Kamran Afary receives Cal State LA's Outstanding Lecturer Award - August 25, 2016

 Kamran Afary - Photo credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Photo credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Cal State LA recognized Kamran Afary and five other faculty members for excellence in the classroom and service to the community during the 2016 University Convocation at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Afary, a communication studies lecturer in the College of Arts and Letters, was presented an Outstanding Lecturer Award for excellence in teaching and significant achievement in scholarly inquiry or creativity, as well as professional activities and community service, during the festive ceremony on August 18.

Afary is a dedicated teacher who brings a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge and years of experience in journalism, community activism and drama therapy to his students.

He has taught more than 20 different courses in rhetoric, cultural studies and performance theory during the past decade. He has also helped to organize University-wide town hall meetings and student performance showcases.

He is the author of the book, Performance and Activism: Grassroots Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992. His research documents the emergence of grassroots social justice movements and development of intersectional identities in the context of a changing political economy.

Afary was born in Tehran, Iran, and has lived in the United States since the mid-1970s. He received an Associated Press award for "Best Radio Documentary Feature" and served for many years as a public affairs reporter for Pacifica Radio, KPFK.

He received his M.A. in speech communication from Cal State LA and his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University.

Additionally, four Outstanding Professor Awards went to Cal State LA faculty members Oscar Bernal, Meredith Greenburg, Mark Tufenkjian, and Angela Vergara. A President's Distinguished Professor Award was also presented to José Cruz González, who was a previous outstanding professor recipient. This award recognizes the faculty member's superlative teaching and exceptional commitment to students, as well as professional accomplishments and services.

Cal State LA is a university dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 27,000 students and 247,000 distinguished alumni, who are as diverse as the city we serve. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State LA has long been recognized as an engine of economic and social mobility. Led by an award-winning faculty, the University offers nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and the humanities.

Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex, TV, Film and Media Center and the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. For more information, visit www.CalStateLA.edu.

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