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Ed.D. program adds 2 core faculty

Joining the core faculty of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program for fall 2018 are Dr. Stephen E. Brock and Dr. Frank Adamson. Core faculty members are acknowledged by the selection committee as having the disciplinary background and the scholarly record to prepare doctoral level graduates focused on promoting equity, student achievement, school change, and shaping P-12 and community college educational policies. Core faculty members are eligible to serve as chairs or members of examination and dissertation committees, advisors and mentors to doctoral students, and members of governance bodies in the Ed.D. Program.

Dr. Frank Adamson joins CSUS from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, where as Senior Policy and Research Analyst he studied issues of equity and opportunity in education. Some Sacramento State doctoral students are already familiar with Dr. Adamson, as he taught the education finance class in spring 2017.

frank-adamson-headAdamson currently studies the effects of different political and economic approaches to education on student experiences and their performance in schools. His recent volume, Global Education Reform, compares the approaches of privatization and public investment to education policy in six countries. Frank has also studied the impact of system-wide charter school reform on students in New Orleans. Previously, he published on the adoption of assessments of deeper learning and 21st century skills at the state, national, and international levels, as well as on teacher salary differences within metropolitan labor markets in New York and California. He has also completed studies for the USDOE, OECD, IEA, and UNESCO, including analyses of PISA and TIMSS. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods and his research interests include the economics and sociology of education, U.S. and international education policy, and educational equity and opportunity. Frank began his career in education as a high school English teacher.

Adamson has a Ph.D. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University, a master’s in sociology from Haverford College, and took his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature (French and English) from New York University while studying in Paris. He is proficient in French and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Previously, Adamson was a research associate for SRI International and American Institutes for Research, a research team leader in Benin for World Learning, and an A.P. English teacher.

Since earning his doctorate, Adamson has obtained more than $1.4 million in grants from such organizations as the Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the American Education Research Association, and others.

His publications include books and chapters coauthored with Linda Darling-Hammond on global education reform, privatization, and assessments. His scholarship includes research for videos, infographics, and policy briefs produced by SCOPE.

“I’m very excited about joining the core faculty and helping the college fulfill its mission, including promoting educational equity. I enjoyed teaching Education Finance last year and look forward to further engaging with the emerging scholars in the EdD program and with the faculty at the College of Education.”



Dr. Stephen E. Brock is a professor and coordinator of the School Psychology Program in the College of Education at Sacramento State. His professional preparation includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, and a Ph.D. in Education (with anemphasis in psychological studies) at the University of California, Davis, where he researched Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Brock was selected by the College of Education to receive the 2012-2013 Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, and the 2017 Juliana Raskauskas Legacy Lecture Award.

Brock’s primary research and academic interests include:

  • Crisis Theory and School-Based Crisis Intervention
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • School-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
  • Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavioral Consultation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Brock’s recent publications deal with crisis counseling, intervention and prevention in the schools, helping trauma-exposed students, suicide prevention, and bipolar disorder. He is a founding member of the National Association of School Psychologists’ PREPaRE Workgroup and the author of Workshop 2 of the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum. Other publications are listed on his full biography.

He teaches a number of courses for the Education Specialist master’s program, including Educational Research; Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Assessment; Functional Assessment of Behavior; Preventive Psychological Interventions; Psychology in the Schools; and Human Development and Learning.

“I am honored to become a part of the core EdD faculty,” Brock said. “I hope that my research in the area of school mental health will add an important perspective to this amazing program.”



Cuádraz, Flores to discuss transformative power of higher education on the working class Dec. 1

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Visiting scholars Gloria H. Cuádraz and Yolanda Flores come to Sacramento State’s Hinde Auditorium at 4:00pm on Friday, December 1, to discuss the transformative power of higher education on the working class. Their talk is based on their new book, “Claiming Home, Shaping Community: Testimonios de los Valles: Underscoring the importance of access to higher education,” published by University of Arizona Press. They will be joined by chapter contributors Manuel Barajas and Caroline Turner.

