SDSU Mathematical Biophysicist Honored as a CSU Innovator

Antoni Luque is among 26 faculty members recognized by the Chancellor’s Office for their contributions to student success.
 
By SDSU News Team
 
A San Diego State University biostatistician is among 26 California State University (CSU) faculty members recognized with Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to student success.
 
Antoni Luque, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, heads a lab investigating the physical and ecological properties of viruses combining mathematical and computational models.
 
The awards recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. Award recipients teach and have expertise in a variety of fields from accounting to social work to engineering.
 
“World-class CSU faculty are leading the charge as our university continues its remarkable progress in improving student learning and degree completion,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “These exceptional recipients demonstrate leadership in their respective fields and incorporate cutting-edge techniques into curriculum. Their commitment to student success ensures that the value of a CSU degree continues to increase.”
 
A selection committee composed of faculty, student representatives from the California State Student Association and staff members from the CSU Chancellor’s Office reviewed 366 nominations to identify the inaugural awardees.
 
As part of the recognition, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award and $10,000 will be allocated to their academic department to support ongoing innovation and leadership to advance student success. Funding for the awards is provided by grant support from the College Futures Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, who see faculty innovation and leadership as vital to improving outcomes for California’s diverse students. 
 
Recipients of the Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards from other campuses are:
  • Jianjun Wang, Advanced Educational Studies – Bakersfield
  • Jaime Hannans, Nursing – Channel Islands
  • Stephanie Bianco, Nutrition and Food Science – Chico
  • Louis Carrier, Psychology – Dominguez Hills
  • Nancy Cheever, Communications – Dominguez Hills
  • Larry Rosen, Psychology – Dominguez Hills
  • Erik Helgren, Physics – East Bay
  • Karina Garbesi, Environmental Studies – East Bay
  • Rajee Amarasinghe, Mathematics – Fresno
  • Julian Jefferies, Literacy and Reading Education – Fullerton
  • Jennifer Maguire, Social Work – Humboldt
  • Rashida Crutchfield, Social Work – Long Beach
  • Silvia Heubach, Mathematics – Los Angeles
  • Judith Canner, Mathematics and Statistics – Monterey Bay
  • Sally Spencer, Special Education – Northridge
  • Juliana Fuqua, Psychology and Sociology – Pomona    
  • Paul Nissenson, Mechanical Engineering – Pomona
  • Faye Wachs, Psychology and Sociology – Pomona
  • Hakan Ozcelik, Business – Sacramento
  • Francisca Beer, Accounting and Finance – San Bernardino
  • Zhaoshuo Jiang, Engineering – San Francisco
  • Margaret Stevenson, Justice Studies – San José
  • Zoe Wood, Computer Science and Software Engineering – San Luis Obispo
  • Kambiz Hamadani, Chemistry and Biochemistry – San Marcos
  • Christine Renaudin, Modern Languages – Sonoma
Faculty innovation is crucial to reaching the ambitious student success goals outlined in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025. This university-wide effort advances specific goals to eliminate equity gaps and significantly improve degree completion.
 
Award recipients will be formally honored in mid-October at the upcoming third-annual Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium hosted this year in San Diego.
 
 

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