Lurie College Faculty Recognized for Service

Congratulations to Lurie College Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences faculty member Michael Kimbarow, who was recently recognized by San Jose State University for teaching for 15 years at SJSU – watch this video to learn more about Michael!

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Welcome New Lurie College Director of the Ed.D. Leadership Program, Brad Porfilio!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s newest Professor and the Director of Doctorate in Educational (Ed.D.) Leadership program, Brad Porfilio, to the community!

Brad Porfilio

Prior to his appointment as tenured Professor and the Director of Doctorate in Educational (Ed.D.) Leadership at San Jose State University, Brad Porfilio was the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs at Seattle University.  From 2014-2017, he served as the Director of the Doctorate in the Educational (Ed.D.) Leadership for Social Justice (ELSJ) at CSU East Bay. He was a principal faculty member in the Teaching and Leadership Ed.D. Program at Lewis University.  In this capacity, he guided the next generation of community and school leaders to be transformative scholars and caring practitioners.  In addition to this experience, he spent numerous years in various leadership positions in higher education. He was a faculty member of educational studies, of pedagogy and teacher education, a director of social studies education, and a university supervisor of pre-service and in-service teachers. He also has created several academic conferences in the United States that are linked to promoting equity and social justice in education.  Brad Porfilio was also a former high school social studies teacher.

Welcome New Lurie College Faculty Member Kyoung-Mi Choi!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s newest Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Kyoung-Mi Choi, to the community!

Kyoung-Mi Choi

Dr. Kyoung-Mi Choi, photo from

Dear EDCO Community:

On behalf of the EDCO Faculty Search Committee, I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kyoung-Mi Choi has been selected as our newest faculty colleague.  She will be joining us as a tenured, Associate Professor this August at the beginning of the 2019-20 Academic Year.

Dr. Choi completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University in New York.  She is currently a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education & Rehabilitation at Cal State-Fresno.  She previously held an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology at Youngstown State University in Ohio.  Dr. Choi’s additional credentials include national and state-level Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC), and an elementary school teaching certificate in Korea.  Her research interests include experiential approaches in global education, multicultural learning and teaching, third culture kids’ psychosocial development, social adjustment and academic success of international students, culturally sensitive approaches to counseling with LGBTQ international students, and integration of technology in Counselor Education.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Choi to our Department and community.


Professor Jason Laker, Ph.D.
Chair, EDCO Faculty Search Committee

Welcome Brandy Dickinson, Lurie College’s New Director of Clinic Education

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Director of Clinic Education, Brandy Dickinson, to the community!

Brandy Dickinson

Brandy Dickinson is the new Director of Clinic Education and comes to SJSU with 15 years of healthcare experience across the settings from acute care, acute rehab, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health. Brandy obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Carolina University. She then moved to California and obtained her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University East Bay at which time she gained experience and a passion for helping stroke survivors during her practicum experience with CSUEB’s Aphasia Treatment Program.

During her professional career, aside from the typical roles of an acute care Speech-Language Pathologist, Brandy’s dedication for improving the quality of life for those who survived brain injuries led her to co-facilitate a stroke support group, an aphasia choir, and a rhythm music group where patients and their loved ones participated in drumming, dancing and using their voices to relieve pain and suffering and to connect with a mind-body experience in a multidisciplinary setting. Brandy also created a “Survivor Story” experience for patients who sought to share their stories in the community, often sharing these stories at SJSU for CDS students to gain insight and inspiration into helping others. In 2015, Brandy helped Bryan Stow, a paramedic that gained national attention after an assault at a baseball game, share his story which led to the creation of his nonprofit organization, The Bryan Stow Foundation. She helped facilitate more than 150 of Bryan’s presentations across California and Hawaii in schools, juvenile hall, community day programs for adults and kids, and professional organizations where Bryan served as keynote speaker to raise awareness about life after traumatic brain injury, fan violence and bullying. In 2017, The Bryan Stow Foundation won the California State Speech Language Hearing Association’s Distinguished Consumer of the Year Award and the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

After experiencing the positive influence of Palliative Care with her patients, Brandy spent time leading professional speaking engagements in the hospital setting to raise awareness of this vital service for patients living with chronic diseases, working with various disciplines to improve understanding and create cohesive teams. This lead to participating in continuing education opportunities for Speech Language Pathologists to learn their roles in this service to patients, their caregivers and loved ones. In 2017, Brandy co-presented with SJSU’s Dr. Nidhi Mahendra at CSUEB and again at the national ASHA convention in a continuing education course about Palliative Care and the SLP’s role.

Brandy has also worked to improve health literacy among her patients. She developed goals and organized systems for SLP’s to assist their patients in understanding medications, rehab strategies, disease management and navigating the complex healthcare system. Brandy obtained a level 1 certification in Diabetes Education to participate on the healthcare team and better serve patients with cognitive impairment after brain injury in facilitating home management skills for diabetes management. Brandy hopes to bridge the CDS graduate program with other allied health professionals at SJSU to create more experiences on campus for those seeking careers in healthcare.

Brandy now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two children and their rescue dog. They enjoy life outside, gardening, backpacking, hiking, skiing and traveling.


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Welcome Marcos Pizarro, Lurie College’s New Associate Dean!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!

Marcos Pizarro

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of Lurie College

Marcos Pizarro joins Lurie College in his 20th year at San Jose State!  Most recently he was a Professor and Chair of SJSU’s Chicana and Chicano Studies. Graduating from Stanford as an undergrad, he began his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher in Inglewood, while pursuing his PhD in Education at UCLA.  Marcos’ research and community work has focused on supporting Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies to thrive in school and create social and racial justice in their communities.  He coordinates MAESTRXS, a social justice teacher collective developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities; works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement; co-coordinates the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice; and is a Faculty Fellow for Chicanx/Latinx Student Success at SJSU, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success.  He is excited to join Lurie College and to both support the amazing faculty and staff, and offer his expertise to help the college fulfill its mission.