Faculty & Staff Directory


Name Title and Area of Specialty


Department of Viticulture & Enology.  Vacant:  #13224

Faculty position.  The successful candidate will hold tenure at the rank of either associate or full professor in the Department of Viticulture & Enology.  Review of applications will begin June 19 and continue until position is filled.  Search in progress. 


Viticulture & Enology Research Center.  Vacant: #13225

The VERC Director is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position. Candidates are required to have a M.Sc. or Ph.D. from an accredited institution.  Review of applications will begin July 5, 2017. Search in progress.

Sanliang Gu

Professor of Viticulture & Ricchiuti Chair of Viticulture

Fruit quality improvement, plant nutrition, plant-water relations, cold hardiness, cultivar evaluation, trellis systems and canopy management  

Fall Semester courses: Vit 101 - General Viticulture I, Vit 106 - Winegrape Production

Miguel Pedroza

Assistant Professor of Enology (starting Fall Semester 2017)

Wine chemistry, sensory evaluation of wines  

Fall Semester courses: Enology 105- Advanced Sensory Evaluation of Wine, Enology 164 - Wine Analysis & Production

Qun Sun

Assistant Professor of Enology (starting Fall Semester 2017)

Food science with an emphasis on wine chemistry, chemosensory and viticultural studies of hybrid grape and resulting wines, food/beverage development, grape/wine aroma and flavor compound identification, the impact of viticultural practices on grape and wine quality, developing new analytical techniques for measurement of grape and wine components, determining the relationship between sensory attributes and wine composition  

Fall semester courses: Enology 115 - Analytical Methods for Wine

Sonet Van Zyl

Assistant Professor of Viticulture 

Table and raisin grape production and marketing, cultivar development and evaluation, grapevine and rootstock breeding for improved quality and pest and disease resistance, industry focused research for California's table grape and raisin industries  

Fall semester: Vit 103 - Raisin Production & Processing, Vit 165 - Grape Varieties & Rootstocks, Vit Eno 194


Professor of Viticulture & Bronco Wine Company Viticulture Research Chair

Precision viticulture, whole grapevine physiology, mechanization of canopy management practices, vineyard efficiency


 Teaching Faculty & Staff:

Name Title and Area of Specialty

Britt Foster

Faculty, Henry Madden Library Subject Librarian for the Jordan College, Viticulture & Enology  

Information literacy instruction, reference and research, including viticulture and enology subjects and V. E. Petrucci Library collection

Richard Gahagan

Lecturer, Enology (Spring Semester)

Former Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Wine Technical Advisor, and B.S. Enology, Fresno State (1982)

Spring Semester course: Regulations - Brandy & Wine

Tom Montgomery

Winemaker, Wine production

All aspects of wine production, winery operations and management of the university's commercial winery

Responsible for student supervision and training in the Fresno State Winery, and integrating instruction and research activities into the winery operations  

Kevin Smith

Lecturer, Winery Business & Marketing

Business and marketing lecturer, Manager of business and marketing operations for the Fresno State Winery

Fall Semester course: Enology 173  Wine Marketing

William Whalen

Lecturer, Enology

Biology, Fermentation

Fall Semester course: Eno 163 - Fermentation 


Vineyard Technician  (Ag Foundation Job #17-810)

All aspects of vineyard operations and management of the university's on-campus vineyards

Responsible for student supervision, and facilitation of research projects in the Fresno State vineyards


 Adjunct Faculty:

Name Title and Area of Specialty

Susan Rodriguez

Adjunct Faculty

Wine Microbiology, Sensory                                                                                      


Name Title and Area of Specialty
Geoffrey Dervishian

Viticulture Associate, Safety Officer

Carrie Irby

Accounting Technician, Department & Research Center

Andrea Magdaleno

Administrative Assistant to the Chair, Department & Research Center

Mark Salwasser

Farm Supervisor, Vineyard Manager

Cynthia Wood

Viticulture and Enology Outreach and Events Coordinator

Cherisse Villareal

Library Assistant, V. E. Petrucci Library 


Outreach & Events Coordinator Assistant - Part-Time



Name    Title and Area of Specialty           
Sayed Badr

Professor & Chair Emeritus, Plant Science Department and Professor Emeritus, Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service:  1970 - 2005; Part time FERP 2005 - 2009

Viticulture, with an emphasis on table grape varieties, production and research


Barry Gump

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry and Adjunct Faculty of Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service: Retirement in May 2007

Chemistry, brewing and wine analysis, Enology

Carlos J. Muller

Professor Emeritus, Enology, Enology Food Science & Nutrition and the Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service: 1979 - 2004

Food chemistry and biochemistry, flavor development, vine physiology and defense mechanisms, wine quality, spoilage and stability, and the health aspects of wine

Robert L. Wample

Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Viticulture and Enology and Director Emeritus, Viticulture & Enology Research Center

University Service:  2000 - 2009

Viticulture Effects of mechanical pruning, irrigation management, productivity and physiology including effects of nutrition, harvest date, pruning level and disease on cold hardiness of wine and juice grapes

Roy Thornton

Professor Emeritus, Enology, Department of Viticulture & Enology 

University Service:  2000 - 2016

Wine Microbiology


In Memoriam:

Name    Title and Area of Specialty           
Ken Fugelsang

December 13, 1946 - February 20, 2017

University Service:  1971 - 2011; Part time FERP 2011 - 2016

Professor Emeritus of Enology 

Wine Microbiology, Wine Analysis and Production 


Vincent E. Petrucci

July 13, 1925 - December 27, 2016

University Service:  1948 - 1994

Professor Emeritus, Plant Science Department and

Director Emeritus, Viticulture & Enology Research Center

Viticulture Vineyard management and production, varieties