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New Faculty Bios


Jamie Banker
Instructor, Graduate Psychology
M.A., University of San Diego
Jamie Banker is in the final stages of completing her Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. She received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego and her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. She served as a researcher on three funded research projects at Virginia Tech and also has worked as a research coordinator for a project that pertained to medical and mental health treatment of women who suffer from postpartum depression (PPD). She has received specialized training in areas such as psychological assessments, domestic violence, pregnancy counseling, and perinatal loss. She has extensive teaching and clinical skills, along with knowledge of issues in student affairs.


Jamie Bedics
Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology
Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Jamie Bedics holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah, and a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State.  He completed a clinical internship at the Portland VA Medical Center where he worked as a member of the dialectical behavioral treatment (DBT) team and was trained in evidence based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He recently completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the DBT Center of Seattle. Dr. Bedics' doctoral research involved a comparison of methods of observing how couples communicate during conflict and how different communication strategies relate to marital satisfaction and relationship commitment.

Debby Chang
Lecturer, Languages and Cultures
B.S., Northeastern University
Debby Chang was born in Taiwan and grew up in Hong Kong.  She came to the United States as a biology major at Warren Wilson College, and earned a B.S. in medical technology from Northeastern University.  Prof. Chang has worked in medical technology, as a stockbroker, Chinese cooking instructor, and as president of a fashion wholesale business, but regards language instruction as her “destiny.”  Co-author of The Key to Learning Chinese, she has taught Chinese language and culture classes since 1979, serving as the principal of Thousand Oaks Chinese School as well as serving as a bilingual facilitator in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. In 2007 she was recognized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council as an “Outstanding Chinese Language Teacher.”  She has taught at CLU since 2006, organizing events on campus like the Chinese Moon Festival concert, Chinese New Year celebration, and a lecture/demonstration by the Beijing Opera.

Morris Eagle
Distinguished Educator in Residence, Graduate Psychology
Ph.D., New York University
Morris Eagle received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University.  Dr. Eagle is a clinical supervisor at CLU’s Community Counseling and Parent Child Study Center and directs the Center’s weekly research meetings on attachment–based interventions and other outcome and process research. In addition, Dr. Eagle has been instrumental in developing the philosophy and focus of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. He is also a major contributor to and consultant for the CLU Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Program being funded by the Verizon Corporation. Dr. Eagle is the 2009 recipient of the Sigourney Award. This award, given by the American Psychological Association, is the most distinguished recognition in psychoanalysis. Dr. Eagle has authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters; and is the author of the book Recent Developments in Psychoanalysis: A Critical Analysis. His papers include attention to philosophical issues, to conceptions of mind, to views of psychopathology, theories of treatment and the relevance of attachment theory to psychoanalysis.

Robert Fraisse
Distinguished Educator in Residence, School of Education
Ph.D., University of Santa Barbara
Bob Fraisse holds a Ph.D. from the University of Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Political Science with minors in English and History from UCLA.  Dr. Fraisse most recently served as District Superintendent of Laguna Beach Unified School District. Prior to that, Bob served at CLU as Distinguished Educator in Residence, Department Chair of Education Leadership, Co-Director of Doctoral Studies and has continued to teach at CLU.  He has been honored by ACSA Region 13 and Pepperdine University as Superintendent of the Year and has demonstrated strong community leadership skills throughout his distinguished career. 

Molly George
Visiting Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Sociology
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Molly George earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Denver.  As a graduate student at UCSB, she earned both her M.A. with honors and Ph.D. in Sociology.  Additionally she completed a Ph.D. certificate with a Feminist Studies doctoral emphasis.
Her areas of specialization include the sociology of work and operations, research methods, gender, and social psychology.  Her teaching interests extend to deviance and crime, social problems, law and society, social inequality, and the sociology of the family.

Ralph Gomez
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
A native of California, Ralph Gomez is returning to his home state from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where he has served as Visiting Assistant Professor and Minority Scholar in Residence at Swarthmore College. Prof. Gomez earned his B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Applied Mathematics at UC Santa Cruz.  He completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics with distinction at the University of New Mexico.   His research reflects his interests in differential geometry, particularly geometric structures including Sasaki-Einstein, Kahler, symplectic, and contact structures as well as algebro-geometric techniques that illuminate differential geometric questions.

Michael Hart
Instructor, Music
M.A., University of Iowa
A native of Minnesota, Michael Hart received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a minor in Religion from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master of Arts degree from The University of Iowa and is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting with a secondary concentration in Tuba Performance from the same institution. He has been a faculty member at Iowa Wesleyan College and was a band director in the Minnesota public schools teaching at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He has been a guest conductor and an adjudicator in Iowa, Minnesota, and Arizona.


Gina La Monica
Director, Adult Degree Evening Program (ADEP)
Ed.D., Pepperdine University
Gina La Monica holds an Ed.D. in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University.  She also earned an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from USC and a B.A. in Kinesiology from Cal State Northridge.  Dr. La Monica served as a Dean at the College of the Canyons and was the Director of the PACE program (Project for Adult College Education) for 10 years at L.A. Mission College. Her dissertation focused on the factors for measuring the effectiveness of adult learners in an accelerated evening educational program. She has assisted four institutions in developing their accelerated adult degree programs.

Patrick Ludolph
Visiting Instructor, History
M.A., Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara
A Ph.D. candidate at UCSB, Patrick Ludolph is a specialist in Tudor-Stuart British history, with a particular interest in the civil wars of the 1640s.  His dissertation addresses the role of censorship, patronage, and propaganda in the emerging journalism of an era marked by political, social, and intellectual revolution.  He completed his B.A. in history at the University of Washington, and his M.A., also in history, at UCSB.  While at UCSB, he also taught in the writing program. This year he will be teaching in CLU’s English Department as well as in History.

Barbara McNulty
Visiting Lecturer, Biology
M.S., The George Washington University
Barbara McNulty holds a B.A. in Biology from Lafayette College and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from The George Washington University, where her thesis focused on “Hidden Electrophoretic Variation in a natural population of Drosophila melanogaster.”  She has taught at CLU in the Biology Department since 2007.  Prior to that she was a Research Technician at the Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Research Center, and held a Teaching Fellowship at The George Washington University. 


Ryan Medders
Visiting Instructor, Communication
M.S., San Jose State University
Ryan Medders is working to complete his Ph.D. at UCSB in Communication with an emphasis on technology and society. He received his M.S. in Mass Communication from San Jose State University, and his B.A. with a major in Political Science from Stanford.  His research addresses the social and psychological effects of the media; his dissertation focuses on the effects of online news.


Valerie Miller
Lecturer, Theatre Arts
M.A., London College of Fashion
Valerie Miller is no stranger to CLU, having worked with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company before taking the position of costume designer in CLU’s theatre department.  After discovering a passion for theatre at Moorpark College, she completed an A.A. in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles) and a B.F.A. in costume design for the theatre at the California Institute of the Arts.   She earned her M.A. in costume design for performance at the London College of Fashion.  She has worked as a costume designer in London as well as in the Los Angeles area.

Jason Penry
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Ph.D., Oregon State University
Jason (“Jay”) Penry completed his B.S. in biology (with a minor in chemistry) and M.S., also in biology, at Wake Forest University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Sport Science from Oregon State University.  His research is aimed at improving tests of human performance, in his words, by “understanding the sources of variability within these tests” and by “addressing the largest sources of variables within test protocols so that the reliability of a particular assessment can be maximized.”

George J. Petersen
Dean, School of Education
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
George Petersen received his Ph.D. from UCSB in Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies. He began his career as a high school teacher in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and later held faculty positions at the University of Evansville, Bowling Green State University, Missouri State University, and University of Missouri-Columbia. Most recently, he served as Co-Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UCSB.  His former positions include Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in the College of Education at Cal Poly and Associate Director of the University Council for Educational Administration, a national research and policy organization.  Dr. Petersen has written two books and numerous articles on educational leadership.  His many honors and awards include Education Professor of the Year, Distinguished Faculty Award, National Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, and Outstanding Research Award.

Diane Rodriguez-Kiino
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Diane Rodriguez-Kiino holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State, an M.Ed. from USC in College Student Personnel Services, and a Ph.D. from USC in Education Policy, with an emphasis on International Intercultural Education.  Dr. Rodriguez-Kiino recently served as the Director of Campus Diversity in Santa Barbara and she continues to consult and lecture on the issues of campus diversity and equity.  She is a respected and successful grant writer and has been published in various periodicals and journals, including the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.  She currently serves as a Research Consultant at the Center for Student Success at Berkeley.  She will be teaching and advising students in CLU’s Higher Education Doctoral Program. 

Bryan Swig
Visiting Lecturer, Biology
Ph.D., University of Hull
Bryan Swig is well known at CLU, having received his B.S. in Biology from CLU in 2000.  Subsequently he completed his M.S. in Biology at California State University/Northridge, and his Ph.D., also in Biology, at the University of Hull.  He has been teaching at CLU since 2007, and brings teaching experience as a lecturer at Moorpark College, Ventura College, Oxnard College and Cal State/Channel Islands.  A marine biologist with an emphasis on restoration ecology, Dr. Swig describes his research interests as lying in wetland habitat restoration and in biological environmental monitoring.  In particular, he is studying human impact on watersheds and near shore marine environment and is interested in improving the ecological functioning of restored habitats.

Carla Walter
Associate Professor, Marketing, School of Business
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Carla Walter holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Riverside, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from California State University, San Bernadino, and a Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) from UC Riverside. Dr. Walter’s research interests include non- profit marketing, especially the fine arts, and international marketing.  She has been a visiting lecturer at several international institutions including University of Savoie and the Management Center Innsbruck.  Her numerous publications include journal articles, books and book chapters. Dr. Walter’s previous academic appointment was as an Associate Professor of Marketing at Missouri Southern State University.  She taught a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level and also served as MBA program director in a collaborative program with Northwest Missouri State University. 

Colleen Windham-Hughes
Associate Professor, Religion
C. Phil., University of California, Santa Barbara
Colleen Windham-Hughes recently completed her Ph.D. dissertation, “The Horizon of Birth:  Natality in Religious, Ethical, and Political Experience” at UCSB.  A graduate of Whitter College, she earned her M.Div. at Claremont School of Theology, followed by a C.Phil. at UCSB.  Her teaching interests include Christian traditions, Christian practices and ministries, social and political theory, and philosophy of religion.  A deacon in the United Methodist Church, she brings experience in family and youth ministry and religious education to her role in developing the Theology and Christian Leadership major at CLU.