Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section. To share faculty news, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts and Humanities
Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies Anne Soon Choi received the Carl I. Wheat & Frank Wheat Award for her article, “The Japanese American Citizens League, Los Angeles Politics, and the Thomas Noguchi Case.” The award recognized the best article by an established historian to appear in the Southern California Quarterly in 2020-2021 (Volumes 102 and 103).
Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Donna Nicol was an invited participant in the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy’s inaugural Higher Education and Philanthropy workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana in December 2022. Nicol facilitated a session on race/diversity, philanthropy, and minority serving, teaching-based institutions. The workshop brought together scholars, foundations, and practitioners to address the question of what philanthropy’s role should be in higher education.
College of Continuing and Professional Education
Milton Krivokuca, quality assurance program coordinator and instructor, published the article “The Concept of Quality 4.0 Continues to Evolve” for Quality magazine with an accompanying podcast. The American Society for Quality board of directors has accepted a position paper and implementation plan based on Krivokuca’s research as a foundation of their 2023 strategic plan for developing Quality 4.0.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“Gratitude is the most changeable character strength because itâ€™s about mindfulnessâ€”something anyone can do.” â€“ Associate Professor of Psychology Giacomo Bono was quoted in a Time article about how to become more grateful.
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Heather Butler was quoted in a Forbes article about critical thinking. Butler’s research found that people with better critical thinking skills had fewer negative life events than those who were merely â€œintelligent,â€ and that people with better critical thinking skills make fewer â€œnegative life choices,â€ such as amassing credit card debt, engaging in an extra-marital affair, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“But even though nothing is not a thing, nothingness will show itself when you look under your tree on Christmas morning and find nothing there.” â€“ Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy Brian Gregor was interviewed about the concept and meaning of “nothing” for an NBC article about gift-giving.
“If Black children, Latinx children, Indigenous children [and] Asian children are young enough to experience racism, then they are young enough to start learning that racism is wrong.” â€“ Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies Alexandro Hernandez was interviewed by CALÃ“ News about the future of L.A. City Council and recent election of Karen Bass.
“Probably the biggest mistake people make when looking to borrow money quickly is not considering the real interest rate on the loan. Many short-term lenders â€œhideâ€ the interest rate. They offer things like â€œborrow $700 today and pay back $750 in two weeks.â€ You might think that not a bad deal. Only $50. However, that $50 works out to 185% interest.” â€“ Lecturer of Finance Michael Manahan spoke to WalletHub about same-day loans and personal financial planning.
â€œ[People] get a strong internal sign from their anxiety system that says, â€˜Oh, my gosh, I have to check in!â€™ And so they do.” â€“ Larry Rosen, professor emeritus of psychology, was interviewed by the New York Times about smartphones’ effects on mood and the ability to concentrate. The article also linked to and explained a CSUDH study about smartphone use that was published in 2021.