The Emma E. Holmes Faculty Fellowship

The Emma E. Holmes Faculty Fellowship provides a mechanism for renewing faculty engagement in the field, by supporting a 3-unit course release that enables tenured professors to spend time working side-by-side with educators in local p-12 schools, community colleges, or other community agencies. The Fellowship aims to strengthen the College’s commitment to faculty professional development and to our community partnerships by providing an opportunity to collaborate and share expertise that will inform and improve our practices. Priority will be given to work that aligns with college priorities and that is completed in high need schools and communities.

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Extraordinary’ Educator Honored With Wang Excellence Award

Ruth Yopp-Edwards
2017 Wang Family Excellence Award

Ruth Yopp-Edwards is the 12th CSUF faculty member to receive the prestigious CSU award. Her accomplishments include:

  • Collaborating with local K-12 district partners on such efforts as Project CREATE and preparing experienced teachers to mentor new teachers to ensure successful first years in the classroom;
  • Developing CSUF elementary and bilingual education programs and courses;
  • Co-leading CSUF’s $2.5 million National Science Foundation project to advance the teaching of mathematics in underserved schools;
  • Helping to revise the California Standards for the Teaching Profession;
  • Contributing to the CSU Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California Initiative to support the transformation of teacher preparation programs across the system to meet the demands of new math and science standards, and the CSU Transitional Kindergarten Project.

For Ruth H. Yopp-Edwards, teaching has been at the core of her being throughout her 40-year career as an educator.

The Cal State Fullerton education professor and former elementary school teacher is a role model and mentor to scores of students, as well as future and veteran teachers. Her passion is creating and transforming learning experiences to prepare California’s teachers to meet the needs of all students.

“Teaching is rewarding, it’s meaningful, it deepens my understanding of and appreciation for the human experience in all its diversity,” said the CSUF alumna. “It allows me to learn every single day and to share that adventure with others.”

Because of her dedication and contributions to her academic discipline, Yopp-Edwards has been selected to receive California State University’s 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award. She is one of five recipients from the CSU’s 23-campus system — four faculty members and one administrator — who will be recognized at the Jan. 31 CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

“I am surrounded by dedicated colleagues who contribute greatly to student learning, to the betterment of society and to the advancement of their disciplines,” said Yopp-Edwards, who will receive a $20,000 cash award, established through a gift from CSU Trustee Emeritus Stanley T. Wang. “I am grateful to collaborate with them, proud to work beside them and surprised to be honored with this award.”

In her nomination of Yopp-Edwards for the prestigious systemwide honor, Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García emphasized the professor’s “sustained record of the highest levels of achievement in teaching, scholarship and service. Her impact on students, the University, the profession, and the local and broader community has been nothing short of extraordinary.”

Lisa Kirtman, dean of the College of Education, offered additional words of praise, calling Yopp-Edwards a leader, scholar and colleague who is deeply committed to the education of young learners.

“She has mentored, equipped and empowered CSUF students to become successful teachers and educational leaders, who, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands of preschool- to 12th-grade students.”

Yopp-Edwards, professor of elementary and bilingual education, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology followed by a master’s degree in education-curriculum and instruction at CSUF. She began teaching upper elementary grades in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District in 1977 and was selected as a 1985 Orange County Teacher of the Year. She earned her doctorate in education from UC Riverside, joined CSUF in 1986 as a full-time lecturer, and the next year, she became a tenure-track faculty member. Over the past three decades, Yopp-Edwards has played a significant role in advancing teacher education at CSUF and across the CSU system.

“Dr. Yopp-Edwards has partnered with, and guided campus, community and CSU colleagues in this high calling, and her scholarship has helped to shape education policy and practice throughout California,” noted Kimberly A. Norman, chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education.

During her tenure, Yopp-Edwards has received external grant awards and contracts totaling about $10 million, in addition to about $2 million from the Chancellor’s Office for CSUF’s Teacher Recruitment Project. She has co-authored six books, authored or co-authored 41 articles and presented more than 100 papers or workshops at professional conferences. She also serves on several national and international editorial advisory boards for professional journals. In addition, she has received numerous accolades, including inductee to the California Reading Association Hall of Fame and CSUF’s Jewel Plummer Cobb Diversity in Education Award, and is a former chair of CSUF’s Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education.

Her research centers on literacy development, which she points out is fundamental to success in school, to lifelong learning and to thoughtful civic participation: “It’s crucial that we understand how best to support children’s development as readers, writers and language users. Opportunities to explore powerful literature that reflects diverse perspectives and experiences are key to promoting readers’ motivation, engagement and success with text, as well as their understanding of the world.”

One accomplishment she is most proud of is research she conducted on the use of nonfiction books in early childhood classrooms with her identical twin sister, Hallie Yopp Slowik, CSUF professor of elementary and bilingual education and a 2002 Wang Family Excellence Award recipient. They contributed to a growing body of evidence that young children’s opportunities with this type of text were very few, both in schools and at home.

