Margolin, Cynthia Rae (Cindy)

Margolin, Cynthia Rae (Cindy)

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New College, Psychology

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Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

UC Riverside, 1959-61

UC Berkeley, 1961-63, BA

U Minnesota, 1963-66, MA, PhD

Teaching Experience

U Minnesota, 1966-1968

Stanford, 1968-1969

SJSU, 1969-2004

Administrative and Professional Experience

SJSU Associate Provost, New College, 1972-1981

SJSU Director of Counseling Services, 1982-83

SJSU Coordinator of Women's Studies, 1982-83

SJSU Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, 1983-2004

Selected Publications

1982, A survey of children's views on their rights, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology

1978, Attitudes toward control and elimination of genetic defects, Social Biology

1978, Salvation versus liberation: the movement for children's rights in a historical context, Social Problems

1980, Children's attitudes toward school land work, Educational Perspectives

1966, Tactual discrimination thresholds for shape and texture in young children, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (C. R. Gliner)

1969, Developmental investigation of haptic and visual preferences for shape and texture, Society for Research in Child Development Monographs (C.R. Gliner w/ H. L. Pick, Jr., A.D. Pick, and J. Hales)

Personal Commentary

My commitment to General Education through my work in New College, the GE Advising Center, and Undergraduate Studies took precedence over all traditional disciplinary teaching and scholarly work. Directing the design of Special Majors and implementation of an online degree audit system supported this passionate commitment. SJSU was my community and family for 35 years memorable years.

In retirement, I am giving back to my community. I volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), teach school children at the Seymour Center (UCSC Long’s Marine Lab), and facilitate a digital photography group at UCSC Osher Lifelong Learners. In my free time, I have adventures with my granddaughter, tend my garden under the redwood trees, and play with my dog and husband.

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Margolin, Cynthia Rae (Cindy)