SJSU Salzburg Fellows | 2015-2016

Jessy Goodman

Jessy
Goodman

Lecturer
College of
Humanities & Arts

Rick Kos 

Richard
Kos

Practitioner
College of
Social Sciences

Kathrine Richardson

Kathrine
Richardson

Assistant Professor
College of
Social Sciences

 Avantika Rohatgi

Avantika
Rohtagi

Lecturer
College of
Humanities & Arts

 

Blanca Sanchez-Cruz

 Blanca
Sanchez-Cruz

Assistant Director
Davidson College
of Engineering

Jeanne Sawyer

Jeanne
Sawyer

Lecturer
Lucas College
of Business 

 

 


Jessy Goodman

Jessy Goodman, MFA

Lecturer
Department of English
College of Humanities & Arts
Department of Geography & Global Studies
College of Social Sciences

jessy.goodman@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
SJSU Salzburg Program

Jessy Goodman earned her MFA in creative writing from San José State last year (2014) and now teaches English and Global Studies at the university.  An SJSU Salzburg Scholar (2013-2014) while a graduate student on campus, she is looking forward to experiencing it all over again as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow this year.  Jessy hopes to relocate abroad in the next couple of years, ideally to London—though she would be perfectly happy living anywhere in Europe.  She has completed drafts of two novels and won several awards for her fiction and poetry, including the Lois King Thore Short Story Prize.


Rick Kos

Richard M. Kos, AICP

Practitioner-in-Residence
  & Full-Time Lecturer
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
College of Social Sciences

richard.kos@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Social Sciences

A faculty member at SJSU since 2007, Richard shares his 25 years of extensive professional experience in urban and regional planning and Geographic Information Systems with his graduate students.  His areas of focus include the use of digital technology to study land use change spatially and quantitatively, community engagement in the urban planning process, and sustainable alternatives to conventional suburban development patterns.  Richard takes pride in building a reputation as a caring, effective, knowledgeable, and motivational instructor.  He nurtures and challenges his students to produce work that is consistent with professional practice in his role as the department’s Practitioner-in-Residence.  Richard’s students nominated him as a “Most Influential Professor” and he is thrilled to be a 2015-2016 Salzburg Fellow.


Kathrine Richardson

Kathrine Richardson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Global Studies
College of Social Sciences

kathrine.richardson@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Department of Geography & Global Studies
SJSU Salzburg Program

 

Dr. Richardson teaches courses in urban, economic, and global geography, and specializes in working with students in developing research and professional skills when learning about the ever changing urban world.  Kathrine's research specializes in the mobility and retention of the globally highly skilled, with a focus on regional migrations within North America and transnational migrations between the Americas and the Asia Pacific.  She earned her PhD at the University of British Columbia (2006), with a dissertation that examined the movement of high technology and biotechnology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border under Chapter 16 of NAFTA, and in light of a post 9/11 environment.  Dr. Richardson is a former Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar, and has worked as a consultant to the Government of Canada regarding Canada’s ongoing need for the globally highly skilled.  Among other professional roles, Dr. Richardson serves on the university-wide advisory committee for the Global Studies Program at San José State University.


 Avantika Rohatgi

Avantika Rohatgi, PhD 

Lecturer
Department of English
College of Humanities & Arts

avantika.rohatgi@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Humanities & Arts

Dr. Rohatgi has taught a wide variety of courses in Multicultural Literature, Film and Gender Studies, Human Rights and Globalization at San José State University, Santa Clara University, Butler University, and Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis.  She earned her PhD in American Literature from the renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and an MA in British Literature.  Avantika was also awarded a prestigious Rotary International Scholarship to pursue higher education in the United States and earned an MA in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Widely traveled with student groups, she has actively facilitated international education and global citizenship. Initially, she designed and taught some of the first ESL courses in India, and worked with Indian women to help empower them with education and surmount subjugation.  Upon her arrival in the US, she continued her mission for global awareness through offering English classes to Russian and Jewish immigrants, organizing international events, producing radio programs, launching ethnic publications and giving talk shows on local TV. Her efforts have been documented in the Indiana Manual of Best Practices Celebrating Diversity published by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  For the last six years, she has passionately advanced the learning of global citizenship in her writing classes at San José State.  In 2013, she was honored with an author award for her book, Global Rights and Perceptions.  Besides being actively involved in several human rights organizations, she is working with the Global Compass Committee and the SJSU Justice Studies Department to involve students in shared co-curricular experiences on the theme and enactment of Global Citizenship.  Having presented several papers on global topics in various conferences such as the USACLALS/MELUS Transnational Conference and the Stanford Human Rights Symposium, she recently delivered an invited keynote address at West Valley College’s National Women’s Month event, Celebrating Women of Courage, Character and Commitment in which she shared her life experiences with students.


Blanca Sanchez-Cruz

Blanca Sanchez-Cruz, MA 

Assistant Director
Student Success Center

Davidson College of Engineering

blanca.sanchez@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Davidson College of Engineering

With over ten years of experience working primarily with low-income/first-generation students both at the high school and college level, Blanca provides advising, directs the MESA Engineering Program, manages programing for the Community of Engineers Living and Learning in collaboration with housing and is responsible for coordinating the college’s inaugural Power of Women in Engineering Conference.  She also serves as staff advisor for the Black Alliance of Scientists & Engineers (BASE), the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), and Science Extravaganza (SE).   Blanca has a strong commitment for work that promotes and provides equity access and advances the educational outcomes among populations facing additional barriers to achievement.  Blanca earned an MA in international Service Learning and Leadership, Roehampton University (2008); and both a BA in Global Studies (2006) and a BS in Hospitality Management (2003) from San José State University.  She was also the recipient of the Provost Student Service Award in 2003.


Jeanne Sawyer

Jeanne Sawyer, PhD

Lecturer
Management Information Systems
Lucas College of Business

jeanne.sawyer@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

Dr. Sawyer has taught various classes for the MIS Department since joining the faculty in 2002.  She designed and currently teaches the MIS Honors Practicum.  In addition to teaching, Jeanne is Program Advisor for the Thompson Global Internship Program and has co-led study tours for students in the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program to Chile/Argentina and to central Europe. Jeanne is also Principal of The Sawyer Partnership, a consultancy based in San José.  PhD in Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.