Advisory Board 

Geography Director

Dr. Peggy HauseltDr. Peggy Hauselt (PhD., Geography, UC Davis, 2007) is currently the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Geography, Director of Geography, and Program Director of the Master in Interdisciplinary Studies.  



Dr. José R. Díaz-GarayúaDr. José R. Díaz-Garayúa (PhD., Geography, Kent State University, 2008) is an Associate Professor of Human Geography and Geographic Information (GIS) Systems.  In addition, Dr. Díaz-Garayúa is Director of GIS. He serves as Co-Editor for the journal California Geographer board member of the CSU GIS Specialty Center, and research affiliate of the Nicotine & Cannabis Policy Center at UC Merced.  His research focuses on inequities with emphasis on race, ethnicity, and place.   

Dr. Alison McNallyDr. Alison McNally (PhD., Geography, UC Davis, 2014) is an Associate Professor at the Geography Program. Dr. McNally is interested in water accessibility and sustainability issues.  Her research is influenced by Biogeography, Geomorphology, Landscape Ecology, and Geospatial Science.



College Representative

Dr. Melanie MartinDr. Meggan Jordan (PhD., Sociology, University of Florida, 2012) is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gerontology.  Dr. Jordan completed post-doctoral training in public health and evaluation research at the U.S. Veteran's Health Administration.  Dr. Jordan's research areas include caregiving, people with disabilities, older adults, and health stigma.  She is currently working on an interview project involving a national sample of adults with family members who are vaccine resistant.

College Representative | College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences | 2021 - 2024.  

VacantDr. Melanie Martin  (PhD., Computer Science, New Mexico State University, 2005) is a Professor of Computer Science.  Dr. Martin has been heavily involved in the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Scholars Program.  In addition, she was the NSF S-STEM Co-PI and has been Director of the LSAMP Program.   

College Representative | Natural Sciences | 2020 - 2023.


Community Member

No ImageDarrell Cordova worked as a teacher before becoming a farmer.  The Cordova Family has embraced new technology in their farm such as micro-sprinklers.  The Cordova Family has been instrumental in the development of CASA.