Staff and Faculty

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Fred McFarlane, Ph.D

ARPE Department Chair at SDSU / Director, Interwork Institute


Dr. McFarlane is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education and Co-Founder of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU). Dr. McFarlane specializes in leadership, organizational and program development, communication, ethics, and public policy. He has taught in graduate and doctoral programs in Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education. He is an internationally respected consultant who has presented over 150 lectures and speeches at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and seminars. He has completed more than 40 consultancies with a number of government agencies and non-profit and for-profit businesses in the US and abroad.

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Caren Sax, Ed.D

RPE Department Chair at SDSU / Director, Interwork Institute


Dr. Sax is Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education and Director of the Interwork Institute at SDSU. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling program and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Community College Leadership Concentration, she administers a graduate-level Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology, which she developed with SDSU's College of Engineering. Dr. Sax also coordinates the Supported Employment and Transition Specialist Certificate. As Director of the Interwork Institute, Dr. Sax oversees grants and contracts funded through federal and state resources that address the following areas: removing barriers to employment and increasing self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities; technical assistance for state agency and community rehabilitation personnel related to employment; systems change efforts to improve school-to-work transition services for students with disabilities as they exit the K-12 school system; professional development activities related to assistive technology and universal design, technical assistance for CA community college disability support programs, and more. Dr. Sax conducts training for rehabilitation counselors and administrators, community rehabilitation personnel, special educators, and disability organizations in the US and internationally and has published extensively in the disability field. She started her professional career as a special education and transition teacher in Tucson, Arizona.

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Steve Spencer, Ed.D

Interwork Institute, Center for Pacific Studies

Dr. Steve Spencer has a background in special education and adult services for individuals with disabilities. He has worked extensively in the Pacific Region and has 25 years of experience in education-related direct services,program administration, public policy development, training, and technical assistance.


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Theresa Lally, Ed.D

Director, Center for Pacific Studies

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Dr. Lally works in several capacities: center director, instructional designer, and instructor for online programs delivered through the Center for Pacific Studies. She has 30 years experience teaching in Asia, the Far East, and the Pacific region. Her research interests center around the exploration of design elements in web-based courses that meet and/or exceed the specific needs of different cultures, and leadership issues around best practices for delivering, facilitating, and teaching in virtual environments.

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Minah Oh, MIS

Director, Interwork Institute Center for Distance Learning


Ms. Oh directs the Interwork Institute Center for Distance Learning at San Diego State. The Distance Learning program currently offers Master's and Bachelor's degrees, certificates and training via distance and distributed learning to students nationally and internationally.

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