The College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State encompasses nine departments, and the Armenian Studies Program. Each year, new faculty are brought on to elevate the academic offerings here at Fresno State. These new faculty members bring innovative research, diverse fields of study and technical expertise to our college, inspiring new ways of thinking throughout our many disciplines.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Sergio F. Juárez to the Communication Department.
His family originates from Jalisco and Durango Mexico. He attended Santa Barbara High School and graduated in 1999. As a first-generation student from migrant parents he had some trouble navigating college and it wasn’t until 2010 that he received his bachelor’s degree from CSU Channel Islands. Afterward, he attended New Mexico State University (NMSU) and received a master’s in Communication Studies in 2012. Following NMSU Sergio attended the University of Denver (DU) and received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies.
Before coming to Fresno State, Dr. Juárez was a lecturer for California State University Channel Islands, Loyola Marymount University, and California State University Northridge. His scholarship has centered on understanding the social construction of difference (i.e. race, sexuality, gender, class, ability, and more) through communication critical paradigm theories of Chicanx, Black, and Queer feminist scholarship. His research interests are currently centered on education contexts, influencing his goals that include the development of new institutional structures by leveraging technology to construct anti-colonial inclusive educational practices and structures.
Question: What are you most looking forward to here at Fresno State?
Answer: Working with our student population is exciting, I think there’s a lot of great possibilities for scholarship with our students. I’m also very much looking forward to the football games.
Q: Can you tell us how you became involved in your specialty area?
A: I love teaching and my dissertation work with undocumented students pushed my interest in developing inclusive learning environments.
Q: What will your distinctive background do to elevate the Communication department offerings here at Fresno State?
A: It is my goal to bring a social justice institute to our department, I’m hoping to integrate inclusive practices into our curriculum as well as create research and internship opportunities for our students.
Q: Who has inspired you the most in your field?
A: A Chicanx scholar by the name of Dr. Bernadette Calafell, who has been a mentor but I also have to say that in my department I look up to Dr. Shane Moreman who has done great work in our field.
Q: When are your office hours?
A: My office hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 to 2 pm, and Wednesday from noon to 1 pm.
Q: What’s a fun fact people might not know about you?
A: I’m a huge fan of the Chicago Bears.