To offer testimonio, the authors say, is inherently political, a vehicle that counters the hegemony of the state and illuminates the repression and denial of human rights. The book tells the stories of Mexican-descent people who left rural agricultural valleys to pursue higher education at a University of California campus, seeking to empower others on their journeys to and through higher education.

350x505_CuadrazGloria Holguín Cuádraz is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University. She publishes in the areas of Chicana/os and higher education, theory and methods of oral history, Chicano labor history, feminist methods and testimonio. With Dr. Luis Plascencia, she is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology,Mexican Workers in Arizona: The Making of an ‘Elastic Supply of Labor’” (Tucson: University of Arizona Press). She is a member of the Latina Feminist Group, co-authors of “Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios,” (Duke University Press, 2001). In 2013, she was awarded the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar of the Year Award by the Arizona Humanities Council. From 2014-2017, she was Co-Lead Editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Yolanda FloresYolanda Flores is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont where she teaches U.S. Latino and Latin American Literatures and Cultures with an emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, class, language, sexuality, and citizenship.  “The Drama of Gender:  Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas” is her first book.  In addition to articles published in the fields cited above, Professor Flores has also published on performance studies, cultural politics, and Latino farmworker activism in Vermont.  She is a native of Bakersfield, California.

Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Ph.D.Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner is Professor of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at the Sacramento State College of Education, is Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and is Lincoln Professor Emerita of Higher Education and Ethics at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests focus on access and equity in higher education. An award-winning scholar, Turner is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Scholars of Color in Education Career Contribution Award, the 2016 University of California, Davis School of Education Distinguished Alumna Award, and the 2016 Yolo County Mexican American Concilio Pilar Andrade Award for community service. Turner received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

280x351_barajasManuel Barajas was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and he was raised in Stockton, California from the age of four.  He attended UC Davis for his Bachelor’s degree and obtained his MA and Ph.D. at UC Riverside.  He is a professor of Sociology at Sacramento State, and since 2002 he has been successful teaching, serving on- and off-campus communities, and publishing research in peer-reviewed and popular publication outlets.  He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students the subjects of Chicana/o Sociology, Immigration Studies, and Ethnic & Race Relations.  His research has focused on Indigenous Mexican migration and farm workers.  He is the author of “The Xaripu Community across Borders: Labor Migration, Community, and Family” (with Notre Dame University Press) that received a Distinguished Book Award Honorable Mention from the Latino Section, American Sociological Association.  Manuel greatly enjoys working with students and the community, and believes in producing knowledge/advocacy that makes a difference in improving the lives of all marginalized communities.

To grant or not? Tax abatements subject of professor’s research cited in national journal

A recent article about property tax incentives for business in Land Lines, a magazine published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, cites research by Sacramento State Professor Robert Wassmer in “suggesting that incentives erode tax bases while spawning additional roads, sewers, and public services that governments must maintain and finance for the foreseeable future.”

Rob WassmerPhoto by Steve McKay
Robert Wassmer

Dr. Wassmer is Director of the Master’s in Urban Land Development Program and Acting Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, as well as a core faculty member of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program.

The writer cites Dr. Wassmer’s research published In a 2009 Lincoln Institute report, where he offers four questions for public officials to consider when deciding whether or not to grant a tax abatement to a business:

  1. Will the business actually relocate its operations if its tax abatement request is denied?
  2. Will the tax incentive make the business more profitable in your town than in other towns that are also offering similar subsidies?
  3. Will the firm still be responsible for taxes or fees that exceed the cost of providing new public services, once the tax deal is in place, so that government funds aren’t depleted?
  4. If not, is the fiscal stress generated by the tax deal worth the benefits of jobs generation, potential neighborhood revitalization, and shot at additional businesses as a result of the multiplier effect?

Dr. Wassmer was recently awarded the 2017 Chester A. Newland Academic Excellence award from the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Read “GASB 77: Revealing the Cost of Property Tax Incentives for Business” from Land Lines Magazine.

