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I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E :

A t i m e o f t r a n s i t i o n f o r C O S S

The College of Social Sci- ences witnessed some major changes at the end of the spring semester. Provost Lynette Zelezny announced the awarding of an ACE Fel- lowship to Dean Luz Gonza- lez, while Associate Dean Xuanning Fu attained a pro- motion to Dean of Under-
graduate Studies.

Special points of in- terest:

Jeff Cummins’ book examines California’s budgetary issues. Page 2.

Kathryn Forbes and Lori Clune honored by the Provost. Page

In May, 2015, COSS faculty organized a committee to work with the Provost to search for an “acting” dean for the College, while out- going Dean Luz Gonzalez appointed Bernadette Mus- cat as interim associate dean
to replace Xuanning Fu.

Michelle DenBeste, acting dean of the College of Social Sciences

twice served as History De-


Two faculty retire from Criminol- ogy. Page 4.

New faculty member joins Crimi- nology. Page 7.

Xuanning Fu becomes Dean of

Undergraduate Studies. Page


The search yielded five can- didates, four internal to the College and one external, and produced Michelle DenBeste as acting dean for the 2015-16 academic year.

DenBeste named acting

dean of the College of

Social Sciences

By Shirley Armbruster, Fres- no State News
DenBeste joined the Fresno
State faculty in 2000 and has
partment chair: from 2004 to
2009 and since 2013. She has taught Russian history and European history cours- es.
DenBeste’s research focuses on Russian women doctors
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Bernadette Muscat was ap- pointed associate dean to replace Xuanning Fu, who became Dean of Undergrad- uate Studies at the end of Spring 2015.
Muscat joined the Criminolo-
gy faculty in 2005, and be- came Chair of the Depart- ment in 2013 after the retire- ment of Ruth Masters.
Emma Hughes became Chair of Criminology with Muscat’s move to the Dean’s Office.

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as a national model of poli- cymaking, in recent dec- ades, Califor- nia’s reputation has deteriorat- ed to a state
more commonly associated with dysfunction. At the heart of this demise has been the state’s inability to manage its budget—a core function of any effective government. Through the lens of crisis budgeting, Boom and Bust traces the roots of the state’s budget problems and offers context for understanding California’s dynamic budget conditions.
Along the way, this book ad- dresses a number of key questions that state and local policymakers and the public

Accepted Works

Article “Europeanized Hypoc- risy: Roma Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe,” Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 13, no. 3 (2014): 15-44, Melanie Ram.

Article “Are Active Shoot- ings Tempo- rally Conta- gious? An Empirical As- sessment.”

Journal of Police and Crimi- nal Psychology. Jason Kiss- ner.

Book Chapter “From Student
to Steward of Democracy: Developing Teachers as Transformative Agents of Change,” in Neoliberalizing Educational Reform: Ameri- ca's Quest for Profitable Mar- ket-Colonies and the Undo- ing of Public Good, K. Sturg- es (Editor) James Mullooly and Steve Hart.

Book Chapter “Political Ide- ology and Activism to
1966,” in A Companion to Ronald

Reagan, edited by Andrew L.

Johns. Lori Clune.
ebook “The Ethical Lobbyist: Reforming Washington's

Influence Indus- try” published
by Georgetown
University Press. Thomas Holyoke.
Op-Ed Essay, “When Old Glory Returned to Fort Sum- ter,” New York Times, “Disunion” series, Opiniona- tor, Exclusive Online Com (continued on page 3)
have asked about how the state raises and spends its money. Boom and Bust: The

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Politics of the California Budg- et provides the foundation for understanding California’s budget and provides fresh insight and analysis on the state’s dominant issue of re- cent decades. Institute of Governmental Studies Press. Jeff Cummins.

