SJSU Salzburg Fellows | 2014–2015

 Patricia Hill

Patricia
Hill

Chair & Prof
College of
Social Sciences

 Bobbi Makani

Bobbi
Makani

Lecturer
Lucas College

of Business

Thao Phan 

Thao
Phan

Coordinator
International &
Extended Studies

Romey Sabalius 

Romey
Sabalius

Professor
College of
Humanities & Arts

Larry Sokoloff 

Larry
Sokoloff

Lecturer
College of Applied
Sciences & Arts

Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan 

Shailaja Venkat-
subramanyan

Assoc Professor
Lucas College
of Business

Oliver Yu 

Oliver
Yu

Exec in Residence
Lucas College
of Business
 


Patricia Hill

Patricia Hill, PhD

Chair & Professor
Department of History
College of Social Sciences

patricia.hill@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
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.


Bobbi Makani

Bobbi Makani, PhD

Lecturer
Marketing & Decision Sciences
Lucas College of Business

bobbi.makani@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas 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. 


Thao Phan

Thao Phan

Global Partners Coordinator
International Gateways Program
College of International & Extended Studies

thao.phan@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
International Gateways Program

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.


Romey Sabalius

Romey Sabalius, PhD

Professor
World Languages & Literature
College of Humanities & Arts

romey.sabalius@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
SJSU Salzburg Program

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!


Larry Sokoloff

Larry Sokoloff, Esq

Lecturer
Journalism & Mass Communications
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

romey.sabalius@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
SJSU Salzburg Program

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.


Shai Venkatsubramanyan

Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan, PhD

Associate Professor
Management Information Systems
Lucas College of Business

shailaja.venkatsubramanyan@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas 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.


Oliver Yu

Oliver Yu, PhD

Executive in Residence
Office of the Dean
Lucas College of Business

oliver.yu@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas 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.