Academic Advisory Board
The institute’s academic advisory board is comprised of SJSU administrators, faculty and coaches.
SJSU Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
SJSU Associate Vice President of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Thalia Anagnos is a former engineering professor and 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award. Anagnos helped organize the SJSU Expanding Your Horizons Conference to interest women in STEM fields for more than 20 years.
Associate Professor, Sociology And Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
William Armaline is director of the Human Rights Program at SJSU. An interdisciplinary scholar, Armaline studies social problems related to political economy, environmental sustainability, race theory and anti-racist action, pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youths, mass incarceration and the war on drugs.
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Cole Armstrong holds a doctoral degree in sport management from Florida State University. His research focuses on management in sport organizations, sport marketing, and the influence of sport on identity development.
Travis D. Boyce
Chair And Associate Professor, Department Of African-American Studies
Women's Basketball Head Coach
Prior to coming to San Jose State, Jamie Craighead became the youngest head coach in Division I basketball in her role at Sacramento State. As a collegiate player at the University of Oregon, Craighead led the Ducks to the 2002 WNIT championship after three appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Shaun Fletcher, '03 Public Relations, has provided communications strategies for Apple, the Volkswagen Group of America and the Center for Health Futures in Florida. His research includes political discourse and rhetorical analysis, as well as cultural communications within healthcare as it relates to African-American men.
Associate Professor, DNP Program Co-Coordinator
Associate Professor in The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, Dr. Michelle DeCoux Hampton is a psychiatric-mental health nurse and recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Excellence in Nursing Education Award. She helped to implement the San Jose State University Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and currently serves as Program Co-Coordinator.
Dean, College Of Social Sciences
Prior to becoming dean of the College of Social Sciences, Walt Jacobs served as a dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Jacobs is the author of Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy and co-editor of If Classrooms Matter: Progressive Visions of Educational Environments.
Phylis West Johnson
Program Director, SJSU School Of Journalism And Mass Communications
Phylis West Johnson is a researcher and practitioner who studies virtual worlds, augmented reality and virtual reality and their interplay with humanity. The author of five books and more than 100 paper presentations, Johnson is the former editor of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.
SJSU Professor Of Management
Susanna Khavul’s research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, international entrepreneurship and firm failure. She has previously taught at the University of Texas, Arlington and London Business School. Her articles have appeared in Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Management Studies.
Professor, Social Work
Peter Lee’s research includes the psychological development and adjustment of Asian Americans and ethnic groups in the child welfare and mental health systems. The co-creator of Social Workers in the Library, Lee served as associate director of CommUniverCity San Jose and director of SJSU’s "UP" Pre-College program.
Associate Dean, Inclusive Student Success, College of Graduate Studies
Amy Leisenring is the faculty director to the Academic Counseling Center for Excellence in the Social Sciences. Her scholarship explores the sociology of higher education and the way race, gender and class-based inequalities shape students' experiences. Leisenring teaches in the areas of gender, family and qualitative research methods.
Professor, Mexican American Studies
Marcos Pizarro coordinates MAESETR@S, a social justice organization that implements a transformative education model with Latinx communities. The co-coordinator of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, Pizarro is Faculty-in-Residence for Chicanx-Latinx Student Success at SJSU and co-coordinator of Adelante.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Trained as a behavioral pharmacologist, Susan Snycerski has taught psychology, research methods, human drug use and abuse, mental retardation, behavioral pharmacology and toxicology, American Psychological Association writing workshops, and clinical trials administration. Snycerski has published empirical, theoretical and review papers, as well as book chapters and encyclopedia chapters.
Director, PRIDE & Gender Equity Center
Pronouns: they or she
Bonnie Sugiyama is the director of the San Jose State University PRIDE Center and Gender Equity Center. They have worked on social justice issues as a student and a professional at several CSU campuses for 20+ years, including: the advocating and founding of the PRIDE Center at Sacramento State; the re-visioning of Sonoma State University’s Center for Culture, Gender and Sexuality (now known as the HUB); and the founding director of the PRIDE Center at San Jose State University.
In the community, Bonnie also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), the parent organization of Outlet, an LGBTQ+ youth organization; and is a board member of the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC), an LGBTQ+ political action committee. They have also served on the national board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals as the People of Color Co-Chair.
Bonnie holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems and a M.A. in Educational Technology from California State University, Sacramento.