CEETL Advisory Board

Kira Donnell

Dr. Kira Donnell

Lecturer Faculty, Asian American Studies

Dr. Kira Donnell is Lecturer Faculty in the Asian American Studies department and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Faculty Director at CEETL. She holds an MA in Asian American Studies from SFSU and an MA and PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on Korean adoptees as individuals with agency and the development of an individual and collective Korean adoptee identity particularly as expressed through analysis of cultural productions. As a Lecturer Faculty member at SFSU, she is particularly interested in advocating for the support and recognition of Lecturer Faculty as well as exploring and implementing teaching practices and pedagogies that promote equitable and accessible learning experiences for students.

Brad Erickson

Dr. Brad Erickson- Board Chair

Lecturer Faculty, Department of Liberal Studies

Dr. Brad Erickson is a lecturer Faculty in Liberal Studies since 2015. Chapter President California Faculty Association SFSU, At-Large Senator of the Academic Senate. Chair of the CEETL advisory board. I've worked intensively with CEETL staff as co-chair of the AS Teaching Effectiveness Assessment (TEA) Task Force and participated in CEETL programs and courses. Campus policies and programs are often created around tenure and tenure track faculty as the norm in spite of lecturer faculty doing the majority of teaching. I hope to center the lecturer faculty experience in all considerations of teaching and learning.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Assistant Dean for Restorative and Transformative Racial Justice; Associate Professor

Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez is the College of Health & Social Science's assistant dean for restorative and transformative social justice and an associate professor of sociology. Dr. Francisco’s academic interests include: global and transnational sociology, migration and immigration studies, diaspora with a special interest on the Philippine migration, gender and the family, racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., labor, transnational social movements with regard to migrant workers, and international political economy. Her current book project explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S. Through an examination of neoliberal immigration policies and market forces, Francisco contextualizes the shifts in the long-standing transnational family formation in the Philippines. Dr. Francisco research program includes a transnational study of Filipino migrant mothers in New York City and their families left behind in Manila and participatory action research with Filipino immigrants working as caregivers in the U.S. In journals like Critical Sociology, Working USA, The Philippine Sociological Review and International Review of Qualitative Research, Dr. Francisco also writes on the transnational activism that emerges from the social conditions of migration, separation and migrant labor.

Jennifer L. Gasang

Jennifer Gasang

Executive Director of the Institute of Civic and Community Engagement

Jen Gasang is the Executive Director of the Institute of Civic and Community Engagement. She has been with ICCE and SF State for 16 years and in her capacity supports the campus in the areas of civic and community engagement.

Talía Guzmán-González

Dr. Talía Guzmán-González

Senior Assistant Librarian

Dr. Talía Guzmán-González is a Research and Instruction Librarian and the liaison for the Graduate College of Education and the College of Ethnic Studies. She has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2022 and was on the committee for the recent search for the new CEETL Director. She hopes to bring a strong skillset in research, information literacy, and instruction expertise. She is also deeply interested in issues of equity, diversity, transparency, and fairness in hiring practices in Higher Education.

Rick Harvey

Dr. Rick Harvey

Core Faculty

Richard Harvey has a Ph.D. for the UC Irvine Social Ecology program. His research includes developing stress-reduction interventions which promote psychological courage and hardiness. Before teaching at SF State he was a research fellow at the UC Irvine Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center for five years, developed and ran the UC Irvine Counseling Center Biofeedback and Stress Management Program, and worked as a Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Research Analyst in Orange County. He is the co-chair of the American Public Health Association, Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Special Interest Group, as well as a board member of the Biofeedback Society of California and the San Francisco Psychological Association. He has published in the areas of biofeedback, stress and computer-related disorders, tobacco cessation, and the psychology of hardiness and courage.

Zhaoshuo Jiang

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Jiang graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. He worked as a structural engineer in multiple firms (e.g., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill),  before joining San Francisco State University as a faculty member. As a licensed professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and California, Dr. Jiang has been involved in the design of a variety of low-rise and high-rise projects, including office towers, retails, hotels, courthouses, and theatre according to the U.S. and international building codes. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Savita Malik

Dr. Savita Kumari Malik

Director of Curriculum & Faculty Development

Experienced Faculty Director with a demonstrated history of working in both higher education and K-12. Skilled in Nonprofit Management, Program Evaluation, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Faculty Training and Curriculum Development. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.


Dr. Pavlína Látková

Professor, Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Dr. Pavlína Látková, a Professor at San Francisco State University's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, has dedicated 20 years to researching sustainable community-based tourism development. An advocate for socially responsible travel, she emphasizes cultural understanding, personal fulfillment and transformation, and community participatory engagement in sustainable development. Through her courses, blending experiential and service learning, Dr. Látková prepares students for careers in recreation, parks, and tourism. Collaborating with the San Francisco Bay Area community, she creates field-based experiences and leads impactful study abroad programs described by students as "life-changing”.

