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2005-06 Outstanding Professors

Troy R. Johnson
History/American Indian Studies

Troy R. Johnson

Since 1994, Troy Johnson has been teaching at CSULB, where he is director of the American Indian Studies program. His passion for teaching the subject, his care for his students and his leadership have resulted in an increased student enrollment in the Native American Studies area.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been selected by my peers as a CSULB Outstanding Professor,” said Johnson, a 2005-06 Outstanding Professor Award recipient. “This award is really shared by all of those people who have mentored me and encouraged me throughout my career.  I have also been selected as the CLA Most Valuable Professor by the outstanding graduating student from the College of Liberal Arts, Angela Martinez. To receive both of these awards in the same year is really overwhelming and motivates me to continue to do the very best for our students.”

A nationally recognized expert on Native American Indian studies, Johnson has authored, co-authored or edited 16 peer-reviewed books on the subject, published by major university presses. Additionally, he has given more than 40 invited presentations at conferences and major universities.

At CSULB, Johnson has served on 18 different university, college and department committees, including chairing the university search committee for the director of Equity and Diversity. Most notable was Johnson’s service as a special advisor on veteran affairs to President Robert C. Maxson from 1999-2005.

Currently, he is serving as chair of the Anthropology Department. Johnson also has published two series of books on Native Americans for children and young adults.
He has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from UCLA. Johnson resides in the Lake Arrowhead community of Blue Jay with his wife, Lorene.

Galen T. Pickett
Physics and Astronomy

Galen T. Pickett

For Galen T. Pickett, one of this year’s 2005-06 Outstanding Professor Award recipients and an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 1999, education is a family affair. His grandparents sent each of their five children to college, including Pickett’s father, who earned a Ph.D. and went on to become president of St. John Fischer University in Rochester, N.Y. and sent his seven children to college, two of those whom became professors. Pickett is equally engaged in inspiring young people to be teachers by conducting challenging science courses in an applied manner that helps his students better understand the subject matter and incorporate it into their future K-6 instruction.

His productive scholarship in polymer physics is well cited in the literature with 15 published peer review articles appearing in highly respected scientific journals, four with CSULB student co-authors. Based on his expertise, he also has given 15 conference papers, posters and invited talks.

“I’m honored and humbled by this selection,” said Pickett. “CSU Long Beach is a truly outstanding institution, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy have given me opportunities to excel in my research program, in the classroom, and in the community at large. I am particularly humbled because I know the past honorees for these awards in my own department, people I respect and admire – professors Sema’an Salem, Bruce Scott, Ken Luke, Simon George, Jack Munsee, Pat Kenealy, Sue Hu, and Jing Liu. It is a remarkable faculty I belong to, and am immensely proud of.”
At CSULB, Pickett has served on the Academic Senate, chaired the faculty council of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and served on the college’s dean search committee. In the community, he has volunteered his science expertise by working closely with elementary school teachers as well as teaching science enrichment programs to elementary school-age children.

He has a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Pickett and his wife, Laura, have four children – Robert, Henry, Maggie and Thomas.