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.
College of Arts and Humanities
Salim Faraji, associate professor of Africana studies, attended the 13th annual International Conference for Nubian Studies and presented a paper based on his 2012 book, The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh. Faraji is the only Africana studies scholar in the U.S. who is a member of the International Society for Nubian Studies.
Faraji also presented this last summer at the 16th annual St. Shenouda- UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies, presenting his paper, “The Failure of Diplomacy: A Reappraisal of the Nubian Kingdom of the Blemmyes in ‘Besa’s Life of Shenoute.”
M. Keith Claybrook, lecturer in Africana studies, participated in a panel on “LAUSD Inequities in Cultural Education” during the Sixth Annual Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival over Labor Day weekend.
College of Health, Human Services and Nursing
Cynthia Johnson, professor of nursing and MSN nurse educator adviser, was honored with the Outstanding Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Mentor Award for 2013-2014 from the faculty and staff at Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS), College of Graduate Nursing, in Pomona. Johnson was nominated by alumnae and adjunct faculty member in nursing Lorna Diaz, who Johnson mentored while at CSUDH and now as a student working toward her DNP at WUHS.
“This award is very special to me since I am dedicated to doing my part in increasing the number and quality of nurses and faculty entering the nursing profession. I have been mentoring doctoral students for the past seven years and it is very rewarding,” Johnson said.
Carole Shea, emerita professor of nursing, is the recipient of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Excellence in Education Award given to a psychiatric-mental health nurse who has fostered the professional growth of psychiatric-mental nurses through imparting knowledge, skill, and critical analysis to the field. The award will be presented at the APNA 28th Annual Conference in October.
Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino, assistant professor of biology. Kupe and the Corals (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2014), an illustrated children’s book, draws from Padilla-Gamino’s research of reef-building corals and was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Network Schoolyard Book series. It tells the story of a young boy named Kupe and his discovery of corals and their importance to life under the sea.
Ann M. Selmi, associate professor of special education. Early Childhood Curriculum for All Learners: Integrating Play and Literacy Activities (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014), co-authored by USC professors Raymond Gallagher and Eugenia Mora-Flores, provides practical teaching methods for early childhood professionals using the latest research on the connection of play on the development of learning skills.