New Faculty Add Wide Range of Knowledge to the Kremen School

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development is proud to welcome nine new faculty members to Fresno State. With backgrounds ranging from school counseling services in the Caribbean to supporting LGBTQ students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kremen School is gaining a variety of skills and plethora of knowledge.

Rohit-Mehta-255x383Dr. Rohit Mehta

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Rohit Mehta is a teacher-researcher with an interdisciplinary background. He works for and with teachers to create inclusive and creative learning environments, using technology for students to be, know, and do in multiple ways. His writing and research center on the intersections of literacies, aesthetics, and creativity.

Besides research and teaching, he is passionate about cinema and philosophy and considers them to be heavy influences on his worldview. Complex concepts across all disciplines excite him, but sometimes so much that it becomes difficult to shut him up. He is excited to be a part of the School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State and looks forward to years of teaching and service.

Patricia-Lopez-255x383Dr. Patricia D. López

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Patricia D. López is a first-generation college student born and raised in Visalia. Her scholarship focuses on the sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of education policy and practice. On her free time she enjoys camping with her family, swimming and water sports, and making time for art and dance.

Earl-Aguilera-255x383Dr. Earl Aguilera

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Earl Aguilera is a former high school English teacher and K-12 Reading Specialist. His research interests meet at the intersection of technology, pedagogy, and literacy, with an emphasis on teaching and learning across digital and face-to-face contexts. When he is not teaching, writing, or researching, he enjoys partner acrobatics, rock climbing, and eating all the sushi he can afford.

Soua-Xiong-255x383Dr. Soua Xiong

Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Dr. Soua Xiong is a Fresno native and a proud two-time alumnus of Fresno State. His Ph.D. is in Education, with an emphasis in Higher Education/Student Affairs, from the Joint Doctoral Program in Education between Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. His scholarly interests center on factors affecting the success of underserved student populations. Specifically, he employs quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine contributors to positive outcomes in educational settings for Southeast Asian American college students.

Mandy-Greaves-255x383Dr. Mandy Greaves

Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Dr. Mandy Greaves is an alumni from Fresno State. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and M.S. in Counselor Education with the option of Marriage and Family Therapy. Mandy is currently a Ph.D. candidate for Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University. Mandy has taught in Counselor Education for five years and in Women’s Studies for six years as an adjunct professor. Mandy is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who currently works at Fresno Family Counseling Center (a student and faculty operated training clinic operated by the MFCC program at Fresno State). Mandy is the co-author to a publication on Scrupulosity, the religious form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy (2014). Her current research involves a linguistic analysis of social media and blog posts on the subject of non-suicidal self-injury which will be available for publishing in 2019.

Dominiqua-Griffin-255x383Dr. Dominiqua Griffin

Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Dr. Dominiqua Griffin is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation. Her current interests are in school counseling services in the Caribbean context and understanding the role of the school counselor. Griffin’s research interests extend to school-family-community partnerships, and influencing policy regarding counseling services for K-12 and beyond.

This Bronx native works to combine her passion for counseling, multiculturalism and international education to advance school counseling systems domestically and internationally. In her spare time Dr. Griffin can be found exercising, reading, or servicing her community. Her alma maters are SUNY at Buffalo, Howard, and Penn State.

Jonathan-Pryor-255x383Dr. Jonathan Pryor

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Dr. Jonathan Pryor completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia. His research explores university campus climate and staff leadership, specifically focused on how institutions support LGBTQ populations in higher education. Prior to joining Fresno State, he led the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s LGBTQIA Programs and Services, where he provided support to LGBTQ students in the Division of Student Affairs and worked to advance institutional policy and practice to enhance LGBTQ equity at UMKC.

Varaxy-Borromeo-255x383Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo is a first-generation Khmer American college graduate and faculty. Born and raised in Modesto, she is ecstatic for the opportunity to return to the Central Valley and contribute to the Fresno community and the region. She conducts research to advance equity, access, and opportunity for historically underserved communities, such as racially minoritized and refugee populations. Her dissertation is a phenomenological exploration of the racialized experiences of Southeast Asian American community college students. Varaxy earned her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Denver. She also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and bachelors’ degrees in English and Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. Outside of academia, Varaxy enjoys hiking, mountain biking, traveling, and playing escape room games with friends and family.

Becky-Smith-255x383Dr. Becky L. Noël Smith

Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Studies

Dr. Becky L. Noël Smith has been involved in the field of education since 2002. As a former public school teacher, a mother, a community organizer, and through her academic studies, she advocates for democratic policies and practices in the public’s schools. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama and maintains research interests in philosophy of education, history of education in the U.S., social theories, and the persistent struggle to make public schooling more humane.

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