Early Tenure and Promotion: David Schuster

David Schuster Photo Credit: Karl Nielsen Photography

David Schuster
Photo Credit: Karl Nielsen Photography

David Schuster

Early Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Years at SJSU: 5

Department: Psychology

RSCA focus: How complex sociotechnical systems support or hinder people, with a particular focus on decision making among cybersecurity professionals

Associate Professor David Schuster received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program Award in 2015 that is helping to fund his research on human cognition in cyber defense. In 2017, he received SJSU’s Early Career Investigator Award, and he has co-authored more than 30 papers in journals, edited books and conference proceedings. He manages the Virtual Environments, Cognition and Training Research Lab, in which he has mentored almost 50 students.

“Seeing students present their research is always a great moment,” he said.

Schuster is a co-investigator on an NSF-funded technology pathway program that led to a minor in computer programming for College of Social Science majors and is also co-advisor for the Human Systems Integration minor.

“There are so many opportunities for interesting, important and lucrative careers in my field but sometimes they are in unexpected places,” Schuster said, noting that students should “keep exploring the field and learning about the diverse research being conducted.”

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: John Delacruz

John Delacruz

John Delacruz

John Delacruz

Tenure and Promotion to associate professor

Years at SJSU: 6

Department: Journalism and Mass Communications

RSCA focus: High-impact learning and teaching strategies, experiential learning spaces, service learning and mentorship, specifically focused on pedagogy as it relates to creative disciplines.

Associate Professor John Delacruz balances his scholarly research on learning and teaching in creative disciplines with his own creative work in photography and printmaking. He has published articles in print and online journals such as the Mentoring Society, the Journal of International Higher Education Teaching and Learning, and Design Incubation.

In his advertising courses, he brings environmentally-focused small businesses and nonprofits into the classroom so students can work with them on developing campaigns and storytelling. The highlight of his time at SJSU is seeing students at the beginning of the process unaware, or having little engagement, with the environmental issues and at the end of the semester realizing that they work they do with clients has a real impact on the world.

“Be curious—about everything,” Delacruz advises students. “Be interested—in everything. Read, listen, learn, discuss all manners of subjects—from current affairs to tech to science to soap operas. Explore the world outside your comfort zone.”

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: Ann Agee

Ann Agee

Ann Agee

Ann Agee

Tenure and promotion to associate librarian

Years at SJSU: 10

Department: University library

RSCA focus: Information literacy instruction and collection development

Associate Librarian Ann Agee is currently co-chair of SJSU’s “Digital Polarization: Promoting Online Civic Literacy Initiative,” an effort to help college students distinguish between credible information and misinformation online. This is just the latest research that Agee has been involved in around information literacy. She has previously published articles on the topic related to the working world as well as how to use rubrics to assess information literacy skills. Agee has also promoted alternative instructional materials for students that can be more affordable then the high cost of textbooks.

In addition to her research and scholarly efforts, Agee has served on the Accessible Technology Initiative: Instructional materials team, the Assessment Facilitation Committee, the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the University Library Board.

She serves as the library liaison for the School of Information, the School of Management, and the School of Information Systems and Technology. Throughout her career, her favorite time on campus has been “any time spent working with students.”

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: Alessandro De Giorgi

Alessandro De Giorgi

Alessandro De Giorgi

Alessandro De Giorgi

Promotion to full professor

Years at SJSU: 11

Department: Justice Studies

RSCA focus: Sociology of Punishment, specifically critical theories of punishment and social control, urban ethnography and radical political economy.

Professor Alessandro De Giorgi is an avid researcher and publisher who has written or contributed to 10 books in multiple languages, as well as dozens of journal articles on his research area of justice studies. He most recently served as an editor of Neoliberal Confinements: Social Suffering in the Shadows of the Carceral State, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order.

He presented recent ethnographic research on the socioeconomic consequences of concentrated incarceration and prisoner reentry in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. In 2018, he gave the keynote address at the conference on “New Directions in Critical Criminology,” organized by Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies in Richmond, KY. He has also presented at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in London, the American Studies Association annual meeting, and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and Law School.

“I could not be more grateful for the years I have spent as a faculty member at San Jose State University,” he said. “The opportunity to teach and conduct research in a public university that serves a diverse and often underprivileged student population is as fulfilling as any academic experience can be. I look forward to many more years of service at SJSU.”

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 Promotion: Lili Luo

Lili Luo

Lili Luo

Lili Luo

Promotion to Professor

Years at SJSU: 11

Department: School of Information

RSCA focus: Reference and information services, consumer health information services, and research methods education and training for library and information professionals

Professor Lili Luo sees her area of research as critical to helping libraries and librarians facilitate user’s access to quality information and assisting them in their information-seeking process. She has been especially interested in understanding how text messaging and other new technologies can be used as a way for reference librarians to effectively communicate with users. She has also explored ways to prepare public librarians to enhance health literacy of those who visit their venues. A prolific author, she has published one book, five book chapters, 22 published or accepted articles for peer-reviewed journals and has presented at 18 conferences in the past five years.

“I truly enjoy being part of the SJSU community, especially working with our students in the Masters of Library and Information Science program,” Luo said. “They are driven and passionate about librarianship and the incredible value that libraries can bring to the community in this rapidly evolving information landscape.”

Luo has served on SJSU’s Program Planning Committee and served as the director of the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Center for Applied Research on Human Services from 2016-18, and has been a doctoral supervisor for students enrolled in the Gateway PhD program.

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.