“What characteristics of the political system in California make budgeting difficult? How does the tax system lead to boom-and-bust cycles? Why does California frequently encounter fiscal crises? Why is the financial fate

of local governments tied to the state budget process? What policy changes would place the state on stronger fiscal ground? “

Directorship of the

Graduate Net Initiative

Maritere López, (HIST), has been appointed Project Di-
rector for the University's new Graduate Net Initiative. A Title V Part B-funded pro- ject, the Initiative seeks to expand access to our post- baccalaureate academic programs and support ser-
vices, ultimately to bolster the ability of all our graduate students to succeed academ- ically and professionally. The Initiative consists of three interrelated parts. The first is the creation of the Graduate Net, our new digital postbac- calaureate hub. The Gradu- ate Net will serve as a portal to services such as dedicated library support and direct financial assistance for re- search and publication,
online peer writing and statis- tics consultants, and digital
professional development seminars. The second part, meant to support and expand online graduate programs
and bolster faculty-student
relationships, is the delivery of cutting-edge faculty train- ing on digital graduate peda- gogy and mentorship. The third key enhancement is a campus-wide expansion of mentorship and internship programs now housed in individual programs, strengthening links to our community and helping better prepare our students to be leaders in their chosen fields. If you have questions or
would like to get involved
with the Initiative, please don’t hesitate to contact her!

Latin American pedagogy and research

Bill Skuban (HIST) taught a course on U.S.-Latin Ameri-

can Relations for the Univer- sity Studies Abroad Consorti- um (USAC) this summer in Santiago, Chile. While in Chile he continued his re- search on church-state rela- tions in nineteenth-century Chile. He then traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to
co-present a paper, with Dr. Honora Chapman from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, at the Society of Biblical Literature's Interna- tional Meeting.
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Aw a r d s a n d H o n o r s

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Provost’s Awards

From Fresno State News

Kathryn Forbes - Faculty


Kathryn Forbes (WS) has been at Fresno State since
2000. She parlays her anthropologi- cal expertise of institutional
cultures into practical local applications. Her research publications range from top- ics like service-learning, sex- ual assault, West Fresno housing rights and university sexual harassment policies.
She has built a foundation of service to help transform the University’s culture to be more responsive to contem- porary human needs. At the core of all of her courses is an invitation to her students
to take what they are learning and serve their own commu- nities.

Lori Clune – Promising

New Faculty

Clune (HIST) has been at Fresno State since
2001. She has worked to build the University’s relationships with local school districts, espe- cially regarding credentialing. She has presented papers at a number of education con (continued on page 6)
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mentary from the Times, 16
April 2015. Ethan Kytle and
Blain Roberts.
Op-ed Essay, “Birth of a Free- dom Anthem,” Sunday Review, New York Times, 15 March
2015. Ethan Kytle and Blain
Op-Ed Essay, “Myth, Reality and the Underground Rail-
road,” New York Times, “Disunion” series, Opinionator, Exclusive Online Commentary from the Times, 27 February
2015. Ethan Kytle with Carl
Geissert, one of our history graduate students. This essay
began as a paper that Carl

R e s e a r c h R o u nd u p

wrote in a graduate seminar that Kytle taught in the Spring
2014 semester.
Thomas Holyoke and Jeff
Cummins are working on a paper about the influence of state interest groups on the size and growth rates of state budgets and state deficits.
DeAnna Reese is examining issues of respectability of black women in the context of media portrayals of the “mean girl.”
Annabella España-Nájera is working on research looking at decision-making with re- gard to policy choices.
Carlos Perez is focusing on contrasting British free trade with Bolivian protectionism.
Michelle DenBeste is re-
searching the Russian Molo- kans of the Central Valley.
Jill Fields provides a global historical look at fashion, focusing on menswear.
Ethan Kytle and Blain Rob- erts are examining the strug- gle with slavery in the cradle of the Confederacy.
William Skuban is research- ing developments in Chile from 1890 to 1920.
Frederik Vermote continues with his research on mission- aries and their finances in a global context.
Melanie Ram is examining the emerging agenda be- tween the World Bank and Roma.
Jennifer Randles is examin- ing what it means to be a good father in the context of masculine identity.
Sarah Whitley is investigat- ing coping strategies for peo- ple in both rural and urban areas with low incomes who are food insecure.
Larissa Mercado-Lopez is investigating working class Latinas through “gringa ritu- als.”
Op-Ed Essay, “When Freedom
Came to Charleston,” New York Times, “Disunion” series, Opinionator, Exclusive Online Commentary from the Times,
19 February 2015. Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts; also pub- lished by the Civil War Monitor, Spring 2015, pp. 20-21, 72-73.
Blog Post, “Give the Abolition- ists a Break,” fifteeneightyfour: Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press,
16 February 2015. Ethan Kytle.

