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Cal State Long Beach Honors USC Alumni

Kathleen A. Lacey

Three USC alumni were among the honorees at Cal State Long Beach’s 2008 University Achievement Awards, held at the university’s The Pointe Conference Campus Center.

For their “sustained excellence in teaching,” Kathleen A. Lacey MBA ’85, JD ’92, Sherry Span MA ’97, PhD ’00 and Stacy L. Young ’93 received Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards May 15 from the University Awards Committee, which selects honorees based on the following criteria:

� excellence in instruction and instructionally related activities;
� pedagogical approaches and methods;
� professional growth in teaching; and
� contributions to student learning and development.

A Cal State Long Beach faculty member since 1994, Lacey teaches in the university’s College of Business Administration and directs the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership. Known as one of the most innovative and dedicated professors on campus, she has long played a key role in developing new business ethics curriculum.

In addition to helping create “Ethics at the Beach,” a one-day ethics certification program, Lacey also teaches a two-semester leadership course that allows students to interact with CEOs from such companies as Boeing, Mattel and Toyota.

Span, an associate professor of psychology, consistently receives outstanding evaluations from her students, who admire her creative and often witty approach to teaching. For example, to illustrate the action potential of a neuron, she asks her students to do the “wave.”

Outside of the classroom, she regularly attends teaching conferences and chairs committees evaluating graduate students’ master theses. Span also served as the faculty adviser of the Career Opportunities in Research Education and Training Program for five years.

Young, an associate professor of communication studies, has taught 15 undergraduate and graduate-level courses since joining Cal State Long Beach in 2000. Her pragmatic and down-to-earth approach to rigorous subject matter has earned glowing evaluations from her students, who repeatedly have given her a perfect rating.

Dividing her time between teaching and advising students, Young directs the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and mentors her department’s graduate teaching associates. In addition, she develops new curriculum, including courses for the university’s honors program.

The Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards have been presented annually at Cal State Long Beach since 1986. Each of this year’s honorees received $500, a plaque and a certificate from California State Sen. Alan Lowenthal.

Cal State Long Beach Honors USC Alumni

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