Dr. Kari Knutson MillerKari Knutson Miller headshot

Dr. Kari Knutson Miller serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Knutson Miller is a member of the University cabinet and leads division engagement in areas of institutional priority. She currently serves as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2018-2023 Strategic Plan), Graduation Initiative 2025 Advisory Group, and WASC Accreditation Steering Committee. She works with colleagues across divisions to support launch of the university’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, update of the university’s physical master plan, and enrollment management efforts and to action the institution’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Knutson Miller provides leadership for division student success initiatives and the planning and management of academic, instructional, and financial resources supporting teaching and scholarly activities.  Cal State Fullerton is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI) eligible institution serving 40,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. The Division of Academic Affairs includes eight colleges; approximately 2195 faculty and 612 staff; and administrative units including Academic Programs, Academic Operations, International Programs, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Finances and Space Management, Research and Sponsored Projects, Strategic Initiatives, South County Operations and Initiatives, Library, and Extension with an overall budget of approximately $250M. 

From 2014-2017, Dr. Knutson Miller served as dean of University Extended Education and Associate Vice President for International Programs & Global Engagement. Her portfolio included self-support degree, summer and winter session, international student services and study abroad, and professional development and certificate program and resource units, as well as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, children’s camps, and the Fullerton Arboretum. Under her leadership, business processes supporting innovation and entrepreneurial activities were enhanced and Cal State Fullerton was selected to receive AASCU’s 2016 Excellence and Innovation Award for International Education.

Dr. Knutson Miller began her career at Cal State Fullerton in 1999 as an assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Studies.  She achieved the rank of associate professor in 2005 and professor in 2010.  She served in multiple faculty leadership roles including that as chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies; chair of university planning, resource and budget and strategic planning committees; and Academic Senator.  She received the 2013 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award and was named the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member/Faculty Marshal for the College of Health and Human Development.

Dr. Knutson Miller earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University.