not just the hiring departments.
Recommendations were made by the faculty to the administration.
"These candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines
are dedicated teachers who will put the student first, a commitment
that is fundamental to this University," comments Ted Lucas, Interim
Vice President of Academic Affairs. "Their arrival will enable
us to continue to serve our growing student population and reach a new
hallmark in our development as an institution of higher learning. I
am very appreciative of the hard work of everyone involved in this process."
The new faculty members and their areas of specialization are:
- Virgil Adams III, Psychology
- Marion Adler, English-English Education
- Julia Balén, English
- Cathy Claiborne, Business-Accounting
- C. B. Claiborne, Business-Marketing
- Maria Denney, Special Education
- Amy Denton, Biology-Bioinformatics/Genomics
- Jesse Elliot, Mathematics
- Scott Frisch, Political Science-American Institutions/Public Policy
- Matthew Furmanski, Art-Sculpture/Digital Art
- Jorge Garcia, Mathematics
- Nian-Sheng Huang, History-North America
- Antonio Jimenez-Jimenez, Spanish-Linguistics/Language Acquisition
- Lizbeth King, Art-Graphic Design/Technology
- Jill Leafstedt, Special Education
- Joan Peters, English
- Donald Rodriguez, Environmental Science and Resource Management
- Peter Smith, Computer Science
About California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands is Ventura County's first
four-year, public university, and the newest of the CSU campuses. The
University - located on a 670-acre campus of preserved natural coastal
landscape - emphasizes learning within and across disciplines through
integrated approaches and experiential and service learning. For more
information, visit www.csuci.edu.