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Faculty Center for Excellence Executive Director

Bibiana Diaz, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence (FCE)

Bibiana Díaz, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence (FCE)
Email: bidiaz@csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-3670

Dr. Bibiana Díaz received her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Latin American literature and theater, and a second specialization in Gender Studies. She has published articles in well recognized scholarly journals both in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Díaz has also presented her research on Gender and National Identity in Colombian Theater and Fiction at over 36 national and international conferences and she is a member of the editorial board of the theater journal Gestos, one of the two most prestigious journals in Latin American theater in the US.

Professor Bibiana Díaz joined CSUSB in 2012 as a Lecturer and is currently Associate Professor of Spanish. Since 2013, she has been Faculty Advisor to Acto Latino Teatro Universitario, a CSUSB student theater collective. She received the Advisor of the Year Award for being the director of Acto Latino and the Diversity Award for her work in creating campus-wide academic and cultural events. Professor Díaz enjoys writing plays with her students based on their immigration experiences to be presented at CSUSB and local high schools as a recruiting tool. She has also brought Acto Latino plays to North Carolina and to international festivals in Cuba and Colombia. Prof. Díaz is also recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Faculty Award for Service.

Dr. Díaz is president of CSUSB’s Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, vice-president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and advisor to Los Amigos Spanish Club. She has also been instrumental in obtaining more than a dozen CSUSB students to be accepted to the graduate program at Middlebury College (one of the nation’s premier institutions for language education) and has secured for them more than $400,000 in scholarships. At CSUSB, she has even created a scholarship for students, including undocumented students. Since 2016 in her role as CSUSB Affordable Learning Solutions Coordinator, Dr. Díaz has worked with faculty campus wide to help students save money on book costs. She helped students to save more than $3.3 million since the program was founded.  During this pandemic, she has been helping with the online training of fellow faculty members as the university shifted to virtual instruction due to COVID-19. Dr. Díaz was part of the CAL Online Teaching Committee as well and she was the recipient for the 2019-20 CSUSB Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Interim Director of Teaching Resources Center (TRC)

Monideepa Beccera, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Teaching Resources Center (TRC)

Monideepa Becerra, Ph.D. DrPH, MPH, CHES ®

Interim Director of Teaching Resources Center (TRC)
Email: mbecerra@csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5969

Dr. Monideepa Becerra is a Professor in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy, Doctor of Public Health in Health Education (DrPH) from Loma Linda University and B.S. from UC Riverside. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Health Geo Informatics, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Becerra was competitively selected as a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Diversity Fellow, during which she worked at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Department of Research, Madison, Wisconsin, on infectious disease epidemiology. Her research interests include social determinants of health and effective pedagogy for higher education, with an emphasis on adult learners. Dr. Becerra has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and presented over 48 scholarly abstracts and presentations. For her work on food insecurity, she was invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the current trends in such a social determinant of health.

Dr. Becerra also has a track record of big data utilization and for her work, she was invited at National Institutes of Health to discuss and demonstrate the importance of big data in health research. She also won the Anthony and Lois Evans Faculty Development Award at CSUSB due to her research on food insecurity among vulnerable populations.

She has presented her research on pedagogical approaches at several national and international conferences, including Lilly Conferences, where she conducted formative and systematic evaluations of high impact practices, including, flipped classroom, blended learning, research-based curriculum, among others. Dr. Becerra has mentored over 46 undergraduate and graduate students in research and has a record of serving as a research and professional mentor for national programs, including the Network for Public Health Law, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, and Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health-American Public Health Association.

Dr. Becerra is the Director for the Center for Health Equity, MPH Program Director, Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Health Science with concentration in Public Health Education, Chair of Accreditation Committee for Public Health Programs, Coordinator for the Health Equity and Disparities Certificate, and Chair of Graduate Council. She is a member of several national organizations, including American Public Health Association and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

Director, University Faculty Mentoring Network (UFMN)

Josephine Mendoza, Ph.D.
Director, University Faculty Mentoring Network (UFMN)

Josephine Mendoza, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
Email: jmendoza@csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5331

It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you to the University Faculty Mentoring Network (UFMN) here at CSUSB!!

Before accepting this position in September 2018, I was a Professor Emerita in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, having joined the then Department of Computer Science in 1984. During these thirty-four (34) years at CSUSB, I served in so many capacities to help students, faculty, and the university.

I was the Graduate Coordinator of Advising in my department/school (CSE) from 2000 till my retirement in April 2018, chaired the CSE Scholarship and Honors Committees, and had served in the following committees --Department Evaluation, Department Recruiting Committee and was Acting Chair of the Department in 2009.

I was very active in the university level Faculty/Student Mentor Program, first as the College of Natural Sciences Faculty Coordinator from 2003 to 2010, then Program Coordinator from 2010-2012. From 2012-2018, I served on the Board of Directors of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) and on the Board of Directors of the University Enterprise Corporation (UEC) as Faculty Director.

I also served on the Educational Policy and Resources Committee (EPRC) of the Faculty Senate 2010-12, member of the Golden Apple Award and Outstanding Faculty Award Selection Committee 2008-2012, member of the International Student Services Advisory Committee 2011-2013, member of the Graduate Council 2012-13, and member of the Review Committee for Dean Milton Clark 2013-2014.

I was Interim Director of the Teaching Resource Center in 2011 and have served in this capacity previously and have been integrally involved with TRC over many years.

Of particular significance to this organization has been my commitment to the cause of international education. I was one of ten founding members and a long-time member of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, serving as Secretary from 1995-2011, then as President from 2011-2013. I was also on the Executive Board of the International Institute in 2003-2015. Finally,

I was elected to the Board of AFSSA in 2012, became Vice-President in 2013, then President in 2014.

Faculty Research Fellow

Dr. Montgomery Van Wart, Ph.D.
Dr. Montgomery Van Wart, Ph.D.

Montgomery Van Wart, Ph.D.

Professor Of Public Administration, Cal State University San Bernardino 

Director of Faculty Development, JHBCBPA

Email: mvanwart@csusb.edu

Dr. Montgomery (Monty) Van Wart has worked in higher education in various capacities for 35 years, nearly always with administrative roles. He served as the Interim Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino where he was also a longtime chair of the Department of Public Administration. Prior to that he was the Chair of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. He was also a Senior Research Fellow at KU Leuven (formerly Catholic University) in Belgium (2012-13), a visiting professor at Rutgers (2013), distinguished visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and a (nonresidential) visiting professor at the National University of Ireland at Galway.

As a scholar, Dr. Van Wart has over 100 publications. His primary research appears in the best journals in the field; for example he has nine refereed articles in Public Administration Review. His eleven books include Dynamics of Leadership (2nd edition, Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title), Leadership in Public Organizations (3nd edition), Human Resource Management in Public Service (with others, 6th edition, Best Public Sector HR Book by ASPA), Leadership and Culture (with Hondeghem and Schwella), Business-Government Relations (with Ni), Leadership Across the Globe (with Gupta), and Changing Public Sector Values. He has over 5500 Google citations. His research areas are administrative and business leadership, human resource management, training and development, administrative values and ethics, organization behavior, and general management. He helped redesign the Code of Ethics for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), is the Associate Editor for Public Performance and Management Review, and also serves on numerous editorial boards. He has received numerous national and institutional awards for research, teaching, and service.