Faculty and Staff News

Estes Teaching In Germany on American Civil Rights Movement

Steve Estes, professor of history, was awarded a German Teaching Fellowship for the summer of 2014 by the Organization of American Historians. Estes will be teaching a course on the American Civil Rights Movement at the Universität Tübingen in June and July. The fellowship is funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation. While in Germany, Estes will also be lecturing at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Erfurt.

Roberta Hodges Continued Success Across Campus

Roberta (Berta) Hodges began her role as Interim Director of International Education and the Sonoma State American Language Institute in May, 2013 and was selected for the permanent position in January 2014.

Berta Hodges has been with Sonoma State University and the Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) since 1989. SSALI is an intensive English program serving international students wishing to improve their English and matriculate into US universities and colleges. Berta has her BA in International Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Education with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language from Sonoma State University.

During her time at Sonoma State, Berta has gained expertise in language instruction, curriculum development, immigration issues, program management and development, student recruitment, and conflict resolution. In 2000, she took on the roles of Academic Coordinator and Student Advisor, as well as continuing her role as lead instructor. Berta has studied French, German, and Modern Greek and has lived and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia. She has a deep passion for all things international. For her Master's thesis, she did extensive research on the education systems of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Tom Jacobsen Named To Prestigious College of Certified Planner Fellows

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has inducted Sonoma State University professor Thomas Jacobson, J.D., AICP, of Rohnert Park into the elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows at a black-tie ceremony recently. The event was held in conjunction with the American Planning Association's (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

Jacobson is an environmental studies and planning professor and past department chair at SSU in addition to being the director of the University's Center for Sustainable Communities, which he founded in 2007. In addition to his university career, he has spent 25 years teaching continuing education courses for planning professionals, citizen planners and others engaged in planning better communities.

Shortly after started teaching at Sonoma University in 1994, he developed one of the first courses in the country on planning for sustainable communities, which also led to, among other things, his work with Marin County, California, on its groundbreaking countywide plan in 2007.

More recently, he has developed a course on Planning for Healthy Communities, funded through a partnership with Sonoma County, a recipient of a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A member of the California State Bar and past president of the California Planning Roundtable, Jacobson is recognized as an AICP Fellow for contributions in teaching and mentoring.

He received his law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1987, his masters' degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and his bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Sonoma State University in 1976.

"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession," said AICP President Lee Brown, F AICP. "They represent the vanguard of the profession, demonstrating outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership," he added.

Every two years a new class of AICP Fellows is honored in recognition of outstanding achievements by individual planners in one of four categories: professional practice, research, community service and leadership, or teaching and mentoring. Visit http://www.planning.org/faicp/ for a list of the 38 other planners from 17 additional states being inducted April 27 during a ceremony at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

For more information, visit www.planning.org.

Robert Train Receives Mayers Fellowship

Robert Train (Modern Languages & Literatures) recently has been awarded a 2014-15 Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA http://www.huntington.org/. This highly competitive and prestigious grant award will allow Dr. Train to conduct research on his book project (Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California, 1769-1849: Global and local practices of language and education) using the Huntington’s rare books and archival documents. Combining a theoretically-grounded perspective with archival sources, Dr. Train’s project offers an interdisciplinary lens through which to deepen our historical understanding of language and education in early multilingual California. Focused on Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California is also a history of the present as it sheds a critical light on the subsequent construction of Spanish language, Spanish speakers, and Spanish language education in California after statehood in 1850. Dr. Train wishes to publically thank the members of the SSU Faculty Writing Group, directed by Kathy Charmaz, for their thoughtful and incisive feedback that helped make his fellowship proposal successful.