Dean's Welcome

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval


Saul Jimenez-SandovalDr. 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. 



Associate Dean

After receiving her B.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at Stanford University, Dr. Honora Howell Chapman came to Fresno State in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities, and soon became the Coordinator of Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Her service in the College of Arts and Humanities has included helping to create the Honors Program and then teaching its first cohort in 2006.  Dr. Chapman has extensive University-level service, including representing Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures in the Academic Senate on two occasions. From May 2009 to June 2014, Dr. Chapman served as the Director of the Smittcamp Family Honors College; in this capacity she had the pleasure of working with hundreds of President’s Scholars, campus colleagues, and community supporters. In 2013, she received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Chapman also inaugurated the university lecture series Fresno State Talks in Spring 2013, and she delivered the first Fresno State Convocation faculty address in August 2014.

As a scholar, Dr. Chapman has focused especially upon the crossroads of cultures in the Greek texts of Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian. She served as co-chair of the Josephus Seminar and Group of the Society of Biblical Literature for nine years, and has delivered numerous lectures at national and international venues, including most recently with her husband, Dr. William Skuban (History), in Buenos Aires in July 2015. Dr. Chapman contributed both translation and commentary to the Brill Josephus Project volume Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, ed. Steve Mason, vol. 1a: Judean War 2 (2008); she is currently working on Judean War 5. Her latest publication, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Josephus, co-edited with Zuleika Rodgers (Trinity College Dublin), will appear in January 2016. Dr. Chapman is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters on Josephus, early Christianity, Greek poetry, and Roman monuments and historiography. She has appeared on the History Channel (about Masada) and in numerous shows on KNXT-Fresno, as well as other local television and radio stations, including KFSR.

In many ways, coming to Fresno State has been like returning home for her. Though she was born and raised in Pasadena and then studied and worked in the Bay Area for over twenty years, Dr. Chapman’s family has roots in the San Joaquin Valley stretching back to the 1860s, making her a fourth generation resident. Dr. Chapman states that she is very grateful to her parents for instilling in her a love of learning and humility in service, both of which she has tried to encourage in her students while overseeing many volunteer hours in the Honors College and participating in her own past service on the board of San Joaquin Memorial High School. Dr. Chapman firmly believes that Fresno State provides an excellent education: her only child, William, attended Fresno State in the Honors College, graduating in 2013 with a degree in History. She looks forward to helping the College’s faculty and staff ensure that future generations of Fresno State students enjoy a superior, enriched education in the Arts and Humanities, so that they may help this Valley continue to grow more culturally and intellectually vibrant.