Cluster Hire for Tenure-Track Faculty

Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. To promote inclusive teaching strategies across the university and increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, a university-wide cluster of tenure-track faculty search was launched. Through this effort, we successfully hired sixteen new assistant professors across several departments in five colleges and are pleased to showcase our first cohort. These faculty will contribute to the university’s diversity and inclusion goals in their departments and colleges, the university and the community.

 

Meet the new diversity cluster hires for the 2019-20 academic year

Tina Cheuke

Dr. Tina Cheuk

College of Science and Mathematics

School of Education - Assistant Professor, Elementary Science Education

Degree: Ph.D. in Science Education from Stanford University

Research Interest: Language and Literacy Development in the context of science learning for linguistically diverse learners.

Stefanee Maurie

Dr. Stefanee Maurice

College of Science and Mathematics

Kinesiology and Public Health - Assistant Professor, Psychology and Sociology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport

Degree: Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University

Research Interest: The psychology of injury, dynamics of the coach-athlete relationship, gendered experiences in officiating and sport, education and training of sport psychology professionals.

Jafra Thomas

Dr. Jafra Thomas

College of Science and Mathematics

Kinesiology and Public Health - Assistant Professor, Psychology and Sociology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport

Degree: Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Oregon State University

Research Interest: Community- based health promotions, practices and partnerships.

Natasha Neumann

Dr. Natasha Neumann

College of Science and Mathematics

School of Education - Assistant Professor, Education Leadership and Administration

Degree: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education

Research Interest: Multilingual Education, Dual Language Immersion programs, Access and Equity for emergent bilinguals, and the preparation of educational leaders to serve a diverse student population equipped to thrive in the global market place.

Geraldine Cochran

Dr. Geraldine Cochran

College of Science and Mathematics

Physics - Assistant Professor, Physics

Degree: Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with cognate in physics from Florida International University

Research Interest: Equity and Inclusion in Physics

Laura Ríos

Dr. Laura Ríos

College of Science and Mathematics

Physics - Assistant Professor, Physics

Degree: Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine

Research Interest: Transformation and evaluation of upper-division physics laboratory courses, and impactful research experiences for undergraduate students.

Benjamin Lutz

Dr. Benjamin Lutz

College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech

Research Interest: Social Justice in Engineering Design, Equitable Curriculum and Course Design, and Learning & Development in Professional Engineering Practice.

Padma Maitland

Dr. Padma Maitland

College of Architecture Engineering and Design

Architecture - Assistant Professor, Architecture History and Theory

Degree: Ph.D. in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest: Modern Buddhist Art and Architecture of South and Southwest Asia, the Architecture of the Global South, New Materialisms, the History of Emotion, and Cultural Heritage and Conservation Practices.

Yun Lucy Bencharit

Dr. Yun Lucy Bencharit

College of Liberal Arts

Psychology and Child Development - Assistant Professor, Diversity and Organization Behavior

Degree: Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University

Research Interest: Cultural variation in emotional expressions in work settings, teamwork, and group dynamics across cultures; diverse, equity and trust in organizations.

Thanayi Jackson

Dr. Thanayi Jackson

College of Liberal Arts

History - Assistant Professor, African American History

Degree: Ph.D. in United States History from University of Maryland

Research Interest: Politics and Race in the U.S. from 1865; Civil War and Reconstruction; African American Activism; Partisanship and Political Culture.

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Dr. Kylie Parrotta

College of Liberal Arts

Social Sciences - Assistant Professor, Criminology and Gender

Degree: Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University

Research Interest: Social Psychology of Organizational Change,

Race and Gender Disparities, Identity Work and Stigma Management, 21st Century Policing, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Race & STEM.

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Dr. Deborah Donig

College of Liberal Arts

English - Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literatures

Degree: Ph.D. in English from University of California, Los Angles

Research Interest: Global Anglophone Literature, Human Rights, Comparative Genocide, and Humanistic Technology

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Dr. Chris Hydock

Orfalea College of Business

Marketing - Assistant Professor, Marketing

Degree: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from George Washington University

Research Interest: Consumer Behavior

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Dr. Cindy Wang

Orfalea College of Business

Marketing - Assistant Professor, Marketing

Degree: Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Oregon

Research Interest: Marketing Communication, Advertising, Participative Pricing, Consumer Power, and Consumer Food Choices

Shanae Martinez

Dr. Shanae Martinez

College of Liberal Arts

English - Assistant Professor, Indigenous Literatures

Degree: Ph.D. in English Literature and Clutural Theory from University of Wisconsin

Research Interest: Indigenous American Literatures, Indigenizing knowledge production, Decolonial Praxis, Transnationalism, Trans-Indigenous Resistance, Feminist Alliance and Tourism.

Joni Roberts

Dr. Joni Roberts

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

Kinesiology and Public Health - Assistant Professor, Public Health

Degree: Ph.D. in Public Health from Loma Linda University

Research Interest: Maternal and Child health, sexual health decisions, womens reproductive health

 

 

 

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