Interim Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
David Bowman was appointed interim dean in January 2014. Since joining Cal State Fullerton in 2001, he has served as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences for six years, Chair of the University General Education Committee, and Faculty Representative to the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors. He also played a leading role in the establishment of the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from the University of Southern California.
Dean, College of Education
Claire Cavallaro earned her Ph.D. in special education at George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University, and joined Cal State Fullerton in 2006. Under her leadership, the College of Education has launched Cal State Fullerton’s first doctoral program, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership; a master’s degree concentration in Higher Education; five new online master’s degree programs, which are ranked first in California and in the top 12 percent nationally among the Best Online Graduate Programs by U.S. News & World Report; and seven academic centers, including the SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL).
Dean, Irvine Campus
Susan Cooper joined Cal State Fullerton in 2008 after serving as dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development at Irvine Valley College. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University. During her tenure at Cal State Fullerton, the Irvine Campus was the host campus for the annual conference of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA), for which she also served as president from 2013–14. She oversaw the completion of the permanent campus on schedule and on budget in 2011, and the signing of the STAR (Strategic Transfer Acceleration Resources) Agreements with Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College in 2013.
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sheryl Fontaine earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in English and American Literature with a specialization in Composition Research and Pedagogy. Prior to her appointment as dean, she served as interim dean of the College; associate dean of administration; department chair and vice chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics; writing center coordinator; and director of the University Learning Center. She received the 2012 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award, and has served on a wide range of University committees since joining Cal State Fullerton in 1990.
Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Development
Jessie Jones received her Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1983 in Kinesiology, with a minor area in Counseling Psychology, and joined Cal State Fullerton in 1992. She holds the distinction of being a professor in both Kinesiology and Health Science, and received fellowship status in the American College of Sports Medicine and in the American Academy of Kinesiology. In addition to receiving various teaching and community awards, she is an accomplished researcher with over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications, five books, nine book chapters, numerous media publications, and over 200 professional presentations and workshops domestically and internationally.
Kari Knutson Miller
Interim Dean, University Extended Education and Associate Vice President for International Programs
Kari Knutson Miller earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology-Lifespan Development from Arizona State University and joined Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Child and Adolescent Studies in 1999, where she served as the department chair from 2007–14. In her current roles she manages several departments and programs, including International Programs, University Extended Education, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Fullerton Arboretum. She was the 2012 College of Health and Human Development’s Distinguished Faculty Member/Faculty Marshal and received the 2013 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award, among other awards and recognitions.
Interim Dean, College of Communications
Irene Matz completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and her doctorate in Education at Claremont Graduate University. She joined the faculty of Cal State Fullerton as a part-time lecturer in 1983 and became full-time in 1990, later serving as associate dean of the College of Communications and receiving the College of Education’s 2014 Honor an Educator Award. During her tenure as interim dean, the College of Communications has nurtured several important initiatives, including the Latino Communications Initiative, a collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to cultivate cultural competency in Latino communications; a Trust Summit hosted by the Center for Brand Values Communication and Research; and the growth of the College’s international programs.
Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Anil Puri joined Cal State Fullerton’s faculty in 1977 and was appointed dean in 1998. Under his leadership, the College has seen many exciting changes, including the naming of the College; the construction of the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall; the development of College-based student advising and career support; the expansion of brand awareness for the College through high-quality programming, faculty hiring, and fundraising; and the creation of an effective faculty support system. Dr. 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, Minneapolis.
Interim Dean, College of the Arts
Jim Taulli has received numerous recognitions for his teaching and service, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion of Excellence (twice awarded), Best Director of a Musical by the Kennedy American College Theater Festival, and a nomination for an NAACP award. He served as the Region VIII Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and has directed over 150 productions and events for various professional and university theatres across the country. He earned his M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from Cal State Fullerton and joined the University faculty in 1997. Prior to serving as interim dean, he served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and as associate dean for the College.
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton in 2001 as dean, Raman “Unni” Unnikrishnan was on the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he also served two years as associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Engineering and ten years as the head of the Electrical Engineering Department. Since 2008 he has been a commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which designated him to represent the U.S. as a mentor to the national board of accreditation of India. He 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.