Faculty Awards & Honors

Faculty Awards and Honors

Anthropologist Honored for Use of Technology in Teaching

Anthropologist S. Steve Arounsack is using Web-based maps, graphics and videos to educate undergraduates about secret bombings over Laos during the Vietnam War. He's using smartphones and laptops to allow students in Turlock to learn nearly firsthand about Asian rituals. His students are designing conceptual mobile applications to restore political, natural or social capital for cultures both local and international.


2012 Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching with Technology

Congratulations to Dr. S. Steve Arounsack, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, on his selection as the 2012 Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching with Technology recipient.

The main criterion for this award was to demonstrate “significance and clarity of the innovations in teaching through the use of Open Education Resources (OER) . . . which can significantly reduce the cost of course content for students as well as provide an engaging learning experience.” Dr. Arounsack excels at this requirement as his digital media and visual anthropology projects engage students in open, current technology at little or no cost to the students. His development and utilization of effective educational platforms, such as the “Interactive Lao Village” and “There’s an App for that” Mobile Phone Applications, provide scholarly opportunities for Stanislaus State students to interact with the global community. Dr. Arounsack continues to pursue innovative approaches for students to practice ethnography, such as his planned expansion of the “Interactive Lao Village” through the integration of mini ethnographic films created jointly by Stanislaus State students and students from Luang Prabang, Laos.

Congratulations to Dr. Arounsack for his excellent work and well-deserved award.

Congratulations to Professor Huan Gao

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Huan Gao of the Criminal Justice Department has been selected to receive a Wang Family Faculty Award.  This award, established by CSU Trustee Emeritus Stanley Wang and his family, provides a $10,000 grant for Professor Gao to serve as a Wang Faculty Fellow at Peking University in Beijing,  China.  This award is quite an honor as only four faculty members are selected from across all 23 CSU campuses each year.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Gao for this wonderful achievement.


Hamid Shirvani, Ph.D.

2011-12 Outstanding Professors Awards

Congratulations to our outstanding professors: Dr. Stephanie Paterson, Dr. Bret E. Carroll, Dr. David Colnic and Dr. Paul O'Brien.

Stanislaus Students and Faculty Win State Geography Honors

For the fifth year in a row, Stanislaus students win awards at the statewide California Geographical Society (CGS) Meeting.  Criminal Justice major Samantha Felice won first-place in the undergraduate competition for her paper “Spatial Fluctuations in Crime by Season: An Ode to Quetelet and the Green Crime Paradigm.”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Gregory Morris.  Geography major Melissa Ball won third-place in the digital cartography competition for her interactive map entitled “Stanislaus State Online and Interactive.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Austin Avwunudiogba.  Geography majors Aldo Garcia, Michelle Machado, and Natasha Hanley (MAIS) each won travel awards to attend this year’s conference at University of California, Davis.

Founded in 1946, the California Geographical Society (CGS) is the oldest and largest state-wide organization devoted to enhancing the understanding of geography and promoting interaction amongst academic and applied geographers, as well as members of the general public who share an interest in geography.  The organization hosts an annual conference each spring drawing over 400 professional geographers from around the state.  http://www.csun.edu/~calgeosoc/.

Student research and faculty mentors were supported by:

Cameron Pallotta, GIS Lab
Julie Fox and Brett Forray, Office of Service Learning
CHSS Dean's Teaching Initiative Grant
Office of Service Learning Mini-Grant
Instructional Support Mini-Grant
Dr. Angel Sanchez, Office of Institutional Research

See the Press Release for full details from the 2012 conference!