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Faculty Careers Day: California Community College and State University Systems

Monday, May 3, 2021

Morning Session (CCC's) 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Afternoon Session (CSU's): 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Faculty Careers Day is a virtual conference that highlights academic career pathways at primarily teaching institutions. Faculty from California Community Colleges and California State Universities will share their experiences and advice about faculty careers at these insitutions. This event is primarily geared for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

Zoom Meeting ID:  843 4912 8107

Faculty Careers Day Schedule:

10:00 am Welcome from Interim Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Christopher Kello
10:10 am CCC Faculty Presentation: Simon Sultana, Reedley College - Computer Science
10:25 am CCC Faculty Presentation: Megan Igo, Merced College - Biology & Anatomy
10:40 am CCC Faculty Presentation: Trevor Jackson, Modesto Junior College - Humanities
10:55 am CCC Faculty Presentation: Gilbert Ayuk, Bakersfield College - Physics & Astronomy
11:10 am CCC Faculty Panel Moderated by Graduate Assistant Dean Jesus Cisneros
12:00 pm Break for Lunch
1:00 pm Welcome from Interim Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Christopher Kello
1:10 pm CSU Faculty Presentation: Maria Mora, CSU Stanislaus - Sociology
1:30 pm CSU Faculty Presentation: Ahmed Awad, CSU Channel Islands - Biology
1:50 pm CSU Faculty Presentation: Justin Mathews, CSU Monterey Bay - Psychology 
2:10 pm CSU Faculty Panel Moderated by Interim Graduate Associate Dean Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
3:00 pm Closing Comments


Speaker Information:

Simon Sultana, Professor of Computer Science, Reedley College

Simon Sultana has served as a Computer Science Instructor at Reedley College since Fall 2020. He has previously served as program director and faculty member at other institutions focusing on the areas of software engineering, computer information systems, and electronics and computer technology. He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan; a M.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.B.A degree from Wayne State University; and a Ph.D. in education focused on occupational and technical studies from Old Dominion University. Before his career in higher education, Simon was an electrical engineer in the automotive industry with Chrysler Corporation and Motorola for over a decade.

Megan Igo, Professor of Biology & Anatomy, Merced College

Megan Igo is a Professor of Biology at Merced College since 2008. She earned a BS in Biology from UC Riverside in 1991, and a MS in from UCLA Microbiology and Immunology in 2000, with research on the effects of poliovirus on host cell transcription. After completing her graduate work, she pursued teaching positions, and taught at UCLA as a TA for several years, while also teaching part time at UCLA Extension and at Los Angeles Mission College. She lived in Sacramento area for two years, teaching at three community colleges and CSU Sacramento during that time, until moving to Merced in 2007. She teaches biology courses typically taken by pre-Allied Health students: microbiology, physiology, and anatomy. Since joining the faculty at Merced College, Megan has been involved in campus leadership, including serving as At Large Academic Senator since 2011, and as Elections Chair for that body, and she has been active in the faculty union, Merced College Faculty Association, as Elections Chair, and currently Vice President and Grievance Officer since 2015. She is mom of three wonderful children, and a small collection of vertebrate pets. She enjoys gardening, knitting, reading and video gaming when she’s not doing the activities described above. 

Trevor Jackson, Professor of Humanities, Modesto Junior College

Trevor Jackson received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from UC Merced in 2018. He currently teaches in the humanities department at Modesto Junior College. His interests are in the intersection of philosophy and literature, the novel in the, and critical theory.

Gilbert Ayuk, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Bakersfield College

An advocate for equity at Bakersfield College (BC), Professor Gilbert Ayuk serves on committees and participates actively in various college projects aimed at creating a more inclusive campus for underrepresented or historically disadvantaged students. He currently serves on BC’s Equal Opportunity Diversity Advisory Committee (EODAC) as well as the college Umoja and STEM Completion Coaching Teams. He is also a faculty ambassador for BC’s MESA program and a mentor in the college Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program. He had served as a mentor in the EODAC Educator Mentorship Project that prepared adjunct faculty from underrepresented groups for the full-time faculty job interview process.

Gilbert has been teaching full-time in higher education for a total of 13 years, 3 abroad and 10 in the US. He is in his fourth year as a full-time professor of physics and astronomy at BC. Prior to coming to BC, he was a full-time professor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York. Gilbert earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in physics from the University of Buea, Cameroon and Master of Science degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Maria De Jesus Mora, Professor of Sociology, CSU Stanislaus

Maria De Jesus Mora is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. Born and raised in the Salinas Valley, Maria is a first-generation college student whose inspiration stems from her immigrant community. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced, in 2020. Her dissertation research focused on explaining the emergence and outcomes of immigrant rights organizing in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Maria's specialization and teaching interests are in social movements and politics, immigration, Latinx sociology, and race and ethnicity.

Ahmed Awad, Professor of Biology, CSU Channel Islands

Dr. Ahmed Awad is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at CSU Channel Islands. He received his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of Ulm in Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University and UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Awad research interest is in design and development of novel therapeutics for treatment of cancer and bacterial infections. He focuses on nucleoside analogues and nucleic acids chemistry to develop novel therapeutics. Dr. Awad is a co-co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation project with the goal of developing, implementing, and testing a model for creating a more diverse faculty in STEM.

Justin Matthews, Professor of Psychology, CSU Monterey Bay

Justin L. Matthews is an Associate Professor of General Experimental Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay. He teaches courses in research methodology, experimental design, and statistics. His research blends cognitive science and social psychology in the realms of spatial cognition (how people think about and use physical space during social interaction) and human depiction in media (how people are photographically portrayed in popular print media). He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal studies and psychology from College of the Sequoias and California State University, Fresno, as well as graduate degrees in Social, Cognitive, and Information Sciences from the University of California, Merced. He also serves as Commissioner and Vice-Chairperson of Monterey County’s Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights Advisory Commission. Justin is a first-generation college graduate, and was born and raised in California's central San Joaquin Valley.


This event is part of UC Merced's Adelante HSI: Preparing Future Faculty Program, which is funded through a grant from the UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI). For more information or questions about this event please contact us at