Faculty Notes: News from our faculty and senior staff

November 16, 2017 by Cindy O'Dell


Sheila Steinberg GIS DayProfessor Sheila Steinberg traveled to the University of Kansas to participate in that university's 16th annual GIS Day on Nov. 15. Steinberg is leading the way for introducing geographic information systems analysis as a data analysis tool in the B.A. in Integrated Social Science program at Brandman and other programs. At the University of Kansas, she spoke on "GIS for Community Engagement: Sociospatial Approaches to Research and Police," met with students in the university's GIS Club and served as a special judge for the GIS research posters created by undergraduates and graduate students. GIS Day was introduced in 1999 by the president of Esri, a company working closely with Brandman to design courses.


Eckmann Cancer Open HouseAssociate Professor Helen Eckmann is among those sponsoring the Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center Open House on Thursday, Nov. 9. The event takes place in the Chairman’s Hall, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, 10901 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California.  Eckmann, who is a cancer survivor, said the open houses focuses on the science behind recovery. Eckmann is from the School of Business and Professional Studies.

Social Work ConferenceAssistant Professor Tobi DeLong Hamilton, who is leading the creation of Brandman’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, recently presented at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) 15th annual European Regional Conference held at the Hague in the Netherlands. Her presentation was called “A Dirty House is Not Just a Dirty House.” It focuses on how child welfare workers experience their day-to-day interactions with children and families. Brandman’s MSW program begins taking applications this month and launches in Fall 2018.


Catherine Pearlman and Ignore It coverCatherine Pearlman, a member of the social work faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences, provided an expert voice for a variety of back-to-school articles. They were based on her new book “Ignore It: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction.” Pearlman was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, the Toronto Star and featured in a podcast.


Carol Howard, a director in the School of Extended Education, is the author of an article in evoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on higher education. The article looks at how a successful customized training division benefits the rest of a higher education institution. Among the benefits are pathways to degree programs, advisory boards, the inclusion of contemporary corporate thought in programs, the tapping of new subject matter experts for adjunct positions and revenue generation.


Assistant Professor Karin Storm, Ed.D., attended National Police Week in Washington D.C. in May. Storm, who leads the criminal justice program and serves as vice chair of the Social Science Curriculum team, also serves as the media relations coordinator for the Southern California Chapter of the Police Unity Tour and was in Washington to serve in a support capacity before Police Week. Storm, shown with the Irvine Police Department’s Honor Guard at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15, heard both President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speak at the ceremony. She also witnessed the White House being turned blue to commemorate the day.

Deborah Ferber receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from John Ulrich and Paul Whiteclock, representing the regional Lions Club.

Deborah Ferber receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from John Ulrich and Paul Whiteclock, representing the regional Lions Club.

Deborah Ferber, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, is the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship from the Lions Club. Her Laguna Niguel, California, Lions Club board nominated for the award because of her community service, the help she provides minority students and the scholarship she created. Ferber is the former president of the Laguna Niguel club, Lion of the Year and student speaker chair. The award is named after the founder of the Lions Club, an international secular, nonpolitical service organization founded in 1917. The organization emphasizes providing aid for international relief efforts, supporting minority students and serving the visually impaired. They have 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries.

Sheila Steinberg (center) with her award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition.

Sheila Steinberg (center) with her award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition, fellow Rotary members, her family, her nominator and members of the coalition.

Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, professor of social and environmental science, received an Outstanding Supporter of Prevention award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition and Irvine Community Drug Prevention for her work with the Rotary Club of Irvine in support of teens in the community on May 10. Steinberg was instrumental in connecting the city’s High School Youth Action Team (HSYAT) and Creekside Leadership Academy with speakers from various occupations and career paths. She organized six field trips for the students from the alternative high school, including bringing a group of students to Brandman to get a preview of nursing careers. According to Lisa Osmanian Weinfurter, who nominated Steinberg for the award, “She also connected with teens in the program and made a positive impact on lives. HYSAT is grateful for Sheila’s passion to teach Irvine youth to be resilient … and to always look for the silver lining in any situation that might arise.”

Lionel M. Guillory, an adjunct psychology faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences since 2012, has been named a reader for the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement Program in June 2017. AP readers are high school and college educators who evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. Guillory will be a reader for the American government test. He holds graduate degrees in education, political science and psychology.


From left: Kat Ringenbach, Len Hightower, Helen Eckmann, Sheila Steinberg, Nakisha Castillo, Ellen Derwin and Charles Bullock.

Brandman University was well represented at the WASC Academic Resource Conference (ARC) in San Diego in April.  The conference theme was “Mission Possible: Honoring the Past, Ensuring the Future.” Participants included Provost Charles Bullock, Vice Chancellor Laurie Dodge and faculty members Nakisha Castillo, Ellen Derwin, Helen Eckmann, Marnie Elam, Len Hightower, Kat Ringenbach and Sheila Steinberg.

  • Bullock, Eckmann, Ringenbach and Steinberg participated in the “Fostering Shared Governance for Institutional Change and Innovation” session.
  • Hightower presented “Institutional Mission Versus Student Market Opportunity: A Need for Wisdom.”
  • Ringenbach and Castillo presented “Transformation through Bidirectional Mentorship.”
  • Derwin and Elam presented “Challenges, Collaboration, and Calibration: Strategies for High Quality Signature Assignments and Rubrics.”
  • Derwin and Dodge presented “From Start to Finish: Building a Quality Competency-based Education Program.”
  • Derwin and Sammy Elzarka from University of LaVerne presented “Interested in Participating in the Assessment Leadership Academy or Learning about the New Community of Practice?”

WASC Senior College and University Commission, the sponsor of the conference, is the accrediting body for Brandman University.

Deborah Ferber and TCVN panel moderator r Michael Sawitz, EO of Fast Start Studio.

Deborah Ferber and TCVN panel moderator Michael Sawitz, CEO of Fast Start Studio.

Deborah Ferber, an assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, represented the university on an investor panel discussion offered by Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) on April 27.  The panel answered questions about regional investing, investor trends, cross-border investing, and convertible notes and warrants. 

Mike Moodian

The Honorable Ignazio Ruvolo swears in Brandman’s Michael Moodian for a second term on the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

Michael Moodian, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences,  has begun serving his second term on the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Gov. Jerry Brown first appointed Moodian to a two-year term in 2015. His new term will be for four years. Ignazio Ruvolo, a justice on the California Court of Appeal and the new commission chair, swore Moodian in at a ceremony at the San Francisco Civic Plaza in late March. The commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or incapacity and determines disciplinary action for state judges. Moodian’s term will end in 2021.

Jamie Brownlee-Turgeon, assistant vice chancellor for Online Enrollment and Student Services; Sean Nemeth, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services; and Don Scott, director of Advising and Retention Services presented “Totally Student Centered: Building a service model for the 21st Century Student” at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) annual conference on April 2-4 in Minneapolis. Their proposal centered on the evolution of academic advising, One Stop services and the role of the online campus.





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