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New Faculty: College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

By SDSU News Team

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts  encompasses majors ranging from dance to ROTC. The college prides itself on the diverse nature of its departments, clubs and programs.

This fall, the college welcomes 11 new faculty members to carry on the tradition of excellence. They are among 53 new faculty members joining the SDSU family this semester.

School of Art and Design

Kerianne Quick, M.F.A. (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 2011) In her creative practice, Kerianne mixes traditional and digitally driven making with ethnographic and sociological research to consider source, geography, and material specificity. Her research is rooted in exploring craft and materiality as cultural phenomenon with emphasis on jewelry and personal adornment. As a recent recipient of a major Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, Kerianne researched the connections between cultural structures and aesthetic production, specifically within Dutch contemporary jewelry. While in the Netherlands she worked as Research Assistant and Project Facilitator for Droog founder Gijs Bakker, and Chi ha paura. Foundation’s most recent project Global Identity.

School of Communication

Lourdes S. Martinez, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania 2011) Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Associate Director in the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). Her areas of research include the design and analysis of public communication campaigns, mass media effects, persuasion, patient-physician communication, social influence, and quantitative methods. More recently, her research explores how engaging with information in social environments shapes people’s behavior. She is currently involved in a European Union-funded research program comparing how information-seeking behaviors shape nonmedical drug use trajectories among American and Israeli young adults transitioning between high school and college.

Rachael Record, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky 2014) Dr. Record is a communication scholar, specializing in health and mass mediated communication. Her research, typically grounded in behavior change theories, employs mixed methods to examine campaign and intervention strategies to improve health behavior outcomes, particularly within the context of tobacco use and among medically underserved populations.  Her most recent projects have focused on campaign efforts for implementing and enforcing tobacco-free policies in communities with tobacco-related health disparities. Some of her most recent collaborations can be seen in Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Public Health Nursing, and Journal of Community Health.

School of Journalism and Media Studies

Mariana De Maio, Ph.D. (University of Florida 2015) Dr. De Maio is a mass communication scholar specializing in political communication. Her teaching and research interests lie in agenda-setting, political communication, media influence on political attitudes and behavior, online and multimedia journalism, new communication technologies, health communication, and media use in immigrant communities. Originally from Argentina, Dr. De Maio is a former journalist that has been in the United States for several years and has worked as a reporter and editor in radio, television, print, and online news outlets.

Arthur D. Santana, Ph.D. (University of Oregon 2012) Dr. Santana is a former reporter and editor who spent 14 years in newsrooms across the country, including The Seattle Times and The Washington Post. His research examines vital issues concerning the evolution of journalism. He is particularly interested in online anonymity, including the behavior of anonymous online users. His research also looks at news industry trends as well as journalists’ use of interactive media, including social media. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.S. from Columbia University. He previously was an assistant professor at the University of Houston.

School of Music and Dance

Jess Humphrey, M.F.A. (University of Utah 2008) C.L.M.A. (certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst 2006) R.S.M.E. (Registered Somatic Movement Educator). Jess is a dance artist and teacher researching dancemaking from various, shifting perspectives and states of body~mind. By both embracing and queering traditional values in dance and education, she engages in art making and learning praxes designed support the development of the whole person. Her dances, pedagogy, and writing are expressions of her engagement in various contemplative and somatic practices, Integral Theory, Practice-as-Research models, and her situation within the western, theatrical dance lineage. Seminal dance artist and author, Deborah Hay will be creating a choreography specifically for Jess, Leslie Seiters (SDSU), and Eric Geiger (UCSD) during 2015-16, just after the release of her fourth book, Using the Sky: a dance.

Toni James, D.M.A. (Eastman School of Music 2015) Dr. James is considered among the finest Scottish pianists of her generation. Prizes include: Finalist in the televised BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, 3rd Prize in the Scottish International Piano Academy Competition and jury honors at the International Emmanuel Durlet Prize for piano. Awards include: Eastman School of Music Max Landow Scholarship for distinction in performance and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. As a chamber musician, Dr. James performs in the Neave Trio: the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote of Neave’s Rockport Festival debut, “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going”. CD release “Earth and Sky” was MusicWeb International’s Recording of the Month and Fanfare Magazine’s “Want List” CD. The Neave Trio recently signed to the Chandos recording label and will also record on the Nimbus label in 2016.

School of Public Affairs

Reynaldo Rojo-Mendoza, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh 2015) Dr. Rojo-Mendoza specializes in citizen security, human rights, and transitional justice with a regional focus on Latin America. He is interested in the social and political consequences of violent crime, particularly on how crime victimization affects patterns of political activism, forced displacement, vigilante justice, and support for punitive state responses. Dr. Rojo-Mendoza is currently researching victims’ movements and the implementation of victims’ rights legislation in Mexico and Colombia. He is also interested on U.S.–Mexico Border policy, and he is working on a project analyzing the effectiveness of binational waste management efforts along the California–Baja California border region.

Megan Welsh, Ph.D. (City University of New York Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice 2015) Dr. Welsh is a criminologist and a social worker. Her primary research expertise is in prisoner reentry, with a focus on how changing criminal justice policies in California are affecting both former prisoners and front-line workers such as parole agents, probation officers, and police officers. Dr. Welsh recently completed an ethnographic study of women’s experiences of rebuilding their lives after prison, which was funded by a Graduate Research Fellowship with the National Institute of Justice. She is currently working on a mixed-methods project investigating changes in misdemeanor arrest patterns over the past thirty years. Her work has appeared in Feminist Criminology and the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare.

School of Theatre, Television, and Film

Stephen Brotebeck, M.F.A. (Pennsylvania State University 2012) Stephen is a professional director and choreographer having worked both on and off Broadway and across the country. His recent productions include the NYC and Chicago productions of Breaking the Shakespeare Code, St. Francis (FringeNYC), the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Color Blind, And The World Goes ‘Round and I Love A Piano (Farmers Alley Theatre). His Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Movement Associate) and Ghost, The Musical. Stephen specializes in the development of new musicals and plays and through various readings, workshops and productions, has helped guide numerous projects to the stage.

Shelley Orr, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine-University of California San Diego 2003) Dr. Orr is a dramaturg and theatre scholar, specializing in 20th and 21st Century theatre. She has a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, an MFA in Dramaturgy from UCSD, and a PhD in Theatre. Her professional credits include dramaturging for the San Diego REP (where she is currently working on the upcoming production of The Oldest Boy), La Jolla Playhouse, and Mo`olelo Theatre. She dramaturged Marguerite Duras’s Savannah Bay at New York’s Classic Stage Company. Her scholarly publications have appeared in Theatre Topics, TheatreForum, Theatre Journal, and American Theatre. Orr is a past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, an international professional association, and currently serves on their Board.