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Nancy Dority Nancy J. Dority

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services

Nancy Dority leads the Admissions and Records Enrollment Services Department. These departments include Admissions, Evaluations, Graduation, the TDA Unit, Registration, Records and the A&R Technical Team. The goal of these units is to be as responsive as possible to students, parents and the entire campus community while implementing policies and procedures. Nancy is originally from the east coast where she spent 10 years in Admissions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She received her MBA from the University of Redlands and her BA in French from Rutgers College. 


Scott HewittScott Hewitt
Interim Librarian

Scott Hewitt, professor and vice chair of chemistry and biochemistry, currently serves as interim librarian. Since joining CSUF in 1991, he has served on more than 70 different committees at the college and University level, including the University Library Committee, Student Fee Advisory Committee, and 11 years on the Academic Senate (six years on the Senate Executive Committee, two years as vice chair and two years as chair). He received the University’s Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award in 2011.


Kari Knutson Miller Kari Knutson Miller
Interim Associate Vice President for International Programs/Dean, University Extended Education

As interim dean/AVP, Kari Knutson Miller manages several departments and programs, including International Programs, University Extended Education, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Fullerton Arboretum. She earned her doctorate from Arizona State University, joined the department of Child and Adolescent Studies in 1999, and served as department chair since 2007.


lisa kopecky Lisa Jernberg Kopecky
Assistant Vice President for Academic Operations and Finance

As Assistant Vice President, Lisa is the division manager of facility (planning, improvements and use) and fiscal (planning, budget and procurement, agreement processing) resources, information security, academic operations, and pay processing.  Lisa began her career with the Corporate Credit Union League in New York. She served as vice president/director of marketing for New England Savings Bank and then Director of Academic Operations and Summer Session for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) prior to joining CSUF in February 2002. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Bryant College and an M.B.A. from WPI.


gladys maldoon Gladys S. Maldoon
Executive Assistant to the Provost

As Executive Assistant, Gladys is in charge of managing the Provost’s projects, including overseeing all project and meeting materials for the Provost; serving as the Division Human Resources Liaison; and managing all day-to-day administrative functions for the Provost’s office. Gladys began working for Cal State Fullerton in 2001 in the Division of Information Technology, and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in comparative religion from Cal State Fullerton.


Shari McMahan Shari G. McMahan
Deputy Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

As Deputy Provost, Shari McMahan is responsible for coordinating the management of assigned elements of the Academic Affairs Division with significant focus on academic resources, services, and faculty affairs, as well as fortifying and supporting strategic innovation throughout the Division’s operations. She joined the faculty in 2000 and was appointed dean of HHD in 2011.


Peter Nwosu Peter Nwosu

Associate Vice President for Academic Programs

As AVP for Academic Programs, Peter has responsibility for the planning, direction, and implementation of academic programs and policies for undergraduate and graduate education, general education, online education, university advisement, assessment of learning outcomes, institutional and programmatic accreditation, program performance reviews, and various other university and system-wide programmatic initiatives. Prior to joining CSU, Fullerton, Dr. Nwosu served at Tennessee State University, Nashville, and CSU, Northridge and Sacramento respectively.


Barry Pasternack Barry Pasternack
Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs

As Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, Barry supervises the Office of Faculty Affairs and Records as well as the Faculty Development Center. He serves as an ex-officio member of the Faculty Affairs Committee as well as the Faculty Development Center Board. He also serves the Office of Academic Affairs as a resource on collective bargaining issues as well as UPS clarification. He is currently working on updating the Faculty Handbook.


Patrick Pellicane Patrick Pellicane
Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT)

As Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer (AVPRCATT), Dr. Pellicane provides leadership to enhance research and creative activities at Cal State Fullerton. Among other administrative positions in higher education, he has served as a graduate dean and vice provost for research and sponsored programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His previous accomplishments include developing programs to support faculty development in STEM, arts, humanities, and social sciences; creating a program to incentivize extracurricular undergraduate research, scholarship, and artistry; innovating a Student Research and Creativity Expo to showcase the intellectual achievements of all students; and promoting economic development through university research and STEM education.


James Rodriguez James Rodriguez
Interim Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Analytical Studies

As Interim Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Analytical Studies, James Rodriguez oversees the office responsible for the organization and dissemination of data and information essential to campus policy formulation, academic planning, resource allocation, assessment and quality, and institutional effectiveness. He joined the department of Child and Adolescent Studies in 2008 and previously served as interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Rodriguez received a B.A. in psychology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in child and adolescent development from Stanford University.



 Welcome to the Home Page for the Academic Affairs Division at Cal State Fullerton.

I am pleased to introduce you to our eight colleges, each offering excellent curricular programs; the Cal State Fullerton Pollak Library; university extended education; the CSUF Irvine campus; and the outstanding opportunities provided to faculty and students through our various programs, institutes and centers.

If you have a question, please contact our office at (657)278-2614. I encourage you to explore this web site and discover the people and organizations within Academic Affairs who have set serving the academic needs of our students as their goal.


José L. Cruz, Ph. D

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs