Faculty Promotion: Katherine D. Harris

Katherine D. Harris

Katherine D. Harris

Katherine D. Harris

Promotion to Professor

Years at SJSU: 14

Department: English and Comparative Literature

RSCA focus: Pedagogy and Digital Pedagogy, British Romanticism and Romantic-era women’s poetry, Gothic novels, Victorian novels and “Afterings”/Adaptations, Nineteenth-century culture and literature, Nineteenth-century reading practices, Bibliography, Textual Studies and History of the Book, Digital Humanities, Feminist theory and Women’s Studies.

Professor Katherine D. Harris is on sabbatical this fall to complete work on several articles associated with Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models & Experiments, a peer-reviewed collection of curated teaching materials under contract with the Modern Language Association. She is also the author of two books on British literary annuals and has been integral in coordinating the “Bicentennial Celebration – Frankenstein at 200.” The year-long project has included a Spring 2018 class, a panel and student poster session on technology ethics in Silicon Valley, several student-run films, performance, and discussion events, and a recent panel in which speakers discussed Mary Shelley’s novel from different Humanities perspectives.

As a professor, she enjoys “meeting SJSU’s wide array of students and working with them towards intellectual growth.” Along with her teaching and scholarly work, Harris has been an advocate for low-cost open educational resources.

Note: Congratulations to the 43 faculty members who received tenure and/or promotion for 2018-19. We have invited each faculty member to participate in a series of posts profiling their teaching, service, and research, scholarship and creativity activities. Those faculty who opted to participate will be featured throughout the fall semester on the Academic Spotlight blog and the digital sign in the Administration Building lobby.

 

Faculty Tenure and Promotion: Katherine “Katie” Wilkinson

Katie Wilkinson

Katie Wilkinson

Katie Wilkinson

Tenure and promotion to associate professor

Years at SJSU: 6

Department: Biology

RSCA focus: Neurons in the muscle that sense stretch and how diseases impact them.

Associate Professor Katie Wilkinson, who has enlisted the help of undergraduate and graduate students in her research, is working on a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work in understanding basic biology of stretch-sensitive neurons. She and her students have published four papers since 2015, including a cover article for Nature Neuroscience as well as recent pieces for the Physiological Society’s Physiological Reports and PLOS One. She is especially pleased that four former lab students are now in doctoral programs.

“I love seeing where students end up after they leave SJSU,” she said.”

In addition to her research, Wilkinson led the redesign of introductory biology courses, served on the University Graduate Studies and Research Committee, and was active with the management team for the STEM Cell Internship in Laboratory-based Learning masters program, among other service activities.

Her advice to students?

“Pursue research experiences early,” she said. “The best way to know if you like Biology and want a career in research is to try it out.”

Note: Congratulations to the 43 faculty members who received tenure and/or promotion for 2018-19. We have invited each faculty member to participate in a series of posts profiling their teaching, service, and research, scholarship and creativity activities. Those faculty who opted to participate will be featured throughout the fall semester on the Academic Spotlight blog and the digital sign in the Administration Building lobby.

 

Faculty Early Tenure and Promotion: A.J. Faas

A.J. Faas

A.J. Faas
(Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Journalism)

A.J. Faas

Early Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Years at SJSU: 4

Department: Anthropology

RSCA focus: Disasters, environmental crises, and displacement and resettlement, with a focus on the historical production of vulnerability, postcolonial practice, social memory, and community organizing and social support. His research has primarily been in Latin America, with some work conducted in the American northwest and the San Jose area.

Associate Professor A.J. Faas’s work in post-disaster resettlements in highland Ecuador has led to several recent publications including a study on reciprocity and vernacular statecraft and one on  the conversion of peasants into “entrepreneurs.” Closer to home, he has studied wildfire responses in the Pacific Northwest.

In his time at San Jose State University, Faas has also enjoyed planning and organizing his department’s annual AnthROX! event.  It is one part party with refreshments and live music, one part expo of the best of Applied Anthropology at SJSU, with multimedia exhibits and “Ignite Talks” by graduate students, alumni, and emeritus faculty.

As a first-generation student himself, he encourages anthropology majors to get involved beyond their classrooms.

“My entire career began nearly two decades ago when I shyly walked into my department chair’s office and asked if there was a way for me to get experience working on a real study,” Faas recalls. “He got me working that day, and I’ve never looked back.”

Note: Congratulations to the 43 faculty members who received tenure and/or promotion for 2017-18. We have invited each faculty member to participate in a series of posts profiling their teaching, service, and research, scholarship and creativity activities. Those faculty who opted to participate will be featured throughout the fall semester on the Academic Spotlight blog and the digital sign in the Administration Building lobby.

Faculty Promotion: Colleen Haight

Colleen Haight

Colleen Haight

Colleen Haight

Promotion to full professor

Years at SJSU: 12

Department: Economics

RSCA focus: Economics regulation and economics of religion

Dr. Colleen Haight is currently the chair of the Department of Economics, has served as the acting chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and recently headed the search committee for the vice president of Student Affairs.

“I love our students. Working at SJSU, you have the very real opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life,” Haight said. “Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and often are the first in their families to attend university. Helping our students find their paths is extremely rewarding.”

Haight suggests students follow their passion and fall in love with their careers.

“If you haven’t found love yet, don’t stop looking,” she said. “It’s out there waiting for you.”

When she is not teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, she is actively engaged in research on the business regulatory environment, taxation, the economics of religion and Fair Trade. She has published articles on Fair Trade coffee, government intervention in the champagne market, and regulation of automobiles.

Note: Congratulations to the 43 faculty members who received tenure and/or promotion for 2017-18. We have invited each faculty member to participate in a series of posts profiling their research, scholarship and creativity activities. Those faculty who opted to participate will be featured throughout the fall semester on the Academic Spotlight blog and the digital sign in the Administration Building lobby.