Dr. Laura Sullivan-Green is a Professor and Department Chair in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at San José State University. She obtained her BS from the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) in 2002 and her MS (2005) and PhD (2008) from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She teaches in the areas of Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Forensic Engineering. Her research interests include forensic engineering education, STEM education pedagogy, and incorporating general education themes into engineering education. Laura serves on the SJSU Academic Senate as the chair of the Instruction and Student Affairs committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She is also a long-time participant in the Forensic Engineering Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, where she is a member of the Executive Committee and the Education Committee. Laura is involved with a multi-campus California Learning Lab grant, centered around training faculty to utilize mastery learning and specifications grading concepts in the classroom at SJSU, Cal Poly Pomona, and University of California- Irvine. She was the PI for the Department of Education’s First in the World Grant awarded to San José State University, in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona and California State University- Los Angeles.
Dr. Backer been a faculty at SJSU since 1990 and held positions as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, department chair, and director. Since coming to San Jose State University in 1990, I have been involved in the General Education program. Currently, Dr. Backer serves as the PI for the Title III Strengthening grant both from the U.S. Department of Education.
Ravisha Mathur is a faculty member in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San José State University. She has been active in working on instructional pedagogy in her classrooms for over 10 years. She has been teaching online for five years and reviewing online courses with the Quality Matters (QM) organization and in 2015 she transitioned to become a master reviewer. Currently, she is a QM Team Leader for the university and the Faculty Learning Community coordinator for the First in the World Program Grant.
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