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Dr. Peter Nwosu

Associate Vice President, Academic Programs

Dr.Peter Nwosu

Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D., American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, is Associate Vice President for Academic Programs (AVPAP) and Professor of Human Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). As AVPAP, Dr. Nwosu works strategically with the Provost to provide visionary and collegial leadership in the planning, direction, and implementation of academic curriculum, programs, and policies for undergraduate and graduate education, academic quality, and student success. This includes providing vision to general education reform, promoting a culture of assessment as a tool for continuous improvement, using data driven decision making to streamline processes, enhance learning and demonstrate effectiveness, leading the conversation about the use of instructional technologies to enhance learning, fostering an environment of creative experimentation across disciplines, and advancing the collaboration between academic and student affairs to create a holistic, authentic student experience that is at the heart of the university’s mission. In addition, Dr. Nwosu has responsibility for institutional accreditation, university-wide advisement, the honors program, and the freshman programs, as well as various other university and system-wide programmatic initiatives.

Prior to coming to CSUF, Dr. Nwosu was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institutional Planning and Assessment at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, he provided leadership in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan, the Academic Master Plan, and system-wide performance funding, as well as technical support for academic program accreditation, program reviews, and professional development for the Academic Affairs leadership team. Dr. Nwosu also served as Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning at Tennessee State University, where he developed and implemented a uniform six-step process for integrated planning and assessment of student learning and performance outcomes, along with an online planning and assessment management system. In addition, Dr. Nwosu served as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies, and as an administrator in the College of Arts, Media, and Communications and Academic Affairs at California State University Sacramento and Northridge respectively.

With more than 20 years of experience working in academia, Dr. Nwosu is committed to faculty, staff, and student success and has built a strong culture of integrated planning, assessment and continuous improvement at each of his institutions. A graduate of Howard University and the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education, Dr. Nwosu brings to the positions he has held a strong faculty background and a deep understanding of planning and reform processes in higher education.

Among his record of achievements are more than 70 scholarly writings that include publication of three (3) books and manuscripts that have appeared in refereed journals. He has served as invited keynote speaker on diversity and public policy to many organizations and groups, including the American Association of University Women and the California Social Work Education Center at UC, Berkley, the nation’s largest state coalition of social work education professionals. He has also been involved in funded research and programs of the World Bank, the African Development Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has been on more than 50 policy-making committees as chair/member and participated in innovative planning and curriculum activities across three nationally ranked and respected universities. He has served as consultant to several public and private organizations/ institutions, and has held membership and leadership roles in numerous professional associations both nationally and internationally.