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Vol 57 No. 14 : July 14, 2005
Vol 57 No. 14 | July 14, 2005
Dede, Zentgraf Honored as Recipients of Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

Martha J. Dede and Kristine Zentgraf

Dede (l) and Zentgraf

Two professors at CSULB –– Martha J. Dede and Kristine Zentgraf –– were honored as recipients of the campus’ 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, which is given annually to selected faculty in recognition of sustained excellence in teaching.

Dede, an assistant professor in the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration, and Zentgraf, an associate professor of sociology, were recently presented with their awards at a special end-of-the-year celebration that recognizes the outstanding achievements of faculty and staff.

In the classroom, Dede said she employs a three-pronged strategy with her students: information dissemination, critical analysis and application of theory to practice, which she tries to introduce into her courses whenever possible.  She believes that reading, analyzing and applying theory will help her students become more well-rounded, better thinkers and better writers.

She also incorporates historical context into her lectures. “Nothing happens in a social, political or economic vacuum,” pointed out Dede, who served as a full-time lecturer from 1997-99 in the graduate center and has been an assistant professor since 1999.

In addition to teaching, student advising and department committee work, Martha serves as director of the Bureau of Government Research and Service, the center’s internship advisor and chair of the Department Grade Appeals Committee.

Dede has served the university as a reviewer for the CSULB College of Health and Human Services Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards, a member of the College of Health and Human Services Committee on Women and Minorities and an advisor to the American Humanics Consulting Task Group.  She was appointed by the dean to the College International Committee and chosen by the chief of police for the Academic Advisory Committee to the Long Beach Chief of Police.

Outside of the campus, Dede is a member of the National Council for Responsive Philanthropy, Pi Alpha Alpha, American Society for Public Administration, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the Public Administration Theory Network.

Dede received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco, her MPA at San Francisco State and earned her Ph.D. in public administration at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

As an alumnus of CSULB with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Zentgraf has come full circle since joining the university, first as a part-time instructor then as a tenure-track faculty member in 1998.  She also holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA.

Zentgraf sees her teaching role as one that extends beyond the classroom and requires that she be accessible and responsive to student needs and their development. She understands that when she walks into a classroom she will be learning as well as teaching.  Along with upper-division sociology courses, Zentgraf has developed and taught two core courses for the university-wide Odyssey Project -- “Unity and Diversity in Solving Social Problems” and “Confronting Globalization: Local Challenges, Transnational Solutions.”

She supervises student internships, advises and mentors students who go on to graduate or professional schools and has contributed to the development of a Peer Facilitation Program within her department.  She also has served as a mentor for the McNair Scholars and the Partners for Success programs.

Zentgraf’s research focuses on immigration, particularly as it relates to changing gender and family dynamics.  Her other research areas include the impact of globalization on U.S. inequality; and the challenges faced by first-generation and working class college students.

During her time at CSULB, she has served on the College of Liberal Arts budget committee, faculty council, RTP policy review committee and the Odyssey planning steering committee. Zentgraf also has presented numerous papers at sociological conferences in California, Oregon, Vancouver, Canada, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

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