The retiring faculty at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State have made a significant impact to our school. They are not just retiring but also leaving a legacy of years of work in their departments.
Paul Beare, Ph.D.
Dean, Kremen School of Education and Human Development
15 Years of Service
Dr. Beare has served as the Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for the past 15 years and is the longest serving Education Dean in the CSU system. During his leadership, he and his faculty and staff have implemented several significant projects: instituting cohorts for the credential, doctorate in educational leadership and graduate programs, created nationally recognized teacher residency programs and grants, created the Math Science Teacher Initiative and created the Welty Center for Education Policy and Leadership.
Also, high-desired programs have launched during his leadership, such as the MA in Teaching, MA in Education-Multilingual Multicultural Education, MA in Education-Higher Education Administration and Leadership, and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program.
Awards received for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development during Dr. Beare’s leadership:
- 2013 Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education from AACTE
- 2014 Christa McAuliffe Award from AASCU for Excellence in Teacher Education
Awards received personally while Dean:
- 2015 Named one of the 30 most influential Deans of Education in the United States
- 2017 The Renaissance Group Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Educator Preparation
With two completely clean NCATE accreditation visits with zero needs for improvements, the Kremen School of Education and Human Development has been honored by his leadership and guidance.
Steven D. Koobatian Ph.D., CRC, NCC, CDMS
Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
22 Years of Service
Over the last 22 years, Dr. Steve Koobatian has served in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation as an:
- Adjunct Instructor
- Assistant Professor
- Program Coordinator
He is also a practicing clinician and nationally certified as a:
- Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
- Certified Disability Management Specialist
- National Board Certified Counselor
Steve shares that his humble accomplishment at Fresno State during the last 22 years is the joy he has experienced in serving our University, Community, and most important– training emerging student professionals with hands-on skills in rehabilitation counseling to empower people with disabilities to achieve independence and gainful employment.
Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
13 Years of Service
Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno served as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State in addition to serving as Co-Director of the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) under development at CSU Channel Islands and CSU Fresno. Dr. Magdaleno earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR).
Published works include Educational Leaders and the Acknowledgement Gap (in press, Journal of School Leadership, 2015) and Mentoring Latina and Latino Leaders in Keeping and Improving Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2010). His primary research interests are areas of critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.
Full Time Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
34 Years of Service
My years as part of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development faculty have been most gratifying. I feel my biggest accomplishment is developing and supporting teacher candidates in their fieldwork – to become the next generation of teachers in the Central Valley. I have spent years coordinating partnerships in several school districts. Most recently, I was the Faculty-In- Residence for the STaR Residency in Sanger Unified School District. Collaborating with districts and working towards a common goal for candidates proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. It is rewarding to see my students making a difference in their schools and the surrounding community. Many past students are now teacher- leaders, vice principals, principals in districts in the valley….aw, what an accomplishment!
Lisa M. Nyberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
20 Years of Service
Dr. Lisa Nyberg has been a part of the Fresno State team for twenty years. Her teaching has focused on preparing elementary school teachers in the areas of science instruction, technology, and classroom management. She has taught elementary school partnerships in Sanger, Fowler, Central, Clovis, and Fresno. She currently serves as a Faculty in Residence at Wishon Elementary for Fresno Unified where she has provided job-embedded instruction with mentors, residents, and students in eighteen classrooms spanning the developmental range of transitional kindergarten to sixth grade. Her international partnerships included work in China, Ghana, and Greece. Her work has been recognized by the Richter Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Nyberg has been the author / co-author of seven articles and three books. Her book publications include: The Power of Questioning (2015); The Power of Investigating (2017); and The Power of Assessing (2018). She has been the subject of two PBS educational programs (PBS SCIENCELINE and Learning Science Through Inquiry). She has made over fifty presentations (local, state, national, and international).
Dr. Nyberg has served as Multiple Subject Chair and Coordinator where she worked as a part of an amazing team that redesigned the elementary teaching credential program. She served as the Faculty Assembly President and as Interim Department Chair. Dr. Nyberg has been a science advisor for the educational television programs such as Sesame Street. She was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Science Teachers Association and The Association for Science Teacher Education. She has served on numerous advisory boards and judging panels (e.g. Disney’s Planet Challenge; Toyota Tapestry; Children’s Book Council; National Science Teachers Association).
Kien Pham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
28 Years of Service
Dr. Pham has been teaching at Fresno state since 1995. In 2011 he became a Google Faculty Fellow. Over his career he has also published many pieces of research, two highlighted publications include: “To Be or 2B: Language Consideration in Mathematics Instruction.” (1998) and “Form 1 to Z: Integrating Mathematics and Language Learning.” (1995).
H. Dan Smith, Ed.D., MFT
Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
40 Years of Service
Dr. Dan Smith started in 1978 as a full-time lecturer and then was hired as an Assistant Professor in 1980. He was then promoted to full professor in 1986. During his time at Fresno State, he made numerous contributions locally and nationally. Most noteworthy are the following:
- Department Chair for 15 years and is Fresno State’s Grand Marshal.
- Developed what is now widely known as the Dual-Channel Audio Feedback to use in supervision of students. This feedback invention is integral to the growth of former and current students locally and nationally. Dr. Smith also published his development in the coveted and esteemed counseling journal, Counselor Education and Supervision.
- He won the Claude C. Laval Award for Innovation in Teaching and Research for his intervention of the Dual-Channel Audio Feedback.
- In 1985, he started Clovis Family Counseling Center, which is now Fresno Family
Counseling Center. He then published an article in Counselor Education and Supervision in 1989 on this venture.
- He founded the local chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the San Joaquin Valley Chapter.
- He was also past president of CAMFT twice and served on several CAMFT boards and committees.
- He was an integral part of the naming of the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, presided over the naming of the license for MFT, and lobbied in Washington, DC for MFT inclusion in Medicare benefits.
Dr. Smith has been recognized as an innovator (Claude C. Laval Award), a distinguished Clinical Member (CAMFT), and an excellent professor.