The Provost's Message - July 20, 2016

The Provost's Message

July 20, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney

Cal State LA continues to make great strides. We are getting ready to welcome 51 new faculty members in the fall and efforts to recruit an additional 50 for Fall 2017 are already underway. We are in the midst of welcoming almost 8000 new students to campus at Summer Orientation, including required advising and registration for new transfer students. And, all across campus, efforts are underway to improve some of our teaching and learning spaces—be sure to visit the library when classes resume on August 22! 

I wanted to provide all with an update about some critical leadership positions that we will be searching for in the fall, including dean of the Charter College of Education, associate vice president for Faculty Affairs, and vice provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning. The Academic Senate will work with faculty to elect faculty representatives to these committees, but I am hopeful that many will participate in these searches by attending open meetings with the finalists and providing us with feedback as we work to identify the best leaders for Cal State LA. Your participation is critical to our success.

Enjoy the rest of the summer! 



Vice Provost Amy Bippus

Academic Affairs has contracted with Rickes Associates, a higher education space planning and programming firm, to conduct a comprehensive space needs assessment. This assessment will focus on current and future utilization needs for teaching labs, faculty offices, research spaces, and other Academic Affairs spaces on campus. The intent is to align our space usage with emerging programmatic and capital priorities, in consideration of the University’s strategic vision. 

The expectation is that this space needs assessment will help identify how current Academic Affairs space is currently being used and where changes are needed to better fit the evolving needs of our units. This will entail identifying underused or inappropriately used spaces, areas of fragmentation that would benefit from co-location and/or reorganization, and areas in which redesign and renovation may lead to improved utilization. 

The first phase of the project will include the collection of institutional data, including Academic Affairs facility dimensions and configurations, personnel information, and enrollment data. This phase will happen largely “behind the scenes” and will not affect most faculty or staff. The second phase of the project will begin in the fall semester with group interviews of key academic and administrative representatives to assess the adequacy of current space and future needs. 

The project is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the Academic Affairs community during this process. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this assessment and discussing implementation strategies in Spring 2017. Planning information, progress reports, and an evolving FAQ section will be posted on the Space Needs Assessment website.

Congratulations to Christopher Sean Harris, PhD


The Office of Undergraduate Studies has named Christopher Sean Harris as interim Faculty Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, effective August 4. Christopher Sean Harris began teaching in the English Department at California State University, Los Angeles in August 2009. Harris earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University, where he concentrated in the history of writing instruction, teaching with computers, and alternative rhetorics. 

Harris previously served as director of the First-Year Composition program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. There, he gained considerable experience in course redesign and outcomes-based assessment, developing a trend-based assessment program that received accolades from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Additionally, Harris served as the lead writer for both the university’s NCAA recertification and SACS recertification. In promoting a WAC program to support the university’s recent initiatives to integrate writing instruction in every department and to promote writing as an agent for student learning, Harris hopes to foster a collegial and supportive environment. Fostering a commitment to recognize the diversity of cultures and the diversity of languages of Cal State LA will become an important component of WAC efforts.

Congratulations to Angela Young, Ph.D. she was named Assocaite Dean for Business & Economics

The College of Business and Econiomic is pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Young began her new position as the associate dean of the College of Business and Economics on July 1, 2016. She brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the position. 

Angela Young was chair of the Management Department in the College of Business and Economics for the past five years and has been with Cal State LA for 19 years. Since joining Cal State LA, Angela has worked as Co-editor for the Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, Editor for the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, and Interim Editor of the Business Forum. She has published numerous articles related to many aspects of management in the Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Managerial Issues and others. In 2015 she received Cal State LA’s Distinguished Women’s Awards for her professional achievements and service to the University community.



Save the Date: Thursday, August 18 

I hope to see you at this year’s University Convocation on Thursday, August 18. We'll be welcoming new faculty to the Cal State LA family and presenting the Outstanding Professor Awards. Convocation begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Be on the lokout for an invitation from the President's Office. 

Following Convocation, the faculty are invited to attend Fall Faculty Day in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. Invitations were sent last week. Please check with your department chair or college dean about additional meetings being scheduled on this day. 

Faculty and Academic Affairs Staff are also invited to celebrate the beginning of Fall 2016 at the Academic Affairs Reception from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Luckman Street of the Arts. Please follow the link included in your invitation to RSVP.






Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions here.