Scholarly Pursuit

San Francisco State attracts world-class faculty who make discovery happen. They are dedicated to the pursuit of excellent teaching, the development of students' potential, and the advancement of understanding and expression. Winners of prestigious teaching awards, professional honors and competitive fellowships, our faculty advance teaching, research and society.

Faculty and staff have developed exemplary programs in the STEM fields, film, broadcast, creative writing and journalism, along with excellence in business, teacher education, physical therapy, multimedia studies, and unique offerings in such areas as human sexuality and Jewish studies. Research, curriculum development and community service at SF State are supported by $50 million in external grants, contracts and awards.

Highlights of scholarly excellence at SF State:

  • The nationally renowned Alexander String Quartet is the official quartet-in-residence at SF State.
  • Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto's groundbreaking research on emotion, facial expressions and bodily gestures is being applied to fields as diverse as immigration, athletics and business.
  • Biology Professor Dennis Desjardin, a foremost international expert on fungi and fleshy mushrooms, one of five "world class" faculty featured as "the Bay Area's brain trust" in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, has discovered more than 200 new fungi species.
  • Professor of English Michael Krasny hosts Northern California's highly successful and popular public affairs program, "Forum," broadcast on KQED public radio.
  • Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project, has conducted pioneering research that demonstrates how family acceptance during adolescence affects the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults.
  • Martin Linder, associate professor of design and industry, received the healthcare design industry's prestigious Nightingale Award, for his design of the Florabella lounge chair, as well as the Bronze Medal in Industrial Design Excellence Award, for the Reveal Imaging Technologies CT-80 Explosive Detection System.
  • Professor of Biology Leticia Marquez-Magana, a recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is recognized for her extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Read about faculty research and scholarly pursuits in the news on our SF State News website.