Faculty Fellows 2017-2018
Associate Professor of English
Sara Hackenberg received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and specializes in 19th C. British and American literature, narrative mystery, popular and visual culture. Her research interests include the novel, serial fiction, narrative mystery, popular "sensational" fiction, the development of media culture, cultural criticism and theory and silent film. She teaches courses on Victorian literature and culture, Victorian women, the history of the novel, literary criticism and theory, detective fiction, nineteenth-century mystery and the vampire tradition in literature.
Lecturer, Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies
Jen Reck has worked as a lecturer in the San Francisco State University Department of Sociology since completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz in 2006. She teaches in a way that encourages students – and herself – to take risks, explore new and possibly uncomfortable ideas and feel a part of a classroom community. She has taught courses in introductory Sociology, LGBTQ and sexuality studies, introductory and advanced research methods, gender and has a special place in her heart for the Sociology GWAR course. Inspired by bell hooks’ notion that classrooms can be sites of liberation and holistic engagement, Jen seeks to create learning opportunities in which classroom members sometimes feel unsettled and challenged, yet are also respected and heard. Jen was honored to receive the 2017 SF State Award for Teaching Excellence and is currently serving as a Lecturer Faculty Fellow for SF State’s Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL).
Amy E. Smith
Associate Professor of Psychology
Amy E. Smith is an associate professor of Psychology at SF State. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. Dr. Smith specializes in Legal Psychology and in particular the areas where law and psychology intersect around issues of social justice. Her activism and research integrate her academic and professional experience and are focused on topics related to the death penalty, the effects of incarceration and successful reintegration of individuals after release from prison.
Professor of Biology
Director of SEPAL
Kimberly Tanner is a tenured professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. She directs SEPAL, the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how people learn science, especially biology. Her research in biology education holds the promises of revealing insights into preconceptions and misconceptions in biology that can guide strategies for curriculum improvement and teaching reform. Trained as a research neurobiologist, Dr. Tanner has been nationally and internationally recognized for both her research and her teaching in biology, including receiving the 2012 National Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers and the 2017 Bruce Alberts Science Education Award from the American Society for Cell Biology.
Lecturer in English
Driven by her passion for teaching and learning, Crystal Wong works in a variety of faculty positions at SF State. She is a lecturer in the English department, an OER [Open Educational Resources] ambassador with Academic Technology and a faculty fellow with the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her work includes teaching undergraduate composition courses, mentoring faculty to share best practices and leading professional development workshops. She engages students and faculty to challenge their own thinking, to make new discoveries, to embrace failure, to learn from others, to work outside of their comfort zones and to use their passion to inspire others. These daily give-and-take interactions with students and faculty inspire her to go to work every day.
Lecturer in Department of Physics and Astronomy
Jessica Fielder has considered herself a scientist and experimenter for a few decades, but did not come to think of herself as a teacher until she taught introductory astronomy in SF State’s Charles Hagar Planetarium as a Master’s student at SF State. Now she works to improve science education at SF State in a number of ways: as a lecturer in the Physics and Astronomy Department teaching lower-division physics and astronomy classes and coordinating graduate student teaching assistants, as the director of the Supplemental Instruction program in the College of Science and Engineering and as a lecturer ambassador with the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL).
Lecturer in English
Staff Development Coordinator, Learning Assistance Center
Karen Wiederholt finds inspiration for her teaching from a variety of sources: her own bilingual, immigrant background, her writing practice and her daily interactions with students and colleagues at SF State. She tries to approach all her work, whether teaching in the English department, working with tutors at the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), or discussing programmatic issues with colleagues, with openness and curiosity. She received a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in 1991 and an MFA in Fiction in 2013. She has taught reading, writing and communication classes for undergraduates and graduate students, supported tutors as they learn their craft, led workshops for a variety of programs and faculty on campus and written three textbooks.