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Faculty in Residence (FIR) Bios

Eric Suess: Grants from A to Z

Eric is a Professor of Statistics in the Department Statistics and Biostatistics. He joined the faculty in 1998 after completing his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Davis. At CSU East Bay he served as the Chair of his Department for 9 years. He served as Chair of COBRA for two years. He was been involved in Faculty Development before becoming Department Chair, he was a Faculty in Residence for Technology. Eric was a co-PI on the CSU system-wide Sloan Grants for the development of the Professional Science Masters Programs which developed and created the PSM in Biostatistics. Eric administered the CSU East Bay Department of Statistics and Biostatistics part of the CSU system-wide America Competes Act grant to support students in the Biostatistics PSM. Eric was PI of the Chevron Mathematics Achievement Academies and of the ACCLAIM Program that supported Math teacher training in the East Bay and beyond. He teaches courses in Statistics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His primary areas of research are Bayesian Statistics, Time Series Analysis, Computational Statistics, and Statistics Education. He is a user of open-source software and a linux user. He has written a book using the open-source software package R.

Aline Soules: Completing a Scholarly Project in the Academic Year

Aline is a Library Faculty member in the University Libraries, and a professional writer and editor, with a Master of Science in Library Science, a Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Since coming to Cal State East Bay in 2002, she has taught information literacy classes to first year students, provided reference service, and been the liaison librarian for multiple departments on campus (currently English and Geography/Environmental Studies). She has served the university in roles such as the chair of CAPR and a member of the GE Subcommittee, and numerous others. In the academic arena, Aline has published extensively in both librarianship and higher education, often with colleagues from this and other universities, e.g., "Embedding Multiple Literacies into STEM Curricula" and "Faculty Perception of Wikipedia in the California State University system." In the creative writing sphere, she publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays, e.g., in the Kenyon Review and the Houston Literary Review, and has a book and chapbook to her credit. She has served on several FIRs in past years, most recently for Completing a Scholarly Project in the Academic Year in 2016-17. As the FIR for the FLC on scholarly projects this year, Aline wishes to provide colleagues with the opportunity to achieve their scholarly creativity goals through a combination of discussions about writing and "safe" spaces in which to write.

Michelle Rippy: Social Justice Overlay

Michelle is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice Administration teaching coursework in investigations, crime prevention, community policing and ethics. Michelle also coordinates the Criminal Justice Internship Program including holding an internship fair on campus. Her research interests include medicolegal death investigations, forensic science, undercover operations and the use of high impact practices in the classroom. Michelle includes social justice topics in all of her courses and recently started integrating community involvement in the shape of volunteer work in coursework. Having been a part of the Student Success FLC in 2016-17, Michelle is looking forward to working with colleagues in the Social Justice Overlay FLC this year.

Sanjay Marwah: Transparent Teaching and Learning

Sanjay is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice since 2014, teaching police management, crime prevention, crime theory, and research methods. Bringing twenty years of teaching and research experiences in public policy, sociology, environmental policy, and criminal justice, he currently specializes in teaching and research on metropolitan crime, police organizations, democratization of policing, Mertonian theory, and cultural political economy. Sanjay has published two books (on Suburban Crime) and a co-authored one (on Crime Prevention), in numerous scholarly journals including book reviews, review essays, encyclopedia entries as well as presented at numerous conferences in the areas of criminology, sociology, and transportation. He was Faculty in Residence for Writing Across the Curriculum in 2016-2017 and a Faculty Fellow in the Writing Across the Curriculum FLC in 2014-2015. Sanjay was awarded the Faculty Ally Award for the Graduate Writing Associates program for the 2015-2016 year. He serves as the Criminal Justice Department’s Assessment Coordinator. He has significant university and college experience in assessment, sustainability, curriculum, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Karina Garbesi: Sustainability Overlay

AGES faculty member Karina Garbesi has over 20 years of experience leading sustainability education, research, and action-oriented programs as a professor of environmental studies at Cal State East Bay, San Jose State University, and as a program director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). With a background in physics (AB Physics, High Honors, UC Berkeley, ‘86) and an interdisciplinary MS and PhD in Energy and Resources (UCB ‘88/’93) under John Holdren (President Obama’s senior science advisor) Garbesi takes an interdisciplinary approach to problems at the nexus of energy, environment, and social justice. Her work has included renewable energy resource assessment, environmental and social impacts of energy alternatives, energy and economic impacts of energy efficiency standards. Her work has resulted in the implementation of national energy efficiency standards in the U.S., the installation of wind turbines in Eritrea, and solar energy throughout the world. In addition to consulting for Golden Gate University Law’s Schools Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, Garbesi is a founding member of the Board of Directors of We Care Solar, a local non-profit that was recently honored by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and awarded the United Nation’s $1 Million sustainability award: “Powering the Future We Want – Recognizing Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development.” She is currently championing the integration of sustainability into the curriculum at Cal State East Bay, and promoting energy and social justice partnerships with local low-income schools and the surrounding community. She served as a Faculty in Residence in 2015-16.

Amy Furniss: Peer Review of Online Teaching

Amy is an Assistant Professor of Physics and has taught at CSUEB since 2015. She enjoys teaching a range of physics classes, from introductory physics and astronomy to the differential based mechanics and astrophysics. In addition to her efforts in inclusive pedagogical practices, Dr. Furniss has been working to bring introductory physics and astronomy course content to the Online Learning Environment. She has studied the Quality Matters Course Design Rubric and become a certified Online Course Reviewer. Working closely with the Online Campus to ensure that her course meets the QM standards, her Online Astronomy Course passed a rigorous review and has received Quality Matters Certification. She is continuing her efforts in online education through the formation of a hybrid on-ground/online version of the algebra-based introductory physics sequence. She utilizes many of the academic technology resources available on campus, such as the Learning Glass to record lecture content, and is improving her availability to her students through the use of remote office hours.

Ann Fajilan: Diversity Overlay

Ann, a Professor in Theater and Dance, has worked in the Bay Area as a Director, Production Manager, A.E.A. Stage Manager, and Instructor. Back in the day, she worked with the Magic Theater, Asian American Theatre, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Berkeley Shakes, and several other theater companies. She has also directed, consulted and/or taught for Stagebridge Theatre (the Oldest Senior Storytelling Theater), Bindlestiff (The only U.S. Filipino theater with a permanent home) and PMSTA (Pinays Maintaining Strength Thru Solidarity). She is currently developing and writing a sequence of Filipina inspired scripts with members from the Filipino American National Historical Society, East Bay. She taught for City College of San Francisco for eighteen years where she was the Artistic Producing Director for the Festival of American Playwrights of Color, at Laney College as a sabbatical Chair replacement, a guest artist lecturer for U.C. Davis and The Ensemble Theater. She co-developed the freshman learning clusters for Keeping It Real:How Race Matters in Pop Culture and Theatre & Dance for Social Justice and directed numerous CSUEB student productions. In 2012 she was one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States/ Innovative & Thought Leader category. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Education and her work with students on the teacher track emphasizes an anti-bias curriculum. She is currently directing CSU Ferguson, an event that is comprised of original spoken word, dramatic and comedic testimonies, song & dance--creative expressions that focus on how all oppression is related.

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