Professor Wassmer wins public policy award for academic excellence

Rob Wassmer Photo by Steve McKayRobert Wassmer, Ph.D., Sacramento State Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Director of the Master’s Program in Urban Land Development, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership faculty member, is the winner of the 2017 Chester A. Newland Academic Excellence award from the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

The award is presented to a college student, teacher, administrator, or organization who has demonstrated scholarship and leadership in public administration or a closely related field of study, or has made a noteworthy contribution to the education of public administrators. The awards will be presented at the ASPA Annual Dinner on May 4.


Dr. Lascher receives Livingston Faculty Lecture Award

lascher_dsc4848_printDr. Edward Lascher, professor of Public Policy and Administration and a member of the EdD program faculty, has been selected as the 2016-2017 recipient of the John C. Livingston Faculty Lecture Award. As part of the honor, conferred by the Sacramento State Faculty Senate, Dr. Lascher will deliver a lecture at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in the University Union Redwood Room.

The Livingston Award and Annual Lecture dates back to 1959 when the first Distinguished Faculty Convocation Address was given by John C. Livingston, a professor in the Department of Government from 1954 to 1982. In 1985 the Faculty Convocation was renamed in Professor Livingston’s honor. Recipients of this award are recognized for having transcended their disciplines and in so doing having positively affected the life of the University through their teaching, service, and or their creative and scholarly activities. In the process, the recipients must have also displayed a consistent, engaging collegiality and a strong commitment to students throughout their careers at California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Lascher received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1989 and was an associate Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1995.  In 1996, he joined the faculty at Sacramento State as one of the foundational members in the recently formed Masters Program in Public Policy and Administration. Professor Lascher’s research interests include insurance economics and policy and the effects of direct democracy on political outcomes—topics on which he has authored or coedited three books and numerous articles.

Dr. Lascher has served on the faculty senate, been a member of its executive committee, and chaired several of Senate’s ad hoc committees and working groups. He has been the recipient of his College’s Outstanding Teaching (2002) and Outstanding Research & Creative Activity (2016) Awards.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lascher and joining us for the annual Livingston Lecture on Feb. 20. A reception in Professor Lascher’s honor will be held immediately following the lecture.

Efforts to adopt California Indian Vetted Curriculum gaining support statewide

Pictured (l-r) are: Juliana Liebke, K-12 History-Social Science Curriculum Specialist, San Diego Unified School District; Rose Borunda, Professor, Sacramento State; Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, storytelling and California Indian education program author, Luiseno/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians; Maureen Lorimer, Professor, Cal Lutheran; Michelle Lorimer, Lecturer, CSU San Bernardino; Matt Hayes, History-Social Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education.

Progress toward adopting California Indian vetted curriculum for California students is gaining momentum, thanks to the collaborative efforts of California Indian cultural experts across the state.

With the engaged support and collaboration of Sacramento State’s Native American Faculty/Staff Advisory Council, including Professor Brian Baker of Ethnic Studies, David Ortega of Educational Opportunity Program, and Cecilia Chavez of ENIT (Ensuring Native Indian Traditions), Dr. Rose Borunda and Dr. Mimi Coughlin hosted California Indian experts and public school educators on September 26 for the purpose of introducing California Indian vetted curriculum. Opening the event was Thomas Lozano of the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of Enterprise Rancheria followed by the originator of this effort, Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raahl Salinan/ rumsien Ohlone. Other key presenters included Dr. Dale Allender and Dr. Margarita Berta-Avila; Dr. Maureen Lorimer of Cal Lutheran; Dr. Michelle Lorimer of CSU San Bernardino; Richard Johnson, Tribal Council Chairman of Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe; Dr. Beverly R. Ortiz, Cultural Services Coordinator, East Bay Regional Park District; Chelsea Gaynor, Individuals & Societies teacher, Student Council Advisor, Mitchell Middle; and concluded with a presentation by Connie Reitman-Solas, Executive Director of the Inter-tribal Council of California.

