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Exchanges Editorial Board
2005-2006

María Dolores Costa · Nancy Page Fernandez
Ida M. Jones · Patrick Kenealy
Kathleen Margaret Lant ("Peggy")
Patricia McFall · Brian Oppy · Luis Vega


María Dolores Costa (2003-2006)

María Dolores Costa is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of California State University, Los Angeles, where she has been teaching for eleven years. Currently, she is serving as the department's associate chair. Costa's area of specialization is nineteenth and twentieth century narrative, although she also teaches language courses, composition, and film, and she has served as GTA coordinator. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has published articles on García Lorca, deconstruction, Ana María Moix, and several entries in an encyclopedia of gay and lesbian authors. Most recently, she edited a book, Latina Lesbian Writers and Artists. She also continues to work on a manuscript dedicated to the role of nature in Spanish literature from the Romantic period to the present.

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Nancy Page Fernandez (2002-2006)

A native Californian, Nancy Page Fernandez earned a B.A. in American studies from Stanford University and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the Program in Comparative Culture at UC Irvine. Her research examines home dressmaking and the industrialization of women's clothing fashion.

In 1990 Dr. Fernandez joined the history department at California State University, Northridge, where she taught courses in U.S. women's history, American cultural history, and historical methods. She also acted as the history undergraduate advisor and Web Project Faculty Program coordinator, and served on the Faculty Senate Library Committee, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Advisory Board, and the Educational Policy Committee.

She received the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award for 1999-2000, and in January 2001, Fernandez moved to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, to become director of the Interdisciplinary General Education Program.

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Ida M. Jones (2004-2007)

Ida M. Jones is a professor in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. She earned her J.D. from New York University and has been teaching business law in Fresno since 1987. She has authored/coauthored instructor's manuals for business law textbooks, prepared internet exercises for textbook publishers, and published articles in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Legal Studies Education. In 2003, she received a distinguished paper award for the article "Advice for the Not Ready for Virtual Time Professors: Lights, Camera, Action! Tips for Creating a Workable Online Course."

In 2004, Jones successfully completed the coursework for UCLA's Certificate in Online Learning, an intensive program to prepare instructors for the rigors of teaching online. She serves as a digital campus fellow to the university and provides advice to faculty in the school of business who want assistance with online courses. She was the first recipient of the Verna Mae Brooks and Wayne D. Brooks Professorship in Business Law from 1996-1999.

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Patrick Kenealy (2002-2006)

Patrick Kenealy, Professor of Physics and Science Education at California State University, Long Beach, obtained his Ph.D. in physics (1967) from the University of Notre Dame, and came to CSULB in 1988 after 20 years in physics research and teaching at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Kenealy was awarded a CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1994, particularly for his work in developing a new physical science curriculum for liberal studies majors and GE students. As principal investigator (and with with funding by the NSF and FIPSE), Kenealy has completed three major curriculum development projects in non-science and calculus-based intoductory physics at two large (>25,000 FTE) universities. He also conducts in-service training for secondary-school science teachers, and he also supervises student teachers.

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Kathleen Margaret Lant ("Peggy") (2002-2006)

Peggy Lant is an English professor at California State University, East Bay, where she serves as Director of Technology and Teaching. She was a professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, for 15 years, where she was also College of Liberal Arts instructional technology coordinator. At California State University, East Bay, she plans and develops online programs, instructs faculty in the use of educational technology, and teaches in both the English and the instructional technology programs. She directed the development of the online Masters in Online Teaching and Learning, the online Certificate in Technical and Professional Communication, and several other online courses and programs. Her publications include work on Louisa May Alcott, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Stephen King, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, and instructional technology. Her edited collection on Stephen King--Imagining the Worst: The Representation of Women in the Works of Stephen King--was published in 1998. She is currently working on a book on traditional values and new technologies in teaching at the college level.

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Patricia McFall (2005-2006)

Patricia McFall served as interim managing editor of Exchanges from February 2005 to the suspension of editorial activity at the end of December 2006. She has professionally edited more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books for academic and commercial publication, as well as many shorter works. In addition to writing for newspapers, magazines, and academic websites, McFall has published both long and short fiction. She has a B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge, and an M.A. in applied linguistics from UCLA.

After teaching business writing at California State University, Fullerton, McFall taught fiction writing and ran the Programs for Writers in CSUF extension. She has been a regular columnist for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, where she writes book reviews and freelance features that include profiles on authors, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. In addition, she is a private writing coach and instructor.

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Brian Oppy (2004-2007)

Brian Oppy received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 1995, and has taught at California State University, Chico, since the fall of that year. Currently an associate professor of psychology, he teaches introductory psychology and cognition. In 2004, his hybrid introductory psychology class was given honorable mention by the university’s Exemplary Online Instruction Committee. Dr. Oppy’s research interests fall within the intersection of human learning, memory, emotion, technology and reading. His current research program is exploring the influence of emotion on students’ comprehension and memory for expository text.

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Luis Vega (2004-2007)

Luis A. Vega is a professor of psychology at California State University, Bakersfield, where he teaches courses in methodology, intergroup relations, and social influence. Vega earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1994), and he is an alumnus of the CSU system (Fullerton: B.A. & M.A.).

Vega has sponsored over 50 student papers to professional conferences, served as director of CSUB Faculty Mentor Program, and worked as a cluster evaluator for a national council in education. Vega is actively engaged in faculty development issues of technology, outcomes assessment, teaching/learning objectives, and pedagogy. His research areas include discrimination, intergroup attitudes, and issues of psychological measurement.

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