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Department of Liberal Studies

The Department of Liberal Studies offers one of the largest majors at Fresno State, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Our Vision

Educators working for equity and social justice.

Our Commitments

  • Teaching for social justice
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogy
  • Universal design for learning

Our Mission

Provide relevant and rigorous subject matter preparation for elementary teaching that is committed to equity and social justice.

Department Chair and Staff

Frederick Peinado Nelson
Chair, Department of Liberal Studies 
Office: Education Building, ED 350
Phone: 559.278.0379

Mychue Vang
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, ED 350

Department Faculty

Cole, Kim


Dr. Kim Cole
Office: Education Building, Rm 367
Phone: 559.278.0474

De Walt, Patrick

 Patrick DeWalt
Office: Education Building, Rm 261
Phone: 559.278.0268

Nelson, Frederick Peinado: Department Chair

 Fred Nelson
Office: Education Building, Rm100
Phone: 559.278.0261

Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Florida
M.S. in Science Education, Kansas State University
B.S. in Secondary Education, Kansas State University

Areas of Expertise:
Naturalistic inquiry
Reflective practice
Constructivist pedagogy
Inquiry-oriented instruction
Next Generation Science Standards

Research Interests:
Development of reflective practice by preservice teachers
Dynamics of interdisciplinary faculty collaboration
Inquiry as a stimulus for reflection in science methods courses
Learner-centered teaching in university courses
Self-study of teacher education practices
Technology as a process for reflective practice
Teacher inquiry and action research

Shin, Myung

 Myung Shin
Office: Education Building, Rm 453
Phone: 559.278.0336
Ph.D. Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education (Specialization: Science Education), Michigan State University
M.S. Science Education, Seoul National University
B.S. Earth and Space Science Education, Seoul National University
Areas of Expertise:
Science Education, STEM Education, Makerspace and Maker Education, Project-Based Learning, Diversity and Equity in Science/STEM Education, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Critical Ethnography, Participatory Action Research, Case Study  

Smith, Becky L. Noel

Dr. Becky Noel Smith
Office: Education Building, Rm257
Phone: 559.278.0076

Link to Dr. Smith's Faculty Page

Van Horn, Selena

 Selena Van Horn
Office: Education Building, Rm 351
Phone: 559.278.4011