Series: Meet HSU’s Newest Faculty Members – Maria I. Iturbide, Tony SIlvaggio - Humboldt State Now

Series: Meet HSU’s Newest Faculty Members – Maria I. Iturbide, Tony SIlvaggio

Over the course of the fall semester, Humboldt State NOW will be profiling our new tenure-track faculty. In this edition, we introduce Professor Maria I Iturbide, Dept. of Psychology, who specializes in adolescent well-being, and Professor Tony Silvaggio, Dept. of Sociology, whose expertise includes environmental sociology.

Professor Maria I. Iturbide, Dept. of Psychology

Where are you originally from?
San Joaquin County, Calif.

Where did you complete your education?
2012 Ph.D., Developmental Psychology; University Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
2007 M. A., Psychology; University Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
1999 B. A., Psychology, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
1997 A. A., Social Science, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

Why did you choose your field?
I want to understand the various context that impact human development

What are your specific areas of expertise?
My program of research focuses on understanding factors associated with adolescent well-being. Specifically, my research has centered on ethnic minority parenting, ethnic identity, acculturation, and their links to adolescent positive adaption and risk behavior.

What classes are you teaching this year?
PSYC 242 Introduction to Psychological Research Design and Methodology; PSYC 311 Human Development

What attracted you to Humboldt State?
Students and the department

What do you do in your free time outside the classroom?
Read

What is your favorite classroom technique to engage students?
Activities that allow students to take charge of their learning

What is the best thing about being a university professor?
The opportunity to interact with students

Where is the strangest place you’ve done research?
There hasn’t been one so far

If you weren’t an HSU professor, what would you be?
Researcher

What superpower would be most valuable to your research?
Read minds

Professor Tony Silvaggio, Dept. of Sociology

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Professor Tony Silvaggio, Dept. of Sociology

Where are you originally from?
Syracuse, New York

Where did you complete your education?
Keuka College, BA Sociology, Upstate NY
HSU, Masters Sociology
University of Oregon, Ph.D. Sociology

Why did you choose your field?
I had a tendency to run into trouble with authority my first two years of college and my Sociology professors helped me understand why.

Where have you taught prior to coming to HSU?
I’ve been a lecturer here HSU for the last 10 years

What are your specific areas of expertise?
Environmental sociology, social movements, survey research methods

What classes are you teaching this year?
Sociological theory, community ecology and action, teaching sociology

What attracted you to Humboldt State?
Rural remoteness and long history of ecological resistance movements.

What do you do in your free time outside the classroom?
Board of directors of grassroots Civil liberties and enviro organizations
I also coach and play lacrosse.

What is your favorite classroom technique to engage students?
Jigsaw / small group work.

Where is the strangest place you’ve done research?
Interviewing trimmers working in a marijuana plantation

If you weren’t an HSU professor, what would you be?
Most likely an E.D. of environmental or civil liberties non profit

What superpower would be most valuable to your research?
Mind reading