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Service Excellence Awards

The College of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce its new annual prize for Excellence in Service award in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.  The three recipients will be recognized at the College Commencement and receive $1,500 in support of their professional activities.

In selecting recipients of the award, the evaluating committee will look for contributions of the faculty member to the department, the college, university, profession and/or community. CAL is particularly interested in recognizing those faculty members performing extraordinary service or service that is otherwise uncompensated by other measures. 

Award recipients will be recognized at the last Chairs and Directors meeting of the semester.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021-2022 Award

Audrey Beck, Department of Sociology


Audrey Beck received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Following graduation, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She examined the impact of union formation and dissolution on parenting and child health. She first came to San Diego State University as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health Equity Research and Policy.

Dr. Beck’s work uses demographic methods and population data to understand race, ethnic, and nativity disparities in health. She has published her work in Demography, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Gerontology, Social Science Quarterly, American Journal of Public Health, Sociology of Education, and the Journal of Marriage and Family. She has taught a number of courses, including Sociology of Health and Illness, Survey Methods, Population Studies, The American Family, and Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Statistics.

Dr. Beck has served as the Department of Sociology’s undergraduate advisor, including hosting student workshops and other forms of outreach; most recently, she helped pilot a college initiative to transfer faculty advising to the CAL Student Success Center. She has also served on the University GE committee and CAL’s Curriculum Committee, including serving as Chair for the latter two years. Finally, she has served as the University and CAL Curriculum Liaison, assisting faculty and departments in creating and modifying curricula and programs.

Michael Dominguez, Department of Chicana-Chicano Studies


Michael Domínguez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at San Diego State University, having received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. At SDSU, Dr. Domínguez’ teaching focuses on the schooling and life experiences of Chicana/o youth (particularly issues of identity construction, racialization, and community ingenuity), the intersection of sports, race, and culture, and supporting undergraduate researchers.

His courses include explorations of Chicana/o/x schooling, examining the cultural impact of soccer in the Latinx experience, sports and race, decolonial research methods, and teaching methods courses that prepare educators to teach ethnic studies at the K-12 level in culturally sustaining ways with fidelity to decolonial, antiracist principles. His current research projects include research focused on the significance of sport/athletics to Chicana/o/x youth and design-based school-university-community partnerships to develop professional learning communities for Ethnic Studies teachers.

Previously a middle school literacy teacher in North Las Vegas, NV, middle school and the middle grades experience for historically marginalized and BIPoC youth have continued to be central to his work and focus. Beyond his teaching and research efforts, Domínguez serves as the “Gus” Chavez Faculty Scholar supporting SDSU’s Latinx Resource Center, leads SDSU’s Collaborative for K-12 Ethnic Studies Education and Teacher Development, serves as Chair of the NCTE Middle Level Section, Chairs the San Diego Unified School District’s Ethnic Studies Advisory Council, and leads the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department’s Curriculum Committee.

Isaac Ullah, Department of Anthropology


Isaac Ullah (Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2013) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, specializing in digital and computational archaeology, geoarchaeology, and the archaeology of anthropogenic landscapes. He works broadly in the Mediterranean region, with interests in food production systems spanning from the Neolithic period to the modern day. He employs a wide variety of digital and geosciences approaches in his research, including 3D scanning, statistical analysis, simulation modeling, geomorphology, and sediment analysis.

Dr. Ullah is the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Anthropology, and regularly teaches ANTH 395 "Introduction to the Anthropology Major," ANTH 302 "Principles of Archaeology," ANTH 349 "Roots of Civilizations," ANTH 562 "Computational Archaeology," and ANTH 563 "Anthropogenic Landscapes." As undergraduate advisor, he has worked to expand the off-campus internship program for Anthropology, and regularly oversees the ANTH 495 internship course for Anthropology majors.

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  • Esther Rothblum, Department of Women's Studies
  • Jamie Madden, Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies
  • Roberto Hernández, Department of Chicana-Chicano Studies  
  • Edith Benkov, Department of European Studies
  • Deborah Poole, Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages