Provost's Awards Lecture Series
Spring 2020


This series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards. 


Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 3212 (3rd floor - South Wing)
Emily Walter, Department of Biology
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
“Knowing Yourself and Becoming an Agent for Inclusive Teaching Practice 
A discussion of diversity and inclusion in higher education STEM teaching, including transdisciplinary, evidence-based advice for how we can improve our actions as individuals and as an institution.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Dermot Donnelly-Hermosillo, Department of Chemistry
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 

Advancing Research Experiences for All: Science Course Redesigns Towards Greater Student Ownership and Creativity  
In this talk, Dr. Dermot Donnelly-Hermosillo will discuss two of his current research projects focused on the redesign of introductory level science courses at Fresno State for future elementary teachers and for non-chemistry majors. Reflections on over four years of redesign will be considered with rich and relevant examples from students and instructors. 



Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Lisa Bryant, Department of Political Science
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
“Does Changing How We Vote Actually Change How We Vote? An Examination of the California Voter's Choice Act in 2018 and Expectations for 2020 and Beyond"
In 2018, California implemented a series of voting reforms under the new Voters Choice Act (VCA). Counties were allowed to opt in to the program rather than be required by law. Five counties, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo, implemented the changes for the 2018 primary and general elections. In 2020, that number increases to 15 counties, comprising over 50% of the voters in California. This presentation discusses effects from the adoption of the Voter Choice Act in 2018 in terms of turnout and voting methods, with a focus on the shift toward vote by mail. Results suggest that many voters do change their behavior in response to election reforms. What does this mean for the future of CA elections?



Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 3212 (3rd floor - South Wing)
Lisa Anderson, Department of Anthropology
2018-2019 Outstanding Lecturer
"Cs Get Degrees (Comedy, Connection, Caring, and Currency) and Other Lessons I Have Learned From My Students”
For ten years, I taught in Fresno State's First Year Experience (FYE) program. This program was designed to provide first-generation college students potentially at risk of not graduating, with extra mentoring and support. This program "allowed" me to spend more time talking to and getting to know my students on a deeper level than was typical of other courses. I'm certain I learned as much from them as they did from me, and these lessons have made me a better teacher. 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Melanie Hernandez, Department of English
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
"How Mexicans Became Brown: The Flipside of U.S. Whiteness Studies"
Dr. Hernandez will discuss her current research project, which situates U.S.-based Mexican racial formation within the context of whiteness studies. This project tracks the "browning" of Mexicans through the latter half of the nineteenth century as legal and economic processes working in tandem with seemingly-innocuous cultural ephemera that permeated all areas of daily U.S. life.



Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Juliet Michelsen Wahleithner, Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
"What Bugs Me: Working to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Writing"
Students continually enter college not feeling confident as writers, while teachers throughout the K-12 system continually report feeling unprepared to teach writing. Drawing on findings from multiple research projects, Dr. Juliet Michelsen Wahleithner will explore reasons why this is. Additionally, she will discuss her current work at Fresno State, including with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project, to develop teachers' capacity to teach writing so that they feel better prepared and their students, ultimately, feel more confident as writers.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Faith Sidlow, Department of Media, Communications and Journalism
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
"Fake News, Media Literacy and Student Journalism"
Professor Sidlow will discuss fake news, media literacy, and the steps that can be taken at the collegiate level to restore public trust in journalism.



Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206 (2nd floor)
Jessica McKenzie, Department of Child and Family Science
2018-2019 Promising New Faculty 
"Psychological Continuity and Change in a Changing World: From Southeast Asia to the San Joaquin Valley"
Modern globalization has transformed the lives of young people around the world, rendering them members of local and global cultures whether or not they have traveled beyond their hometown. How do young people negotiate these—at times contradictory—local and global cultural values to construct their identities? Dr. Jessica McKenzie will address this question by drawing from her ethnographic research with adolescents growing up in a rapidly globalizing city in northern Thailand. She will also discuss how these findings converge with, and diverge from, the ways in which bicultural young adults in the San Joaquin Valley manage multiple sets of cultural values.


Fresno State is committed to providing universal access to all our guests. Please contact the Office of the Provost at 559.278.2636 to request disability accommodations.