KIE Announces 2018-2019 Faculty Fellows

Dr. Brittney BeckThe Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE) at California State University, Bakersfield recently launched a new Faculty Fellows Program designed to support faculty members from the sciences, humanities, engineering, education, social sciences, and business. The KIE Faculty Fellowship initiative supports projects with clearly-defined ethical relevance and, in turn, supports ethics-related research and pedagogy at California State University, Bakersfield.

KIE offers two annual faculty fellowships: one faculty fellowship awarding one course release, and another for a faculty fellowship awarding one summer stipend. Fellowship applications are reviewed and selected for awards by a review committee, composed of Dr. Nate Olson (KIE and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies), Dr. Chandra Commuri (CSUB Department of Business and Public Administration), and Dr. Yvonne (CSUB Department of Advanced Educational Studies).

Dr. Kyle SusaThe 2018 KIE Faculty Fellowship recipients are Dr. Brittney Beck (CSUB Department of Teacher Education) and Dr. Kyle Susa (CSUB Department of Psychology). Dr. Beck’s project focuses on preparing CSUB teacher candidates and practicing teachers to employ social-emotional, ethical, and democratic content and pedagogy in their classrooms. Dr. Susa’s project focuses on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony in forensic contexts and improving lineup identification practices, including locally, where Kern County has the highest wrongful conviction rate (per capita) in California based, in part, on faulty eyewitness testimony.