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New tenure-track hires increase SF State faculty diversity



Ellen Griffin
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


University begins academic year with record number of minority hires

SAN FRANCISCO, August 30, 2006 -- San Francisco State University has hired a record number of minority and female tenure-track faculty members for Academic Year 2006/2007.

The new additions to the faculty for AY 06/07 mark the largest number of minority hires (42) and the highest percentage of minority appointments (56.8 percent) in University history.

Of the 74 tenure-track hires, 29 are minority females, representing 39.2 percent of the new appointments. Another record for AY 06/07: the largest number of female hires (48) and the highest percentage of female appointments (64.9 percent).

"In almost two decades of leadership, San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan has been a national role model in the hiring of a diverse faculty," said California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Under President Corrigan's leadership during the past 17 years, SF State has continued to promote inclusion and access across campus. Of the 814 tenure-track faculty hired at SF State from fall 1989 through fall 2006, 427 or 52.5 percent have been female and 354 or 43.5 percent have been minority.

"President Corrigan has always had an extremely strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity," said Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development. "That commitment is shared across campus by our deans and faculty, who continue to reach out to under-represented groups to recruit new colleagues."

Among the new hires, who hold doctoral degrees from the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning, are:

  • Kasturi Ray, assistant professor of women studies (Ph.D., Brown University)
  • Hector Carrillo, assistant professor of human sexuality studies (D.P.H., University of California, Berkeley)
  • Lisa Takeyama, assistant professor of economics (Ph.D., Stanford University)
  • Megan Williams, assistant professor of history (Ph.D., Princeton University)
  • Hun-Yul Lee, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts (Ph.D., University of Iowa)
  • Sosan Courey, assistant professor of special education (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University)
  • Sharonda P. Wallace, assistant professor of dietetics
    (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
  • Hsiu-huei Lin Domizio, assistant professor of Chinese (Ed.D., Columbia University)
  • Long Jiang, assistant professor of management (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Laura Lisy-Wagner, assistant professor of history, (Ph.D., Harvard University)
  • Andrew Zink, assistant professor of biology (Ph.D., Cornell University)

The University is consistently recognized by national surveys such as U.S. News and World Report for being in the top tier of the nation's most diverse campuses. SF State is ranked 13th nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities, according to a survey published in the June 1 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


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