Faculty and Staff

KIE Directors Team

Dr. Michael D. Burroughs - HeadshotDr. Michael D. Burroughs
Director
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Nate Olson - HeadshotDr. Nate Olson
Associate Director of Campus Programming
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Nate Olson - HeadshotDr. Nate Olson, Associate Director of Campus Programming
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

As Associate Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics, Dr. Olson helps organize and coordinate the KIE’s on-campus events, including leading the Ethics Across the Curriculum faculty professional development program. He is also an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and teaches courses in both ethical theory and practical ethics, with a particular emphasis on ethical issues in professional life and the sciences. He believe ethics education works best when conversations cross disciplinary and community boundaries, and enjoys fostering such conversations through his work with the KIE.

Much of Dr. Olson’s research has addressed issues in bioethics, including both research and clinical ethics. He serves on CSUB’s Institutional Review Board and is a member of the Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee.

Dr. Olson received his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University, and prior to coming to CSUB, was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Thinking Matters program at Stanford University, where he also worked with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

Contact: nolson@csub.edu

KIE Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Christopher Meyers - HeadshotDr. Christopher Meyers
Executive Director Emeritus
Dr. Christopher Meyers - HeadshotDr. Christopher Meyers, Executive Director Emeritus

Christopher Meyers, PhD, was a founding member of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and was its Executive Director for over 30 years. He is now Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Director Emeritus of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU Bakersfield. The author of three books and over fifty academic articles, he is also an engaged public scholar who regularly writes editorial columns, gives community talks and provides consulting to a wide range of organizations, most notably in health care. In that latter role, he has been appointed adjunct ethics faculty at Kern Medical Center and hospital ethicist for Adventist Healthcare Bakersfield.

He received his BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and his MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, where he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics. The father of three and grandfather of two, his hobbies include wandering the Eastern Sierra mountains, woodworking, and standing on the bank of a trout stream, frustratingly watching trout laugh at him as his fly drifts over their head.

Contact: cmeyers@csub.edu

Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley - HeadshotDr. Jacquelyn Kegley
Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley - HeadshotDr. Jacquelyn Kegley, Professor of Philosophy

Jacquelyn Kegley is CSU Outstanding Professor of Philosophy and Wang Family awardee for outstanding teaching, research, and service. She is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Helen Hawk Honors Program at California State University, Bakersfield.  She is author of Josiah Royce in Focus (Indiana University Press 2008) and Genuine Individuals and Genuine Communities: A Roycean Public Philosophy (Vanderbilt University Press 1997) and Josiah Royce in Focus (Indiana University Press, 2008). She is an author and editor of Genetic Knowledge, Human Values and Responsibility (Paragon 1999) and Persuasion and Compulsion in Democracy (2013) as well as of numerous articles on American philosophy, and genetic technology. She also contributed to the volume, Pragmatic Bioethics. She was President of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy from 2010-2012 and a recipient of the Herbert Schnieder Award for outstanding contributions to American Philosophy. She serves as President of the Josiah Royce Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Royce Critical Edition. Her recent publications include “Kant as Public Intellectual and Political Theorist,” to be published in Pragmatist Kant, Edited by C. Skowroński, Brill, 2018.; “Royce on Self and Relationships: Speaking to the Digital and Texting Self of Today,” to be published in a forthcoming issue of The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2018; “A return to humility and common sense: Santayana’s message to our current age,” Limbo. Boletin sobre los estudios sobre Santayana, Spain, August 2017; “Are Acts of Institutions Really Fully Analyzable into Constituent Actions of Human Beings?” in John Lachs’s Practical Philosophy, ed. by C. Skowroński, Brill, 2017; “Santayana in Relation to Remembering and Forgetting History, in The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism, ed. by C. Padrón and C.;Skowroński published by Brill in January 2018.

Contact: jkegley@csub.edu

Dr. Chandra Commuri - HeadshotDr. Chandra Commuri
Professor of Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Rhonda E. Dugan - HeadshotDr. Rhonda E. Dugan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Rhonda E. Dugan - HeadshotDr. Rhonda E. Dugan, Associate Professor of Sociology

Rhonda E. Dugan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), where she has been a faculty member since 2005. Dr. Dugan graduated with a BA and MA in sociology from Illinois State University, and earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her teaching and research interests focus on race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as black identity, culture, and popular culture. As a professor at CSUB, she has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses: Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Race & Ethnic Relations, Diversity & Research Ethics, Gender & Society, the African American Experience, Cultural Sociology, Popular Culture, Sociology of Film, Sociology of the Family, and Senior Seminar. She has scholarly publications in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Contemporary Sociology, and The Encyclopedia of Social Problems, and a book chapter (co-authored with R. Stephen Warner and Elise Martel) published in Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian Second Generation. Dr. Dugan is currently working on a research project (with sociology colleague Dahna Rasmussen, MA) interviewing college students about their use/nonuse and interpretation of the N-Word in the post-Civil Rights era. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Dugan serves on a number of campus committees and is the faculty advisor for three student clubs at CSUB: Sociology Club, Black Student Union, and Campus Gamers. In 2010 and 2014, Dugan was honored with the Cornerstone Award by the Black Student Union for her support of the “academic and social progress” of students. She has also participated in the CSU-wide Super Sunday African American Initiative for the last four years. In her spare time, Dr. Dugan likes to run, travel, and read.