Hongwei Dong is investigat- ing surburban rail transit and whether development follows such infrastructural changes.
Chih-Hao Wang is research- ing a gravity modeling ap- proach to intergrade high speed rail.


8/28 Welcome Back 4:30-6:00 in The Bucket

10/16 Lobby Day in Sacramento

11/17 Demonstration at Long Beach

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Outstanding Graduates

Jennifer Leahy

Jennifer Leahy, of Oakhurst, completed an M.S. in Crimi-
nology with a 4.0 GPA. During her master’s program, she worked with Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi to assess the ef- fectiveness of a software pro- gram for the upper-division criminology classes for the Save our Adolescents from Prostitution project. The re- sults of the study were pre- sented at the American Socie- ty of Criminology conference by Leahy and Dr. Takahashi. In another project, “Women’s Perceptions of Fear in Pris- on,” she used secondary data and tested how age, race, previous incarceration and offense type would be related to the perceptions of fear and safety among female prison-
ers in the United States. As a research assistant, she worked on projects such as
realignment in Fresno County, a programmatic review for a project examining women of- fenders in the Los Angeles County Jail, and various other projects. She also has assist- ed with projects on an interna- tional level, working with the Thailand Institute of Justice on a digital reference guide per- taining to femicide. She re- cently returned from the UN Crime Congress in Qatar and plans to pursue a doctorate and career in victim services.
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The COSS Herald

The COSS Herald is a semi-

annual publication by the faculty of

F a c u l t y a n d S t a f f N e w s ( c o n t i n u e d )

the College of Social Sciences, highlighting the activities of the faculty, staff, & students, and providing a venue for social bond- ing among members of nine de- partments spread over five build- ings on campus. The COSS Her- ald is not an official university publication.

The COSS Herald Staff: Cristina Herrera, Co-editor Andrew Jones, Co-editor

Submissions for the next edition of The COSS Herald should be sent via email to either c h err e-

r a@ c s uf res n o. ed u or

anj on es @ c s uf res n o. ed u . Images should be submitted in ‘jpeg’ for- mat, while text materials should be in rich text format (rtf). The editors retain the right of refusal to publish any materials they deem to be obscene, pornographic, threaten- ing, or boring.

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In the Latin Church from First
-Century Rome to Twentieth-
Century El Salvador."

Keynote speaker

Melanie Ram (PLSI) gave a keynote speech on “Europeanized Hypocrisy: Roma Inclusion and Exclu- sion in Central and Eastern Europe,” at a conference on “New Perspectives in Euro- pean Studies: Europeanisa- tion in the EU and the Neigh- bourhood,” Queen’s Universi- ty Belfast, March 2015, Bel- fast, Northern Ireland. She was also an invited speaker
at the conference on “Policy,
Inclusion and Education Rights of Roma Children: Challenges and Successes in the EU and North America,”
University of Alberta, March
2015, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Presentation on “International Policy and Ro- ma Education in Europe: Essential Inputs or Central- ized Distractions?”).

Faculty attend SESYNC Workshop

Andrew Jones (SOC), along with faculty from Biology, and Earth & Environmental Sci- ences, traveled to Annapolis, Maryland at the end of July
for a workshop on teaching critical thinking using case studies. The National Socio- Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) spon- sored the workshop for teams of social and natural sciences faculty and is dedi- cated to bringing together diverse groups in new, inter-
disciplinary collaborations to
identify solutions to society’s most challenging and com- plex environmental problems.

