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About the Staff

Dr. Nele Hempel-Lamer, Director

Dr. Nele Hempel-Lamer




Office: Library, Room 214
Phone: (562) 985-4233

Nele Hempel-Lamer, a Professor of German and Undergraduate Advisor, received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her MA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  She came to CSULB in 2006 after working at the University of Memphis for eight years, where she taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and directed Women’s Studies. Her research and teaching interests lie in twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, interdisciplinary feminism and discourses of memory and commemoration.

Dr. Hempel-Lamer has been recognized for her commitment to undergraduate education with Excellence in Teaching awards and she is fully committed to student success inside and outside of the classroom. Many of Dr. Hempel-Lamer’s students have won prestigious scholarships and she is looking forward to mentoring incoming University Honors students through the application process for similar awards.



Kashima Samuels

Kashima Samuels

Assistant Director



Office: Library, Room 214
Phone: (562) 985-4706

Kashima attended UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and pursued a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education. After graduating from UCSC, Kashima joined AmeriCorps and volunteered as an Outreach Coordinator for a California low-income housing community. Through this experience, she was able to engage with a diverse population and directly address social justice issues. During this time, she was reminded of why education was important and made the decision to pursue her graduate degree in Student Affairs.

Kashima graduated from the CSULB Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) Master’s program in 2013. In graduate school, she served as President for the Association for Professionals in Student Affairs; co-developed, implemented and coordinated  an International Service Learning Program at CSULB; completed  a thesis that examined  how international service learning experiences influence graduate student identity development; and co-presented research with Jonathan O’Brien (SDHE Coordinator and Lecturer) at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.