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CSU Faculty Leading the Way in Digital Innovation Get a Boost from Sony Electronics

November 20, 2012

The California State University and Sony Electronics, in partnership with Intel Corporation, presented the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Instruction with Technology to four early career faculty members.  The award consists of a VAIO laptop computer, tablet, camera, and accessories.

The award acknowledges innovative use of technology in delivering quality and affordable education to students and encourages continued achievements in teaching.  Faculty from four CSU campuses are selected annually to receive the award.  This year, the campuses are Long Beach, Monterey Bay, San Bernardino and Stanislaus.

  • Eric Haas-Stapleton, CSU Long Beach assistant professor in Biological Sciences, is helping students design their self-motivating learning experiences with rich multimedia and a dynamic teaching approach.
  • Kate Lockwood, CSU Monterey Bay assistant professor in  Information Technology and Communications Design, is helping students develop more advanced skills by “flipping the classroom” — allowing students to familiarize themselves with subjects through technology followed by practical skills application in class.
  • Mihaela Popescu, CSU San Bernardino assistant professor in Communication Studies, is helping students produce authentic, multimedia narratives for effective communications with digital media.
  • S. Steve Arounsack, CSU Stanislaus assistant professor in Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies, is helping students explore local and global cultural connections, leveraging digital media and ethnography.

This is only the third year of awards, but Sony Electronics has already provided eight CSU faculty members with technology packages valued at $2,300 each.  Additionally, 92 CSU students have received awards valued at $1,200 each.

The CSU Board of Trustees recognized this year's four outstanding faculty members and thanked Sony Electronics, Inc. for its generosity on Nov. 13.