Faculty News

Gerald and Janice Haslam Recipients of 2013 Book Prize

English Professor Emeritus Gerald Haslam and his wife Janice (SSU, '86) have been named recipients of the 2013 Hayakawa Book Prize by the Institute for General Semantics for their "In Thought and Action" (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). The book earlier was presented an Award of Merit by the American Assocation for State and Local History.





The Three Amigos Event

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a reunion of friends and a first time public reading by these three beloved Sonoma State University professors and noted authors who will each provide different perspectives on Mexico, humanity and culture through their literature. This event will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. To purchase the $10.00 tickets in advance, visit www.brownpapertickets.com



Welcome to the New Faculty Joining SSU this Academic Year

Dr. Emiliano Ayala – has returned to the School of Education after a stint at Humboldt State. Dr. Ayala teaches Special Education Programs and directs a Federal grant across the CSU in support of college students with disabilities. He earned his Ph.D. in Education at San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University and his M.S. in Counseling at San Diego State University. His research and grant activities focus on supporting students and families with disabilities with areas of emphasis examining cultural diversity, early childhood special education, and Universal Design for Learning.

Dr. Kathryn Chang – joins the School of Business and Economics as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Dr. Chang received her Ph.D. in Manufacturing and Technology Management at the University of Toledo, Ohio. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and has worked in private industry as an international accountant and financial analyst. Her teaching interests include managerial, cost and financial accounting. She has participated in scholarly presentations at a wide variety of conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Haider Khaleel – is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Science in the School of Science and Technology. Dr. Khaleel is not new to SSU. He joined us last year as a visiting professor in the Engineering Sciences program. He earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has published two book chapters and over 25 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.



Ms. Laura Krier – joins the University Library as Senior Assistant Librarian. Ms. Krier, our new Web Services Librarian, earned her master's in Library and Information Science at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Laura comes to Sonoma State from the California Digital Library where she was employed as Metadata Analyst beginning 2011. Prior to that, Laura was a Systems/Metadata Librarian at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.


Dr. Monica Lares – is a new Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the School of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 2010 she has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular and Cell Biology at the City of Hope Cancer Hospital in Duarte, California. She has taught courses in General, Organic and Biological Chemistry. She is passionate about mentoring student research and is actively engaged in outreach and community involvement.


Dr. Emily Acosta Lewis – joins the school of Arts and Humanities as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. in Communication Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. She is particularly interested in the role of media in shaping viewers' perceptions of social reality via persuasion, communication and psychological theories. She received the "Top Paper Award" at the 2012 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.


Dr. Daniel Soto – joins the School of Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Planning. Since, 2010 Dr. Soto has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His research and teaching interests include the physics of energy, energy efficiency, energy in the developing world and data analysis.



Dr. Thomas Targett – is a visiting Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Targett has a Ph.D in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh and postdoctoral research experience from the California Institute of Technology and the Universities of Birmingham, British Columbia and Edinburgh. He has broad interest in galaxy evolution.