New Tenure-track Faculty
Seven new tenure-track faculty will be joining the College during the 2012-13 academic year. As we have information on these people, we will add it to this page. Please check back to learn about all of them.
Katherine Bell, Ph.D. – Communication
Katherine M. Bell received a M.A. Communication and Culture from York University in Toronto in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington in 2012.
She is a career journalist who has worked in newspapers and with The Canadian Press news agency as a reporter, editor and news manager. As a reporter she focused on environmental and industrial development issues as well as on the rural economy, religion and social justice.
Her academic interests include celebrity, consumer culture, media activism, news and popular culture, and representation of race, gender, sexuality and other social categories.
She hails from Edmonton, Alberta on the Canadian Prairies.
Mavis Braxton, Ph.D. – Social Work
Mavis Braxton earned a Bachelors in Social Work and Psychology from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in 1984, a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families from San Diego State University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in Social Policy and Planning Analysis from Walden University in 2011.
Braxton spent more than 13 years as a social work practitioner, before being appointed an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at her alma mater Oakwood College in 1999. She later served as the Director of the Health and Counseling Center at Oakwood before joining the CSUEB Department of Social Work as a Field Faculty Liaison. In December 2010, she was appointed Interim Director of Field for CSUEB and in 2011 named Director of Field Education for the CSUEB Department of Social Work.
Her areas of research interest include mental health treatment and African American college students.
Mary Cardaras, Ph.D. – Communication
Mary Cardaras earned a B.A. in Journalism from Valparaiso University in 1977, a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Public Policy from Northeastern University in 2012.
She has been teaching college journalism courses since 1991 at such universities as LaSalle, Philadelphia; the London campus of Syracuse; and at the American International University, Richmond, UK.
Cardaras created the first online news network produced entirely by college journalism students from around the world, College Newsnet International (CNI) while teaching journalism at Northeastern University.
She also built the television, radio broadcasting, and digital film department at The New England Institute of Art and served as its chair for 13 years. She also has free-lanced for CNN, Boston, and has worked for CNN, Atlanta, CNN and World Television News in London, and for numerous other news departments across the country in five other major markets spanning more than 25 years.
Cardaras is the recipient of two Emmys for excellence in spot news producing and feature producing. She continues to produce television and documentaries and currently serves on the board of the Global Press Institute in San Francisco.
Elena Dukhovny, Ph.D. – Communicative Sciences & Disorders
Elena Dukhovny earned an M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Cognition and Development, with emphasis in Special Education, at the joint doctoral program at the University of California-Berkeley/San Francisco State University in 2011.
Between the two degrees, she worked for several years as a speech-language pathologist, a lecturer and clinical supervisor at SFSU and San Jose State University, and as an assistive technology consultant at the non-profit parent support organization Parents Helping Parents.
Dukhovny's areas of interest include alternative and augmentative communication, working memory and language acquisition. She will be teaching language disorders and phonetics in fall 2012.
Kai Greene – Communicative Sciences & Disorders
Kai Greene will soon receive his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Communication Sciences/Disorders. He received his M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Latin American Studies. Aside from working as a certified school-based bilingual speech-language pathologist for over ten years, his work with diverse populations in
Rachael Stryker, Ph.D. – Human Development & Women's Studies
Rachael Stryker earned a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Macalester College in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.
She will be teaching Child Development and Theories of Childhood in the fall.
Acultural anthropologist, Stryker is fascinated by the interrelationship between culture, the brain, and early child development. Her work explores the comparative study of emotion socialization, with a focus on attachment formation and representation.
She is the author of the book, The Road to Evergreen: Adoption, Attachment Therapy, and the Promise of Family (Cornell, 2010), which examines the cultural construction of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis and treatment in the United States in light of emerging international and domestic child adoption systems. She has also written several articles for the journals International Migration and Global Studies of Childhood, and recently completed the article on Adoption and Fostering for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies.
She is heavily involved in the professionalization of the disciplines of Childhood Studies and the Anthropology of Childhood, serving on the Advisory Board of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG). Stryker is also interested in exploring the value of public interest ethnography for promoting activist-scholarship and social reform.
Rose Wong, Ph.D. – Social Work
Rose Wong earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, a MPA from Princeton University in 1991 and a MSW and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and 2009, respectively. She also earned two French diplomas, an International Diploma in Public Administration from the École Nationale d’Administration in 1989 and a Maîtrise in Psychology from the University of Toulouse in 2000.
She spent seven years consulting on international development and municipal administration development projects in Brazil and Portugal. She has been a social worker with immigrant and minority communities in the Bay Area for the past 11 years.
As a child immigrant from Hong Kong, following several generations of her family who had immigrated to the Bay Area, Wong aims to contribute significantly to the Department of Social Work’s mission to develop curricula that reflect the culture-based realities and needs of the minority and immigrant communities served by its graduates.
Her research interests include developing culturally grounded interventions for mental illnesses and community-based models of mental health care in local Asian immigrant communities.