Maricel G. Santos

Dr. Maricel G. Santos

Professor and Chair of the English Department

Dr. Maricel G. Santos is a Professor of English at San Francisco State University, where she teaches in the M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program. Her teaching and research areas include: socio-cognitive dimensions of L2 acquisition, health literacy, immigrant literacies, and teacher identity formation. From 2008-2013, she was a research fellow funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) program. Her health literacy research explores ways that adult ESL participation serves as a health-protective factor in immigrant communities. In collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco, she is studying the effects of peer support networks and innovative curricula on health literacy outcomes among beginning-level adult ESL learners.

Frederick Smith

Dr. Frederick Smith

Associate Vice President, Equity & Community Inclusion

Dr. Frederick Smith serves as Associate Vice President for Equity & Community Inclusion at SF State. Previously, he served as Director of the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal State LA. Fred's research and professional interests include: co-curricular learning experiences; the role of ethnic studies and cultural centers in student identity development; campus climate experiences of historically marginalized and minoritized communities; retention and graduation of students of color in higher education; and collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs units for student success. 

Carolina Prado

Dr. Carolina Prado

Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies

Dr. Carolina Prado is an Assistant Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. She works at the intersection of community-based research, environmental justice, and border studies. Her current work is using environmental justice mapping indices in the U.S. as a guide to create a spatial analysis of environmental inequality in the border city of Tijuana, México. She is also passionate about food justice and anti-domestic violence work.

Jennifer Shea

Dr. Jennifer Shea

Professor of Public Administration and Director of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Jennifer Shea is a Professor of Public Administration and Director of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She is a community-engaged scholar whose work lies at the nexus of public policy and nonprofit studies, with research focused on public engagement and innovation in policymaking and implementation, organizational and policy learning, nonprofit finance, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Much of her research is applied, engages community members, and incorporates equity concerns from critical theoretical and practical perspectives. Her most recent research centers social equity in housing policy and community resilience. She has a broad teaching portfolio that includes foundations of governance and management, leadership, comparative perspectives, public policy, and the MPA Capstone course.

Dr. Anusha Sundarrajan

Dr. Anusha Sundarrajan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Anusha Sundarrajan (she/her) PhD, CCC-SLP is a multilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, from a South Asian background, specializing in voice disorders. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Gerontology at Purdue University. Her current position is at San Francisco State University (SFSU) as an Assistant Professor in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her primary research interests focus on understanding gender affirming voice care from a culturally responsive lens to develop patient centered outcomes and interventions. Another line of work centers around interprofessional education and practices, particularly their implementation in speech, language and hearing sciences and collaborations with other professions. She is the co-supervisor of the gender affirming voice clinic, one of its very first kind on campus and the director of the Find Your Voice Research Lab in the department. She is the Vice President of Professional Development of the South Asian Caucus of American Speech Language Hearing Association and the faculty advisor of the Indian Student Association at SFSU.

Smita Trivedi

Dr. Smita Trivedi

Associate Professor

Dr. Smita K. Trivedi, Ph.D., Ed.M. is Associate Professor of Business and Society/Sustainable Business in the management department at the Lam Family College of Business. She is also the Director for the Student Engagement Initiative at the LFCoB, where she runs the student ambassador program as well as the Leadership Edge program.  She teaches BUS 682 (Seminar in Business and Society), BUS 440 (Ethics at Work,) BUS 884 (Business Ethics, Society, and Sustainability), and has taught undergraduate strategy as well. She taught high school social studies for several years before working as the senior program officer for education and youth programs at global humanitarian aid agency Mercy Corps and starting her own social justice education non-profit project. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Trivedi worked on urban policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and she was the graduate teaching assistant for a special class taught at the George Washington School of Business by Dr. Ben Bernanke, the then-Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Todd Roehrman

Dr. Todd Roehrman

Professor in the Department of Liberal and Creative Arts

Todd serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. He joined SFSU Department of Theatre Arts in 1996, and has worked professionally as a costume designer for theatre and dance from Seattle to San Diego as well as film and major industrials for the past 25 years. BFA in Theatre - University of Arizona (1987), M.F.A. - Cal Arts (1990). A proud member of United Scenic Artists local 829, he has collaborated with award winning directors, designers, choreographers and actors, and been honored for his work with several prestigious critics awards himself. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in design in Theatre & Dance. he has been a member of the CEETL Advisory Board for many years.

Kimberly Tanner

Dr. Kimberly D Tanner

Professor; Director of SEPAL

Biology education research, equity and diversity in science, science education research, science teaching methods for scientists, partnerships with K-12 schools, development of novel assessment tools, community college biology teaching, cognitive psychology research