Contact: rdugan2@csub.edu

Dr. Debra Jackson - HeadshotDr. Debra Jackson
Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Debra Jackson - HeadshotDr. Debra Jackson, Professor of Philosophy

Debra Jackson received her Ph.D. in Philosophy with a graduate minor in Women's Studies from Purdue University, and her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Women's Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Jackson teaches courses on gender, race, class, and sexuality, sexual ethics, social and political philosophy, legal philosophy, and critical thinking. Her research focuses on ethical, political, and epistemological issues regarding gender and race, especially with regard to sexual violence against women. She has published essays on the epistemic and recognitive features of the #MeToo movement (forthcoming in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly), crisis intervention and rape survivor advocacy as a form of witnessing trauma (Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Life), on racialized assumptions in anti-rape discourse (Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of Ethical and Political Philosophy), and on the representation of gender, race, and sexuality in popular media (Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies and World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King). Dr. Jackson also co-authored Critical Thinking: A User's Manual, now in its second edition, with Dr. Paul Newberry. Her current work is on ethical responses to disclosures of sexual violence.

Contact: djackson9@csub.edu

Dr. Senem Saner - HeadshotDr. Senem Saner
Lecturer of Philosophy
Director, Philosophy for Children Program
Dr. Senem Saner - HeadshotDr. Senem Saner, Lecturer of Philosophy
Director, Philosophy for Children Program

Senem Saner was born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey). After taking her first elective, “Philosophy of Science,” she became duly contaminated. Her studies have taken her to Purdue University, Stony Brook University, and Wuppertal (Germany), studying the history of philosophy, Hegel, and political philosophy, and finally to CSU Bakersfield. She started the Philosophy for Children Program at CSUB in Spring 2016. In her dissertation, “The Dialectic of Indifference and the Process of Self-determination in Hegel’s Logic and the Philosophy of Right” she argues that the positing and overcoming of indifference [Gleichgültigkeit] is a necessary mechanism of both the evolution of human self-understanding and the transformation of our social and political life.

Contact: ssaner@csub.edu

Dr. Steve Campagna-Pinto - HeadshotDr. Steve Campagna-Pinto
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Steve Campagna-Pinto - HeadshotDr. Steve Campagna-Pinto, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Steve Campagna-Pinto, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at California State University, Bakersfield. Prof. Campagna-Pinto teaches courses such as The Holocaust and its Implications, The American Dream, and Religion and Human Rights. Prof. Campagna-Pinto’s research interests focus upon American religious thought; the role of religion in American public life and politics; religion and human rights; and the Holocaust and genocide. He is the author of The Workshop of Being, a study of religion and American pragmatism. Prof. Campagna-Pinto’s current research focus is the ethics of memory in relation to the study and teaching of the Holocaust. Dr. Campagna-Pinto recently received a grant from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to participate in the  2018 Curt C. and Else Silberman Faculty Seminar "Racial Practice: Theory, Policy, and Execution in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South." The seminar will support Dr. Campagna-Pinto's teaching on the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights and his research on the ethics of memory.

Contact: scampagna_pinto@csub.edu

Dr. Brittney L. Beck - HeadshotDr. Brittney L. Beck
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Dr. Brittney L. Beck - HeadshotDr. Brittney L. Beck, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Brittney Beck is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Science Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education from the University of Florida. Currently, she teaches social studies, literacy, and socio-cultural foundations of education courses for the multi-subject elementary credential program and science methods courses for the Kern Urban Teacher Residency. Her research interests reside at the intersections of teacher education, democratic education, and the development of K-12 educators and students as public intellectuals. In keeping with these interests, Dr. Beck also serves as a Faculty Fellow with the Kegley Institute of Ethics. In this role, she is the co-founder and co-director of the Social-Emotional, Ethical, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) Institute, which is designed to build the capacity of Kindergarten through Fourth-grade teachers to educate the whole child and engage their students as civic agents in the community. More information about the SEEDE Institute can be found here: https://www.cs.csubak.edu/~kie/seede/. Most recently, TeachingWorks has selected Dr. Brittney Beck to serve as one of the TeachingWorks Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. Together with the S.D. Betchtel Jr. Foundation and the California State University system, the fellowship comes with a $10,500 stipend to support the redevelopment of courses in teacher education through the integration of high leverage teaching practices known to foster academic achievement and ensure equity.

