Outstanding Professors 1996-1997

1996-1997 Outstanding Professors
California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles has recently honored its 1996-1997 Outstanding Professors. The award recipients are: Diamond Bar resident Francisco E. Balderrama, professor of Chicano Studies/History; San Gabriel resident Martin G. Brodwin, professor of Education in the Division of Administration and Counseling; Highland Park resident Terry R. Kandal, professor of Sociology; and Glendale resident Nancy L. McQueen, associate professor of Biology and Microbiology. These awards are made primarily for excellence in teaching, but significant achievements are expected in scholarly inquiry or creativity, professional activities, and service to the campus and community.

As part of the annual faculty tradition, Cal State L.A. selected Los Alamitos resident Stanley M. Burstein, professor of History, for the President's Distinguished Professor Award, formerly the CSU Outstanding Professor Award. This award recognizes superlative teaching and exceptional commitment to students as well as professional accomplishments and services. Only those professors who have previously been selected as Outstanding Professors are eligible for this award.

Francisco E. Balderrama, Professor of Chicano Studies/History, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Francisco E. Balderrama earned his M.A. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1978 from UCLA. He began teaching at Cal State L.A. in 1984 and has served as chair of the Chicano Studies Department from 1984 to 1993. A Chicano historian with special interest in the American West, California and Los Angeles, his research is on the Mexican-American community during the early 20th century, with particular attention to relations with Mexico. Dr. Balderrama has received several research grants and professional awards, including the Senior Fulbright Lectureship in American Immigration at the University of Rome.

Balderrama has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Western Association of Colleges and Universities, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, and the Educational Testing Service. He has recently completed a term as managing editor of Ethnohistory, the journal of the Ethnohistory Association. Leading journals also have published Balderrama's professional reviews.

In 1996, Balderrama was selected for an award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America for co-authoring a book with Raymond Rodríguez on the subject of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930's. The award is given annually to the best scholarship on the subject of intolerance in North America and is named for Gustavus Myers, author of the History of Bigotry in the United States.

Balderrama's "student and peer evaluations place him consistently among the best in his School," commented Dale Carter, chair of the Outstanding Professors Awards Selection Committee. Students have called Balderrama's teaching "excellent, totally informed" and "outstanding." "I hope my grandchildren may have the opportunity to hear [his] lectures and read [his] books," wrote one student.

Martin G. Brodwin, Professor of Education--Administration and Counseling, Charter School of Education

Martin G. Brodwin, a Cal State L.A. alumni, earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University and is well-known for his work in rehabilitation counseling. Since joining the faculty in 1988, Dr. Brodwin has served as coordinator for the University's undergraduate program in rehabilitation services and graduate program in rehabilitation counseling. In 1996, he and a colleague received a $750,000 four-year Department of Education grant for a training program directed toward rehabilitation counseling and special education graduate students.

Brodwin was presented the 1996 Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator Award by the National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector. This special honor is given annually to recognize educators making outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation counseling.

Brodwin is a commissioner on the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), president of the California Rehabilitation Counseling Association, executive council member for the California Association for Counseling and Development, and editorial board member for several professional journals in counseling and rehabilitation. His book, Medical, Psychosocial, and Vocational Aspects of Disability, published in 1993, has been used as a textbook in over 70 colleges and universities.

After arriving at Cal State L.A., commented Dale Carter, Brodwin "was able within three years to make rehabilitation counseling among the strongest programs in his School." Repeatedly referring to him as "an excellent professor," students write: "It is clear that he really loves what he does; he has much respect for his students." "The class was excellent! I don't just give the highest rating indiscriminately; it was earned." "This professor is the best I have ever had. He loves his work in this field and it shows." "[He] is an excellent example of a university professor. His lectures are stimulating, informative, and purposeful." And finally, "How can anyone improve upon perfection?"

Terry R. Kandal, Professor of Sociology, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Terry R. Kandal received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley. He has taught at UC Davis and UC Berkeley before coming to Cal State L.A. Kandal's areas of specialization are classical sociological theory of the 19th century and early 20th century, Marxian theory, theories of social change and revolution, sex and gender role issues, and the sociology of knowledge and science.

A leading sociologist, Kandal has published widely in his field. He has authored and edited four books, including The Woman Question in Classical Sociological Theory, co-edited Studies of Development and Change in the Modern World, and published essays, "Revolution, Racism and Sexism: Challenges for World-System Analysis" and "Gender, Race and Ethnicity: Let's Not Forget Class." For 10 years he was editor of California Sociologist, a professional peer review journal published by the Sociology Department. He continues to serve it and seven others as a referee.

Throughout his 29 years at Cal Stat L.A., Kandal has served as the principal undergraduate adviser, associate chair and graduate studies committee chair for the Department of Sociology. He was active in the University's Academic Senate. He is a member of the American Sociological Association and an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

"The professor was special," said a student, who praised Kandal for "bringing to life" subject matter that was potentially "less than scintillating" and "difficult." Said other students: "His general knowledge of the subject is amazing." "He is quite possibly the best overall professor I've had the opportunity to work with in all my courses in sociology. He has also been very influential in my deciding to continue at Cal State L.A. for graduate school."

Nancy L. McQueen, Associate Professor of Biology and Microbiology, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Nancy L. McQueen earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Cal Poly Pomona and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope. Prior to joining Cal State L.A. in 1989, she was a clinical laboratory scientist at Memorial Hospital of Glendale and an instructor at Glendale College and UCLA School of Medicine. She has held numerous administrative positions within the Cal State L.A. Biology and Microbiology Department and has been a mentor for many of the department's graduate students.

Dr. McQueen has published articles and presented lectures on cloning, medical microbiology, pathogenic bacteriology, hematology and virology. She has secured numerous prestigious grants totaling more than $650,000 toward the support of her research at the University. In 1992, she was awarded a $239,769 four-year grant from the National Institute of Health for research on the study of intracellular and surface transport of membrane proteins using the envelope proteins of Sendai virus as a model system.

A California Registered Medical Technologist, McQueen is a member of American Society of Microbiology, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

McQueen's "performance as teacher and adviser . . . makes her stand out even in this select company," said Dale Carter, adding, "her student evaluations were among the very best that the committee members had ever seen." Students' comments consistently refer to McQueen's "compassion," "understanding" and commitment of personal time in the interests of teaching. A senior faculty colleague agrees with the students' assessment: "Since her arrival at Cal State L.A., she has endeared herself to her students, the faculty in the department, and to her administrative colleagues."

President's Distinguished Professor: Stanley M. Burstein, Professor of History, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Stanley M. Burstein received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1968, and is currently chair of the Department of History. He was instrumental in developing an upper division course at Cal State L.A., "Classical Civilization and the Modern World," which covers the history of classical civilization and how it translates to the modern world. He was the faculty adviser for Perspectives, a History Department student journal.

Dr. Burstein's expertise is in ancient history, especially in the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods. He has published articles and reviews on Greek history and Greek relations with Egypt and Nubia. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA in the Departments of History and Classics, and an associate member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has also receive several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Burstein was president of the Association of Ancient History and is currently president of the California Classical Association-Southern Section. He is also working on his ninth book, Ancient African Kingdoms: Kush and Axum, which will be published by the end of this year. He was selected as a Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor for 1992-93.

Burstein was recognized for his devotion to his students, his willingness to spend long hours in both scholarly and academic advisement, and the high quality of his instruction. Evaluations by current and former students praised him for his "clarity" and his "informative and entertaining" lectures. As one of a very few American experts in his field, Burstein agreed to direct the doctoral dissertation of a student at a large Eastern university, after the death of the student's adviser. An excerpt from a letter by that student, today a successful scholar, testifies to Stanley Burstein's devotion to teaching and learning: "From the start [he] proved to be an incredibly gifted mentor. He knew the scholarship better than anyone I had known, and understood clearly what had to be done. He was generous with his time, but very exacting and forthright. . . His personal impact on my life and career is a strong measure of his concern for teaching, research and service. No student ever had a better mentor, and no university ever had a more outstanding professor to honor for a lifetime of service."

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