Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MFAC: The MALAS Faculty Advisory Cohort Formed!

Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 16:46:04 -0700
To: Paul Wong & Linda Holler, DEANS, CAL
From: Bill Nericcio
Subject: MALAS Faculty Advisory Cohort

Deans Wong and Holler,

With the MALAS self-study in the can and preparations
fully in the works for the visit of the external review team,
I thought it prudent to form a MALAS Faculty Advisory
Cohort (MFACS) to assist the me as we move forward
with the program--this was actually a suggestion made in
the 2003 MALAS self-study that had never been implemented,
so it seemed the perfect timing to put this team of interdisciplinary
and cross-disciplinary afficionados together.

The exercise of authoring the self-study has convinced me of the
value of MALAS to the College of Arts and Letters and I am
very much looking forward to the findings of Professors
Djlal Kadir (Penn State) and Maribel Alvarez (Arizona),
in addition to those of Lei Guang (Director, Asian Studies),
who is also on the review team, when they visit Thursday
and Friday, October 20th and 21st.

The members of the MALAS Faculty Advisory Cohort
include the following members of the CAL faculty:

Huma Ahmed-Ghosh
Professor and Chair, Women's Studies

Stuart C. Aitken
Professor and Chair, Geography

James Gerber
Professor and Director, International Business

Seth Mallios
Professor and Chair, Anthropology

Harry Polkinhorn
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, SDSU Press

David Kamper
Associate Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies

Ghada Osman
Associate Professor and Chair, Linguistics

Dr. Joseph Andrew Smith
Associate Professor, Classics and Humanities

Edward J. Blum
Associate Professor, History

Peter Atterton
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Roberto D. Hernández
Assistant Professor, Chicana/o Studies

Yetta Howard
Assistant Professor, English & Comparative Literature

Recent developments in the humanities, best evidenced
in the work of the American Studies Association, the
American Comparative Literature Association, the Modern
Language Association, and the Cultural Studies Association,
convince me that interdisciplinary studies and cultural
studies are dynamic, contemporary fields and that
MALAS should continue to evolve as part of this trend.


Dr. William A. Nericcio
Director, MALAS

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