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College of Education & Integrative Studies

Faculty/Staff

estela ballon

Estela Ballon - Professor

Liberal Studies majors have the opportunity to walk across the artificial boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Thus, as border-crossers, LS majors can see our world in unique ways using multiple lenses and senses.
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stephen byrant

Stephen Bryant - Faculty, Chair

I've been chair of Liberal Studies for about 13 years now, though I'm retiring in June 2014. I am a population biologist by training; I also play in a Renaissance band, and do mountain rescue for Riverside County. I spent my senior college year as an exchange student in Germany, and I very highly encourage LS majors to study abroad. My single greatest joy since becoming LS chair has been advising students and seeing them graduate. Here is a saying I like: "Cherish those who disagree, for they stimulate the intellect; those who agree only feed the ego" (source unknown).
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christina reyes

Christina Chavez-Reyes - Faculty, Associate Chair

Being a Liberal Studies major is hugely relevant today in a knowledge-based, global society. I enjoy engaging with students on persistent themes in human societies (e.g., tradition vs. change, individual vs. the group) and sharing my social science expertise to develop students' scientific vantage point on daily living. My classes provide students with a rich interdisciplinary learning environment to gain deep insight about current issues and topics. I particularly like approaching issues through music, film and instructional technology (social media, blogs, wikis, etc…) and based on issues like globalization, social identities and public education. Ultimately, I want students to develop open-mindedness and to become analytical thinkers and socially conscious doers.
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karen langlois

Karen S. Langlois - Professor

"It is important to foster individuality for only the individual can produce new ideas." --Albert Einstein 

I am ideally qualified to teach in the Liberal Studies Department given that I have both broad based interdisciplinary education and a wide range of teaching experience. I have an M.A. in English, an M.A. in American Studies, and a Ph.D. in American Intellectual History. I have taught all of these subjects, as well as Women's History and Feminist Studies. I have an extensive record of scholarly research, publication, and professional activity. I enjoy teaching in the Liberal Studies Department and I love working with Liberal Studies students. I think Liberal Studies is the perfect major for students who are imaginative, creative, interested in the world around them, and hoping to make their unique contribution by identifying and advancing their personal interests, skills, educational goals, and career objectives.
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deborah meadows

Deborah Meadows - Lecturer Emerita

Students of Liberal Studies ask what it means to be human, study the nature of knowledge and signification. We critique injustice in social structures and seek to further ethical understanding. We value ideas, free thought, and skeptical approaches to authority. Our studies examine underlying assumptions and seek tentative solutions that avoid resolving the lived contradictions of our lives.
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Howard Jian - Instructor
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susan rogers

Susan Rogers - Lecturer Emerita
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Staff

rebecca briseno

Rebecca Briseno - Administrative Coordinator

I have been working for the Liberal Studies Department since I was a freshman in 2000, when I worked as a student assistant helping the department coordinator with office work and answering student questions. With thirteen years of experience now, I enjoy working with the Liberal Studies faculty and guiding and assisting students to achieve their goals. I personally enjoy fishing, watching movies and spending time with my family.
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berlinda crawford

Berlinda Crawford - Advisor

Seeing a clear path towards graduation, and understanding the connection between classes and career goals is a motivating factor that I believe all students should experience. Through advising, I hope to help students find their educational purpose, plan their steps towards graduation, and equip them with the knowledge to make wise academic decisions. In addition to higher education, my personal interests include spending time with my family, watching movies and traveling.
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