Congratulations to each of our four newly promoted faculty! They will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception, under the direction of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny. This event honors new faculty, newly promoted faculty and newly tenured and promoted faculty within Fresno State.


DDutra_SmDr. Danette Dutra is an associate professor in the School of Nursing. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s in Exercise Physiology, Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner from Fresno State, and a doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dutra joined the faculty of Fresno State in 2010 as an assistant professor. She provided valuable leadership and played a vital role in the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She has also served as the evaluations coordinator for the School of Nursing baccalaureate program and coordinator of the DNP program. Dutra has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels from fundamental skills in nursing to evaluation in nursing education, among many others. She has served on committees at all levels of the University, most recently chairing the college’s research committee.

Dutra has over 18 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and has worked at several area hospitals and clinics, most recently with Hanford and Morro Bay Urgent Care.


HMiltiades_SmDr. Helen Miltiades is a professor in the Gerontology Program, housed in the Department of Social Work Education. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Malone University and a master’s and Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Miltiades has coordinated the Gerontology Program on campus since her appointment as an assistant professor in 2005. The program prepares students to address the concerns of the aging population through education, research, and service to the community.

Miltiades is actively involved on campus, having served as chairperson for the CHHS curriculum committee, faculty director of the CHHS palliative care team and a member of the Academic Senate.

Miltiades was instrumental in the establishment of the CHHS Honors Program in Collaborative Leadership. She is also active in the community, having served as a board member for the Castle-Keep Elder Abuse Prevention Agency as well as a board member for Elder Abuse Services, Inc.

Her research interests include health care disparities and access to care, elder abuse and program evaluation.


SSkelton_SmDr. Steven Skelton is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from California State University, Bakersfield, master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Fresno State, and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from U.C. Santa Barbara.

Skelton joined the faculty of Fresno State in 1998 as an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology, and later became an associate professor in 2004. In addition to teaching, he also serves as the graduate coordinator for CDDS. On campus, he has served on various committees and organizations, including the Academic Senate, University Task Force on Employee and Workplace Development, as a campus Equal Employment Opportunity designee, and the CHHS Executive Committee, among others.

His research interests include treatment of speech sound disorders in children, motor learning applied to speech pathology and research methods. One of Skelton’s book chapter’s was recognized at the 2011 Henry Madden Library reception and exhibition of Faculty Publications. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Journal, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools and is an expert reviewer for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board for the Department of Consumer Affairs.


Ssailor_SmDr. Scott Sailor is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Fresno State, master’s in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona and his Ed.D. from the University of California, Davis and Fresno State.

Sailor, who joined the faculty of Fresno State in 1991, is currently the chair of the Department of Kinesiology and the program director of the Athletic Training Education Program. He is also co-director and co-founder of the Central California Sports Sciences Institute, a research and training center housed under CHHS. Sailor is actively involved on campus, having participated as a fellow of Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching and served as interim director of the Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching from 2011-2013. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the CHHS Honors Program in Collaborative Leadership.

Sailor has 25 years of sports medicine and athletic training experience. His commitment to the field is evident in his latest appointment as president of the National Athletic Trainers Association, which is comprised of 39,000 members nationwide, all of whom are members of the athletic training profession.  He was elected into the Far West Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2014.


The Faculty Recognition Reception will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m. in North Gym 118.