The Faculty Equity Advocates (FEAs) serve as an advocate for Search Committees to recruit, interview, and recommend new faculty who share CSULB values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and educating a diverse study body. The Faculty Equity Advocates (FEAs) for the College of Health and Human Services are Dr. Pei-Fang Hung and Dr. Alex Washington.
Faculty Equity Advocates
Pei-Fang Hung, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Pei-Fang Hung is the Interim Department Chair of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University Long Beach. Professor Hung is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who holds a certificate and license in both the U.S. and Taiwan. She has extensive clinical experience working with people with neurogenic speech and language disorders. Her current research interests include aphasia assessment and intervention, language cognitive-communication disorders due to acquired brain injury, and language impairments associated with early dementia. Professor Hung leads Parkinson’s support group in the LifeFit Center at CSULB and aphasia support groups at Carson Stoke Center in Carson, CA. She serves on American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Multicultural Issue Board from 2017-2019 and California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) convention program committee. She is also a frequent presenter at ASHA and CSHA conventions.
Email: Dr. Pei-Fang Hung
Alex Washington, PhD
Dr. Alex Washington is a professor in the School of Social Work at CSULB, and a Faculty Equity Advocate for the College of Health and Human Services. He is a senior scholar with the Southern Region Education Board Doctoral Scholars, Compact for Faculty Diversity. He has taught research methods, statistics, and social policy. Alex was a visiting professor in the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Department of Medicine. Prior to joining CSULB, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and an associate professor at Morgan State University (Baltimore). He has provided outpatient treatment group therapy to veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder in the Department of Psychiatry at Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Memphis). Dr. Washington’s current research focuses on barriers and challenges to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Truvada/Descovy) uptake for HIV prevention among African American and Latinx sexual minority males. He has also conducted research focused on HIV testing among women during prenatal care; inconsistent reporting of sexual orientation and sexual behaviors among male injection drug users; and HIV testing and sex risks among African American and Latinx men who have sex with men. Alex has presented at national and international conferences, published research findings in empirically-based journals, and serves on professional and community advisory boards.
Email: Dr. Alex Washington
Roles and Activities
Academic Year 2020-2021
- Assess and identify where units within CHHS currently stand with respect to the diversity of demographics of faculty (This will include interviewing directors/chairs of departments/schools, and/or Search Committee members. The aim will be to better understand past and present search procedures, barriers, and challenges to recruiting, interviewing, and recommending new faculty who share CSULB values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and educating a diverse study body)
- Serve as a consultant to the Search Committees within CHHS on the search and the evaluation process;
- Monitor search processes and outcomes;
- Meet and coordinate with the CSULB Office of Faculty Affairs on issues of faculty diversity recruitment, hiring, and retention.
AY 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
- Provide training to search committees on practices for being proactive in seeking a diverse applicant pool;
- Assess and monitor inequitable concerns over the lack of diversity and/or practices for diversifying the short pool of candidates;
- Monitor, develop, and implement faculty retention strategies, particularly focused on strategies to maintain equity and diversity among faculty.