California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles has recently honored its 1996-1997
Outstanding Professors. The award recipients are: Diamond Bar resident Francisco E. Balderrama, professor of Chicano Studies/History;
San Gabriel resident Martin G. Brodwin, professor of
Education in the Division of Administration and Counseling; Highland Park resident Terry R. Kandal, professor of Sociology; and Glendale resident Nancy L. McQueen, associate professor of Biology and
Microbiology. These awards are made primarily for excellence in teaching, but significant
achievements are expected in scholarly inquiry or creativity, professional activities, and
service to the campus and community.
As part of the annual faculty tradition, Cal State L.A. selected Los Alamitos resident Stanley M. Burstein, professor of History, for the President's
Distinguished Professor Award, formerly the CSU Outstanding Professor Award. This
award recognizes superlative teaching and exceptional commitment to students as well as
professional accomplishments and services. Only those professors who have previously been
selected as Outstanding Professors are eligible for this award.
Francisco E. Balderrama earned his M.A. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1978 from UCLA. He
began teaching at Cal State L.A. in 1984 and has served as chair of the Chicano Studies
Department from 1984 to 1993. A Chicano historian with special interest in the American
West, California and Los Angeles, his research is on the Mexican-American community during
the early 20th century, with particular attention to relations with Mexico. Dr. Balderrama
has received several research grants and professional awards, including the Senior
Fulbright Lectureship in American Immigration at the University of Rome.
Balderrama has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Western Association of Colleges
and Universities, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, and the
Educational Testing Service. He has recently completed a term as managing editor of Ethnohistory,
the journal of the Ethnohistory Association. Leading journals also have published
Balderrama's professional reviews.
In 1996, Balderrama was selected for an award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the
Study of Human Rights in North America for co-authoring a book with Raymond RodrÃguez on
the subject of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation
in the 1930's. The award is given annually to the best scholarship on the subject of
intolerance in North America and is named for Gustavus Myers, author of the History of
Bigotry in the United States.
Balderrama's "student and peer evaluations place him consistently among the best
in his School," commented Dale Carter, chair of the Outstanding Professors
Awards Selection Committee. Students have called Balderrama's teaching "excellent,
totally informed" and "outstanding." "I hope my grandchildren may have
the opportunity to hear [his] lectures and read [his] books," wrote one student.
Martin G. Brodwin, a Cal State L.A. alumni, earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State
University and is well-known for his work in rehabilitation counseling. Since joining the
faculty in 1988, Dr. Brodwin has served as coordinator for the University's undergraduate
program in rehabilitation services and graduate program in rehabilitation counseling. In
1996, he and a colleague received a $750,000 four-year Department of Education grant for a
training program directed toward rehabilitation counseling and special education graduate
Brodwin was presented the 1996 Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator Award by the
National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector. This special
honor is given annually to recognize educators making outstanding contributions in the
field of rehabilitation counseling.
Brodwin is a commissioner on the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), president
of the California Rehabilitation Counseling Association, executive council member for the
California Association for Counseling and Development, and editorial board member for
several professional journals in counseling and rehabilitation. His book, Medical,
Psychosocial, and Vocational Aspects of Disability, published in 1993, has been used
as a textbook in over 70 colleges and universities.
After arriving at Cal State L.A., commented Dale Carter, Brodwin "was able within
three years to make rehabilitation counseling among the strongest programs in his
School." Repeatedly referring to him as "an excellent professor," students
write: "It is clear that he really loves what he does; he has much respect for his
students." "The class was excellent! I don't just give the highest rating
indiscriminately; it was earned." "This professor is the best I have ever had.
He loves his work in this field and it shows." "[He] is an excellent example of
a university professor. His lectures are stimulating, informative, and purposeful."
And finally, "How can anyone improve upon perfection?"
Terry R. Kandal received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley. He has
taught at UC Davis and UC Berkeley before coming to Cal State L.A. Kandal's areas of
specialization are classical sociological theory of the 19th century and early 20th
century, Marxian theory, theories of social change and revolution, sex and gender role
issues, and the sociology of knowledge and science.
