Meet Your Dean
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval has a Ph.D. from UC, Irvine, and a Certificate in Critical Theory from Cornell University. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has chosen Fresno as his home, and he sees his role at Fresno State as part of a broader commitment to the region. His research is influenced by deconstructionist and post-colonial theories, as these afford a theoretical and metaphorical space in which to explore the being in process that is unconstrained by a stagnant ontology. He has published on authors from the Spanish Golden Age, Mexican literature, and Portuguese poetry. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has been instrumental in developing the MA program in Spanish, and has chaired MCLL for 6 years. His passion for student success is evident by the 26 MA theses he has directed.
Advising and Support Center
The College of Arts and Humanities Advising and Support Center (ASC) exists to help students successfully navigate through their college careers. ASC is equipped with professional advisors and counselors who are committed to providing appropriate information to help students achieve their academic, career and personal goals.
The Center is located in Room 156 of the Speech Arts Building.
Make an appointment through GradesFirst, call or e-mail.
Provost’s Award Recipients for 2018
Outstanding teaching, research and service are central to the mission of Fresno State. The dedication of our professorial faculty deserves special recognition. Recipients of the Provost's Awards provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the university as the intellectual and cultural leader of the San Joaquin Valley. The Provost's Awards honor those faculty members who set new standards of excellence and represent the heart of this great university.
Faculty Service Award
Dr. Carolyn Cusick (philosophy) joined the Fresno State faculty in 2013. Cusick has tirelessly devoted herself to service at all levels. She assisted the Philosophy Department in the establishment of department milestones, helping students to have a clearer idea of what classes they should have completed by specific points during their course of study. Cusick chose to serve in areas that allow her to help achieve the University’s mission of discovery, diversity, and distinction across campus.
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Accomplishment Award
Dr. Andrew Fiala (philosophy) has been at Fresno State since 2005. In addition to being a nationally recognized academic scholar and philosopher, Fiala regularly shares his expertise with local and regional groups and organizations. He has written four books, edited four more and produced two textbooks. His latest book, “Transformative Pacifism,” will be released in August. He has also produced hundreds of timely op-eds through his award-winning weekly Fresno Bee column and his essays are read on Valley Public Radio’s “The Moral Is” series. Through his work as the director of the Ethics Center, he has stimulated dialogue and discourse on campus with thought-provoking lectures and events.
Dr. Mary Husain (communication) has been at Fresno State since 2002. She is a lecturer in both the departments of Communication and Media, Communications and Journalism. Husain’s teaching involves traditional and innovative classroom techniques, inviting distinguished guests. For the past 11 years, Husain has taught CineCulture, a unique course that strengthens the campus and broader community by arranging weekly screenings of award-winning foreign films, many of which also address timely and diverse topics. Husain brings key figures related to the films to campus as speakers. The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno recently honored CineCulture and Husain with its Spirit of Abraham award for promoting more harmonious relationships between different groups of people.
Promising New Faculty Award
Dr. Veena Howard (philosophy) joined the faculty at Fresno State in 2014. Philosophy Department Chair Sergio La Porta said her efforts have raised the recognition of excellence of religious studies and the department in the University, the larger community and internationally. Howard’s expertise is in South Asian religious traditions and Gandhi’s philosophy. In 2017, Howard was elected to the board of trustees for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a leading global interfaith organization. Howard focuses on creating a safe and respectful classroom environment that fosters curiosity and critical thinking.
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities provide you with the base of humanistic studies and creative expression essential to the understanding of contemporary civilization. Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence. Expand your imagination and creativity. Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.