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Dean Joe Arnold Joseph H. Arnold
Dean, College of the Arts

Joe Arnold joined the Theatre and Dance Department faculty in 1973 and served as vice chair of the department from 1979 to 1985. Arnold was appointed dean in 2009. He earned both a master's degree and doctorate in speech communication from the University of Illinois.



David Bowman profileDavid Bowman
Interim Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. David Bowman was appointed interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in January 2014. During his 12-year tenure at CSUF, he has served as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences for six years, Chair of the University General Education Committee, Faculty Representative to the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors and served on the Freshman Programs Advisory Board. He also played a leading role in the creation of the John D. Cooper Center for Archaeology and Paleontology Curation.


briggs William G. Briggs
Dean, College of Communications

Bill Briggs was named dean in 2011. Before joining CSUF, he was director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Applied Science and Arts at San Jose State University. Briggs earned his doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco.

Claire C. Claire Cavallaro Cavallaro
Dean, College of Education

Claire Cavallaro was named dean in 2006. She was previously chief of staff and principal adviser to Cal State Northridge’s president. Cavallaro earned her doctorate in special education at George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University.


Dean Cooper Susan M. Cooper
Dean, CSUF Irvine Campus

Responsible for the overall administration of the CSUF Irvine Campus, Susan Cooper was appointed dean in 2008. She joined the university after serving as dean of career technical education and workforce development at Irvine Valley College. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in secondary education from Northern Illinois University.


Interim Dean Fontaine Sheryl Fontaine
Interim Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sheryl Fontaine, a professor from the Department of English, Comparative Literature, & Linguistics was named Interim Dean in 2013. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in English and American Literature with a specialization in Composition Research and Pedagogy.


Dean McMahan Shari G. McMahan
Dean, College of Health and Human Development/Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer

As dean, Shari McMahan oversees the departments of Child and Adolescent Studies, Counseling, Health Science, Human Services, Kinesiology and Social Work, as well as the college’s School of Nursing and its Military Science Program. McMahan joined the faculty in 2000 and was appointed dean in 2011. She earned her doctorate from UC Irvine.


Dean Norman Harry L. Norman
Associate Vice President, International Programs/ Dean, University Extended Education

Harry Norman was appointed as an associate vice president in 2012. He joined CSUF as dean of University Extended Education in 1991. At the University of Washington, he served as Associate Vice President of Extension and Summer Quarter. Norman earned his doctorate and master of science in zoology at the University of Arizona.


Dean Puri Anil K. Puri
Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

Anil Puri joined Cal State Fullerton’s faculty in 1977 and was appointed dean in 1998. Puri regularly produces economic forecasts for Orange County and Southern California that are widely used by the region's business and community leaders. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.


Dean Unnikrishnan Raman M. Unnikrishnan
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Prior to joining CSUF in 2001 as dean, Raman Unnikrishnan was head of the electrical engineering department at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Unnikrishnan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kerala, India; his master’s degree from South Dakota State University; and a doctorate from the University of Missouri, all in electrical engineering.





 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