A leading sociologist, Kandal has published widely in his field. He has authored and
edited four books, including The Woman Question in Classical Sociological Theory,
co-edited Studies of Development and Change in the Modern World, and published
essays, "Revolution, Racism and Sexism: Challenges for World-System Analysis"
and "Gender, Race and Ethnicity: Let's Not Forget Class." For 10 years he was
editor of California Sociologist, a professional peer review journal published by
the Sociology Department. He continues to serve it and seven others as a referee.
Throughout his 29 years at Cal Stat L.A., Kandal has served as the principal
undergraduate adviser, associate chair and graduate studies committee chair for the
Department of Sociology. He was active in the University's Academic Senate. He is a member
of the American Sociological Association and an honorary member of the Golden Key National
Honor Society. He is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
"The professor was special," said a student, who praised Kandal for
"bringing to life" subject matter that was potentially "less than
scintillating" and "difficult." Said other students: "His general
knowledge of the subject is amazing." "He is quite possibly the best overall
professor I've had the opportunity to work with in all my courses in sociology. He has
also been very influential in my deciding to continue at Cal State L.A. for graduate
Nancy L. McQueen earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Cal Poly Pomona and her Ph.D. in
Microbiology and Immunology from UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral
work at the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope. Prior to joining Cal State L.A. in
1989, she was a clinical laboratory scientist at Memorial Hospital of Glendale and an
instructor at Glendale College and UCLA School of Medicine. She has held numerous
administrative positions within the Cal State L.A. Biology and Microbiology Department and
has been a mentor for many of the department's graduate students.
Dr. McQueen has published articles and presented lectures on cloning, medical
microbiology, pathogenic bacteriology, hematology and virology. She has secured numerous
prestigious grants totaling more than $650,000 toward the support of her research at the
University. In 1992, she was awarded a $239,769 four-year grant from the National
Institute of Health for research on the study of intracellular and surface transport of
membrane proteins using the envelope proteins of Sendai virus as a model system.
A California Registered Medical Technologist, McQueen is a member of American Society
of Microbiology, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American
Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
McQueen's "performance as teacher and adviser . . . makes her stand out even in
this select company," said Dale Carter, adding, "her student evaluations were
among the very best that the committee members had ever seen." Students' comments
consistently refer to McQueen's "compassion," "understanding" and
commitment of personal time in the interests of teaching. A senior faculty colleague
agrees with the students' assessment: "Since her arrival at Cal State L.A., she has
endeared herself to her students, the faculty in the department, and to her administrative
Stanley M. Burstein received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He joined the Cal
State L.A. faculty in 1968, and is currently chair of the Department of History. He was
instrumental in developing an upper division course at Cal State L.A., "Classical
Civilization and the Modern World," which covers the history of classical
civilization and how it translates to the modern world. He was the faculty adviser for
Perspectives, a History Department student journal.
Dr. Burstein's expertise is in ancient history, especially in the Hellenic and
Hellenistic periods. He has published articles and reviews on Greek history and Greek
relations with Egypt and Nubia. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA in the Departments
of History and Classics, and an associate member of the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens. He has also receive several awards from the National Endowment for the
Burstein was president of the Association of Ancient History and is currently president
of the California Classical Association-Southern Section. He is also working on his ninth
book, Ancient African Kingdoms: Kush and Axum, which will be published by the end
of this year. He was selected as a Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor for 1992-93.
Burstein was recognized for his devotion to his students, his willingness to spend long
hours in both scholarly and academic advisement, and the high quality of his instruction.
Evaluations by current and former students praised him for his "clarity" and his
"informative and entertaining" lectures. As one of a very few American experts
in his field, Burstein agreed to direct the doctoral dissertation of a student at a large
Eastern university, after the death of the student's adviser. An excerpt from a letter by
that student, today a successful scholar, testifies to Stanley Burstein's devotion to
teaching and learning: "From the start [he] proved to be an incredibly gifted mentor.
He knew the scholarship better than anyone I had known, and understood clearly what had to
be done. He was generous with his time, but very exacting and forthright. . . His personal
impact on my life and career is a strong measure of his concern for teaching, research and
service. No student ever had a better mentor, and no university ever had a more
outstanding professor to honor for a lifetime of service."
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