Masunaga Named CSULB’s Outstanding Faculty MemberPublished: June 15, 2011
“Enterprising.” “A top-notch scholar and researcher.” “Energizing the university.” Hiromi Masunaga has been all of these things during her eight years at CSULB, where she is highly regarded as a very effective instructor.
Masunaga teaches complex courses in the areas of research, statistics and measurement theory, yet she is known for providing clear explanations of course concepts and helping students apply them in educational settings. Moreover, her contributions to the university are many. She is assistant chair of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling and program coordinator for the master’s degree program option in educational psychology.
Her campus leadership includes service on the Academic Senate, Curriculum and Educational Policies Council, Teacher Preparation Committee, College of Education Faculty Council’s Budget Subcommittee (chair), as well as positions on departmental search, advisory and evaluation committees. This spring, she was a presenter at the Women’s Research Colloquium.
She also works with the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden to promote Japanese culture and activities at the garden and in the surrounding Japanese American community. An expert in cognitive development and aging, Masunaga has presented numerous papers at annual conventions for the American Psychological and American Educational Research Associations, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals including “Neural Substrates of the Topology Test to Measure Fluid Reasoning: An MRI Study” in Intelligence in 2008.
While on sabbatical in 2008, she was a visiting associate professor at Columbia University’s Taub Institute in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, conducting advanced research in cognitive development. At CSULB she is the recipient of seven Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards, two Enhancing Educational Effectiveness Awards and three College-block Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Mini Grants.
Born in Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, Masunaga came to the United States in 1993 after earning her bachelor’s degree in American social history from Saitama University. She has a master’s degree in educational psychology, a Ph.D. in educational psychology and a graduate certificate in gerontology, all from USC.