Outstanding Professors 1998-1999

Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professors, 1998-1999

California State University, Los Angeles has announced the University's 1998-1999 Outstanding Professors. The award recipients are: Altadena resident Marshall L. Cates, Professor of Mathematics; Tujunga resident Robert Desharnais, Professor of Biology; Garden Grove resident Hae Kyung Lee, Associate Professor of Dance; and Pasadena resident Marguerite Ann Snow, Professor of Education. 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. Professor of Philosophy Ann Garry, a West Los Angeles resident, was selected as the recipient of the President's Distinguished 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.


Marshall L. Cates, Professor of Mathematics, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Marshall Cates joined the Cal State L.A. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in 1971, the same year he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has served his department as chair for six consecutive years, and, since 1995, has headed the department's remedial program.

Early in his academic career at Cal State L.A., Cates began to explore and use alternative forms for the teaching of mathematics. Together with a CSU colleague and two faculty members of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Cates developed a television and textbook series called Metrify or Petrify that aired for two years and was purchased by other districts. In the '80s, he worked with the "Plato" system, an early form of computer-aided instruction. He now directs a large multimedia program for teaching remedial mathematics that explores the power of the Web to provide remote access to instruction.

Cates has made more than 40 different conference presentations and has 16 published articles. On one of these articles, Cates collaborated with the noted mathematician Paul Erdos, whom Time magazine called "...the most prolific and arguably the cleverest mathematician of this century."


Currently Cates is serving a second term as chair of the Cal State L.A. Academic Senate.


Robert Desharnais, Professor of Biology, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Robert Desharnais came to the Cal State L.A. Department of Biology and Microbiology in 1988 from Rockefeller University in New York, where he held a post-doctoral position. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 1982 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.


Consistently evaluated at the highest levels by his students, Desharnais has taught introductory to graduate level courses, and has mentored high school, University undergraduate and master's students. In 1995 he co-authored an article on population dynamics that was published in Nature, and in 1997, co-authored an article in Science magazine that a colleague described as: "the most convincing evidence to date of complex dynamics and chaos in a biological population."


Over the years, Desharnais has been awarded more than 15 grants totaling more than $1 million--seven of those from the National Science Foundation alone. In 1992, he received an NSF grant toward a project to improve the way science is taught to introductory students. The result was groundbreaking "virtual courseware" that began with the highly praised Virtual FlyLab, a Cal State L.A. Web site that has been accessed more than 50 million times from high schools and colleges around the nation and the world. Recently, this courseware served as a model for "Biology Labs On-Line," a new Web publication of the CSU and academic publisher Addison-Wesley-Longman, in which Desharnais' on-line genetics education application is featured.


Hae Kyung Lee, Associate Professor of Dance, School of Arts and Letters
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Hae Kyung Lee received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Seoul's Ewha University and a Master of Arts in Dance at UCLA. She studied in Paris and in New York City, under Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Jennifer Miller.


A founding member of the Seoul Contemporary Dance Company and Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers, she has performed in Korea, Japan, France, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. She has received numerous grants, including a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship. Lee has performed as an invited artist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, the 1994 International Dance Festival in Seoul, Korea and, in 1995, at the 50th Independence Day Celebration, World Korean Artists Festival, which toured throughout South Korea. Her professional dance troupe, Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers, has performed as part of the 1997 Soho Arts Festival at New York's Joyce Theatre, was an invited participant at the Belluard Bollwerk International Festival in Fribourg, Switzerland, this past summer, and participated in the recent World Festival of Sacred Music-the Americas.


Lee joined the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Cal State L.A. in 1993. She has instituted a course at the University that brings professional dancers to campus as guest lecturers several times a year. Her highly popular classes tour local high schools to give dance performances and workshops throughout the year and frequently perform at community venues such as Highways in Santa Monica.


Marguerite Ann Snow, Professor of Education-Charter School of Education
Marguerite Ann Snow, a specialist in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), has been a faculty member of the Division of Educational Foundations and Interdivisional Studies in the University's Charter School of Education since 1988. Snow received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in 1985 and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on a Fulbright fellowship. She has authored or edited four books on Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language and published more than 30 articles in scholarly journals in her field.


Since 1995, she has coordinated an external M.A. degree program (TESOL) in conjunction with the Instituto Cultural Argentino Norte Americano (ICANA) in Buenos Aires, to train teachers of English as a foreign language. In addition to Argentina, her extensive international teacher training experiences have taken her to Brazil, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Morocco, and Pakistan. Snow has also received various grants and awards to develop programs to improve the academic achievement of language minority students. These include two grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). She has consulted for numerous institutions from the Peace Corps to the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. She lives in Pasadena with her husband Richard A. Honn, a lawyer practicing in Los Angeles, and her two daughters, Emily (6) and Carrie (4).


President's Distinguished Professor:
Ann Garry, Professor of Philosophy, School of Arts and Letters

Ann Garry joined the Cal State L.A. philosophy faculty in 1969. She received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Maryland. At Cal State L.A., she served three terms as department chair, and has been a visiting professor at UCLA and USC, and acting director for special academic programs at Cal State Northridge.

Garry is acknowledged as one of the prime movers in establishing and creating the institutions that sustain feminist philosophy today. She was a founder of the Pacific Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy and of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, on whose staff she currently serves as associate editor. She has been an active member of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Women.


Her scholarly work in both feminist epistemology and applied ethics covers topics ranging from pornography, abortion and sexuality, to whether theories can be gendered, and whether analytic philosophy and naturalized epistemology are appropriately used in feminist theory. Her essays have been widely reprinted.


The second edition of her book, Women, Knowledge and Reality, was published in 1996, extensively revised and with new introductory essays. During the last six years, she has published eight articles and reviews, some of them in Spanish translation, and has given numerous scholarly presentations.


Garry has lectured in South America as well as in the United States and has been in demand for workshops on the integration of feminist scholarship into the teaching of traditional philosophical courses. In addition to her valuable long-term leadership within the American Philosophical Association's Pacific Division, Garry has co-coordinated the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Workshop on Critical Thinking, and has served on the California Council for the Humanities.


Garry's most recent contribution to Cal State L.A.'s curriculum has been to chair the thorough revision of the University's General Education program.

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