Dr. Kari Knutson MillerKari Knutson Miller headshot

Dr. Kari Knutson Miller serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. As the University's chief academic officer, she provides leadership for division student success initiatives and the planning and management of all academic and instructional resources that support teaching, scholarship and research.

Since arriving at Cal State Fullerton in 1999 as an assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Studies, Dr. Knutson Miller has served in many leadership roles, including on Academic Senate; chair of the Planning, Resources and Budget Committee; as a member of the Academic Master Plan Committee; and chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies. She was an integral member of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee for the University's 2013-2018 strategic plan and now serves as co-chair for the 2018-2023 strategic plan.

Dr. Knutson Miller served as dean/associate vice president of University Extended Education/International Programs & Global Engagement from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Knutson Miller oversaw numerous program units, including summer session, intersession, children’s programs, study abroad, University Semester Abroad, American Language Program, International Programs, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Fullerton Arboretum. Under her leadership, the International Programs and Global Engagement unit was launched, a business development operation to support innovation and entrepreneurial activities was established, outreach strategies in Latin America were implemented, and a UEE/IPGE Student Fellows program was created. Notably, Cal State Fullerton was selected to receive AASCU’s 2016 Excellence and Innovation Award for International Education.

As a faculty member, Dr. Knutson Miller was recognized with numerous honors, including the 2013 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award and being named the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member/Faculty Marshal for the College of Health and Human Development. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University.