Academic Affairs Leadership


Susamma Barua


College of Engineering and Computer ScienceOpens in new window

Dr. 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.

Dr. Barua 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.

Emily Bonney


Pollak LibraryOpens in new window

Dr. Emily Bonney came to Cal State Fullerton as a part-time faculty member in fall 1998 and secured a tenure-track position in 2002 as a member of the Department of Liberal Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Greek Art and Archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a J.D. from UCLA, and succeeded as an accomplished attorney in Los Angeles prior to her affiliation with the University.

She served as chair of the Academic Senate 2015-2017 and vice chair 2013-2015, chaired the Faculty Hearing Panel from 2010-2015 and has served on several University committees, including the Academic Senate Constitution Committee. Most recently, she has served as the interim assistant vice president for Academic Human Resources.

Sheryl Fontaine


College of Humanities and Social SciencesOpens in new window

Dr. 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.

Cindy Greenberg


College of Health and Human DevelopmentOpens in new window

Dr. Cindy Greenberg joined Cal State Fullerton in 1998 as a faculty member in the Department of Nursing after earning her DNSc from the University of San Diego. Prior to that she worked in hospitals as a nurse and administrator and taught at other universities. She has served the College of Health and Human Development as associate dean and director of the School of Nursing. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, on the Accreditation Review Committee for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and as Chair of the Governing Board for Placentia-Linda Hospital. She has been recognized with the Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Pediatric Nursing and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Arnold Holland


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Dr. Arnold Holland joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1998 after receiving his MFA in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in Graphic Design from Arizona State University. Dr. Holland also received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from CSUF. In his teachings, he is committed to connecting the campus with the surrounding community through partnerships that enhance student learning, address local needs, and encourage students to be active citizens. His research interests include semiotics, typography, service-learning, and theory-to-practice gaps in the visual arts. Dr. Holland has served on numerous departmental and university committees, including Academic Senate, WASC, NIH BRAD, AEEC, NASAD, Department Personnel Committee, and many university search committees. He has worked with various departments and colleges on campus, including Education, Communications, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, The Center for Internships & Community Engagement (CICE), and Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (CREAL). Dr. Holland is a board member of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) and has held memberships and leadership positions in the professional design organizations AIGA, OBD, CMA, and UCDA.

Marie Johnson


College of Natural Sciences and MathematicsOpens in new window

Dr. 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.

Lisa Kirtman


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Dr. 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.

Dean Debra Leahy

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Extension & Associate Vice President, International Programs

Dr. Debra Leahy brings over 25 years of experience with workforce, online, and adult education, regional and global partnership cultivation, and global programming and international recruitment. She has served as Founding Dean of the School of International Engagement at Southern New Hampshire University where she created a One School model for campus-based international services and programs. Previously, Dr. Leahy served as Provost at Cambridge College Global and Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at Emmanuel College, and created, with her teams, academic and non-credit programs for adult learners, faculty development, and educational programs for students where they live and work. She brings a strong background in accreditation, assessment, and curriculum development. Dr. Leahy’s research has been on transnational higher education across borders and global partnerships predicated on reciprocity. During her academic career, Dr. Leahy has also taught English, literature, and multicultural writing and research guidance for global education. She earned her doctorate in International Higher Education from Northeastern University, received an MA in English from Simmons University, and both a Master of Public Management and MS from Suffolk University. She also has a BFA in Creative Writing, Literature and Publishing and is CELTA TEFL and Change Management certified.

Bey-Ling Sha


College of CommunicationsOpens in new window

Dr. Bey-Ling Sha joins Cal State Fullerton from San Diego State University, where she served as acting associate dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. She was also the director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies from 2013-2018. Dr. Sha is the recipient of several awards and recognition. Recently, the San Diego State Alumni Association honored her with the 2018-19 Distinguished Faculty Award. Her research earned her a lifetime achievement award in 2018 from the Institute for Public Relations. And in 2012, the Public Relations Society of America named Dr. Sha Outstanding Educator of the Year. She is also currently serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Relations Research until 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Sridhar Sundaram


College of Business and EconomicsOpens in new window

Dr. Sridhar (Sri) Sundaram joins Cal State Fullerton from University of South Florida where he served as Professor of Finance and the Tiedemann-Cotton Dean for the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance and Campus Dean, Muma College of Business. His educational background includes a Master’s degree in Accounting, and a MBA and a Doctorate degree in Finance. He has received the Faculty Recognition Awards in teaching, research and service. He is an active researcher with publications in some of the top finance journals. His business experience involves several years of working with his family’s retail business, consulting with businesses and serving on non-profit and for-profit boards. He has also held leadership positions in professional organizations, non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Most recently he served as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Board for the St. Petersburg EDC, Board of the Saint Anthony’s Hospital and was 2019 Chair of the Grow Smarter Initiative in St. Petersburg.

Alyssa Adamson


Executive Director
Academic ResourcesOpens in new window

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.

Michael Steele


Chief of Operations
Office of the Provost

Mr. Mike Steele came to Cal State Fullerton in the fall of 2021 as the Chief of Operations for the Office of the Provost. He is in charge of project management for the provost, serves as the division liaison to Human Resources, and oversees all day-to-day administrative functions for the provost’s office. Prior to working at CSUF, Mr. Steele has held multiple positions within various divisions of academic affairs at The George Washington University, including the Office of the Registrar and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Mr. Steele earned his B.A. in Integrative Studies from George Mason University. He also holds a M.S. in Engineering Management, an MBA, and graduate certificates in Marketing and Brand Management and Walkable Urban Real Estate Development from the George Washington University. Mr. Steele is a certified Project Management Professional and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Mark Filowtiz


Associate Vice President
Academic Programs and EnrollmentOpens in new window

Dr. Mark Filowitz joined CSUF in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a faculty member in 2000 after a 23-year career in the automotive industry. He holds a doctorate and two master’s degrees in physical chemistry from Columbia University. He became Chemistry and Biochemistry department co-chair in 2004 and was appointed as the associate dean for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) in 2008. In 2016-2017, he served concurrently as Associate Vice President for Academic Operations. He has been an academic senator for six years and serves on the Academic Standards Committee, the Supplemental Instruction team, the campus Student Success and First Year Experience team, the President’s Scholars Committee, and the Enrollment Management and Administrative Barriers Committee. He has been principal investigator or on the management team for projects that have brought in over $15 million in external funding for STEM transfer student success initiatives. He became AVP for Academic Programs in January 2019.

Kristin Stang


Associate Vice President
Faculty Affairs and SupportOpens in new window

Dr. Kristin K. Stang has a strong history of service to Cal State Fullerton, including the WSCUC Steering Committee, GI2025 Campus Workgroup, Academic Master Plan Steering Committee, and Provost Online Strategy Task Force. She also served multiple terms on the CSUF Academic Senate, Faculty Development Center (FDC), and Information Technology committees. She has received campus recognition for teaching, service, scholarly and creative activities and was named the 2015 College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Member. As a scholar, Dr. Stang’s research interests include teacher preparation, special education at the middle and secondary level, and faculty support for online and hybrid instruction. Dr. Stang earned her B.S. in Education and Social Policy and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Program in Learning Disabilities, both from Northwestern University.

Su Swarat


Associate Vice President
Institutional Effectiveness | Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)Opens in new window

Appointed in 2020, Dr. Su Swarat provides leadership and oversees operations for accreditation, 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 and a mentor of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy.

Binod Tiwari


Associate Vice President
Research and Sponsored ProjectsOpens in new window

Dr. Tiwari joined CSUF in 2006 as a tenure track assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012 and given an early promotion to professor in 2015. He's supervised more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, community college, high school, and short-term international students on faculty-student research projects. The University has recognized Dr. Tiwari's dedication to teaching with several awards, including the CSUF 2017 Outstanding Professor Award. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental management science and geotechnical engineering from Niigata University in Niigata, Japan. Additionally, he received his post-doctoral studies in geotechnical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Currently, he is an editor of more than four prestigious journals in civil engineering.

Estela Zarate


Vice Provost

Dr. Estela Zarate joins the Academic Affairs leadership team from the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University, Fullerton where she was Professor and coordinator of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. She has also served and chaired a range of Academic Senate and Department Committees. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. After completing her doctorate, she was Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. Dr. Zarate earned her B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Policy Studies at Rice University. Her scholarship addresses the trajectory of immigrant students in U.S. schools, including the connections between schools and families and the experiences of multi-lingual learners. She co-edited a volume on educational interventions for migrant students. More recently, she has written about and developed professional learning opportunities to improve teaching for first-generation college students.