Two Faculty Members Honored
With CSU Wang Family Excellence Awards
Raphael Sonenshein and Richard Wiseman
were two CSUF professors selected, among five winners throughout
the 23-campus CSU system to receive the awards.
April 21, 2005 :: No. 174
Two Cal State Fullerton faculty members,
Raphael Sonenshein, professor of political science, and Richard
Wiseman, professor of human communication studies, are among
the five chosen for the 2005 California State University Wang
Family Excellence Award.
The two professors were selected from throughout
the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Each
will receive a cash award of $20,000.
CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang, who gave the system
$1 million to recognize outstanding achievements of faculty
members and administrators, established the Wang awards. Each
year since 1999, the award has been presented to four faculty
members and one administrator.
Cal State Fullerton is the only campus with
two honorees for 2005. (Sonenshein and Wiseman are the fifth
and sixth from CSUF selected for the award.)
“We are very proud of the two recipients
of this honor,” said Cal State Fullerton President Milton
A. Gordon. “Both exemplify the high standards we set
for the faculty.
“Dr. Sonenshein’s record of accomplishment
in teaching, research and civic engagement has provided myriad
benefits for students, as well as the community.
“Dr. Wiseman’s gift for teaching
and working collaboratively with students typifies what we
hope all our professors bring to their classrooms —
commitment and dedication to the highest levels of education.”
Sonenshein is a political scientist with a
specialty in urban politics. His “challenging, rigorous
and entertaining” classes have earned him high marks
from students. Despite a heavy teaching and advising load,
he has found time to create new courses, drawing on his extensive
research. A top scholar on the politics of Los Angeles, he
is the author of “Politics in Black and White: Race
and Power in Los Angeles” and his latest book, “The
City at Stake: Secession, Reform and the Battle for Los Angeles.”
Sonenshein also was called to serve as executive director
of a commission charged to create the city’s first new
charter in 75 years — a charter later approved by an
overwhelming majority of voters.
A consultant to local governments, Sonenshein
is frequently sought to provide media commentary on a variety
of political topics. He earned his doctorate and master’s
degrees in political science from Yale, and his bachelor’s
from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs. He has taught at Cal State Fullerton
since 1982 and resides in Santa Monica.
“I’m truly honored to receive this
award and proud to be have been a CSU faculty member for 23
years,” said Sonenshein. “The Wang Award is not
just a treasured tribute to those who are fortunate enough
to win, but also to the many outstanding faculty and staff
throughout the system, and to the hard-working students who
manage to balance their studies with many other responsibilities.
We’re all in this together.”
Richard Wiseman, who was selected as Cal State
Fullerton’s Outstanding Professor in 2004, has won a
number of awards for his teaching. He is known for seeking
students’ involvement in his classes and often works
closely with students, co-authoring dozens of publications
and conference papers. This provides many scholars with their
first journal or conference submissions. Wiseman specializes
in intercultural, interpersonal and nonverbal communication,
as well as persuasion and research methodology.
The Yorba Linda resident began teaching at
Cal State Fullerton in 1978 after earning his doctorate in
speech communication at the University of Minnesota.
“I am absolutely elated about this recognition,”
said Wiseman. “But I also want to stress that I don’t
think that this is strictly ‘my’ award. I know
that the only reason why I was able to receive this prestigious
honor is because of the outstanding support I have received
from faculty, staff, administrators, colleagues, friends and,
most important, students during my 28 years at Cal State Fullerton.”
The two professors will receive their awards
at the May meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees.
||Raphael Sonenshein at or 657-278-3837
Richard Wiseman at 657-278-3902 or
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
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