“I am pleased our work helped bring attention to this important component of early literacy instruction and to a shift in literacy education in the last decade,” she said.


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Teachers to be Honored for Making a Difference Inside the Classroom

Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education hosts its annual “Honor an Educator” event Sunday, March 5, to recognize local K-12 teachers and other educators who have made a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

The 6-8 p.m. dinner and ceremony is open to the public and raises scholarship funds for the College of Education’s teacher preparation and graduate students. In addition to the educators honored, the college recognizes its partners in education.

The 2017 “Distinguished Honorees” are:

  • Distinguished Education Leadership Award — Joan S. Bissell, director of teacher education and public school programs,
 Office of the Chancellor, California State University;
  • Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award — Heather Bosworth, CSUF alumna, ‘06 ‘09 (B.S. child and adolescent development, M.S. education-reading), principal of Sycamore Elementary School, Orange Unified School District;
  • Distinguished Education Partner Award — Kristin Crellin, CSUF alumna, ’95 (B.A. history), vice president of school and community relations, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union;
  • Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award — Leslie Hiatt, CSUF alumna, ’88, ’89 (multiple subject credential, M.S. education-elementary curriculum and instruction) a fifth grade teacher at Bell Gardens Elementary School, Montebello Unified School District;
  • Distinguished Education Excellence Award — Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District; and
  • Distinguished Education Community Partner Award — Teacher Created Materials, an Orange County company that publishes supplemental educational resources in all areas of the curriculum.

Tickets are $55 each; $125 for two tickets and recognition of one honoree. Tickets and sponsorships for the dinner and ceremony are available until Wednesday, Feb. 1, and can be purchased online. For more information, contact Sandra Chavez or 657-278-7617.

– Originally posted on CSUF News

From Our Home To Yours! COE Webinar Series 2017

Join us for a series of live webinars. Find out more about new, interesting, and engaging education topics. It’s easy to join in.  On the day of the webinar, just click on the link and you’re in. Connect with us and explore doctoral programs, life abroad, new technology websites, strategies to engage all learners, LinkedIn profiles, the CSUF Alumni Association, resumes and teaching in higher education. From our home to yours!


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Welcome Dianna Lopez, College of Education’s New Assistant Dean

Dianna has served undergraduate and graduate higher education students interested in educational careers for eight and half years. She has served in leadership capacities by directing the student services office for the Liberal Studies teacher preparation program and the Orange County extension campus at Azusa Pacific University. She earned both her B.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in Teaching and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. As a first-generation college student, Dianna is passionate about supporting higher education students holistically by developing programs and services that foster their academic and personal success. She enjoys serving as a mentor and advocating for underrepresented populations by expanding educational opportunities and fostering a student thriving environment.

Rick Morris Classroom Management Workshop

Sponsored by the Center for Careers in Teaching

Educator, author, and inventor Rick Morris is a specialist in the field of student management, motivation, and engagement. Rick’s presentation will inspire you to incorporate his exciting, innovative management tools into your own classroom. This was his last workshop at CSUF. If you missed this amazing opportunity, click on the link below to see the highlights!

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8th Annual Maywood Education Fair

The graduate students of the Master of Science in Higher Education (MSHE) program at California State University, Fullerton, in coordination with the College of Education and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, hosted the 8th Annual Maywood Education Fair at Saint Rose of Lima School on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with over 600 attendees.

Maywood is a largely Latino, under-served, low-income community. Approximately 48% of students from Maywood and surrounding southeast cities graduate from high school, and of those, only a small percentage continue on to pursue higher education.

The Maywood Education Fair is an opportunity to demonstrate to high school students and their families how obtaining a college degree is possible and awards numerous scholarships to outstanding and deserving high school graduates.  MSHE students raised thousands of dollars for scholarships AT&T donated $15K in scholarship this year.  Over the years, the Maywood Education Fair has gained credibility within the community and provides awareness regarding college admissions, financial aid, and other resources to the residents of Maywood and surrounding cities. One attendee shared, “the Maywood Education Fair encouraged me in my decision [to attend college] because it exposed me to the many opportunities our world has to offer. Although sometimes money can be an issue, there are people who want to help.”

A survey of the participant experience at the fair found that while 83% of respondents reported interest in attending or helping a family member go to college, 73% of respondents worry that the cost of college might make it impossible for them or others in their family to attend. However, through their experience at the fair, 77% of respondents felt they learned about key financial resources they could use to help themselves or their family get to college. For one high school student in particular, the fair encouraged her to “choose different colleges and not keep my options small”.  The Maywood Education Fair allows Titans to encourage other communities to reach higher.

The Maywood Quad-Leads this year were from MSHE Cohort 8: Victor Joseph Atilano, Ebony Freeman, Jennifer Gutierrez, Julia Walker.

Here is a video of the event.

