The California State University (CSU) is recognizing 26 faculty members with Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to student success.

The awards, including some granted to campus teams, recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. Award recipients teach and have expertise in a variety of fields from accounting to social work to mathematics.

"World-class CSU faculty are leading the charge as our university continues its remarkable progress in improving student learning and degree completion," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "These exceptional recipients demonstrate leadership in their respective fields and incorporate cutting-edge techniques into curriculum. Their commitment to student success ensures that the value of a CSU degree continues to increase."

A selection committee comprised of faculty, student representatives from the California State Student Association and staff members from the CSU Chancellor's Office reviewed 366 nominations to identify the inaugural awardees.

As part of the recognition, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award and $10,000 will be allocated to their academic department to support ongoing innovation and leadership to advance student success. Funding for the awards is provided by generous grant support from the College Futures Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, who see faculty innovation and leadership as vital to improving outcomes for California's diverse students.

The recipients of the Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards are:

NameDepartmentCampus
Jianjun WangAdvanced Educational StudiesBakersfield
Jaime HannansNursingChannel Islands
Stephanie BiancoNutrition and Food ScienceChico
Louis CarrierPsychologyDominguez Hills
Nancy CheeverCommunications
Dominguez Hills
Larry RosenPsychologyDominguez Hills
Erik HelgrenPhysicsEast Bay
Karina GarbesiEnvironmental StudiesEast Bay
Rajee AmarasingheMathematicsFresno
Julian JefferiesLiteracy and Reading EducationFullerton
Jennifer MaguireSocial WorkHumboldt
Rashida CrutchfieldSocial WorkLong Beach
Silvia HeubachMathematicsLos Angeles
Judith CannerMathematics and StatisticsMonterey Bay
Sally SpencerSpecial EducationNorthridge
Juliana FuquaPsychology and SociologyPomona
Paul NissensonMechanical EngineeringPomona
Faye WachsPsychology and SociologyPomona
Hakan OzcelikBusinessSacramento
Francisca BeerAccounting and FinanceSan Bernardino
Antoni LuqueMathematics and StatisticsSan Diego
Zhaoshuo JiangEngineeringSan Francisco
Margaret StevensonJustice StudiesSan José
Zoe WoodComputer Science and Software Eng.San Luis Obispo
Kambiz HamadaniChemistry and BiochemistrySan Marcos
Christine RenaudinModern LanguagesSonoma

Faculty innovation is crucial to reaching the ambitious student success goals outlined in the CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025. This university-wide effort advances specific goals to eliminate equity gaps and significantly improve degree completion.


Award recipients will be formally honored in mid-October at the upcoming third-annual Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium hosted this year in San Diego, California.

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