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Introducing new tenure-track faculty members

  • October 3, 2012

At fall convocation, 20 new tenure-track faculty members were introduced to the university community. Learn more about the individuals who have joined Cal State East Bay, serving in the college indicated:

College of Business and Economics

Brian Du, assistant professor of accounting and finance, earned a BS from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University; and a Ph.D. from Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. His areas of expertise are financial markets and institutions and risk management. Prior to his appointment at CSUEB, he was a doctoral student at Rutgers University.

Ken Chung, assistant professor of management, holds a BS in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley; an MBA from the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, New York; and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Jersey. His area of expertise is organization management. He was a doctoral student at Rutgers before joining the Cal State East Bay faculty.

College of Education and Allied Studies

Ardella Dailey, assistant professor of Educational Leadership, earned a BA in sociology, from City University of New York; an MA in early childhood education and special education, San Francisco State University; and an Ed.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, University of California, Berkeley. Her area of expertise is public school administration. She previously served as superintendent for the Alameda Unified School District; director for the Superintendent’s Academy, Association of California School Administrators, Educational Services Division; program chair for the education department of Argosy University.

Diane Elizabeth-Wirt Mukerjee, assistant professor of teacher education, holds BAs in history and in political science from the University of California, Berkeley; MS in education, reading option, from California State University, Hayward; and an Ed.D. from UC Berkeley; credentials from St. Mary’s College of California. Her areas of interest focuses on Researching Student Teaching Models in the Pre-Service Preparedness including: the current student teaching model, residency model, co-teaching and the student teaching experience in linked learning programs; Irrational decision-making in education aimed to assist practitioners in recognizing persistent, ineffective practices and avoid continued use of such practices and mitigate psychological “traps” that may lead to maintaining status quo. Mukerjee has been a long-time lecturer at CSUEB.

My Phung “Jenny” O, assistant professor of kinesiology, holds an Honours Bachelor of Physical Health and Education, Laurentian University; Master of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor, Ontario; and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. Her areas of expertise include psychological skills transfer, observational learning, exercise motivation, biofeedback, exercise-cognition relationship; and transfer of psychological skills between life domains. O has been employed as a CSUEB lecturer working on a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Katherine Bell, assistant professor of communication, holds an MA in Communication and Culture from York University in Toronto and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Washington. A career journalist, she worked in newspapers and with The Canadian Press news agency as a reporter, editor and news manager. As a reporter she focused on environmental and industrial development issues, the rural economy, religion and social justice. Prior to joining CSUEB, she was an instructor at the University of Washington.
Mavis Braxton, assistant professor of social work, earned a bachelor’s in social work and psychology from Oakwood College, a MSW with a concentration in children, youth and families from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in human services with a specialization in Social Policy and Planning Analysis from Walden University. Her areas of research interest include mental health treatment and African American college students. She previously served as director of field education, CSUEB; director for the Department of Health and Counseling Services, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama; and assistant professor for the Social Work Department, Oakwood University.  
Mary Cardaras, assistant professor of communication, earned a BA in journalism from Valparaiso University, a MS in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in international affairs and public policy from Northeastern University. Cardaras created the first online news network produced entirely by college journalism students from around the world, College Newsnet International (CNI) while teaching journalism at Northeastern University. She also built the television, radio broadcasting and digital film department at The New England Institute of Art and served as its chair for 13 years. She has freelanced for CNN, Boston, and has worked for CNN, Atlanta, CNN and World Television News in London, and for other news departments in five other major markets spanning more than 25 years. Most recently she served as chair and professor for The New England Institute of Art.
Elena Dukhovny, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders, earned an MA in communicative sciences and disorders from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in cognition and development, with emphasis in special education, from the joint doctoral program of UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Dukhovny's areas of interest include alternative and augmentative communication, working memory and language acquisition. She worked for several years as a speech-language pathologist, a lecturer and clinical supervisor at SFSU and San Jose State University, and as an assistive technology consultant at the nonprofit parent support organization Parents Helping Parents.

Kai Greene, assistant professor, communicative sciences and disorders, arrives at the university in winter quarter 2013.

Rachael Stryker, assistant professor of human development and women’s studies,  earned a BA in anthropology and sociology from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Berkeley. Fascinated by the interrelationship between culture, the brain, and early child development, her work explores the comparative study of emotion socialization, with a focus on attachment formation and representation. She previously served as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Mills College.

Rose Wong, assistant professor of social work, earned a BS in business administration from UC Berkeley, an MPA from Princeton University and a MSW and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Additionally, she holds two French diplomas, an International Diploma in Public Administration from the École Nationale d’Administration and a Maîtrise in psychology from the University of Toulouse. Her research interests include developing culturally grounded interventions for mental illnesses and community-based models of mental health care in Asian immigrant communities. She has been a consultant on international development and municipal administration development projects in Brazil and Portugal and served as a social worker for immigrant and minority communities in the Bay Area. Her recent positions include: postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF; adjunct professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley; consultant, Collaborative Care Project for Older Adults, Asian Health Services in Oakland.

College of Science

Maria Cho, assistant professor of nursing and health sciences, holds a BSN from Chun-Ang University, South Korean; MS and PhD in nursing from University of California, San Francisco. Her area of expertise is medical surgical nursing. She previously worked as an assistant professor at Samuel Merritt University.

Tyler Evans, assistant professor of biological sciences, earned a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Saskatchewan. His expertise is in environmental physiology. Evans previously served as a postdoctoral fellow for the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara.

Cristián Gaedicke, assistant professor of engineering, has a BS and MS in civil engineering from Catholic University of Chile; and Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of Illinois. He previously was assistant professor at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Chandrakala Ganesh, assistant professor of nursing and health sciences, holds the following degrees: bachelor’s in pharmacy, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India; post graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Management, College of Management Studies, Mumbai, India; and Ph.D. in health policy and administration, The Pennsylvania State University. Areas of interests are health policy and administration and health economics. Ganesh previously served as postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

Paulina Van, professor and chair of nursing and health sciences, earned a BS in nursing, an MS in nursing administration and a Ph.D. in nursing from UC San Francisco. Her areas of expertise are management and leadership, maternity, community and mental health. Prior to joining CSUEB, Van was an associate professor at Samuel Merritt University.

University Library

Jeffra Diane Bussmann, librarian, earned a BS from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and a master of library and information science from San Jose State University. Her areas of expertise include: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) collection development, STEM information literacy and
Web site development. She previously served as mathematics, physics and astronomy librarian at UC Irvine.

Andrew Carlos, librarian, holds a BA/BS in sociology and mathematics from UC Los Angeles and an MLIS from SJSU. His areas of interest include: emerging technologies, cultural sociology, pop culture, urban sociology, virtual communities and Web development. He previously worked as electronic resources librarian at The Harker School in San Jose.

Gretchen Keer, librarian, earned a BA in English literature from Douglass College at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and an MLIS from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her areas of expertise are critical information literacy, emerging technologies, learning object creation and library outreach. She previously served as instructional services librarian for Humboldt State.

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