Springs brings new changes

This May, Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Ambos resigned her current position as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships and assumed a new leadership position as Executive Director for the Council on Undergraduate Research. Beth started her career with the California State University, Chancellor’s Office in November 2006. She oversaw the Pre-Doctoral Program the past couple of years, assuming leadership after the retirement of Lorie Roth.

Prior to her time at the Chancellor's Office, Beth was actively involved with the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education at the California State University, Long Beach as a faculty member and Assistant Vice President for Research and External Support. Beth’s extensive knowledge in student-faculty research opportunities has been valuable to both the Pre-Doctoral Program and the Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best in her new position.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Pre-Doctoral Scholars awarded “2012 National Science Foundation”

nsflogoTwo San Francisco State Pre-Doctoral Scholars have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Joachim Pedersen, an undergraduate in Engineering and 2011-12 Pre-Doctoral Scholar, has been awarded an NSF Fellowship in Materials Engineering.  Jia Wei Zhang, a 2010-11 Pre-Doctoral Scholar who was at the time an undergraduate in Psychology and is currently a PhD student at U.C. Berkeley, has been awarded an NSF Fellowship in Social Psychology. Congratulations!

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

cadiversityforumOn April 14th, 2012, the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education held the Southern California 22nd Annual Forum at San Diego State University. The forum attracted an estimated 1,000 highly-qualified, pre-selected undergraduate and master’s students. The forum focuses on enhancing recruitment of underrepresented students for doctoral-level programs with the possibly that they will become future CSU faculty members.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Hot off the CDIP Press!

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program just selected 54 new promising scholars for 2012/2013. “It was exciting to readcdip table the applications and find out about all the great work the students are doing. Hopefully after receiving their doctorates, they will return to be faculty members," said Dr. Alison Wrynn, Faculty Director of CDIP. On April 14th, Dr. Alison and Laurie Faure, CDIP Coordinator, recruited at the 2012 Southern California Forum for Diversity in Education Program at San Diego State University. “We talked to more promising students than even before at the Forum,” said Laurie. “It is very refreshing to meet the students and find out about the programs they are interested in and about their future goals.” The program has recently stepped up its presentation with a new tri-fold poster board and lip balm handouts. They will be at the northern California Forum at San Francisco State University on November 3, 2012, so please stop by their table. They would love to talk to you.

Director with the Mostess

Dr. Alison Wrynn is completing her first year as Faculty Director of CDIP. She comes to the program after serving as a faculty mentor to Matthew Llewellyn. Matt was a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach and then went on to complete his PhD at Penn State University. He is now an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Wrynn has been a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach since 2000. alison_wrynnShe received her BS in Physical Education from Springfield (Mass.) College and completed her MA in Physical Education at California State University, Long Beach.  Her PhD in Human Biodynamics is from the University of California, Berkeley where her research focused on the socio-cultural study of sport and exercise, specifically in the areas of history, sociology, and philosophy of sport and physical activity. Her research specialization is on the history of the scientific foundations of kinesiology, and most specifically on the role women played in developing a science of kinesiology and physical education. Currently she is analyzing the history of the allied health fields related to kinesiology (such as Athletic Training and Physical Therapy). She also conducts research on gender, leadership and participation in the Olympic Movement with California State University, Sacramento Professor Maureen Smith. Their work has resulted in two large scale reports for the Women's Sports Foundation (with a third report coming in November following the London Olympics). She also is also the Editor of the Journal of Sport History.

Her primary goals include growing the number of CDIP applicants and CSU faculty mentors, providing more support to CDIP coordinators, faculty mentors and applicants via webinars and expanding the use of the Community Commons website.

ISSUE 3 | MAY 2012

Director Moving on Forward

Chassiakos PhotoAt the end of June, the Chancellor’s Office will bid farewell to Anastasios Chassiakos, Director of the California Pre-Doctoral Program as he transitions back to his faculty position at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Chassiakos has been with the program for the past 14 years as a reviewer and served as the director of the program from 1998-2001. He returned to the Chancellor’s Office three years ago in 2009 to serve our students by facilitating access to educational opportunities and resources that will help them achieve their academic and professional goals. In his earlier term as a director, he launched the program’s online services and initiated the application review protocol that is in use today. He is also involved with the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education planning committee, putting together annual forums in Northern and Southern California for students to meet with graduate school recruiters from across the nation. Dr. Chassiakos believes the Pre-Doctoral program will help students return to the CSU as faculty in a breadth of critical fields after completing their graduate studies and guiding new CSU students on the road to academic and professional success.


“I am deeply honored that I have had the opportunity to serve as the Director of the California Pre-Doctoral program.  It has been a great pleasure to work with so many outstanding and dedicated CSU students, faculty and administrators.  I’m always thrilled to hear news from our Pre-Doctoral alumni. Former Pre-Doctoral students who have graduated and received their PhDs, are always eager to share with current scholars the knowledge and experiences they gained during their Pre-Doctoral year.  I’m grateful that we’ve been able to support so many scholars over the years, and I would like to encourage students applying in the future to enthusiastically pursue opportunities such as the Pre-Doctoral Program that can help you make your educational goals and aspirations come true. “– Dr.Chassiakos


Upcoming Events

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

Northern California Forum will be held at San Francisco State University on November 3, 2012

For more information contact: diversityforum@calstate.edu


Journey as a Recipient to a CSU Faculty Member

Carlos Guerro, CDIP and Pre-Doctoral Alumnus

guerroIn August of 1995, I completed my master's thesis and three weeks later, I was sitting in my first doctoral seminar course at the Claremont Graduate University. Being accepted into the Cultural Studies Program at CGU came at the end of a wonderful experience with the California Pre-Doctoral Program. As a Pre-Doctoral Fellow, my path turned to earning the doctorate that led me to apply for the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. So, in 1995 with funding from CDIP and a fellowship from Claremont, I took the first steps toward the doctorate.

I finally completed the doctorate in January 2004. Between 1995 and 2004, CDIP allowed me to work through my coursework and work with mentors at CSU Northridge. Dr. Jorge Garcia, who was my CDIP Mentor, was the Dean of Humanities when I was in CDIP and he was instrumental in guiding and assisting me through the process. In addition to Dr. Garcia, Dr. Kent Kirkton from the Journalism Department at CSU Northridge also mentored me through the doctoral process. CDIP allowed me to work with supportive faculty from the California State University and opened the path to teach at the CSU.

Through my forgiveness period, I have taught as a Lecturer in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and the Educational Opportunity Program Transitional Program at CSU Northridge. CDIP’s assistance and mentorship component was essential in assisting me entering and eventually completing a doctorate. I will always be grateful for being part of the program.


Ideas, comments, questions? Have news or other CO-related information to share?

Contact Chris Mallon, State University Dean Academic Program Plan