Adrian PraetzellisAdrian Praetzellis, Director of SSU's Anthropological Studies Center, has been appointed to the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). SHRC is a nine-member State review board, appointed by the Governor, with responsibilities for the identification, registration, and preservation of California's cultural heritage.

Praetzellis has held multiple positions at Sonoma State University since 1983, including professor of anthropology and lecturer. He is a member of the Society for California Archaeology and the Society for Historical Archaeology. Praetzellis is a registered professional archaeologist and earned a Master of Arts degree and doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. 

One of the other new appointees, AnMarie Medin, is an SSU grad with an MA in Cultural Resources Management.



Steve BittnerHistory Professor Stephen Bittner will be spending the summer pursuing his research thanks to two extramural fellowships: one from the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, and the other from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.

The first is a residential fellowship at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. Bittner will be spending the month of May there, conducting research at the Library of Congress on the history of Russian and Soviet winemaking, which is part of his current book project, Whites and Reds: Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar.

Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of potential contributions to the intellectual life of the Institute and the policymaking community, policy relevance, importance and originality of the project, as well as the applicant’s scholarly promise and achievements.

The second fellowship comes from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), which funds post-doctoral field research in Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe. Bittner will use the NCEEER fellowship to travel to Tbilisi, Georgia in June and July to consult tsarist-era materials on viticulture and wine at the Central State Archive of Georgia.

In addition to his current project, Bittner is the author of The Many Lives of Khrushchev's Thaw (Cornell, 2008), and the editor of Dmitrii Shepilov's memoir, The Kremlin's Scholar (Yale, 2007). His most recent work, A Negentropic Society? is forthcoming in the journal Kritika in spring 2013.


Megan TaylorAssistant Education Professor Megan Taylor was recently named a 2013 STaR Fellow, an induction program for recent doctoral graduates in mathematics education.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a 12-month experience that networks early career mathematics educators (in the first or second year of their first academic appointment).

The Program focuses on three themes: research, teaching and service as well as leadership development To be eligible for this program, a candidate must have a doctorate in mathematics education and be in the first or second year of tenure track at an institution of higher education in the U.S.

As a STaR Fellow, Taylor will have the opportunity to attend a week-long Park City Mathematics Institute this summer, get extra support as she continues her research agenda and collaborate with a strong cohort of other mathematics faculty to strengthen her teaching practice.

Taylor is the newest faculty member in the Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education department and the Single Subject Credential Program at SSU. Her research focuses on secondary mathematics and teacher education.

- Pamela Van Halsema


Gillian ConoleyEnglish Professor Gillian Conoley is now serving as a judge for the Omnidawn’s Poetry Chapbook Contest.Omnidawn, holds poetry competitions year round, bringing in distinguished literary professionals to evaluate new poetic works for publication.

Conoley became a professor at SSU in 1994, and in 1996 she took over the Small Press Editing program, now referred to as Volt. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stanger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Omnidawn will publish her newest book, PEACE, in Spring 2014. Her work has received many prizes, including the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award.