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Faculty Mentor Contacts

2014 - 2015

Aaron Cargile

Department: Communication Studies

Year Started: 1996

Title: Full Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Intercultural communication; research methods. All of my research interests center around intercultural/interracial dialogue, across three domains: 1) language attitudes (how our predispositions facilitate or inhibit this interaction), 2) pedagogy (pragmatic strategies for best managing this interaction), 3) and embodiment (the role that unconscious processes play).

Current/Prior Committee Work: Chair, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee: Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 2007-2008, 2010-2011.; Chair, Personnel Committee: Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 2002-2003.; Chair, Graduate Committee: Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 2001- 2003.: Chair, Cirriculum Committee: Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 1998-1999. ; Member, Campus Climate Committee: California State University, Long Beach, 2005-2007.; Member, Scholarly Activities Committee: College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach, 2004-2007; Member, Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee: College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach, 2002.; Member, Student Academic Awards Committee: College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach, 1998-2000.

Mentoring topics of interest: Any that are of interest to you.
Alexandra Jaffe

Department: Linguistics and Anthropology

Year Started: 1991

Title: Full Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Minority language revitalization; Corsican language politics, Language and Media, Orthography, Language Ideology, Bilingual Education, Ethnography of Communication, Sociolinguistics, Stance.

Current/Prior Committee Work: Academic Senate, Academic Senate Executive Committee, Senate Nominations Committee, CLA Faculty Council (Chair; member of Exec Committee), CLA RTP Committee, CLA RSCA Committee, CLA Sabbatical Leave Committee, University FPCC, CLA Associate Dean Search Committee. In Departments: RTP, Curriculum, Comprehensive Exams, Graduate Advisor, Resources, Lab, several Search committees.

Mentoring topics of interest: As current editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and past editor of the Journal of Linguistics and Education, I am happy to mentor in the area of publishing and writing. Other possible topics include grantwriting, RTP preparation, managing and selecting service opportunities, shared governance preparing RSCA and Sabbatical Leave applications, work-life balance.
Susan Carlile

Department: English

Year Started: 2001

Title: Full Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Eighteenth-Century British Literature, British Literature to 1800, Adolescent Literature

Current/Prior Committee Work: RSCA (Dept and College); Curriculum Committee (Dept); University Single Subject Credential Coordinators; Faculty Council

Mentoring topics of interest: Gender, Teaching, Writing Productivity
Kathryn Chew

Department: Classics

Year Started:

Title: Full Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Ancient novels, Byzantine history, early Christian literature; Teaching: language & literature, philosophy & religion

Current/Prior Committee Work: Faculty Council, RSCA/Block Grant, PARC, Languages Other Than English Committee [teaching credential], Teacher Preparation, other departmental committees (RTP, elections, lecturer evaluations, etc)

Mentoring topics of interest: Everything -- being a successful academic involves striking a workable balance among teaching, scholarship, and service, and carving out an identity as an individual scholar, department member and university colleague.
Carol Comfort

Department: English

Year Started:

Title: Associate

Research & Teaching Interests: Composition and Rhetoric (teaching reading and writing); American Ethnic Literature

Current/Prior Committee Work:

Mentoring topics of interest: Assistance with writing--designing and assessing writing assignments, responding to student writing, working with students to develop stronger reading skills, pedagogical strategies, and adjusting to University culture.
Ilan Mitchell-Smith

Department: English

Year Started: 2009

Title: Associate

Research & Teaching Interests: Medieval literature and culture, Old English, Middle English, Gender, Monsters, Chivalry, "Medievalish" and Fantasy American nerd culture.

Current/Prior Committee Work: University: ASI Student Media Board, USU Relations Committee, Safe Zone Planning Committee, Safe Zone Trainer, LGBT Task Force Committee. College: College of Liberal Arts Faculty Council, Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (replacement position). Department: Graduate Studies Committee, Curriculum Committee, Grade Appeals Committee.