Faculty Transitions

Jerome Jackson

A profes- sor in Criminol- ogy for
25 years,
Jerome Jackson entered into the
Faculty Early Retirement Program at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.
Prior to relocating to Califor- nia in 1990, Jackson served as professor of Administra- (continued on page 6)

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(Below) President Joseph Castro poses with those being honored at the Spirit of Service Reception, including Sarah Whitley, Janine Nkosi, Matthew Jendian, (and to President Castro’s left) Anita Ro- drigues and Evelyn Gonzalez. All were recognized at the award ceremony conducted April 28, 2015.

(Right) Faculty from COSS and CSM participated in a workshop on teaching critical thinking using case studies provided by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland, July 28-31. Participants included Mara Brady and Beth Wienman from Earth & Environmental Sciences (first row, left), Madhusudan Katti from Biology (first row, third from right), and Andrew Jones from Sociology (back row, third from right).

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(Left) On May 1-2, 2015, ten Fresno State anthropology students presented papers at the Southwestern Anthropological Associa- tion conference in Long Beach. Pictured: Clarissa Torralva, Henry D. Delcore, Mercedes Gonzalez, Selena Edin, Catelynn Danell, Arturo Mares, Robin Draper, Jazzman Hester, Liset Her- nandez. Not pictured: Ariana Willingham, Sure Yang.

(Above) Over 120 faculty from the 23 CSU campuses traveled to the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach on May 19, 2015, to attend the Board of Trustees’ meeting for the opening of bargaining with the CFA. Among those representing CSU Fresno were Andrew Jones and Cristina Herrera, along with our CFA organizer, Terri Prall.

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tion of Justice, Public Affairs, Statistics, and Public Admin- istration at Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas. After joining the faculty of the Criminology Department, he served President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) from 1994 to 2004.

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ferences and actively is in- volved with changing peda- gogy strategies.

Spirit of Service


Outstanding Faculty Award

Barbara Owen

Barbara Owen retired as Professor Emeritus from Crim- inology at the end of the Spring
2015 se-
mester. Owen is a nationally-
Sarah Whitley and Janine
Sarah Whitley joined the Soci- ology Department in fall of
2013. Janine Nkosi is a lectur- er in Sociology and has taught at Fresno State since fall
2001, and received her BA,
MA and doctoral degrees from
Fresno State.
Between them, they have

At the Spirit of Service Reception, April 28, 2015, Janine Nkosi, Evelyn

Gonzalez, and Sarah W hitley were honored for their work.

known expert in the areas of girls, women and crime, wom- en-centered policy and wom- en’s prison culture. She re- ceived her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in
1984. She is currently re- searching and developing poli- cy on women’s issues in an international and human rights context.


T. Hasan Johnson (AFRS) Peter English (CRIM) Mohan Dangi (GEOG)

Tenure and Promotions

Tenured faculty: Mohan Dangi (GEOG) Lori Clune (HIST) (continued on page 7)

incorporated high-quality ser-
vice-learning components in five different Sociology cours- es.
Whitley started the Pen Pals Service Program, where Fres- no State students work with sixth-grade students at
Wolter’s Elementary to in- crease literacy and under- standing of each other’s edu- cational experiences, and promote school success and higher education to the ele- mentary students.
Together, they have been the driving force behind the Fres- no State Food Recovery Net- work. In less than two years, this program has recovered
60,000 pounds of food that
would have otherwise ended up in landfills. Through this program, these two and their student leaders have part- nered with numerous agen- cies in the community and
helped provide food to thou- sands.

Newman Civic Fellows


Evelyn Gonzalez
As a freshman at Fresno State, she volunteered as the founding President of Fresno States’ Food Recovery Net- work. Since that first year, she has continued her work with FRN as an advocate and the co-event coordinator. In this role, Evelyn organizes multiple events each semester to in- crease outreach and recruit volunteers. In the two years that Evelyn has been involved with FRN she has also estab- lished relationships between the group and various commu- nity agencies, student groups, top university officials and departments. Her outreach efforts range from participating in local news stories to repre-
senting FRN on several discus- sion panels (both on campus and in the community).

