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University Scholar Series

Hosted by Provost Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., this series provides a unique opportunity for showcasing the important research and scholarly activities of SJSU faculty members.

Fall 2021 University Scholar Series

This semester's University Scholar Series will be a hybrid event series. Please indicate whether or not you will be attending the event virtually or in person when registering. If attending in person, please be aware face coverings are required and no food or drinks are allowed inside the building. 

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Professor Pei-Tzu Tsai

Learning from Stuttering: A Path from Disorder to Diversity

Professor Pei-Tzu Tsai

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

ZOOM ONLY 

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Tripping over our words while talking is quite common. While most people can move on without much effort, one out of 100 speakers experiences getting stuck (stuttering) on a daily basis since early childhood, and moving on can be emotionally and physically taxing. Stuttering is a speech disorder that is genetic-neurological in nature, with symptoms that can be affected by multiple factors across the lifespan. The exact cause of stuttering remains unclear, but its negative consequences on self-perception, social attitude, and quality of life are well documented. Though there is currently no cure, speech therapy has evolved in dynamic directions to address the complex impacts of the disorder and to advocate for diversity and inclusion of those who speak differently. Dr. Tsai’s research investigates the underlying factors of stuttering and stuttering therapy, with a goal of developing culturally and linguistically responsive services for individuals who stutter and advocating for acceptance and diversity in communication.

Professor Tsai is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park on cognitive-linguistic processing in adults who stutter. Since joining the university, she has been actively involved in diversity and inclusion services and projects, and established the fluency specialty clinic, summer camp for kids who stutter, and gender-affirming voice and communication clinic at the Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders, serving the local communities. She enjoys mentoring student researchers and received the SJSU distinguished faculty mentor award in 2020.

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Professor Susanna Khavul

Is Mobile Money a Digital Gateway to Financial Inclusion?

Professor Susanna Khavul

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Zoom / MLK 225 (Hybrid)

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Large segments of the world’s population have no access to formal financial services and are considered financially excluded or unbanked. The vast majority live in developing countries, yet in the U.S., fifty million adults and their fifteen million children are underbanked and vulnerable. The recent widespread introduction of mobile money has made low-cost transfers, payments, and financial services available to a much wider segment of the population than the banking sector could reach in the past. Although widely adopted, the fundamental questions of whether mobile money fosters financial inclusion or is an effective tool for poverty alleviation remain unanswered. Khavul will build on an interdisciplinary research program and offer insights into the digitization of financial services. Such reflections prove timely given the increasing number of Silicon Valley firms that are creating more diverse and complex FinTech solutions, at least some of which seek to close the gap in financial inclusion.

Professor Khavul is a faculty member in the School of Management for the Lucas College of Graduate School and Business and Executive Director of GLAC: Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Center.  She is also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation and asks cross-cutting questions about how innovative high technology firms compete in a global economy. This is part of a stream of ongoing research on entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer alternative financial instruments as well as FinTech innovations, financial inclusion, and mobile financial solutions in emerging and developed economies.