Mentoring topics of interest: Managing the tenure process and expectations, balancing work life and family/parenting/leisure time, workshopping student assignments and teaching methods, engaging with students in out-of-class groups and projects.
Danny Paskin

Department: Journalism & Mass Communication

Year Started: 2008

Title: Associate Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Online media, social media, international news, and else

Current/Prior Committee Work: CLA EPCC, Student Disability Services advisory board, Faculty Development Center advisory board

Mentoring topics of interest: Too many to list, but especially I believe this program should help new T-T faculty understand the tenure process, organize their tenure paperwork, time-manage the demands and other requirements of the process itself that, as a T-T faculty myself I always wished I could get more one-on-one help
Barry Steiner

Department: Political Science

Year Started: 1968 (FERP currently)

Title: Professor of Political Science

Research & Teaching Interests: Interested in and working on war and peace studies, including international conflict management and national intelligence estimation

Current/Prior Committee Work: No committees currently, but I have served on the School RTP committee and Grade Appeals Committee

Mentoring topics of interest: No particular mentoring topics of interest: I would like to meet and speak with Junior Faculty at CSULB
Dustin Thoman

Department: Psychology

Year Started: 2008

Title: Associate

Research & Teaching Interests: Social psychology and applied psychology; human motivation and interest development; psychology of stereotyping and stigma; quantitative analysis and intervention design

Current/Prior Committee Work: Psychology student honor society advisor, Dept. subject pool committee, Human Research Ethics Committee, RIMI Scientific Advisory Board, Graduate Program Committee for MA in Psychological Research

Mentoring topics of interest: Research and publication, grant proposals; gender and race/ethnicity
Oliver Wang

Department: Sociology

Year Started: 2006

Title: Associate Professor

Research & Teaching Interests: Popular culture (music, food), race and ethnicity.

Current/Prior Committee Work: Grade Appeals, RTP, hiring

Mentoring topics of interest: Any
Mark Wiley

Department: English/Administration

Year Started: 1990

Title: Professor of English/Associate Dean

Research & Teaching Interests: Rhetoric, composition, literacy

Current/Prior Committee Work: Academic Senate, Senate Executive Committee, GEGC, College and Department Curriculum committees, GWAR, Teacher Prep, Dept. RTP, FPCC, Athletic committee, various personnel/hiring committees, Labor Management Committee

Mentoring topics of interest: Finding worthwhile service, creating time for writing (research/scholarship), dealing with “difficult” colleagues, help with anything having to do with teaching
Jake Wilson

Department: Sociology

Year Started: 2008

Title: Associate

Research & Teaching Interests: Main courses taught: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology and SOC 436 Racism, Power, & Inequality; Research Interests: Race, Racism, and Labor; Racialized-Gendered Divisions in the Working-Class; Whiteness; Masculinities; Environmental Justice; Anarchism

Current/Prior Committee Work: Director, The Dick Soderlund ‘Against All Odds’ Scholarship, CSULB, 2011-Present; Director, Metropolitan and Policy Studies (MAPS), 2009-Present; Member, Harry Braverman Award Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2014; Beach Beginnings Affiliated Faculty, College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2008, Fall 2012, Fall 2013; Flipping the Classroom, Spring 2014; Online Course Conversion, 2013-14; Chair, CLA Ad-hoc Campus Climate Committee (2011-2012); CLA Faculty Council, Representative, 2010-2012; Tenure Track Search Committee Member,; Department of Sociology, 2012-2013, 2013-2014; Budget Committee Member, 2012-2013; Curriculum Committee Member, Department of Sociology, 2009-2013; Graduate Program Committee Member, Department of Sociology, 2008-2013; Chair, Grade Appeals Committee Member, Department of Sociology, 2009-2012; Scholarly and Creative Activities Member, Department of Sociology, 2009-2012

Mentoring topics of interest: Issues Facing Parents in Academia; Teaching; Community Engagement; Social Justice; Online Learning & Technology