Academic Deans Council
Monica Casper, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-5456, Fax: (619) 594-6281
A native of Chicago, Monica J. Casper is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Sociology. She received her BA in sociology from the University of Chicago, her PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical ethics at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Aztec family, she was Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Inclusion and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona.
An expert on women’s health, Dr. Casper has published several books, including the award-winning The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery; Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility; The Body: Social and Cultural Dissections; and Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Life. Her current manuscript, Babylost: An Infant Mortality Alphabet Book, addresses racial politics of infant and maternal mortality in the U.S. Additional projects focus on domestic violence and traumatic brain injury (with Daniel Morrison) and global biopolitics of elephant trauma and sanctuary in the Anthropocene.
With longstanding and deep-rooted concern for issues related to violence against women, Dr. Casper co-founded the Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at the University of Arizona, securing a $1.5 million keystone gift to do so. She continues to be involved in the Consortium as both co-founder and member of the Advisory Board. Related to this work, Dr. Casper is invested in learning more about the impact of violence on student retention—an understudied yet urgent research topic.
A committed champion of other scholars’ work, Dr. Casper is founding co-editor of the NYU Press book series “Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century” and founding co-editor of the UA Press Book Series, “The Feminist Wire Books: Connecting Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice,” as well as a managing editor of The Feminist Wire and publisher of TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. She is also a creative writer, with essays and stories in Mojave River Review, Moonsick Magazine, and The Linnet’s Wings, among other literary journals.
Recently, she melded her love of gardening with her scholarly expertise in trauma to launch Gardening Through Grief, a site devoted to examining the relationship between gardening, grief, and loss. The first Call for Submissions focuses on “Pandemic.”
Last, Dr. Casper is a proud mom to two daughters, Macy (18) and Delaney (16). And though they appear on this final line of her biography, they are first in her heart; the two beautiful reasons why she works so hard to craft a better world.
Bruce Reinig, Thomas & Evelyn Page Dean (Interim)
Phone: (619) 594-5259, Fax: (619) 594-1573
Bruce A. Reinig is the Thomas & Evelyn Page Dean (Interim) of the Fowler College of Business and a Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS). He received his Ph.D. in MIS from the University of Arizona and his B.S. in Marketing from Truman State University.
Dr. Reinig joined SDSU in 2000 and has served as the MIS Department Chair for 8 years, during which time he recruited several highly competitive and top performing faculty members and worked with local business leaders to update the MIS curriculum across all programs. These efforts were instrumental in building the MS in Information Systems (2011) and the MS in Cybersecurity Management (2019) degree programs. He has received numerous teaching awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching including the Sports MBA Program Faculty of the Year (six times), the MBA Most Influential Professor, and the MSIS Most Influential Professor (twice). He also received the SDSU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution for the 2010-2011 year.
His primary research interest is the use of analytics, mathematical programming, and information technology to support individual and group decision-making. He has published over sixty articles on these and related topics and his work has appeared in the Journal of MIS, Journal of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences, Long Range Planning and Decision Support Systems, among others.
Prior to SDSU, Dr. Reinig served as a faculty member at Trinity University in Texas and, earlier, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Y. Barry Chung, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-1370, Fax: (619) 594-7082
A native of Hong Kong, Y. Barry Chung received his A.M. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.A. in educational psychology and counseling from the National Taiwan Normal University. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Education at SDSU in 2018, he was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. He also served as Department Chair at Northeastern University, and Professor and Program Director at Georgia State University.
Dr. Chung’s research interests include career development, multicultural counseling, and sexual orientation and gender diversity issues. He has presented and published widely on these topics. He was appointed to 10 journal editorial boards internationally, and was Executive Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Book Series. Dr. Chung was President of the National Career Development Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, and Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He has also served on APA’s Board of Educational Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Membership Board, and Finance Committee. Currently he is an elected member on the APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Chung is a Fellow of APA (Divisions 17, 44, 45, and 52), Asian American Psychological Association, and National Career Development Association.
Eugene Olevsky, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-6061, Fax: (619) 594-6005
Dr. Olevsky received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kiev State University and M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Kiev Institute of Technology; his Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering was granted in 1990 by the Ukraine National Academy of Sciences.
In 1992, Dr. Olevsky joined Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart, Germany as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, in 1994, he became a Research Fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; in 1995, he joined UC San Diego as a Visiting Scholar at the NSF Institute for Mechanics and Materials. In 1998, Dr. Olevsky became an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at San Diego State University. In 2001, he was promoted to an Associate Professor, and in 2004, he became a Professor. In 2007, Dr. Olevsky was awarded the title of SDSU Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. From 2007 to the present, Dr. Olevsky serves as the Director of the Joint SDSU-UCSD Doctoral Programs in Engineering Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Olevsky became Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the SDSU College of Engineering.
Dr. Olevsky is the author of over 500 scientific publications and conference presentations, and of more than 150 plenary, keynote, and invited presentations in the area of Materials Engineering. He has supervised more than 100 post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate students, and research visitors.
Dr. Olevsky is a scholar with broad international recognition. He was an invited visiting professor in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden.
Dr. Olevsky’s contributions to research and education have been recognized by multiple awards and honors. Dr. Olevsky is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Humboldt Fellow; he is a Fellow of the International Institute of Science of Sintering.
Steven Hooker, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-6516, Fax: (619) 594-7103
Dr. Steven P. Hooker is a Professor in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University where he has been since 2011. Dr. Hooker’s research is focused on physical activity and aging and community-based participatory approaches to promote healthy lifestyles among midlife and older racial/ethnic minority men. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published papers and obtained over $17 million in funding from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and several private foundations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and National Academy of Kinesiology. Dr. Hooker served as Director of the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center for 8 years (2003-2011) and Chief of the California Department of Health Services Physical Activity & Health Initiative for 5 years (1998-2003). He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 1988.
Peggy Shannon, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-4464, Fax: (619) 594-4987
Dr. Peggy Shannon is Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. Her enquiries into the therapeutic value of Greek tragedy with special emphasis on the female, alongside her investigation into identity, diversity and migration using theatre practice, have guided her research over the past two decades.
Shannon is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants, most notably a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Develop Grant, various Arts Council grants in Canada and the USA, and a Partnership for Change: RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion grant. She has directed plays and musicals at many professional theatres across the United States including Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, the New Jersey, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California and Oregon Shakespearean Festivals, the Portland Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and the International City Theatre. Internationally, she has directed plays for Hydrama Theatre & Arts Centre in Greece under the leadership of Corinna Seeds, and for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. She has served as the Artistic Director of two American theatres: A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle) and the Sacramento Theatre Company. She also served as the Associate Producing Director of L.A. Theatre Works. Shannon has been a professor and administrator at several North American universities including the University of Southern California, where she served as Artistic Director of the School of Dramatic Arts; UC Davis, where she served as professor of theatre and Associate Vice Provost; and for the past nine years, at Ryerson University, where she served as Chair of the School of Performance. She has led a summer abroad program in Greece for two decades. Dr. Shannon’s awards include her selection as a Fulbright Senior Specialist; an Arts Leadership Award from the Arts & Business Council; and Outstanding Artist and Arts Education Leader from the California Educators for Theatre Alliance (CETA). She holds a BA in Theatre from UC Riverside; an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington; and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London.
Dr. Shannon is a proud mother of two who constantly remind her of the importance of having a great sense of humor.
Jeffrey Roberts, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-5142, Fax: (619) 594-6381
Radhika Seshan, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-2514, Fax: (619) 582-1622
Radhika Seshan is the Dean of SDSU's Global Campus (formerly the College of Extended Studies). Previously, she was the Associate Dean of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer for UCLA Extension, leading their institutional research, finance, technology, operations and new program development areas.
Prior to joining UCLA Extension, Dr. Seshan was the Executive Director of Continuing Education Programs for Bellevue College in Seattle. Before she entered higher education, Dr. Seshan's early career experience was centered on high tech. While at AT&T Bell Labs & Lucent Technologies, Dr. Seshan led teams that launched wireless applications and network operations services across Asia, Europe and the US.
Dr. Seshan holds a PhD in International Economics from University of Houston, along with a BA in Economics from University of Madras in India.
Halil Güven, Dean
Phone: +995 32 2 311 611
Dr. Güven was appointed as the Dean of SDSU-Georgia on February 1, 2018. Prior to this Dr. Güven served as the Interim Dean and the Vice Dean of SDSU-Georgia (2014-2018). Dr. Güven joined SDSU in 1984 and served as a faculty member in the SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering till 1999. Between 1999 and 2011, Dr. Güven served as rector (also founding rector) of three universities overseas (Turkey and Cyprus).
Dr. Güven is a Fulbright scholar who received his Ph.D. in 1983 from University of Houston in mechanical engineering with a focus on alternative energy and technology transfer to developing countries. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1978. During his tenure at SDSU he founded and directed two centers, the Energy Engineering Institute (EEI), and the Industrial Assessment Center (funded by the USDOE). From 1995-1998 he served as the Director of International Development for SDSU College of Extended Studies in charge of developing projects in Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. His work at EEI received numerous awards from the California Energy Commission, and the ‘Energy Innovation Award’ from the USDOE. He served as the vice-president and president of the San Diego Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers; received International Energy Professional Development Award from AEE, Teetor Educator Award from SAE, and the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from San Diego Engineering Societies in recognition of “devoted services to the Engineering Profession and Community.”