Spirit of Service Award

Food Recovery Network
The Fresno State FRN is the first chapter in the CSU system. The moto of the organization is “feed People, Not Landfills.” Since its inception, FRN has recovered over 60,000 pounds of food and the national Food Recovery Network has recov- ered over 637,000 pounds of food. THE FRN partners with the Agricultural Business de- partment to set up and carry
out gleaning opportunities as
they become available. This past November, 2014, the FRN teamed with the Richter Center and ASI to glean over 5,000 pounds of Mandarins during Serving Fresno Day.

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New faculty joins


The 2015-16 academic year welcomes a new face to the College, with Criminology add- ing Chadley James to its ranks.
Chadley James has an M.S. in Clinical Criminology from the University of Leicester, UK and a Ph.D. in Victimology from Tokiwa University, Japan. He will teach in the Victimology Option program and the Victim Services Certificate program. His research focuses on the continuing problem of carjack- ing in South Africa and the victimization of cultural rites. Another area of interest is as- sessing police as victims and challenging the definitions of the term victim.
Dr. James is the recipient of the 2015 World Society of Vic- timology (WSV) Beniamin Mendelsohn Young Victimolo- gist Award and is the organiz- ing Co-Director of the two- week Postgraduate Course in Victimology, Victim Assistance
and Criminal Justice held every
year in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Inter-University Center (IUC) Dubrovnik. He is also an assistant editor for the Interna- tional Perspectives in Victimol- ogy Journal and is a member of the Membership and Ad- vancement committee and UN
Liaison committee of the WSV.

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Matthew Ford

Matthew Ford, BA ‘10, complet- ed his Masters in History and was the recipient of the Out- standing Thesis Award for his work, “Subverting Democracy, Producing Terror: the United states and the Uruguayan Cold War, 1963-1976.” As Ford states, “In the early 1960s, Uru- guay was a beacon of democ- racy in the Americas. Ten years later, repression and torture were everyday occurrences
and by 1973, a military dictator- ship had taken power. The un- expected descent into dictator- ship is the subject of this thesis. By analyzing US government documents, many of which
have been recently declassi- fied, I examine the role of the US government in funding, training, and supporting the Uruguayan repressive appa- ratus during these trying years.”
Ford worked with his committee of Maria-Aparecida Lopes (Chair), William Skuban and Lori Clune in putting together
his analysis. Ford has been accepted to the doctoral pro- gram in history at Stony Brook University.

Megi Hakobjanyan

Megi Hakobjanyan, of Fresno, completed a B.A. in Political Science, with a 4.0 GPA.
Born and raised in Armenia,
she immigrated to the United States in 2007. She is a mem- ber of the Smittcamp Family Honors College and the Col- lege of Social Sciences Hon- ors Program. With support from grants and scholarships, she attended the European Student Conference at Yale, spent a semester at the Charles University in Prague and served as an intern at the Armenian Embassy of the Czech Republic, among other activities. She is working with Dr. Bradley Hart to translate the Mitrochin Archives from Russian to English. Her vol- unteer work includes passing out food at the Bulldog Pantry and participating in Relay for Life and March for Babies, as well as the Greek Festival. Hakobjanyan credits her
many campus involvements
with her work since 2012 at the University Student Union reservations desk, where her supervisors encouraged her to be active both on and off campus. Her internship was with the American Civil Liber- ties Union. This fall, she will
attend Johns Hopkins Univer- sity, where she will pursue a Master of Arts in International Affairs.

Graduate school-bound

Jesse Mendiola, BA ‘12, has been accepted into the doc- toral program in Sociology at Washington State University, Pullman. Mendiola worked
with COSS faculty on ULTRA-
FACES, conducting his own site visits under the tutelage of Henry Delcore, and this research led to his desire to
pursue graduate work in envi-
ronmental sociology, with an emphasis on indigenous per- spectives on ecological sus- tainability and the impacts of environmental degradation on indigenous peoples.

