College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Welcome New Fall Faculty!



Michael Giang is excited to join the family of students, faculty, and staff at Cal Poly Pomona as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He is drawn to the university’s active learning approach to teaching, focus on advising and mentorship, interdisciplinary agendas, and the collegiality of the faculty.

Michael’s story began in the San Gabriel Valley after his family emigrated from Vietnam when he was five-years-old. He self-identifies as Chinese-Vietnamese. With a less-than-stellar elementary through high school experience (ask about his GPA), he enrolled at Mt.SAC and his success as a Mountie, especially in math (a subject that had been his kryptonite), set him on his academic journey. Michael transferred to UCLA for his bachelor’s in psychology, took a ‘year off’ after graduation, completed a master’s in psychology at CSU Northridge, and finally returned as a Bruin for his Ph.D. in education.

After his doctorate, Michael spent eight years as a psychology faculty member (with three years as department chair) at Mount Saint Mary’s University. His academic interests are often interdisciplinary with a focus on educational psychology. He has collaborated with students and faculty across disciplines and universities. These partnerships include papers and presentations on 1) the impact of digital/online technologies for learning science among tweens (e.g., computer programing, epidemiology of infectious diseases), 2) factors that promote and impede the academic success of women, Latinx, and Asians at the university level, 3) the role of acculturation in adolescents’ social and psychological development, and 4) peer harassment in schools.  

As for hobbies and peccadillos, he enjoys gardening (mainly tropical fruit trees, but recently vegetables and herbs), food (especially desserts), and his inner social psychologist says he is an avid Dodger and Laker fan. Come by his office to say ‘hello!”











Congratulations to our Faculty!

Mio provost
Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery Mio who received the 2016 Provost's Award for Academic Excellence in Service.
Dr. Jeffery Scott Mio, a professor in the psychology and sociology department, joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1994 after earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a decade of teaching at other universities. Mio’s service has a remarkable scope and influence. It includes service to Cal Poly Pomona, his profession and the community.

At Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Mio serves at the department and university level, with particular contributions to the AsianPacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association. At the national level, he made many contributions to the American Psychological Association and the Asian American Psychological Association. At the community level, Mio was president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, a media watchdog group.

Anthony Ocampo

Dr. Anthony Ocampo, assistant professor in Sociology in the Psychology and Sociology department has been awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship! Eighteen Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowships were awarded this year, and Dr. Ocampo was the only sociologist to receive the honor.  In addition,  Dr. Ocampo's first book The Latinos of Asia: How Filipinos Break the Rules of Race is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. His groundbreaking research challenges the way we  examine and discuss race.  Dr. Ocampo highlights  the way Filipinos negotiate  their ethnic identity within an emerging Latino-Asian racial spectrum, illustrating that race in America is not just a black-white binary, but one that is contested, constructed, and reimagined.  Congratulations, Dr. Ocampo!