2009 Faculty Awards: Honorees Reflect Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service
The 2009 Faculty Awards Reception was held on Feb. 26 in the Loker Student Union, jointly hosted by the Division of Academic Affairs, the Academic Senate and the Emeritus Faculty Association. Members of the California State University, Dominguez Hills faculty and administration celebrated those faculty members being honored this year as well as milestone anniversaries, with careers ranging from five to 40 years.
Four members of the faculty are chosen annually for special acknowledgement during the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Dr. Munashe Furusa, chair of the Academic Senate, presented this year’s awards to honorees Dr. Peter Desberg, professor of graduate education; Dr. Mohammad Eyadat, assistant professor of computer information systems; Dr. Jon Hauss, associate professor of English; and Dr. Larry Rosen, professor of psychology.
Desberg, who has taught at CSU Dominguez Hills since 1970, was given the Presidential Outstanding Professor Award. He is a clinical psychologist who instructs teachers in computer-assisted instruction, hypermedia and multimedia, child development, the psychology of reading, and instructional humor. A certified product developer for Apple and Allegiant Technologies, he has developed software on task analysis and public speaking and has written numerous books, articles, and monographs on teaching with technology, reading pedagogy, and overcoming stage fright.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Desberg received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, his master’s degree in educational psychology from CSU Northridge, and his doctorate in educational psychology from USC. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Technology Education and Computer Using Educators (CUE). In 1995, he was honored with the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award.
Eyadat, who received this year’s Excellence in Service Award, began his career at Dominguez Hills in 1998. An independent programmer and software developer for companies including KB Computer and 3Com in California, Eyadat has done extensive research in e-learning, Web accessibility, multimedia software security, watermarking algorithms for images and video data, software engineering and software reliability models, and systems performance evaluation. He has taught computer information systems and mathematics courses at a variety of institutions throughout California, including El Camino College in Torrance, Santa Monica College, and the DeVry Institute of Technology. In his native Jordan, Eyadat taught and oversaw computer labs at Mu’tah University in Al Karak and the University of Science and Technology in Irbid.
Eyadat received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Yarmouk University in Jordan, his master’s in mathematics from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, Calif., a second master’s in computer science from USC, and his doctorate in computer science and engineering mathematics from the Claremont Graduate School. He has served as a committee member for various international conferences, including the 11th International Business Information Management Conference held in Cairo last January. Eyadat has also served as chair for Student Research Day at CSU Dominguez Hills since its inception in 2005.
Hauss was recognized with the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award this year. The expert on American literature and literary theory has created and taught a variety of courses including “Literature and Popular Culture: A Fistful of Fiction” and “Studies in American Literature: The Slave’s Narrative.” He currently serves as the director of the Faculty Reading Group and is a member of the English Department Events Committee and Curriculum Committee.
Hauss is a 2003 recipient of a Sally Casanova Memorial Award, a research grant funded by the California State University system. Before arriving at CSU Dominguez Hills in 2002, he taught at Rhode Island College and had a Fulbright lectureship at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.
The Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award was given to Rosen, whose research focuses on the psychology of technology. The Van Nuys native teaches numerous related topics including the global impact of technology, research methods, program evaluation, child development, and behavior modification. The author of numerous articles, monographs and book chapters, and a columnist for the National Psychologist, Rosen has been widely interviewed by national media on the societal impact of technology and has presented at international conferences on topics including “The Effect of Virtual Worlds on Adolescents’ Real World Lives,” “Parental Limit Setting: Monitoring What Children are Doing in Cyberspace,” and “TechnoStress in Corporate America.”
Rosen graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego. The father of four children has written two books, Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the MySpace Generation and the forthcoming Me, My eLife, and I: Teaching and Raising the Net Generation.
Members of the faculty who have milestone anniversaries this year were also recognized at the event, including Dr. John L. Johnson, the campus’s founding athletic director, who celebrates 40 years at CSU Dominguez Hills.
- Joanie Harmon
Pictured from top to bottom: Dr. Peter Desberg, professor of graduate education; Dr. Mohammad Eyadat, assistant professor of
computer information systems; Dr. Jon Hauss, associate professor of English;
and Dr. Larry Rosen, professor of psychology
Photos by GK