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News (continued)

(continued from page 6) Promoted to Full Professor: Melissa Jordine (HIST)

Kurt Cline (PLSI) Thomas Holyoke (PLSI)
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in the 19th century and she has published several articles on the topic. She has forth- coming publications on teach- ing the Mongols and the diffi- culties of researching Rus- sian women.
She is currently working on two articles, “W riting a Ca- reer: Russian Women Physi- cians Professional Life Sto- ries” and “Russians in the Central Valley: Molokans, Russian Baptists and German Russian, 1900-present,” a book length project of original research and oral histories, with student contributions.
She was named the 2011
San Joaquin Valley Council of Social Sciences Teacher of the Year.
DenBeste was a faculty par- ticipant in the DISCOVERe tablet program during the spring semester. She has served on numerous depart- ment, university and Califor- nia State University commit- tees.
She holds a bachelor’s de- gree in Russian and East European Studies from Uni- versity of W ashington, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in History from Southern Illinois University.

Xuanning Fu now Dean of

Undergraduate Studies

By Shirley Armbruster, Fresno
State News
Xuanning Fu became dean of
Undergraduate Studies at

Fresno State on May 1st of this year.
Fu has been Associate Dean of the College of Social Sci- ences at Fresno State since January 2011, and also
served concurrently as interim director of Institutional Effec- tiveness in 2013-14. He
joined the Fresno State De- partment of Sociology faculty in 2003 and was promoted a full professor in 2007.
He has been actively involved in University service, including leadership roles and participa- tion in Student Success Task Force, Graduation Initiative Team, WASC re-accreditation executive committee, Student Learning Outcome Assess- ment Team, President’s Com- mission on Human Relations and Equity, Integrated Mar- keting and Communications Council, President’s Task Force on Internationalization and University Strategic Plan Advisory Committee.
Fu earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in China, and taught at Ocean Universi- ty of China as an assistant professor of English before he came to the United States in
1989 to further his education. He obtained his doctorate degree in sociology in 1994
from Brigham Young Universi- ty.
Fu’s research interests include
inter-racial marriage, meaning of work, education and social stratification, and student suc- cess in higher education. He has published four books and
30 peer-reviewed journal arti- cles.
The dean of Undergraduate Studies works with faculty on academic planning and policy issues including curriculum development, program review, changes to the general educa- tion program and undergradu- ate research. The dean over- sees the Scheduling Office and sits on committees dealing with student academic petitions and disqualifications.

Luz Gonzalez named American Council on Edu- cation fellow

By Kathleen Schock, Fresno
State News
Luz Gonzalez, Dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, is among 47 emerging college and university leaders in the U.S. selected for the 2015-16 class of the Ameri-
can Council on Education
(ACE) Fellows Program.
The program, established in
1965, focuses on identifying and preparing the next genera- tion of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universi- ties.
Each fellow will focus on an issue of concern to his or her home institution while spending the 2015-16 academic year working with a university presi- dent and other senior officers at a host institution.
Gonzalez is a Fresno State alumna with 30 years of experi- ence in teaching, student suc- cess, community and regional engagement, development and strategic planning. She coordi- nates Fresno State’s Latino Commencement Celebration, the largest event of its kind in the country.
A former migrant farmworker, Gonzalez is passionate about helping students from tradition- ally underserved and un- derrepresented groups earn a college degree. As director of Fresno State’s Faculty Mentor- ing Program, she developed a freshmen orientation course that included faculty mentoring
undergraduates with the goal of
improving retention and gradu- ate rates of freshmen and transfer students.
She joined the Fresno State faculty in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies in 1989 and was elect- ed chair in 1992. She was named associate dean of the College of Social Sciences in
2001, interim dean in 2003 and dean in 2005.