CSLA Outstanding Professors 1996


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Los Angeles, CA -- October 29, 1996 -- California State University, Los Angeles has recently announced the recipients of its 1995-1996 Outstanding Professors Awards. The distinguished recipients are: Eagle Rock resident Marilyn R. Elkins, associate professor of English; Pasadena resident Ricardo J. Gomez, professor of Philosophy; South Pasadena resident Barbara Peterson Sinclair, professor of Nursing; and Arcadia resident Madhu S. Mohanty, associate professor of Economics. The highest academic honor the University bestows, the award is granted for continuing excellence in teaching, research and contributions to higher education.

As part of the annual faculty tradition, Cal State L.A. selected South Pasadena resident Donald R. Paulson, professor of Chemistry, as the University's CSU Outstanding Professor. This award recognizes superlative teaching and exceptional commitment to students as well as professional accomplishments and service to campus and community.

Marilyn R. Elkins, Associate Professor of English, School of Arts and Letters

Marilyn Elkins received her B.A. from Tennessee Technological University, M.A. from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the CSLA faculty in fall of 1991. In the English Department, she has served as director of the graduate program and is currently co-coordinator of the Liberal Studies and Women's Studies programs. Her work in University outreach has taken her to the high school classrooms of Crenshaw and Marshall Fundamental, and she is currently involved in an intersegmental learning project with humanities programs at Roosevelt, Marshall and Verdugo Hills high schools.

She is the author of Metamorphosizing the Novel: Kay Boyle's Narrative Innovations and the editor of August Wilson: A Casebook, The Heart of a Man, and the forthcoming Critical Essays on Kay Boyle. In addition, she has published 18 scholarly articles. She is currently working on a book-length project, Fashion and Identity in American Women's Fiction, which reflects her ongoing interest in women's studies, multicultural theory and American women's fiction.

The recipient of a 1994 Fulbright Award for lecturing on African-American literature at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Elkins has also been the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar grants. She was recently an invited lecturer for the University of the District of Columbia and the Humanities Collaborative of the District of Columbia Public Schools' "Tribute to Ralph W. Ellison" lecture series and for the "Writers of the Historic Wilshire Corridor" lecture series sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Council for the Humanities.

Ricardo J. Gomez, Professor of Philosophy, School of Arts and Letters

Ricardo Gomez received his M.A. in history and philosophy of science and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Indiana. Prior to joining the Department of Philosophy at Cal State L.A. in 1983, Gomez was dean of the School of Humanities at the University of La Plata in Argentina. A professor of Mathematics and professor of the Philosophy of Science at that institution, he also served as director of the Institute of Logic and Philosophy of Science and director of the doctoral program in the Philosophy of Science. From 1966 to 1968, he was a professor of Mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Since 1990, Gomez has published 12 articles, complementing his 1995 monograph, Neoliberalismo y Seudociencia. This year, he was recognized by the Konex Foundation as one of the top 100 Argentinean figures in the humanities over the last decade. He has presented international seminars and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous Latin American universities. He is on the editorial board of two journals and is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

As a member of the American Philosophical Association, he has served on the Committee on International Cooperation, where he organized and chaired two special sessions on philosophy in Latin America. He is responsible for a 1994 agreement between the University of Buenos Aires and Cal State L.A. that has brought Argentinean scholars to the CSLA campus. A similar letter of agreement has been drawn up between the University and Argentina's National Council for Scientific and Technical Research.

Gomez has encouraged the dissemination of North American philosophers' work on Latin America by arranging for translation of their works into Spanish. Conversely, with the aid of student translators at CSLA, and supported by a Faculty Enrichment Grant, he produced an anthology in English on recurrent themes in Latin American philosophy.