Another Curriculum Summit was held under the umbrella of the statewide California Indian Conference (CIC) at San Diego State on October 21. Dr. Borunda said the keynote speaker Merri Lopez-Keifer, a Gov. Brown appointee, as Commissioner to the Native American Heritage Commission, brought tears to her eyes when she noted that the California Indian Summits denote progress and speak to the resilience of California Indians who continue to make change in today’s world. For the first time, the Summits are being conducted in a groundswell of local support, where California Indians are providing school districts with curriculum and having an exchange with curriculum experts and teachers.

“It’s changing the way people talk about California Indians,” said Dr. Borunda, “infusing California Indian perspectives and curriculum so that all children can benefit from the depth of knowledge and wisdom of California Indians.”

Sacramento State Ed.D. Candidate Susan Olsen was one of the presenters at the San Diego summit, which also included local California Indian experts Michael Connolly Miskwish of the Kumeyaay Nation, Cathleen Chilcote Wallace of the Luiseño/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, and author Gary Robinson, who introduced his new historical novel, “Lands of our Ancestors.” Dr. Borunda’s new Research Assistant, Saima Nazir, promoted the San Diego CIC Summit and was successful in getting many educators to the event.

By request, Dr. Borunda and Dr. Coughlin previously presented at the invitation of Adam Jacobs, Student Coordinator of Diversity for Rudolph Steiner College (a Waldorf School). There were over 50 attendees at the April Curriculum Summit representing Waldorf teachers from Arizona, California, and Oregon. “We hope to do more regionalized trainings, given availability of funds, to connect educators with regional California Indian cultural experts,” said Dr. Borunda.

The proposed curriculum framework was prepared by Drs. Borunda and Coughlin from Sacramento State; Gregg Castro, Co-Coordinator of the Curriculum Summit; Michelle Lorimer of California State University, San Bernardino; Crystal Martinez-Alire, Elk Grove USD trustee; and author Beverly Ortiz.

“This collaboration is so important,” said Dr. Coughlin. “K-12 teachers are often eager to teach more accurate and complete information about California Indians but may not know how.  Building teacher capacity through dialogue with Native Elders and content experts is a powerful reform strategy.”

(l-r): Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raah Salinan/ rumsien Ohlone, Co-Coordinator of Curriculum Summit; Elonda Castro, supporter and wife of Gregg; Beverly Neddeau, sister of  Dr. Browning Neddeau; Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, Luiseno/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians & presenter; Dr. Browning Neddeau, Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay;  Dr. Rose Borunda, Professor at Sacramento State and Co-Coordinator of Curriculum Summit; Monica White, Patrick White’s daughter; Patrick White, Jefferson Elementary School.

Sac State contributes to STEM education for under-represented youth

Fellowship participants from Northern California with Dr. Angelo Williams.

Several representatives of the Sacramento State Ed.D. program led workshops sponsored by the NAACP this summer to introduce students to STEM fields, social justice and public policy. Instructors and coordinators of the Northern California workshops at the Hayward branch of the NAACP included Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ed.D. Program Director, and Education Chair of the California NAACP; Ed.D. faculty member Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration; Cohort 1 alumnus Dr. Angelo Williams, now Legislative Director for the California Student Aid Commission; Cohort 8 doctoral candidate Steve Roberson, founder of The Graduation Code.

The fellowship gave us — as graduates of and instructors in the Ed Doctorate program — an opportunity to reach the next generation now with information to guide them into STEM and STEAM careers and into the CSU system as future students and graduates,” said Dr. Williams. 

The workshops were part of the 2016 Alice Huffman Fellows program, sponsored by AT&T. The purpose of the program is to expose underrepresented youth to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) along with various concepts of social justice.

Ten underrepresented secondary students from the southern and northern California were selected to participate in the fellowship. Four-hour workshops were held once a month during June, July and August in Los Angeles and Hayward.

The curriculum helped students gain a fuller understanding of the various STEM fields, career possibilities, and the concepts and importance of social justice. Writing exercises were designed to empower the young people to gain an understanding of the concept of social justice and their potential to play a role in creating change.