Senior Leadership Team
Senior Director, Academic Finances and Space Management
Appointed to her role in July 2017, Alyssa Adamson serves as the principal resource, operations, budget, space and procurement manager for the Division of Academic Affairs. After serving 14 years with the California State University Chancellor's Office, Adamson joined Cal State Fullerton in December 2015 as the Director of IT Finance and Enterprise Centralized Purchasing, where she oversaw budget and fiscal operations and served as manager for specialized projects, such as the Student Success Initiative, High Impact Practices and the Library of the Future. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Studies from Cal State Dominguez Hills and plans to complete the MBA program at Cal State Fullerton.
Chief of Operations, Office of the Provost
A CSUF staff member since 2006, Erinn Banks was appointed Chief of Operations for the Office of the Provost in July 2017 after serving as Interim Executive Assistant since 2016. She is in charge of project management for the provost, serving as the division Human Resources liaison and overseeing all day-to-day administrative functions for the provost’s office. Prior to working in the Office of the Provost, she held positions in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and the Office of Graduate Studies. Ms. Banks served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Houston as well as a certificate in Data Analysis from CSUF.
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Services
Nancy Dority works with college deans and other campus administrators to manage all aspects of enrollment, registration, grade reporting, degree audit, graduation evaluation and conferment of degrees, articulation, credentialing, record keeping, registration and academic calendaring. Under her leadership, Registration and Records responds to the needs of students, parents, and the Cal State Fullerton community in a complex and shifting enrollment landscape. Originally from the East Coast, Ms. Dority earned her B.A. in French at Rutgers College and her M.B.A. from the University of Redlands. She spent 10 years in Admissions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick before joining Cal State Fullerton in 1990.
Yusheng "Chris" Liu
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Projects
Dr. Yusheng "Chris" Liu joined Cal State Fullerton in January 2017 and is charged with developing and strengthening research, scholarship and creative activities across all disciplines at both the Fullerton and Irvine campuses. He previously served as associate vice president for research at Prairie View A&M University, director of the Center for Excellence in Paleontology at East Tennessee State University, and program director at the National Science Foundation, where he managed the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a bachelor of science degree from Sichuan University.
Director, Institutional Research and Analytical Studies (IRAS)
Dr. Sunny Moon has worked as an institutional researcher for 15 years, with expertise in student retention and student success in higher education. She provides analytical leadership for campus efforts in planning, policy development and effectiveness, and directs multiple research projects to support data-driven decision-making. Under her leadership, a research paper on the effectiveness of High-Impact Practices on student retention and success received the 2013 Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award at the National Symposium on Student Retention. Dr. Moon received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in USC's Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Programs
A faculty member since 2001, Dr. Pamella Oliver was appointed interim AVPAP in July 2016 to provide leadership in degree planning and curriculum development, student success and quality assurance for the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Oliver holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in psychology from CSUF. She is a professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, co-director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and has served in leadership positions on campus Curriculum Committees, Educational Effectiveness, Assessment of Student Learning and Student Success Teams.
Karyn Scissum Gunn
Associate Vice President, Academic Operations
Having joined Cal State Fullerton in July 2017, Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn works with the provost and partners across campus to advance University priorities, with a focus on strategic enrollment management, faculty affairs and institutional research. As a leader at Alabama State University, Dr. Scissum Gunn spearheaded major initiatives with impact on learning outcomes, enrollment management, virtual learning and development, and inclusive excellence. She has produced more than 30 articles and 50 presentations, authored three STEM degree programs, generated capital for a new instructional and research facility, and garnered $54.5 million in funding. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Auburn University and a master’s in Cell Biology from Tuskegee University.
Interim Assistant Vice President, Faculty Support Services
Taking her post in July 2016, Dr. Kristin Stang supports the Faculty Commons, which includes the Faculty Development Center, Online Education and Training, Faculty Affairs and Records and the Academic Technology Center. With a bachelor’s in Education and Social Policy and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from Northwestern University, Dr. Stang joined Cal State Fullerton as an assistant professor in 2003. She has since served as coordinator of the Accessible Technology Initiative, director of the Academic Technology Center, co-chair of the Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative, interim director of Academic Technology, and interim director of the Faculty Development Center. She was named the 2015 College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Member.
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness
Appointed in August 2017, Dr. Su Swarat provides leadership and oversees operations for institutional and programmatic assessment, quality assurance, institutional research, and analytical and educational research. She joined Cal State Fullerton in 2014 as the Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness, leading the effort to establish a campus-wide process and culture of assessment that supports teaching and learning. Previously, Dr. Swarat served in similar capacities at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Northwestern University. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, a master's in Biology from Purdue University, and a bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Peking University. She is also a graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy.
Mary Ann Villarreal
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal joined Cal State Fullerton in 2014 to provide leadership for a range of major University initiatives, including High-Impact Practices (HIPs), First Year Experience, Academic Master Plan, faculty diversity and recruitment, equity and inclusion, and serving as a representative in national organizations. With a doctorate in History from Arizona State University and her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, she has held faculty positions in Colorado and Utah and served as associate dean at the Colorado Women’s College, University of Denver. Her 2015 manuscript, Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana and Culture, 1930-1955, was awarded the 2016 Américo Paredes Book Award by South Texas College, Center for Mexican American Studies.
Interim Associate Vice President, South County Operations and Initiatives
Dr. Stephan Walk is responsible for Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus, including academics, human and fiscal resources, facilities, safety, and oversight of student services and campus technology. With a dual-major doctoral degree in Kinesiology and Sociology from Michigan State University, Dr. Walk joined the CSUF faculty in 1994, becoming interim athletic director and, most recently, associate dean in the College of Health and Human Development. He has served as president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Kinesiology chair, faculty athletics representative, and on the Executive Committee of the CSUF Academic Senate. Dr. Walk was a 2015-2016 American Council on Education fellow.