SJSU Salzburg Fellows 2014–2015

Patricia Hill

Patricia Hill

(Chair & Associate Professor - History | College of Social Sciences)

Patricia is a SJSU Condon Research Award winner, recipient of 3 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and research fellowships from the Univ. of Oregon, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and the Univ. of South Carolina. She directed a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education that funded SJSU historians’ work with San Jose high school teachers (2010-2012). She received the California Faculty Association’s W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) Award in 2005–given annually to the individual who contributed most to the statewide CSU faculty union’s success. Patricia’s publications include Dallas: The Making of a Modern City and articles on American urban, women’s, labor, and medical history. Patricia studied in England, led student groups in Europe, and travels widely. Despite her professional focus on cities, home ownership in Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico has proven to be an ideal vantage point from which to observe small-town life. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences.

Bobbi Makani

Bobbi Makani

(Lecturer - Marketing & Decision Sciences | College of Business)

Bobbi is Director of Silicon Valley Social Innovation Initiative for the Global Leadership Advancement Center; Director of Community Engaged Learning for CommUniverCity; Director of Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge; Director of MST Tax Engagement Opportunities; and Faculty-in-Residence for E-Campus. Bobbi’s work in SJSU is in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, community-engaged learning, assessment of learning outcomes, and academic technology. She designed and launched the first online Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge for SJSU, an online community generated a global community membership of over 1200 members sharing their knowledge and innovative ideas. Bobbi is also an active serial entrepreneur, having founded & managed companies in Asia and the US involved in food, retail, health services, project management and social media. She was a key member of a startup team that set up up a medical university in Asia and has been involved in public health assessment and education. She was a former board member of Los Gatos Art Association and is also a lecturer of Chinese Brush painting. Sponsored by the Lucas College of Business.

Thao Phan

Thao Phan

(Global Partners Coordinator - International Gateways | College of International & Extended Studies)

With over seven years of experience in international education, Thao specializes in advising students of visa regulations and in helping students achieve their academic goals. During her career in international education, she has developed many guidelines and support systems – such as presentations on using health insurance in the U.S. or enrollment advising sessions to help her students adjust to their new environment. In 2013, Thao presented at NAFSA with her colleague and introduced a new resource, wikis, to assist administrators and educators in advising students. Thao has also served as a student recruiter for San Jose State University and participated in overseas education fairs. In addition to her passion for international education, Thao also enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures and languages, and trying new cuisine from around the world. Sponsored by the International Gateways Program.

Romey Sabalius

Romey Sabalius

(Professor - World Languages & Literature | College of Humanities & Arts)

One of the leading experts on contemporary Swiss literature, Romey is the author/editor of four books and numerous articles. He has presented papers at conferences worldwide on Swiss literature and culture, the image of the United States in contemporary German literature, exile literature, and foreign language pedagogy. He has also delivered keynotes speeches and guest lectures at universities in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, France, Finland, Poland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and India. He organized several international symposia and literature conferences. During the academic year 1999/2000, he was visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne/Australia. Professor Sabalius has served on various university committees supporting international education and, for the past 11 years, he has been a member of the academic senate of the California State University (the nation’s largest university system, enrolling over 400.000 students each year). Romey speaks six languages, has lived in 8 countries, and visited 114 nations. His private interests and hobbies are travel, travel, and more travel! Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.

Larry Sokoloff

Larry Sokoloff

(Lecturer - Journalism & Mass Communications | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

Larry teaches media law, drawing on his background as a newspaper reporter and an attorney.  He has also taught at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and California State University | East Bay.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia in 2009, where he taught at the Moscow Higher School of Economics.

Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan

Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan

(Associate Professor - Management Information Systems | College of Business)

Shai earned her Ph.D. in MIS from the University of Arizona and has worked at Price Waterhouse (Mumbai, India), Tulane University, and Kanisa (a Silicon Valley Knowledge Management startup). Recognized as a Master Teacher in the Lucas College of Business, Shai enjoys interacting with students from various backgrounds. She has taught the capstone MIS course, Strategic Information Systems, Web based Technologies, and Accounting Information Systems. Her research involves information retrieval, search engine valuation, web log analysis, impact of online information on impression formation, study of electronic medical records, and valuation of mobile applications. Her current work focuses on the creation of mobile apps for STEM education. She also led the effort to establish the Silicon Valley Center for Business Success. Sponsored by the Lucas College of Business.

Oliver Yu

Oliver Yu

(Executive in Residence & Adjunct Full Professor - Office of the Dean | College of Business)

In addition to his responsibilities as an Executive in Residence and adjunct full professor of technology portfolio planning at San José State, Oliver is also a board member and Director of the Smart Grid Task Force of the US-China Green Energy Council, Vice Chair of the Technology Management Council of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Ambassador to IEEE of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP). Dr. Yu has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at many research institutions and technical conferences around the world. Most recently, he was the organizer of the Global Innovation Forum co-sponsored by IBM, SRI, and SJSU in 2011; and member of the Organizing Committee and session chair at the International Symposium of Management of Technology in 2011 and the Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) Conference in 2012. He has been invited to serve as a keynote speaker at the Summer School of Global Entrepreneurship of University of Muenster in Germany in May 2014 and at the PICMET conference in Kanazawa, Japan in July 2014. Dr. Yu holds a BSEE from National Taiwan University, an MSEE from Georgia Tech, and an MS in statistics and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University. Sponsored by the Lucas College of Business.