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

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.

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.

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

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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

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.

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 Southeast Asia, the Architecture of the Global South, New Materialisms, the History of Emotions, and Cultural Heritage and Conservation Practices.

Shanae Martinez

Dr. Shanae Aurora Martinez

College of Liberal Arts

English - Assistant Professor, Indigenous Literatures

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 issues surrounding the preconception, conception, and post-partum periods of a woman’s life. Cultural beliefs, implicit bias and health disparities impacting prenatal and maternal health care.

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.

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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

 

Cluster Hire Steering Committee

Name

Position

Email

Phone number

Al Liddicoat

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel

alliddico@calpoly.edu

756-5217

Jozi De Leon

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

jozi@calpoly.edu

756-2262

Julie Garcia

Interim Associate Vice President, OUDI

Jgarci31@calpoly.edu

756-1603

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum, CLA

jpedrott@calpoly.edu

756-2644

Camille O’Bryant

Associate Dean for Student Success, Welfare and Issues of Diversity and Inclusion, CSM

cobryant@calpoly.edu

756-1787

Denise Isom

Ethnic Studies Chair, CLA

disom@calpoly.edu

756-7388

Eric Mehiel

Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Success, CENG

emehiel@calpoly.edu

756-7537

Mark Cabrinha

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, CAED

mcabrinh@calpoly.edu

756-5988

Taryn Stanko

Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, OCOB

tstanko@calpoly.edu

756-2680

Jane Lehr

Faculty, Ethnic Studies, CLA

jlehr@calpoly.edu

756-6442

Elena Morelos

Director of Academic Employment, Academic Personnel

elmorelo@calpoly.edu

756-6575

Lindsay Christiansen

Faculty Program and Executive Recruitment Coordinator, Academic Personnel

Lchris05@calpoly.edu

756-6097

(09/2019)

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Cal Poly strongly values diversity 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.

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