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Monday, February 11, 2019

New Faculty, Staff and Promotions for Spring 2019

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The College of Education is excited to congratulate the following faculty and staff members on their new positions for the spring semester!


Dr. Karen Myers-Bowman

Senior Associate Dean

Karen Myers-Bowman

Karen comes to the Dean’s Office from Child and Family Development, where she served as department chair. Prior to arriving at SDSU in 2017, she served as a faculty member at Kansas State University and North Dakota State University. A family scientist specializing in family life education, her research interests include parent-child communication, qualitative research methodologies and effective teaching methodologies. Karen grew up in Elgin, Ill., and has spent her life in several places in the center of the U.S. — Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota and Kansas. 

Marva Cappello, STE
CGU Joint Doctoral Program Director
Marva Cappello

Marva has been appointed as the new director of the joint doctoral program with Claremont Graduate University. She brings in years of experience with the doctoral program, her research expertise, success in mentoring and excellent organizational skills into the leadership position.

Lisa Lamb, STE
Qualcomm Endowed Professor of Mathematics Education

Lisa Lamb

Lisa, professor in the School of Teacher Education, has been appointed as Qualcomm Endowed Professor of Mathematics Education. This is a renewable four-year appointment funded by the Qualcomm Mathematics Education Endowment. She brings a distinguished record of research on mathematics education, engagement with the Pre K-12 public school community and service to the professional community in mathematics education. She is currently co-director of the Masters of Arts program in Education, K-8 mathematics education concentration. She has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Faculty Member, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) from the College of Sciences in 2013 and 2018.


Melanie Falkenberg

Admissions Manager

Office of Student Services

Melanie Falkenberg

Melanie has been promoted to the position of admissions manager. She Is expanding her role within the college to include full oversight of graduate and credential admissions functions, training of faculty and staff who take part in the admissions process, identifying ways to improve our website information and assisting students in the application process. She invites you to reach out if you would like her assistance!

Hayley Foster

Prospective Student Advisor, Admissions Support, Office Manager

Office of Student Services

Hayley Foster

Hayley has been an Aztec since 2012 when she started working in University Relations and Development. Now in the College of Education Office of Student Services, her role involves advising prospective students interested in the teacher credential programs, processing applications for admission and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office. She loves supporting students and helping them have a positive experience at SDSU. Hayley is also an alumna of the College of Education, where she earned her M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership, specialization in Student Affairs, in 2017.

Jennifer Kerwin

Administrative Coordinator 

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Jennifer Kerwin

Jennifer supports the Department of Counseling & School Psychology as an Assistant Coordinator. She is concurrently enrolled in the Hybrid Online MA: Education (Counseling) program, and could not be happier. Jennifer enjoys a secret life as a visual and performing artist; she has exhibited in galleries and can be seen in episodes of Mad Men and Scandal.

Michael Klitzing
Marketing and Communications Officer
Michael Klitzing

Prior to joining the College of Education team, Michael served as communications specialist for SDSU’s "Be International" campaign in the Division of Student Affairs, highlighting SDSU's international programs across multiple platforms. He previously worked at Northwestern University, where he was a senior writer in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, and as a journalist at the North County Times newspaper in Escondido. Michael is a proud SDSU alumnus, holding a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Sonia Salcido

Administrative Support Coordinator
Independent Doctoral Community College Leadership Program
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education

Sonia has enjoyed working in student services since being a student at Southwestern College in the mid 1990s. She transferred to UC San Diego where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. She went on to earn her Master’s in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. She has worked in the capacity of student advisor for undergraduate and graduate students at USC, LA Trade Tech, and UCSD and served as credential analyst at SDSU between 2007 and 2010. Sonia enjoys nature walks, reading, watching documentaries on Netflix and going to the movies with her daughter. A passionate advocate for animal rights, she also enjoys exploring the great vegan food scene in San Diego.