Dr. Brittney Beck can be reached at bbeck4@csub.edu.

Dr. Jeanine Kraybill - HeadshotDr. Jeanine Kraybill
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Ivy A. M. Cargile  - HeadshotDr. Ivy A. M. Cargile
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Ivy A. M. Cargile  - HeadshotDr. Ivy A. M. Cargile , Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ivy A.M. Cargile is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield. Broadly, her research interests focus on political behavior in the U.S. context. She is particularly interested in how the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity effect the electoral behavior of both political elites, and the electorate at large. Specifically, she is interested in how diverse political participants perceive a Latina candidate who represents the intersection of gender, and ethnicity. Likewise, she explores how both Latina political actors, and other female politicians of color influence policy outcomes, and represent their constituents. She also focuses some of her research on the public opinion of Latina/o/x voters as a way to develop a better understanding about how policy issues such as immigration, and women’s rights effect the participation of this community. Her work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, as well as in multiple books on the topics of Latina politicians, Latina/o/x voters, and immigration policy.

As a result of her research interests some of the courses she teaches are Latina/o/x and Black Politics in the U.S., Immigration Politics, Women in Politics, Research Methods, Elections and Political Parties, and Public Opinion.

Contact: icargile@csub.edu

Dr. Kyle Susa - HeadshotDr. Kyle Susa
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Kyle Susa - HeadshotDr. Kyle Susa, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kyle J. Susa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to coming to CSUB Dr. Susa held academic and federal government positions conducting research for the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. At CSUB Dr. Susa’s research connects psychology with legal practices with a primary focus on the social and cognitive influences of eyewitness memory error. Dr. Susa’s research in Legal Psychology has been featured in the Washington Post, and Politico. He is also published in several top-tier academic journals of Psychology such as, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Visual Cognition, Social Cognition, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Contact: ksusa@csub.edu

Dr. Jorge E. Moraga - HeadshotDr. Jorge E. Moraga
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Jorge E. Moraga - HeadshotDr. Jorge E. Moraga, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Jorge E. Moraga is an interdisciplinary scholar whose areas of interest include Latinx studies, critical sport studies, (popular) cultural studies, and Ethnic studies. Dr. Moraga’s current book project, Latinas/Latinos across Sport Media: Essays on Race, Latinidad and American Sport, examines the varying ways Latino-ness/Latinidades gets invoked, constructed, and received in mainstream U.S society by way of sporting cultures and media. At CSUB, Dr. Moraga teaches “Ethnicity and Culture,” an upper-division General Education course that satisfies junior year diversity reflection; he approaches the class from an Ethnic Studies lens and framework, which offers students an opportunity to think critically about and discuss the centrality of race, power, and difference in “American” society, history, and culture. Given his dynamic scholarly attentions, he is excited to develop new courses for Interdisciplinary studies majors/minors housed in School of Arts and Humanities. Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Dr. Moraga received double degrees in History and Central American Studies from California State University, Northridge. He earned his doctorate in American studies from Washington State University. He is the proud son of two Salvadoran immigrants.

Contact: jmoraga@csub.edu

Dr. Alice Hays - HeadshotDr. Alice Hays
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Dr. Alice Hays - HeadshotDr. Alice Hays, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Alice Hays is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. She taught secondary English for 19 years prior to pursuing her PhD in English education at Arizona State University. She currently teaches Methods and Strategies of Teaching and Literacy Across the Content Areas for the single subject credential program. Additionally, she is a member of the design team for the newly implemented Kern High Teacher Residency program. Her research interests are focused on the use of young adult literature and its power to inspire both empathy and agency through an intentionally developed curriculum that focuses on pro-social behavior. Dr. Hays was selected as a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow with the Kegley Institute of Ethics to work closely with educators in order to develop curriculum that honors student voice, results in a community-based action plan, and also meets required state standards in the secondary classroom. This curriculum will incorporate young adult literature as a jumping off point to support students as they consider innovative approaches to solving community issues. Dr. Hays is also working with the CSUB Quality of Life Center Literacy Council to develop a focal point for improving literacy across Kern County in concert with various community organizations. Dr. Alice Hays was also selected to serve as a TeachingWorks Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, a program that integrates high leverage teaching practices that encourage social justice into teacher preparation programs.

