Provost Awards honor CAH faculty

Dr. Melanie Hernandez, Faith Sidlow and Steven Church

Excerpts taken from FresnoStateNews.com. Read full article…


College of Arts and Humanities faculty members have been recognized with Provost’s Awards which will be celebrated with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the North Gym (Room 118).

English Professor Steven Church
English Professor Steven Church

Steven Church (English) has been honored with the Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment Award. Church joined Fresno State’s faculty in 2006 and has become one of the nation’s most influential, innovative and acclaimed voices in literary nonfiction as well as a sought-after speaker. He published seven full-length books and dozens of essays in juried journals and anthologies. Church also served as editor in chief for The Normal School, a literary magazine published at Fresno State. His work attracts national and international praise and his essays and books are reprinted and translated widely.

Two other CAH faculty members were selected for the Promising New Faculty category of the Provost’s Awards in recognition of their exemplary achievements in teaching, research, creative activities and/or service among non-tenured, tenure-track faculty.  The honorees are Dr. Melanie Hernandez, assistant professor of English and Faith Sidlow, assistant professor of media, communications and journalism.

Dr. Melanie Hernandez, assistant professor of English
Dr. Melanie Hernandez, assistant professor of English

Dr. Melanie Hernandez (English) became a member of the faculty at Fresno State in 2015. She designed and taught two new courses that are now part of the English undergraduate program: African American and Chicanx Literatures. She is also skilled in online education, having redesigned and taught a general education course and helping to redesign a new, online bachelor of arts completion program. Her study of race theories allows her to help students engage, learn and critically analyze literature. Hernandez has received four research fellowships while on campus, served on various committees, mentored graduate students and helped create and run a writing contest for youth.

Faith Sidlow, assistant professor of media, communications and journalism
Faith Sidlow, assistant professor of media, communications and journalism

Faith Sidlow (media, communications and journalism) came to Fresno State in 2015 with more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, producer and news anchor. She has submitted and received more than $135,000 in grants to help students present and attend conferences and workshops and to buy broadcast equipment. Sidlow spearheaded The Global News Relay, a live, four-and-a-half hour newscast produced and aired by students that brings together educators, professionals and students from across the world. It started with a dozen universities and now includes more than 25 and is growing. Under her guidance, many students have won journalism awards, fellowships and other honors.

The Provost’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the outstanding teaching, research and service that is central to the mission of Fresno State. Honorees provide students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the University as an intellectual and cultural leader in the Central Valley.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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