New Faculty and New Leadership on Campus and in COTA This Year
At California State University Long Beach just about everyone knows who the president is (Jane Close Conoley) and what she does (she oversees and leads the entire campus). The Provost is a less familiar position and CSULB has a brand new one. Dr. Karen Scissum Gunn joined CSULB as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2021. As provost, she oversees the quality of academic processes and practices, working to ensure faculty quality and advancement. Prior to joining us here at “The Beach,” Dr. Scissum Gunn was an associate vice president in Academic Affairs at CSU Fullerton. We know you join us in welcoming her to Long Beach!
Within the College of the Arts (COTA), we have new faculty and new leadership throughout our academic units:
Johannes Stosch – Interim Associate Dean, College of the Arts
Dr. Johannes Müller Stosch comes to the college office from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM). As its director, he led the conservatory comprised of 26 tenure-track faculty, 70 adjunct instructors, 12 staff, and 550 students for five years. Important initiatives of his work were a renewed emphasis on community engagement, collaboration with partners in the arts and campus communities, an entrepreneurial initiative to enhance the conservatory’s curriculum, and growth of the conservatory’s national recognition through sustained excellence. (This is a new position, finally bringing the College of the Arts in line with the level of administrative leadership provided in each of the other academic colleges on campus)
Theresa Stanberry – Administrative Services Manager, College of the Arts
Theresa Stanberry was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration from CSUDH, where she also worked for over 15 years in Academic Affairs. Theresa comes to CSULB as the Administrative Services Manager in the College of the Arts, after serving in various financial capacities over 15 years for the County of Orange.
Alicia Doyle – Interim Director, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
Alicia Doyle is the Interim Director of the BCCM, and also serves as the area director of the Music History program. She is on the national board of directors for the College Music Society, representing musicology, and is the president of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the College Music Society. She is a popular pre-concert lecturer, having spoken to audiences of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Bach Festival, and the El Paso Symphony. She specializes in medieval liturgical music, 20th-century Latin American popular and art music, and music appreciation.
Laurie Gatlin – Interim Director, School of Art
Dr. Laurie Gatlin is an Associate Professor of Art Education at California State University, Long Beach. She has extensive experience teaching at the K12 level as an art teacher. As a researcher and teacher, she is interested in reflective journals as a tool in the classroom and as a site of research, as well as a/r/t/ography and other forms of art-based research. She has presented extensively at state and national conferences and is a sought after keynote speaker for state conferences.
Tsiambwom “T” Akuchu – Dance Faculty
Assistant Professor Tsiambwom “T” Akuchu is a hip-hop, theatre, and performance artist with a specialized focus on improvised movement and physical theatre. “T” started dance as a self-taught hip-hop dancer during his undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University, prior to pursuing his MFA in Theatre at the University of Montana. Tsiambwom is particularly interested in how the performance of hip-hop exists as embodied/oral history, cultural expression and protest.
Seung-hoon Jeong – Film and Electronic Arts Faculty
Dr. Seung-hoon Jeong joined the Film & Electronic Arts Department in Spring 2021 as Assistant Professor of International Cinema. A former film critic in South Korea, he joined CSULB after working as an assistant professor at New York University Abu Dhabi and has held a visiting professorship at Columbia University and a few Korean universities. He has worked on film theory and critical issues through diverse films and focuses on global cinema related to multiculturalism, abjection, catastrophe, and networking with biopolitical, ethical, and psychoanalytic philosophies.
Emily MacDonald – Theatre Arts Faculty
Emily Anne MacDonald designs for Opera, Theater, Concert, and Dance throughout the United States and Europe. She has designed for notable companies such as the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard School, Latino Theater Company, SF Opera Merola, Ojai Music Festival, Opera Omaha, Trinity Wall Street, and Opera San Antonio. She comes to stage design from a background in fine art, music, and dance, as well as retail and museum design. She holds a M.F.A. in Design for Theater and Entertainment Media from UCLA and a B.A. in Studio Art from Mills College.
José Miguel Palacios – Film and Electronic Arts Faculty
Dr. José Miguel Palacios joined the Film & Electronic Arts Department in Spring 2021 as Assistant Professor of International Cinema. Dr. Palacios works in the areas of film history and transnational cinemas. His teaching and research interests cover Latin American cinema, film and media theory, radical film cultures, documentary, film archives, and the relations between cinema and migration. His work has appeared in academic journals such as Screen, Jump Cut, In Transition, and Archivos de la Filmoteca, as well as in numerous edited collections published in the United States, Chile, and Argentina
Paulina Pardo – School of Art Faculty
Paulina Pardo specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Her scholarship focuses on the development of contemporary art under dictatorship in Brazil and examines the introduction of experimental artistic strategies beginning in the 1970s. Paulina’s current book project is the first substantial study of the work of Letícia Parente, a chemistry professor who developed a politically committed artistic practice through the use of video and image reproduction technologies. Paulina is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, where she completed her BA at Universidad de los Andes.
Danzel Thompson-Stout – Dance Faculty
Assistant Professor Danzel Thompson-Stout, a native of Allentown, PA, is a performer, choreographer, and educator of Afro-American dance forms. Danzel is committed to being an agent who brings authentic representation of these forms into the academy through his teaching practices and his choreographic work with students. He teaches a variety of street dance forms, improvisation, and composition, and recently completed the Teacher Professional Certification in Umfundalai, a Contemporary African dance technique. Danzel holds a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Temple University and an MFA in Dance Research & Choreography from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign