CSLA Outstanding Professors 1996


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Los Angeles, CA -- October 29, 1996 -- California
State University, Los Angeles has recently announced the
recipients of its 1995-1996 Outstanding Professors Awards.
The distinguished recipients are: Eagle Rock resident Marilyn
R. Elkins
, associate professor of English; Pasadena resident
Ricardo J. Gomez, professor of Philosophy; South Pasadena
resident Barbara Peterson Sinclair, professor of Nursing;
and Arcadia resident Madhu S. Mohanty, associate professor
of Economics. The highest academic honor the University bestows,
the award is granted for continuing excellence in teaching, research
and contributions to higher education.

As part of the annual faculty tradition, Cal State L.A. selected
South Pasadena resident Donald R. Paulson, professor of
Chemistry, as the University's CSU Outstanding Professor. This
award recognizes superlative teaching and exceptional commitment
to students as well as professional accomplishments and service
to campus and community.

Marilyn R. Elkins, Associate Professor of English, School
of Arts and Letters

Marilyn Elkins received her B.A. from Tennessee Technological
University, M.A. from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the
CSLA faculty in fall of 1991. In the English Department, she
has served as director of the graduate program and is currently
co-coordinator of the Liberal Studies and Women's Studies programs.
Her work in University outreach has taken her to the high school
classrooms of Crenshaw and Marshall Fundamental, and she is currently
involved in an intersegmental learning project with humanities
programs at Roosevelt, Marshall and Verdugo Hills high schools.

She is the author of Metamorphosizing the Novel: Kay Boyle's
Narrative Innovations
and the editor of August Wilson:
A Casebook
, The Heart of a Man, and the forthcoming
Critical Essays on Kay Boyle. In addition, she has published
18 scholarly articles. She is currently working on a book-length
project, Fashion and Identity in American Women's Fiction,
which reflects her ongoing interest in women's studies, multicultural
theory and American women's fiction.

The recipient of a 1994 Fulbright Award for lecturing on African-American
literature at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France,
Elkins has also been the recipient of three National Endowment
for the Humanities summer seminar grants. She was recently an
invited lecturer for the University of the District of Columbia
and the Humanities Collaborative of the District of Columbia Public
Schools' "Tribute to Ralph W. Ellison" lecture series
and for the "Writers of the Historic Wilshire Corridor"
lecture series sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs
Department and the California Council for the Humanities.

Ricardo J. Gomez, Professor of Philosophy, School of Arts
and Letters

Ricardo Gomez received his M.A. in history and philosophy of science
and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Indiana. Prior
to joining the Department of Philosophy at Cal State L.A. in 1983,
Gomez was dean of the School of Humanities at the University of
La Plata in Argentina. A professor of Mathematics and professor
of the Philosophy of Science at that institution, he also served
as director of the Institute of Logic and Philosophy of Science
and director of the doctoral program in the Philosophy of Science.
From 1966 to 1968, he was a professor of Mathematics at the University
of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Since 1990, Gomez has published 12 articles, complementing his
1995 monograph, Neoliberalismo y Seudociencia. This year,
he was recognized by the Konex Foundation as one of the top 100
Argentinean figures in the humanities over the last decade. He
has presented international seminars and has been an invited visiting
professor at numerous Latin American universities. He is on the
editorial board of two journals and is listed in Who's Who
Among America's Teachers

As a member of the American Philosophical Association, he has
served on the Committee on International Cooperation, where he
organized and chaired two special sessions on philosophy in Latin
America. He is responsible for a 1994 agreement between the University
of Buenos Aires and Cal State L.A. that has brought Argentinean
scholars to the CSLA campus. A similar letter of agreement has
been drawn up between the University and Argentina's National
Council for Scientific and Technical Research.

Gomez has encouraged the dissemination of North American philosophers'
work on Latin America by arranging for translation of their works
into Spanish. Conversely, with the aid of student translators
at CSLA, and supported by a Faculty Enrichment Grant, he produced
an anthology in English on recurrent themes in Latin American

Madhu S. Mohanty, Associate Professor of Economics, School
of Business and Economics

Madhu Mohanty holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of
Wisconsin. He received a master's degree in economics from Utkal
University in India, where he was presented a gold medal for ranking
first in his class. He has been an instructor at the University
of Wisconsin and a lecturer at Utkal University. His primary teaching
areas at CSLA are applied econometrics, labor economics and microeconomics.
He has been serving as departmental Quantitative Coordinator and
the seminar coordinator for the past two years. He is listed in
Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Mohanty's strong publication record complements his quality teaching.
He has 11 refereed papers, including articles in the prestigious
journals, Economica, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and
, and Journal of Labor Research.
He was awarded the 1993 School of Business and Economics outstanding
faculty research paper award for his article, "Federal and
Union Job Queues: Further Evidence from the U.S. Labor Market."
His primary research areas include theoretical and empirical analysis
of job queues, labor market discrimination and the impact of education
on individual economic performance.

During the past six years, he has presented nine papers in national
and international conferences. He has revived his department's
seminar series, now the most vigorous seminar in his School.
He has served on the Academic Senate and on many department, School
and University committees. He is currently a member of the Western
Economic Association and the American Economic Association.

Barbara Peterson Sinclair, Professor of Nursing, School
of Health and Human Services

Barbara Peterson Sinclair earned her B.S. from the University
of Maryland and her M.N. from Emory University. She attended
the USC Ph.D. program in psychology and completed a Certificate
Program as an Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner. She has held numerous
administrative positions within the CSLA Nursing Department and
has been president of the Board of Trustees of the CSLA Foundation.

Sinclair's numerous professional papers and presentations have
often dealt with the future of women's healthcare, sexually-transmitted
diseases and healthcare issues for women over forty. She wrote
the first national certification examination in the area, and
is co-author of The Obstetric-Gynecological Nurse Practitioner:
Role Definition, Role Description, and Educational Guidelines
published by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and
Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

She has been director of Peace Corps training and has served as
a consultant for the National Cancer Institute and the United
States Army. She is often called as an expert witness in legal
matters regarding the nursing profession and healthcare in general.
She has assumed a leadership role, both regionally and nationally,
in associations representing her clinical specialty. In the American
Nurses Association, she has been chair of the National Review
Committee for accreditation of Nurse Practitioner programs in
Gynecology-Maternity-Pediatrics and has chaired the National Practice
Committee for AWHONN.

In addition, the national organization in her clinical specialty
has recognized Sinclair as the Greater Los Angeles Nurse of the
Year 1986 and as National District IX Nurse of the Year in 1989.
She was selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
and has received a Distinguished Voluntary Leadership Award from
the March of Dimes, an organization in which she has been very

Donald R. Paulson, Professor of Chemistry, School of Natural
and Social Sciences

Donald Paulson holds a B.A. from Monmouth College in Illinois
and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He joined the Cal State
L.A. faculty in 1970, and was chair of the Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry for eight years. Paulson teaches the year-long
organic chemistry sequence, stressing interactions with biology.
He teaches this highly competitive course using active-learning
teaching strategies which have remarkably increased the pass rate
for these students. In addition to teaching other courses in chemistry,
he is also involved with the team-taught Physical Science 180
course, which is attended mostly by students studying for their
teaching credentials. This course, in which Paulson has introduced
cooperative learning groups, is an interdisciplinary approach
to basic concepts in chemistry, geology and physics as they relate
to earth's physical environment.

Paulson has been an active member of numerous department, School
and University committees, and places particular importance on
his long service to the University's Academic Senate, pointing
to this as the place where academic standards are maintained and
the interest of students is safeguarded. He has more than 30
journal and book publications, and has attracted more than $1,900,000
in external funding for chemical research at Cal State L.A. His
research interests are in the areas of models for oxygen binding
proteins and organic photochemistry.

The scope of his outreach efforts have been supported by six grants
since 1990, totaling more than $1,000,000 in additional external
funding. Under one grant, CSLA undergraduates are trained to give
motivational talks and perform simple experiments at elementary
schools. Another brings local high school students on campus for
instruction in chemistry, geology, biology and physics. Paulson
is "in the field" once or twice a month, and by his
count, has done 80 demonstrations at elementary schools alone,
and has been heavily involved in in-service training for teachers
at all levels. His commitment to science education led to his
election as chair and program chair of the California Association
of Chemistry Teachers.

In 1994, the CSLA Academic Senate Executive Committee honored
Paulson as Academic Citizen of the Year. He was selected as a
Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor in 1979. He and his wife,
Beth, who is on the faculty of the CSLA English Department, live
in South Pasadena.

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