Professors Lesley Farmer and Michelle Saint-Germain have been honored as recipients of this year’s Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award at CSULB. The two were recognized recently at the campus’ 2007 University Achievement Awards celebration.
Farmer, a professor of educational psychology, administration and counseling, has been a CSULB faculty member since 1999, and Saint-Germain, a professor of public policy and administration, has been on the university faculty since 1995.
Established in 1982, CSULB's Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award is given annually to recognize sustained excellence in scholarly and creative achievement. The award recognizes excellence in the visual and performing arts, in the publication of scholarly work, in the completion of research and sponsored projects, and in the development of new and innovative ideas in research and problem solving.
Farmer’s areas of scholarship include school librarianship, particularly information literacy, collaboration, assessment and educational technology gender issues. She recently celebrated the publication of her 21st book, titled Collaborating with Administrators and Educational Support Staff.
“What hasn’t been stressed up to now is what library media teachers can do for administrators and other educational specialists through collaborative efforts,” Farmer explained. “When librarians fight to survive in a Google world, tapping their expertise to further the school community’s mission is a good way to become indispensable.”
During 2003, Farmer served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, designing and teaching “Literacies in the Digital Age” for the Information and Computer Science Program. In 2005, she received the Gold Disk Award from Computer-Using Educators and was invited to teach library science courses at the University of Hong Kong.
Farmer earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Whitman College and her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia and before going on to earn her doctorate from Temple University in 1981.
Saint-Germain, currently serving as the director of program review and assessment in the Division of Academic Affairs, has helped enhance student learning at CSULB by developing a multimedia Web-based program for teaching higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in public policy and administration.
She has assisted students with their research, presentations and publications as well as helped students win acceptance into the prestigious Presidential Management Internship Program in Washington, D.C. One of her objectives in joining the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration in 1995 was to undertake a thorough curriculum revision as part of the reaccreditation of the M.P.A. degree program.
Saint-Germain is an expert in public policy and administration, administrative theory, organizational behavior and research methods with a special interest in women and politics, particularly regarding those elected to public office in Central America. Most of her research projects have focused on real world problems, “in an attempt to go beyond mere description to discover explanations and to recommend possible solutions.”
She received her B.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley in 1969 and an M.S. in educational psychology from Cal State Hayward (CSUH) in 1972. She finished her M.P.A. at CSUH in 1978 and earned her Ph.D. in public administration from USC in 1983.