The retiring faculty at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State have made a significant impact on our school. They are not just retiring but also leaving a legacy of years of work in their departments.
Roy M. Bohlin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
29 Years of Service
I attended Bowling Green State University as a first-generation high school graduate. Majoring in Chemistry and Physics I decided to teach rather than spend all of my time in laboratories. With a teaching certificate in those areas, I had several offers and chose Revere High School outside of Akron, Ohio. I taught mostly Chemistry and AP Chemistry with some other occasional science or math classes and coached five different varsity sports over my 16 years there. At that point, I decided to pursue a doctorate and chose Kent State University, where I found a mentor with interests and research background in the affective domain. Using what I learned about instruction and motivation, I was honored with a Graduate Student award for Excellence in Teaching. Leadership opportunities also seemed to find me during those years, as I was recruited and elected to serve as President of the Graduate Student Senate and selected for several student leadership roles in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the Professors of Instructional Systems Design Technology.
I completed my degree and accepted a position at California State University, Fresno in 1990. I sold my house in Kent, bought one in Fresno, packed up everything in a U-haul truck, and moved to Fresno. We had a really large incoming class with eight new faculty in the newly formed Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Technology. I was elected President of Faculty Assembly in my second year and was soon promoted and tenured. I worked with two subject matter projects, two NSF grants, and several equity projects (including being a charter member of the USDE Digital Equity Task-force. I received a USDE grant for Project TALENT to provide professional development for faculty in education as well as social sciences, arts and humanities, and math and sciences. I was honored with a Provost Award for Teaching with Educational Technology. Soon after I was offered an opportunity to direct the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to provide professional development for the entire campus. After five years there, I returned to the classroom. I served a second term as President of Faculty Assembly and later as department chair. During my 29 years at Fresno State, I have taught 14 different courses, eight of which I created and designed. As I transition toward the Faculty Early Retirement Program I look fondly on my 50 years of teaching.
Colleen Torgerson, Ed.D.
Professor, Special Education
Partnership Coordinator, Kremen School of Education and Human Development
20 Years of Service
As an alumna of Fresno State, CSU Northridge, and UC Davis, I have been an educator in preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education. I am credentialed to teach in multiple settings including general education, students who have mild/moderate learning issues, and students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing. In Fresno Unified I worked as a program specialist and an administrator of special education with district-wide responsibilities. I served as the chair of the Fresno Early Childhood Coalition moving infant services at the Lori Ann Program to a collaborative, family/child-centered process.
In 1999, I joined the Special Education program faculty at Fresno State, where I also served as the Multiple Subject credential coordinator and Department Chair. From 2004-2010 I was the Associate Dean leading and assisting program changes, accreditation, and Kremen’s move to partnership teacher preparation programs. During 2009 I was the Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, serving on the University’s Student Success Task Force and Graduation Initiative Team, and leading the development of GE outcomes and the formation of First Year Experience (FYE). As Director of FYE (2011-2018) I facilitated a faculty learning community where students who were first-generation and identified to need support in college were cohorted in integrated, supportive courses their entire freshman year. Nine cohorts of over 800 freshmen were served in this program. I was Master’s and Doctoral Chair for countless students and served on many university, CSU, community, and state committees across the 20 years. As the Partnership Coordinator for Kremen, I have established relationships with nine districts to house cohorts of teacher candidates prepared on-site. These have now been enhanced through the support of federal, state, and private funding to be residencies, providing a national model of teacher preparation. Kremen’s work with this model was recognized by AACSU for the Crista McAuliffe Award in 2014 and awarded three state grants in 2019.
Albert Valencia, Ed.D.
Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
23 Years of Service
I am Dr. Albert Valencia, of the Department of Counselor Education & Rehabilitation. I served 15 years at San Jose State University and have served 23 years at Fresno State. I was in practice as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor for 15 years. I was an elected Trustee and President of the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education. I earned the Certificate at the EMDR Levels 1 & 2 Training Workshops and I earned California Community College Life Time Teaching and Counseling Credentials.
I was the Executive Director of a Mental Health Agency in Santa Clara County and Clinical Director in another agency. I came to Fresno State in 1996 as an assistant professor and received “early promotion” to associate professor in 2000. I earned full professor in 2010. During my time at Fresno State, I worked for the Provost for 8 years as Director of the First Year Experience, and, Director of the Mentoring Institute. I was Program Coordinator of the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential program for 7 years, and Chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education & Rehabilitation for 4 years. During this time, I was elected to the Governing Board of the American Psychological Association, I served as an Accreditation Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and through it all, I was very happy.
I have written articles that were peer and “blind” reviewed in the fields of multicultural issues in counseling, domestic violence, mentoring, and immigration. I wrote a book on genocide, and I have written essays for the Fresno Bee and the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. I presented at 37 international, national, and statewide conferences. I have served on 18 University Committees, 9 KSOEHD Committees, and, 9 Department Committees. I have trained people in many school districts, I have been asked to be a keynote speaker, and, to my surprise, I have won many awards. In these years I have never been happier, and I thank my family for their support and my hope is that they all are as happy as I.