3rd Annual Ed Week

Join the College of Education to celebrate EDUCATION WEEK-November 15-17, 2016!

Please print a flyer that details the full event schedule.

Tuesday, November 15:
Future Teacher Festival – Titan Walk  11:00am-1:00pm:
Join the College of Education faculty staff and students as we highlight our programs, centers and services/resources; get free pizza, play games and receive promotional items.

Education Week Bootcamp – TSU,  5:00-9:00pm:

Wednesday, November 16:
C-REAL Symposium – TSU Pavilion C, 12:00-1:00pm:
Chinese scholars will present on global education.  Free lunch! Click here to view the flyer.

Ed.D Showcase & 10th Anniversary Celebration – TSU Pavilions,  6:00-8:00pm:
Featured Panelists include EDD alumni and Educational Leaders!  You won’t want to miss this!

Thursday, November 17:
College of Education Center for Careers in Teaching Open House  11:00am-1:00pm, EC-379:
Free food!

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Educator Studies Students’ Use of Mobile Devices for Learning

Education technology expert Malia Hoffmann integrates technology in the classroom to engage students in learning and to keep them motivated. The new assistant professor of elementary and bilingual education earned her Ed.D. in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Marian University and a bachelor’s degree in education with a teaching credential from St. Norbert College — both institutions are located in Wisconsin.
Before arriving at CSUF this fall, the former middle school teacher was an assistant professor and coordinator of the master’s of educational technology program at Concordia University in Irvine. She also is a captain in the Air Force Reserve, serving as a logistics readiness officer.

What inspired you to go into your field and what was the defining moment?

Even as a child, I wanted to be a teacher. I played school with my siblings and loved it. My little sister struggled through school and I saw what an impact the teachers had on her. Her struggles inspired me to be a middle school teacher at first, and then later move into higher education.

What are your research interests?

I am in the field of educational technology, where I specialize in such areas as online learning and course design, mobile devices, multimedia, flipped classrooms and smart software. My current projects focus on the impact of mobile devices on learning and the level of the feeling of ‘connectedness’ in online programs.

How do you engage students in your classes and/or your research?

I constantly reference the research I am doing and connect it to the coursework. I ask my students to participate in surveys and data that I am gathering.

What changes do you envision in your field five years from now?

My field changes every year, so even in five years it will change drastically. I’m predicting we’ll see more virtual and augmented realities being used in classes.

Why is teaching with technology important in today’s schools?

Today’s learners are constantly connected through devices. So in schools, using technology is natural to them. Technologies are like an extension of their bodies; without the devices they feel incomplete. It’s powerful to embrace these devices and harness them to advance their learning.

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CSUF Welcomes New Class of Tenure-Track Faculty Members














President Mildred García this week welcomed new members of the tenure-track faculty during Monday’s convocation and at a dinner held in their honor. The newly hired faculty members, all assistant professors except where noted, and their departments, by college, are:

College of Education
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP — Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, associate professor
SECONDARY EDUCATION — Alison Dover and Patrice Waller

College of Communications
COMMUNICATIONS — Penchan Phoborisut, Waleed Rashidi and Frank Russell
College of Engineering and Computer Science
COMPUTER ENGINEERING — Yua Bai, Rakeshkumar Mahto and Aaron Stillmaker
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING — Darren Banks and Yong-Seok Park

College of Health and Human Development
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT STUDIES — Michelle Ramos and Sasha Zeedyk
HEALTH SCIENCE — Laura Chandler, Wuraola Jacobs and Alice Lee
HUMAN SERVICES — Adrian Rodriguez
KINESIOLOGY — Do Kyeong Lee and Robert Lockie
NURSING — Raymond “Austin” Nation
SOCIAL WORK — Michelle Martin

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
HISTORY — Aitana Guia and Anelise Shrout
POLITICS, ADMINISTRATION AND JUSTICE — David Adams and David Traven, political science; Veronica Herrera, criminal justice
PSYCHOLOGY — Lucia Alcala and Aaron Lukaszweski
SOCIOLOGY — Mariam Ashtiani and LaTosha Traylor

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY — Michael Groves, Andrew Petit and Sachel Villafañe-Garcia
MATHEMATICS — Derdei Bichara and Nicholas Brubaker
PHYSICS — Wylie Ahmed

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
ACCOUNTING — Anthony Chen, Matthew Driskill and Yuanyuan Ma, assistant professors; and Jie Zhou, associate professor
ECONOMICS — Jen-Wen Chang and Samuel Flanders
FINANCE — Lingxiao Li, Brian Roseman and Erdem Ucar, assistant professors; David Nanigian, associate professor
MANAGEMENT — Min Choi, Shadi Goodarzi, Jungmin Seo and Chetan Srikant

Pollak Library
Samuel Barber, senior assistant librarian (began May 2)
Robert Tomaszewski, associate librarian (began Jan. 11)
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