SJSU Salzburg Fellows

New Fellows | 2014-2015

The SJSU Salzburg Program has selected 7 faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus to serve as 2014 SJSU Salzburg Fellows.

  • Patricia Hill (Chair & Associate Professor - History | College of Social Sciences)
  • Bobbi Makani (Lecturer - Marketing & Decision Sciences | College of Business)
  • Thao Phan (Global Partners Coordinator - International Gateways | College of International & Extended Studies)
  • Romey Sabalius (Professor - World Languages & Literature | College of Humanities & Arts)
  • Larry Sokoloff (Lecturer - Journalism & Mass Communications | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)
  • Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan (Associate Professor - Management Information Systems | College of Business)
  • Oliver Yu (Executive in Residence & Adjunct Full Professor - Office of the Dean | College of Business)

These new Fellows will participate in a variety of orientation and preparation activities (Spring 2014), attend Session #64 of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar (Summer 2014), and spend the following academic year working on collaborative and individual projects with the 2014 SJSU Salzburg Scholars to help globalize the university (Fall 2014-Spring 2015).


SJSU Salzburg Fellows are selected as part of San José State’s efforts to develop a critical mass of change agents who will work together across institutional boundaries to globalize the campus in more coherent ways.  Fellows are chosen from different units all over SJSU—including senior administration, academic colleges and departments, student affairs, and advancement—because our Program focuses on strategies and activities that are intended to transform a wide range of curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects in the University as a whole.

Participation in this Program is open to any employee of the University.  Preference is given to full-time staff who have excelled in their university responsibilities, demonstrated a commitment to working for the greater good of SJSU, and propose to work on an innovative project during their 18-month service as a Fellow.  Nominations and applications are usually solicited sometime in the Fall semester through a brief online Application Package, with candidates evaluated by a Selection Committee composed of SJSU Salzburg Fellows and Scholars.  Although the number varies each year depending on funding, as well as how many spots are allocated to SJSU by the Salzburg Global Seminar, we usually appoint 10–15 Fellows annually.

The new Fellows participate in orientation activities during the Spring semester, attend an intensive week-long session of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in July, and spend the following academic year working with other SJSU Salzburg Fellows and SJSU Salzburg Scholars on a variety of individual and group Projects to promote global citizenship, positively affect the University as a whole, and strengthen their own abilities to live and work in a complex interconnected world.

This brings the total of SJSU Salzburg Fellows to 113 since the Program began in 2006: 12 Fellows in 2006, 16 Fellows in 2007, 11 Fellows in 2008, 11 Fellows in 2009, 10 Fellows in 2010, 17 Fellows in 2011, 15 Fellows in 2012, 14 Fellows in 2013, and 7 Fellows in 2014.  In addition, there are several other SJSU faculty members who have attended one or more of the Seminar’s traditional sessions and also participate in some SJSU Salzburg Program activities.