Academic Programs Directors

mark filowitzMark Filowitz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Programs

As AVP for Academic Programs, Filowitz provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Academic Programs, and works in consultation and collaboration with the Assistant Vice Presidents and the Directors of Academic Programs to ensure the quality of academic programs. Read Dr. Filowitz's full biography.

elizabeth boretz Elizabeth Boretz, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Director, Academic Advisement Center

The Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Director, Academic Advisement has a pivotal role in supporting the universitys student success agenda to improve student learning, provide access, ensure quality, close the achievement gap, advance completion, and enhance affordability. She provides leadership and oversight of the Academic Advisement Center, which includes collaboration with the academic colleges to coordinate GE curriculum advising for all undergraduate students, advising for students with undeclared majors, and students on academic probation, as well as supervising all advising staff in the Academic Advisement Center. She also serves as campus coordinator of the student success teams, working with the AVPAP, the academic Colleges, CSUF Irvine Center, and the Office of Graduate Studies, provides professional development and technical support for graduation and retention specialists, faculty and staff advisors, and advances the collaboration between Academic Affairs, Student  Affairs, and Information Technology in order to create an advising experience that integrates students curricular and co-curricular goals and requirements. Read Dr. Boretz's full biography

Minerva ChavezMinerva Chávez
, Ph.D., Director for the Office of First Year Experience

The Director of the Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) is responsible for management and leadership of an office dedicated to both freshman and transfer students that are in their first year at CSU Fullerton. The director works under the Office of Academic Programs and oversees the orchestration of UNIV 100, which includes curricular development, faculty assignments, student enrollment, classroom management and scheduling.  In addition, the director works closely with Student Affairs to provide OFYE housing opportunities, computer lounges and relevant programing geared toward Lifelong Learning, Self-Development and University acclimatization.  Finally, the director is a bridge to all of the academic colleges on campus; helping them establish OFYE opportunities respectively. 

joe albert garciaJoe Albert Garcia, Ph.D., Interim Director for the Office of Graduate Studies

The Director for the Office of Graduate Studies provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), the University's central office for graduate studies. Working closely with colleges and academic units, OGS monitors academic progress for graduate students within compliance with state and University policies, reviews student records for graduation of master's and doctoral students, reviews graduate curriculum and policies, and liaises with the Academic Senate Office's Graduate Education Committee; OGS also administers University and CSU system fellowship opportunities for graduate students and two U.S. Title V federal grants to promote student success. 

Michele MouttapaMichele Mouttapa, Ph.D., Director for the Health Professions Advising Office

The Director of the Health Professions Program prepares, informs, and advises CSUF students about post-baccalaureate careers in the health professions, including: Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine. The Director is a key member of the Health Professions Committee and is the faculty advisor for 6 of the 9 pre-health profession student organizations on campus. The Director: (1) provides vision, leadership, and direction for the Health Professions Program Office that is in line with the mission and strategic goals of the University, (2) works with Academic Programs to achieve its purpose and priorities, and (3) designs and implements an assessment plan to ensure program quality and effectiveness. 

Sandra PerezSandra Perez, Ph.D., Director for the University Honors Program

The Program is dedicated to inclusive excellence and extending the frontiers of knowledge beyond the boundaries of the institution. The Program hosts a community of scholars from across the university who share a love of learning. The Program’s vision is to be a nationally recognized model of inclusive excellence through a sustained commitment to access, student success, academic rigor, and high quality learning. In conjunction with the University Honors Board, the director manages and leads the University Honors Program, maintains and improves its quality and impact, and raises its prominence and reputation both regionally and nationally.

brent fosterBrent Foster, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and General Education

The Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies & General Education supports development of rigorous and innovative curriculum for both the degree-granting programs and the General Education program. Working in close collaboration with the Directors of Academic Programs, the Academic Senate Leadership and the Colleges the Director, UGS/GE supports the campus community in upholding the faculty created University Policy Statements that relate to undergraduate curriculum and General Education as well as all CSU Executive Orders and state mandates to advance the mission of the University.

leslie bruceLeslie Bruce, Ph.D., Faculty Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum

As Faculty Fellow of Writing Across the Curriculum, Dr. Leslie Bruce serves in a leadership role as a writing program administrator as the campus improves support for writing at the upper division and graduate levels across the curriculum. In this role, she also serves on appropriate Academic Senate Standing Committees. She works with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and General Education, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the English Department Chair, as well as other appropriate personnel as needed to develop a program that will foster a culture of writing at CSUF and to create a strategic plan aligned with the campus mission and university learning goals and directed towards meeting university writing outcomes for the CSUF upper division and graduate writing requirements.