Contact: ahays2@csub.edu

Dr. Sumita Sarma - HeadshotDr. Sumita Sarma
Assistant Professor of Management
Dr. Sumita Sarma - HeadshotDr. Sumita Sarma, Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Sumita Sarma is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Bakersfield. She received her PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she simultaneously completed a two-year Certificate Program in College and University-level teaching. Dr. Sarma completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications in India, where she was a University topper and a gold medalist. She completed her Master’s in Project and Program Management and Business Development from France. She has lived and worked in three countries – USA, France, and India, and has rich industrial work experience in multi-functional roles. Her main teaching and research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, and strategic management. In addition, she is engaged in research on social entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship. Dr. Sarma has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Business Horizons, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics on areas of firm-level strategies, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and entrepreneurship. She has presented several of her research papers at international-level conferences such as the Academy of Management, Babson Conference, Sustainability Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE), and USASBE. Dr. Sarma is a member of the Academy of Management and has served as ad-hoc reviewer for multiple journals such as Research PolicyJournal of Small Business ManagementAsian Pacific Journal of Marketing and LogisticsAsian Journal of Management Science and Applications, and for conferences such as Academy of Management, SEE and USASBE.

Contact: ssarma@csub.edu

Dr. Kallee McCullough - HeadshotDr. Kallee McCullough
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Kallee McCullough - HeadshotDr. Kallee McCullough, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kallee McCullough earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University, Texas. She enjoys teaching research methods, criminal law, and corrections. Dr. McCullough's primary research interests include procedural justice and legitimacy, criminal justice policy analysis, sentencing, and corrections. Her recent research examines the correlates of successful reentry among formerly imprisoned individuals, with emphasis on the perceived legitimacy of correctional authorities. Her work is published in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, such as the Journal of Experimental Criminology, the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Dr. McCullough actively participates in local and CSUB organizations that focus on reducing the deleterious unintentional consequences of mass incarceration.

Contact: kmccullough1@csub.edu


KIE Faculty Fellows

Dr. Brittney L. Beck - HeadshotDr. Brittney L. Beck
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Dr. Brittney L. Beck - HeadshotDr. Brittney L. Beck, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Brittney Beck is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Science Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education from the University of Florida. Currently, she teaches social studies, literacy, and socio-cultural foundations of education courses for the multi-subject elementary credential program and science methods courses for the Kern Urban Teacher Residency. Her research interests reside at the intersections of teacher education, democratic education, and the development of K-12 educators and students as public intellectuals. In keeping with these interests, Dr. Beck also serves as a Faculty Fellow with the Kegley Institute of Ethics. In this role, she is the co-founder and co-director of the Social-Emotional, Ethical, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) Institute, which is designed to build the capacity of Kindergarten through Fourth-grade teachers to educate the whole child and engage their students as civic agents in the community. More information about the SEEDE Institute can be found here: https://www.cs.csubak.edu/~kie/seede/. Most recently, TeachingWorks has selected Dr. Brittney Beck to serve as one of the TeachingWorks Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. Together with the S.D. Betchtel Jr. Foundation and the California State University system, the fellowship comes with a $10,500 stipend to support the redevelopment of courses in teacher education through the integration of high leverage teaching practices known to foster academic achievement and ensure equity.

Dr. Brittney Beck can be reached at bbeck4@csub.edu.

Dr. Kyle Susa - HeadshotDr. Kyle Susa
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Kyle Susa - HeadshotDr. Kyle Susa, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kyle J. Susa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to coming to CSUB Dr. Susa held academic and federal government positions conducting research for the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. At CSUB Dr. Susa’s research connects psychology with legal practices with a primary focus on the social and cognitive influences of eyewitness memory error. Dr. Susa’s research in Legal Psychology has been featured in the Washington Post, and Politico. He is also published in several top-tier academic journals of Psychology such as, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Visual Cognition, Social Cognition, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Contact: ksusa@csub.edu

Alice Hays - HeadshotAlice Hays
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Alice Hays - HeadshotAlice Hays, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Alice Hays is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. She taught secondary English for 19 years prior to pursuing her PhD in English education at Arizona State University. She currently teaches Methods and Strategies of Teaching and Literacy Across the Content Areas for the single subject credential program. Additionally, she is a member of the design team for the newly implemented Kern High Teacher Residency program. Her research interests are focused on the use of young adult literature and its power to inspire both empathy and agency through an intentionally developed curriculum that focuses on pro-social behavior. Dr. Hays was selected as a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow with the Kegley Institute of Ethics to work closely with educators in order to develop curriculum that honors student voice, results in a community-based action plan, and also meets required state standards in the secondary classroom. This curriculum will incorporate young adult literature as a jumping off point to support students as they consider innovative approaches to solving community issues. Dr. Hays is also working with the CSUB Quality of Life Center Literacy Council to develop a focal point for improving literacy across Kern County in concert with various community organizations. Dr. Alice Hays was also selected to serve as a TeachingWorks Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, a program that integrates high leverage teaching practices that encourage social justice into teacher preparation programs.

Contact: ahays2@csub.edu

Dr. Jeanine Kraybill - HeadshotDr. Jeanine Kraybill
Assistant Professor of Political Science