Congratulations to each of our four newly promoted and tenured faculty! They were recognized at yesterday’s Faculty Recognition Reception, under the direction of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny.


Berrett.Bryan001Dr. Bryan Berrett is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies and director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Fresno State. He served as faculty in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies for 19 years. He most recently served as a professor and department chair, where he secured two large federal grants totaling $2.4 million dollars to prepare deaf education teachers and sign language interpreters to serve deaf children. At the start of his teaching career, he was instrumental in the creation of the sign language interpreting degree option.

Actively involved on campus, Berrett received the 2012 Provost Award for Educational Technology and was named as the Spirit of Service Awards’ Outstanding Faculty. He has a strong commitment toward faculty development and has mentored new faculty in his department for several years. In addition, he has provided leadership and guidance to support students, staff and faculty on campus.

Berrett has a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in Recreation Administration: Special Populations from California State University, Chico, and an Ed.D. In Educational Technology and Leadership from Pepperdine University.


TGiannettaDr. Terea Giannetta is a professor in the School of Nursing at Fresno State, where she has taught for over 30 years. She began her career at Fresno State as a lecturer and has worked up the ranks to teach all levels of nursing education from baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. As an experienced advanced practice nurse, she is able to promote clinical placements for students, as well as provide clinical competence for her teaching role at the University.

Outside of the academic setting, Giannetta serves as the chief nurse practitioner at Valley Children’s Hospital, where she is responsible for maintaining legal scope of practice for over 50 nurse practitioners. At Valley Children’s, she provides clinical placement for students and runs the clinical practice in pediatric hematology service.

While at the University she has served on various roles and committees, including University senator and graduate coordinator. Her proven leadership, teaching and clinical skills have been recognized nationally in pediatric nurse practitioner textbooks, as well as on national boards and foundations.

Giannetta received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento, Master of Science in Nursing from Fresno State and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Brandman University.


Maul.Christine001Dr. Christine Maul is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies at Fresno State. She began her career with Fresno State in 1998 as a lecturer. On campus, she has served on numerous research and curriculum committees, including the College of Health and Human Services’ Honors Council.

As a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Maul’s passion lies in advocating for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In addition to presenting at national and international conferences on topics of autism, literacy acquisition and multicultural issues, she has authored and published a number of textbooks and journals relating to child language disorders and behavior principles in communicative disorders.

Maul was appointed by Governor Brown to the Porterville Developmental Advisory Board and also serves on a task force for the California Department of Health and Human Services, where she is tasked with addressing the need for community residential facilities for people with behavioral challenges.


JBeaDr. Jenna Sawdon-Bea is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She began her teaching career at Fresno State in 2008 as a full-time lecturer, where she now teaches in the areas of musculoskeletal and orthopedic dysfunction. She is a licensed physical therapist and is active in clinical research, having shared many projects at the state, national, and international levels.

She has served on various committees on campus, including the University’s Academic Planning and Policy Committee, the Department of Physical Therapy’s curriculum and student affairs committee and as a member of the College of Health and Human Services’ Honors Council. Outside of the academic setting, Sawdon-Bea is the president of the Art of Life Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Sawdon-Bea received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Physical Therapy, both from Fresno State. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas.



In addition, we’ll be starting off the semester with three new chairs, including Dr. Steven Skelton with the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, replacing Dr. Bryan Berrett; Dr. Kara Zografos with the Department of Public Health, replacing Dr. Vickie Krenz; and Dr. Martha Vungkhanching with the Department of Social Work Education, replacing Dr. Virginia Rondero Hernandez. Congratulations to our new incoming chairs!