Madhu S. Mohanty, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Madhu Mohanty holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He received a master's degree in economics from Utkal University in India, where he was presented a gold medal for ranking first in his class. He has been an instructor at the University of Wisconsin and a lecturer at Utkal University. His primary teaching areas at CSLA are applied econometrics, labor economics and microeconomics. He has been serving as departmental Quantitative Coordinator and the seminar coordinator for the past two years. He is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Mohanty's strong publication record complements his quality teaching. He has 11 refereed papers, including articles in the prestigious journals, Economica, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Labor Research. He was awarded the 1993 School of Business and Economics outstanding faculty research paper award for his article, "Federal and Union Job Queues: Further Evidence from the U.S. Labor Market." His primary research areas include theoretical and empirical analysis of job queues, labor market discrimination and the impact of education on individual economic performance.

During the past six years, he has presented nine papers in national and international conferences. He has revived his department's seminar series, now the most vigorous seminar in his School. He has served on the Academic Senate and on many department, School and University committees. He is currently a member of the Western Economic Association and the American Economic Association.

Barbara Peterson Sinclair, Professor of Nursing, School of Health and Human Services

Barbara Peterson Sinclair earned her B.S. from the University of Maryland and her M.N. from Emory University. She attended the USC Ph.D. program in psychology and completed a Certificate Program as an Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner. She has held numerous administrative positions within the CSLA Nursing Department and has been president of the Board of Trustees of the CSLA Foundation.

Sinclair's numerous professional papers and presentations have often dealt with the future of women's healthcare, sexually-transmitted diseases and healthcare issues for women over forty. She wrote the first national certification examination in the area, and is co-author of The Obstetric-Gynecological Nurse Practitioner: Role Definition, Role Description, and Educational Guidelines, published by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

She has been director of Peace Corps training and has served as a consultant for the National Cancer Institute and the United States Army. She is often called as an expert witness in legal matters regarding the nursing profession and healthcare in general. She has assumed a leadership role, both regionally and nationally, in associations representing her clinical specialty. In the American Nurses Association, she has been chair of the National Review Committee for accreditation of Nurse Practitioner programs in Gynecology-Maternity-Pediatrics and has chaired the National Practice Committee for AWHONN.

In addition, the national organization in her clinical specialty has recognized Sinclair as the Greater Los Angeles Nurse of the Year 1986 and as National District IX Nurse of the Year in 1989. She was selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has received a Distinguished Voluntary Leadership Award from the March of Dimes, an organization in which she has been very active.

Donald R. Paulson, Professor of Chemistry, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Donald Paulson holds a B.A. from Monmouth College in Illinois and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1970, and was chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for eight years. Paulson teaches the year-long organic chemistry sequence, stressing interactions with biology. He teaches this highly competitive course using active-learning teaching strategies which have remarkably increased the pass rate for these students. In addition to teaching other courses in chemistry, he is also involved with the team-taught Physical Science 180 course, which is attended mostly by students studying for their teaching credentials. This course, in which Paulson has introduced cooperative learning groups, is an interdisciplinary approach to basic concepts in chemistry, geology and physics as they relate to earth's physical environment.

Paulson has been an active member of numerous department, School and University committees, and places particular importance on his long service to the University's Academic Senate, pointing to this as the place where academic standards are maintained and the interest of students is safeguarded. He has more than 30 journal and book publications, and has attracted more than $1,900,000 in external funding for chemical research at Cal State L.A. His research interests are in the areas of models for oxygen binding proteins and organic photochemistry.

The scope of his outreach efforts have been supported by six grants since 1990, totaling more than $1,000,000 in additional external funding. Under one grant, CSLA undergraduates are trained to give motivational talks and perform simple experiments at elementary schools. Another brings local high school students on campus for instruction in chemistry, geology, biology and physics. Paulson is "in the field" once or twice a month, and by his count, has done 80 demonstrations at elementary schools alone, and has been heavily involved in in-service training for teachers at all levels. His commitment to science education led to his election as chair and program chair of the California Association of Chemistry Teachers.

In 1994, the CSLA Academic Senate Executive Committee honored Paulson as Academic Citizen of the Year. He was selected as a Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor in 1979. He and his wife, Beth, who is on the faculty of the CSLA English Department, live in South Pasadena.

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