Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 


Student Wendy Willis, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Wendy Willis and Matt Johnson (Dept of Wildlife) published a paper, "Political Ecology of Shade Coffee: Perspectives from Jamaican Blue Mountain Farmers" in the journal Conservation and Society stemming from Wendy's thesis in HSU's interdisciplinary Environment and Community program.

Submitted: August 24, 2020

Faculty Dr. Jen Maguire Ph.D, MSW Social Work

Dr. Maguire co-authored the article: Researching food and housing insecurity among America’s college students: lessons learned and future steps. College and university faculty, staff, and administrators are increasingly aware that their student body is experiencing basic need challenges including food and housing insecurity. As a result, a small but developing body of literature is emerging that documents the prevalence and implications of food and housing insecurity among college students.

Submitted: April 22, 2020

Faculty Marissa O'Neill Ph.D, MSW & Pam Bowers Ph.D, MSW Social Work

Published: Resilience among homeless college students: co-constructed explorations
The purpose of this manuscript is to describe the co-constructed resilience of homeless college students and to bring awareness to an unrecognized subpopulation that could benefit from increased intervention and support. Qualitative interviews using an appreciative inquiry lens with ten homeless college students were conducted in a rural public university in the United States.…;

Submitted: April 22, 2020

Faculty Dr. Justus Ortega Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Dr. Justus Ortega co-authored "Concussion Symptoms Among Athletes: Preinjury Factors Predict Postinjury Factors," published in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000562).…

Submitted: March 2, 2020

Student Melody Brown Business

Melody Brown, an HSU Business major with a concentration in accounting, was selected as one of 10 national finalists to attend the Association of Government Accountant (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT) conference in Washington, D.C. on February 12-13th.

AGA supports government work in all areas of financial management, accounting, auditing, information technology, and other business operations. The mission of the organization is to help the government work more efficiently and effectively. The NLT conference is the flagship networking, training, and solutions event for the AGA. The conference is designed to highlight innovations, best practices, research, and lead to positive changes in government; thereby, leading to benefits for our society.

As a recipient of the AGA NLT scholarship, Melody received an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C., including flight, lodging, and conference fees being paid for. Among the highlights of the event included the opportunity for Melody to meet with the leading KPMG Partner of the Federal Government practice, Jeffrey Steinhoff, the U.S. Comptroller General of the United States, Gene Dodaro, as well as networking with several other notable accounting professionals in attendance. She described the experience as an “incredible learning opportunity that opened her eyes to the vast number of government job opportunities open to the younger generation.” She was surprised by the sheer number of professionals willing to offer advice or career help. Reflecting upon her experience, she has one piece of advice for students: “so next time you hear about a horribly awkward networking event, challenge yourself to go! You might be surprised at what you gain from the experience.”

Submitted: February 28, 2020

Student School of Business Accounting Students and Faculty Business

Based on recent testing data released by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (2019), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam pass rates for HSU students placed the institution 6th among all CalState business programs. The CPA is considered one of the most challenging professional certifications to pursue within the business field.

Congratulations to our Accounting students for their hard work paying off and to the dedicated faculty who work hard to prepare them!

Submitted: January 28, 2020

Faculty Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury Business

Dr. Ray Chaudhury is excited to share the successful presentation and publication in proceedings in the Society for Marketing Advances conference in November 2019 of her research project on teen climate activist Greta Thunberg's FridaysforFuture climate strike efforts and its worldwide impact. Dr. Ray Chaudhury co-authored the publication with Dr. Pia A. Albinsson & Dr. Yasanthi B. Perera. The conference proceedings can be found here:

Submitted: January 8, 2020

Faculty Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury Business

Dr. Ray Chaudhury's article "Encouraging undergraduate students to ‘self-learn’ digital marketing using infographics: An exploratory study," has been published in the Innovations in Teaching Education International Journal.
E-print available at:…

Submitted: December 24, 2019

Faculty Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury Business

Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury, School of Business, served as a Track Chair for the topic "Marketing Education" in the recently held Society for Marketing Advances Conference in New Orleans, LA from Nov 6-9th, 2019.

She also presented a study titled "Citizen-Consumers in Action: The Thunberg Effect in Addressing the Climate Crisis" with co-authors Dr. Pia Albinsson, Appalachian State University and Dr. Yasanthi Perera, Brock University, scheduled to be published in the conference proceedings.

More information on Dr. Ray Chaudhury's research can be found on Google Scholar:

Submitted: November 18, 2019

Faculty Justus Ortega Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Justus Ortega, Professor of Kinesiology, and co-authors have published two papers entitled "Relationship Between the King-Devick Test and Commonly Used Concussion Tests at Baseline" and "King-Devick Test Reliability in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes: A National Collegiate Athletic Association–Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education" in the Journal of Athletic Training.

