Congratulations to each of our six tenured and/or newly promoted faculty! They were recently recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception, under the direction of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny.
Dr. Bhupinder Singh is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He joined the faculty of Fresno State in 2013, where he currently teaches first and final year courses for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In 2016, he received the Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty and Outstanding Advisor award for his student approach to teaching and scholarship.
Singh remains active on campus, where he serves on a variety of University and college level committees – including the Academic Senate and as the grants and contracts specialist for the Central California Sports Science Institute. He is also one of the lead facilitators for the President’s DiscoverE initiative and is part of Fresno State’s Health Cohort to improve health outcomes of Central Valley residents.
He specializes in the study of gait and biomechanics, with a special focus on obesity and its impact on physical activity in children. In order to expand his research, Singh helped launch the department’s nationally recognized Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation laboratory and leads the Fresno State Amputee Clinic, providing free services to this underserved community.
Singh received his doctorate in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Iowa and bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Guru Nanak Dev University in India.
Dr. Dawn Lewis is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where she has taught for the past 11 years in the area of Sport Psychology and Physical Education, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. She has worked extensively with collegiate and elite athletes on sport performance issues and has led support groups for athletes with sport injuries.
Lewis remains actively engaged at the University, having served on numerous committees and task forces, including acting as past vice chair of the Academic Senate. She is currently serving her third term as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative, where she is responsible for ensuring the health and overall well-being of student-athletes, and monitoring institutional compliance with NCAA and Mountain West Conference regulations and academic performance of student-athletes. In addition, she is a member of the NCAA Division I Council, a high-level group responsible for decision-making of Division I athletics.
Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College of the City, New York and a master’s degree and doctorate in Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Psychology from Michigan State University.
Dr. Kris Clarke is a professor in the Department of Social Work Education. She joined the faculty of Fresno State in 2007, where she teaches courses in macro social work practice and qualitative research, and guides master’s thesis projects. She has served as chair of the department’s research committee and the college’s technology committee.
Prior to Fresno State, Clarke immigrated to Finland where she completed her postgraduate degrees and began teaching social policy and social work to international and Finnish students. During that time, she served as the Finnish national representative for the European Project AIDS and Mobility.
On campus, she serves as president of the LGBT+ Allies Network – a network for faculty and staff. She is also active in the community as chair of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and works extensively with the Fresno Needle Exchange to promote harm reduction in the Central Valley.
Clarke obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Reed College, a master’s degree in International Relations: Development Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work/Licientiate from the University of Tampere, Finland.
Dr. Martha Vungkhanching is chair and professor in the Department of Social Work Education. In addition, she is the director of the Central California Center for Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center. She joined the faculty at Fresno State in 2007, where she served as the graduate coordinator and led several study abroad programs for students to Hong Kong and India.
In 2011, Vungkhanching received the college’s Faculty Recognition Program Award for her outstanding service to the Department of Social Work Education. At the University, she has served in various roles and committee, including the Academic Senate and the Academic Council on International Programs. On the national scale, she has served on the Council on Social Work Education.
Dr. Vungkhanching earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s College, a master’s in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a doctorate in Social Work and Social Administration from the University of Hong Kong.
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Dr. Jaymin Kwon is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health. He began his teaching career at Fresno State in 2011 as an assistant professor, teaching in the area of environmental exposure to air pollution and health effects. He currently serves as one of the active investigators of the Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study San Joaquin Valley – a partnership between Fresno State, University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.
At Fresno State, Kwon has served on various campus committees, including the University’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the College of Health and Human Services’ International and Executive Committee and as a member of the Academic Senate.
Kwon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Food Engineering and Biotechnology from Yonsei University, Korea, a master’s degree and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a doctorate in Exposure Sciences from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Fran Pomaville is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies. She joined the faculty of Fresno State in 2000 as a full-time lecturer, later accepting a tenure track position after completing her doctorate. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of diagnostic procedures, anatomy and physiology, voice, traumatic brain injury and dysphagia. She also provides supervision to graduate students completing their clinical practicum.
Prior to Fresno State, Pomaville served as the director of Clinical Services at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. She has 30 years of professional experience as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings, including private practice, acute care, home health and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has also worked in the public school setting with students in special education who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Pomaville is an active participant in the San Joaquin Valley Concussion Consortium and frequently presents on the topic of concussion management. She is a California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow, and past recipient of CSHA’s District 5 Outstanding Achievement Award and Outstanding Service Award. In addition, she received Fresno State’s Provost’s Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2014.
Pomaville earned her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fresno State and doctorate in Human Services from Capella University.
A formal reception to recognize our new and tenured and/or newly promoted faculty members will be held on Thursday, September 21 from 4-6 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House. RSVP by September 14 at the LINK (use code: Faculty).