Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Susamma Barua joined Cal State Fullerton in 1988 after earning her Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She served as the associate dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science for eight years, providing strong leadership for the College in the areas of assessment, student success, curriculum, program performance reviews and reports, accreditation review processes, and planning and coordinating facilities use. She has been actively involved in mentoring female and underrepresented students in computing for most of her career. She is a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society and currently an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Education.
Acting Dean, College of Communications
Ed Fink joined Cal State Fullerton in 1990 and has served as a faculty member in Communications, as well as Radio-TV-Film (now Cinema and Television Arts). He has served in a variety of leadership positions including 11 years as department chair in Radio-TV-Film, one year as director of the Faculty Development Center, and most recently as the interim associate dean for the College of Communications from 2014 – 2017. He earned a B.A. in Theater and Drama from Valparaiso University, an M.A. in Telecommunications from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Indiana University.
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 University Librarian, Pollak Library
Scott Hewitt, professor and vice chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and joined Cal State Fullerton in 1991. Since then, he has served on more than 70 committees at the College and University level, including the University Library Committee, the Student Fee Advisory Committee, and the Academic Senate (six years on the Senate Executive Committee, two years as vice chair, and two years as chair). His research students have won 119 research awards, including two National Council on Undergraduate Research awards, two Giles T. Brown thesis awards, and a Western States thesis award. He received the University’s Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award in 2011.
Marie Johnson joined Cal State Fullerton in July 2016 after 21 years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was the director of the Environmental Program for seven years; her leadership responsibilities included providing short-term guidance and long-term vision to keep the program on track to achieve its strategic and operational goals. Her research interests center on environmental security, an interdisciplinary field which seeks to analyze how degraded environments cause chaos, conflict, and violence in the world. She earned her bachelor’s in geology from Harvard College and her master’s and Ph.D. in geology from Brown University.
Dean, College of Education
Lisa Kirtman earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in Educational Policy and Organizations Research. She worked as an elementary and middle school teacher prior to joining Cal State Fullerton in 2000. She has served the College of Education as associate dean, chair for the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, and acting chair the Department of Reading (now the Department of Literacy and Reading). She has also served on a wide range of committees. She has been the recipient of the CSUF Teachers-Scholar Award, the Outstanding Service Award, and College of Education Distinguished Faculty Marshall Award.
Kari Knutson Miller
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.
Dean, College of the Arts
Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton as dean in July 2015, Dale Merrill was instrumental in the formation of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University, where he also served as dean (four years) and associate dean (four years). He earned a B.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Utah and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington. He has over 20 years of choreographic credits and has taught for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Backhausdance; Anaheim Ballet; Cornish College of the Arts; University of Washington; University of California, Irvine; University of Montana; Wooden Floor (formerly the Saint Joseph Ballet); Washington Contemporary Ballet; Ballet Bellevue; Montana Dance Arts Association; Black Hills Dance Association; and The American College Dance Festival.
Interim Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Morteza Rahmatian joined Cal State Fullerton in 1988 as a faculty member in Economics, and has served two terms as department chair of Economics and three years as associate dean for the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. In the College he was responsible for college faculty development and instruction innovations, graduate programs, and academic advising. In addition to his administrative positions, teaching has always been a pleasure and a priority for him. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Wyoming.
Laurie Roades joined Cal State Fullerton in January 2016 after 20 years as a member of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she was associate dean for Academic Personnel and Resources in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. A licensed clinical psychologist, in her teaching she focuses on issues related to mental health. She has conducted research in gerontology and neuropsychology, diversity in mental health, and the experience of allies across demographic groups. Dr. Roades received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.