Submitted: October 21, 2019

Faculty Young Sub Kwon Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Humboldt State University Human Performance Lab Director, Dr. YoungSub Kwon was invited as a keynote speaker at two different symposia and as an invited speaker at four different universities (Dongwon University, Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Pusan National University, and Dongshin University) in Korea.
He presented his research topics entitled 'challenging traditional dietary guidelines to prevent metabolic syndrome and Global Strategy', 'developing norms for health-related physical fitness and conditioning', and 'how to be more mentally tough (Grit)' and also worked with HSU and the aforementioned universities for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between universities.

Submitted: September 3, 2019

Faculty Libbi Miller, Gregg Gold, Heather Ballinger, James Woglom Education

HSU and the Humboldt County Office of Education were recently awarded one of five Improvement Research Fellowships, a team-based experience for CSU-District teacher preparation partnerships. The fellowship supports partnership teams to achieve improved program outcomes, build improvement capacity, and build knowledge about how to improve teacher preparation. With support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the leadership of the CSU Chancellor’s Office for Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, the Humboldt team aims to increase the number of diverse candidates who complete HSU's post-baccalaureate teaching credential program.

Submitted: August 7, 2019

Faculty David Sleeth-Keppler Business

David Sleeth-Keppler recently published an article in the journal Royal Society Open Science along with social scientists from George Mason University, The University of Bristol, and the University of Queensland. The open access paper can be accessed here:

Submitted: July 17, 2019

Faculty Pam Bowers & Marissa O'Neill Social Work

Social Work Professors Pam Bowers & Marissa O'Neill have co-authored an article in the Journal of Children and Poverty titled The Lived Experience of Being A Homeless College Student.

The abstract reads:

Heightened awareness that college students are facing homelessness points to the need for more research on this vulnerable subpopulation of emerging adults. The study, which draws on the social inequalities framework, uses qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis (QIMS) to develop a comprehensive understanding of the lived experience of college students who are homeless. The sample consisted of 60 college students among seven studies. The QIMS revealed four themes, including Trauma, Priority Hierarchy, Homeless (situational) Identity, and Resilience. Definition recommendations are proposed and policy and practice implications discussed.

You can read a pdf of the full study here:

Submitted: June 19, 2019

Faculty Dr. Young Sub Kwon, faculty, and students Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

HSU was recognized as one of 139 universities/colleges worldwide by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. A leadership team of Kinesiology faculty and students helped earn the bronze-level designation by launching a daily walk/run 5K program on campus for faculty, staff, and students over a 10-week period this semester. Goals included promoting physical activity as a vital sign of health and making movement a part of the daily campus culture. More than 40 students, staff, and faculty participated. All gold, silver and bronze universities/colleges will be recognized on May 29 at the 2019 Exercise is Medicine World Congress.

Submitted: April 29, 2019

Faculty Phoebe Cellitti Social Work

Social Work Instructor Phoebe Cellitti presented at the March 30 TEDxHumboldtBay event. Her presentation, titled Embracing the Grey is described as:

"Drawing from my experience as a social worker I am going to be talking about embracing the in-between parts of life, the places between joy and heartbreak, beautiful and brutal... how people like to categorize things as good or bad, how that leaves very little room for the nuances of life and ultimately leaves us disconnected from ourselves and each other. I will also be relating it to our current political climate and the ways we disconnect from each other."

Submitted: March 29, 2019

Faculty Pamela H Bowers Social Work

Asst. Professor Pamela H. Bowers was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the "Teaching Methods and Learning Styles" Track for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for a 3-year term.

Appointment is listed here:

Submitted: January 23, 2019

Student Ruby Aguirre, Katelyn Harris, Molly Rose Hilgenberg, Melody Soper Social Work

MSW students Ruby Aguirre, Katelyn Harris, Molly Rose Hilgenberg, and Melody Soper had a literature review published in *Contemporary Social Work*.

The review was written for the SW 582 class taught by Social Work Professor Pam Bowers and it was recently accepted in this journal:


Abstract - Sex trafficking is a pervasive threat across the globe and all fifty states of the United States, especially for underage female youth. However, there is a dearth of literature and awareness in domestic rural areas. Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking that threatens all communities, including rural areas. This extended literature review looks closely at recent studies, and the grey literature to garner a better understanding of the implications for rural social work practice. The review concludes with recommendations and implications for future research, policy, and practice.

Submitted: January 22, 2019

Faculty Genevieve Marchand Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Presented research at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium in Snowbird, UT, research findings concerning place attachment, well being, and participation in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Submitted: October 30, 2018

Faculty Steve Monk Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Kinesiology & Recreation Administration instructor and boating safety officer Steve Monk received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Underwater Instructors. A recreational dive certification and membership organization, the association provide international diver standards and education programs. It promotes “Dive Safety Through Education” and its members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual student, and safety awareness.

Submitted: October 5, 2018