Putting Educational Innovations into Practice.

Presenter Bios

Stephen AdamsProfessor of Educational Technology and Media Leadership, CSU Long Beach 

Stephen Adams is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where he coordinates the Educational Technology and Media Leadership program.  His research interests include professional development for teachers to use technology in mathematics and science instruction, educational technology and issues of energy and the environment, and global educational collaborations.  His doctorate, from the University of California, Berkeley, is in the area of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  He also has worked as a consultant for the Apple Learning Technologies group and is a CSU Digital Ambassador. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @adamssteve.



Li-Ling Chen, Professor of Educational Technology Leadership, CSU East Bay

Li-Ling Chen is a full professor at the Department of Teacher Education at California State University at East Bay.  She develops and teaches courses for both credential program and Educational Technology Graduate Program.  Her research interests center on educational uses of new media and other emerging technologies, particularly the impact of such technologies on teaching and learning; and the design of new media enriched interactive learning environments for learners at all age levels. She has published numerous articles in educational technology journals and presents regularly at national and international educational technology conferences. She also serves on a number of editorial boards for research journals in educational Technology. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @lilingchen.



Matthew d’Alessio, Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education, CSU Northridge

Matt grew up in the Bay Area, and was home alone during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Though he was traumatized at the time, he quickly forgot about earth science until his sophomore year in college when his introductory Geology class at Stanford University was the first class that required him to go to the beach. His research on the science of earthquake faults has taken him to Hawaii, Japan, and a mile below the surface along the San Andreas fault. In 2007, he shifted his career from science research to science education. He was a high school teacher in the urban West Contra Costa Unified School District before becoming an Assistant Professor at California State University Northridge. He currently teaches four of the five science content classes required for future elementary teachers in the Liberal Studies program. His research focuses on teacher attitudes towards science teaching in elementary school and methods for promoting curiosity and collaboration in science classrooms. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @dalessioCSUN.


Cherie Ichinose, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, CSU Fullerton

Cherie Ichinose is an assistant professor at CSU Fullerton. She has been teaching mathematics in the online and  bricks-and-mortar settings for the past 17 years, both at the k-12 and university level.   Her research interests focuses on teaching and learning mathematics in an online and/or  blended settings. She is currently flipping a College Algebra class.  She will measure the impact of the flipped model on student academic performance, retention  and student mathematical beliefs. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @cichinose_CSUF.



Jessica K. Parker, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, Sonoma State University

Jessica K. Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education department in the School of Education. She currently works with both pre-service teachers in the single subject credential program and in-service teachers enrolled in the MA program in curriculum, teaching, and learning with educational technology. Jessica studies how secondary schools integrate media literacy into academic literacy learning, and she is currently studying the development and effectiveness of online learning environments. She is the author of Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the Classroomand has been recognized by the California State University (CSU) system for producing exemplary hybrid and online courses. She is the 2014 recipient of the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Instruction with Technology. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @JessicaKParker.



Donna L. Ross, Associate Professor of Science Education, San Diego State University (SDSU)

Donna L. Ross is an associate professor of science education at San Diego State University. Before beginning her tenure at SDSU, she was an elementary teacher, a migrant education teacher, and a biologist.  These areas of interest fused into a curiosity about how people make sense of the nature world, with a particular passion for how to make science relevant and meaningful for traditionally underrepresented populations.  She currently teaches science courses for prospective bilingual elementary teachers, secondary teachers, informal educators, and teachers returning for graduate degrees.  She has been published in national science and technology education journals, and, along with her research partners, has garnered close to $5 million in external funding.  She is currently a co-PI on the Project Learn SDSU Noyce project and a CSU Digital Ambassador. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @RossSDSU.



Daniel Soodjinda, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education / Liberal Studies, CSU Stanislaus

Daniel Soodjinda completed his Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Southern California (USC) in Spring, 2009, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Teacher Education at California State University, Stanislaus. His research is anchored in both qualitative and quantitative methods that examine the sexual and racial identity of Asian Americans in the United States. He has also functioned as an undergraduate elementary education program coordinator, NCATE assessment director, and as a field supervisor for student teachers. More recently, Dr. Soodjinda was also appointed as the CSU Stanislaus Digital Ambassador, a position that is charged with supporting faculty, and teacher candidates, in utilizing online and computer based resources to support enriched learning experiences. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @TheTeacherProf.


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