Elif Balin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University in the Career Counseling and College Counseling specializations. She is also the Coordinator of the Career Counseling specialization. Dr. Balin received a B.A. from Bogaziçi University and an M.S. from Middle East Technical University in Turkey in the field of Psychological Counseling and Guidance. Before moving to the U.S., she worked as a Professional School Counselor in private and international K-12 schools in Turkey. While in Turkey, Dr.
Saskia van Kampen (MDes, RGD, AIGA) has taught graphic Design at OCAD Universitry in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as an Assistant Professor since 2014 and is now Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at San Francisco State University. She is focused on developing research projects that involve students, believing that by doing so she is supporting the next generation of designers to be socially driven in terms of accessible and inclusive design outcomes. Her research includes critical pedagogy in studio design courses, writing in the disciplines, and creative practice as protest.
Ellen Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Drawing from an undergraduate cultural and urban studies concentration within the American Studies major at Berkeley, she is interested in the visualization of power imbalances. Her research primarily focuses on community, placemaking, and experimental mapping. Her design practice includes editorial, identity, and information design.
Dr. Erin Bray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University. Previously she was Co-Lead of the Water Science program at California State University, Northridge. She completed her PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara, and received an M.A. at Brown University and a B.S. at Cornell University. Dr. Bray's research is in environmental hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, with emphasis on rivers, river restoration, and water resources management.