Having worked in academic leadership role in a number of countries in the European Higher Education Area (including Georgia), Dr. Güven is experienced both in the Bologna Process reforms, and the European accreditation / institutional evaluation issues / programs. Dr. Güven ’s research interests include higher education reform and change management in higher education institutions; sustainability and building energy efficiency; energy systems optimization; and alternative energy. In addition to energy systems and alternative energy, Dr. Güven also published book chapters, and co-edited two books, on leadership, globalization, and clash of civilizations.
Gregorio Ponce, Dean
Phone: (760) 768-5520, (760) 768-5568
Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce, a native of Imperial County, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and sees education as lifelong endeavor to transform our ways of thinking and living to improve how we live today and to better meet the challenges of the future.
Before his appointment as Dean (and Interim Dean) for SDSU Imperial Valley, Dr. Ponce served in the Division of Education as division chair and/or professor (assistant, associate, full) of mathematics education. He has also served as Principal Investigator, Director, and Coordinator in various projects focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics. His most recent work focuses on the educational needs of migrant students within Imperial County that involves the teaching and learning of mathematics, language arts, and creativity using student-centered, hands-on, non-traditional methods. Prior to joining San Diego State University, he was division chair and professor in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at Imperial Valley College.
He earned his Ed.D. from the University of San Diego under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph C. Rost, author of Leadership for the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Ponce received his MA and BA degrees in applied mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. His publication record in the most prestigious blind peer-reviewed journals for elementary, middle, and junior/high school teachers of mathematics exemplifies the significance and importance of his work which helped him secure over $800,000 in external grant funds. He received the SDSU Monty Award, was a finalist for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Mary Catherine Ellwein Outstanding Dissertation Award, and is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans.
Scott Walter, Dean
Phone: (619) 594-1643, Fax: (619) 594-2700
Scott Walter is Dean of Library and Information Access at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University, and his M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington. In addition, he holds an M.S. in History and Philosophy of Education from Indiana, as well as an M.A. in Education from American University, an M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University, and B.S. degrees in Russian and Linguistics, also from Georgetown.
Dr. Walter joined SDSU in 2020 from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he served as University Librarian, University Copyright Officer, and Co-Interim Chief Technology Officer. Prior to IWU, he served as University Librarian at DePaul University, Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Assistant Dean of Libraries for Information and Instructional Services at the University of Kansas. A teacher as well a librarian, Dr. Walter has served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Washington State University, the University of Kansas, Dominican University, San Jose State University, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the rank of Professor of Library Administration and Library and Information Science. His research interests are in the intersections between library leadership and higher education leadership, and he has published and presented widely on topics including information literacy instruction and assessment, collaboration among libraries and student affairs professionals, library assessment, strategic planning in academic libraries, and the future of academic library staffing and services.
Dr. Walter has held leadership roles in a number of professional associations and consortia, including, most recently, as Americas Regional Council Representative to the OCLC Global Council. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, Library Publishing Coalition, Chicago Collections, and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). From 2013-16, he served as Editor-in-Chief of College & Research Libraries, the scholarly journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and has served in other leadership roles, including as Chair of the American Educational Research Association's Communication of Research Special Interest Group, Chair of the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, and Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association.
Dr. Walter has been selected as an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellow, a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program Fellow, and as a member of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Senior Fellows Program. In 2012, he was named "Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian" by the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section.
Division of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accreditation
Stephen Schellenberg, Associate Vice President
Dr. Stephen Schellenberg serves as the Associate Vice President for Assessment, Accreditation, and Curriculum. In this role, he coordinates a variety of efforts to support and improve student success and achievement, including learning analytics, program assessment, program review, and institutional accreditation. He also has oversight of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Supplemental Instruction.
Stephen earned his BA and MS at the University of South Florida and his PhD at the University of Southern California, with a pre-doctoral residence at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Following a NSF Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz, he joined the SDSU Department of Geological Sciences in 2002 and was promoted to Professor in 2013. His disciplinary interests include paleobiology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, geochemistry, and biomineralization. Specifically, he explores how the chemistry of animal skeletons can inform our understanding of ancient biology, ecology, and climate. Stephen also explores what the fossil record of ostracodes, small arthropods that produce the only numerically-significant multicellular fossils in the deep-ocean, can reveal about the history and dynamics of this vast ecosystem with respect to the ocean-atmosphere circulation and global biogeochemical cycles.
As a faculty member and an administrator, Stephen has a strong commitment to effective student-centered learning through a range of modalities, using a strategic blend of assessment, technology, and high-impact practices. He has developed and implemented core major courses, General Education lower-division Foundation and upper-division Exploration courses, advanced graduate seminars, and an honors seminar. Stephen also has a demonstrated commitment to service on local to global scales: Within SDSU, he serves as a Senator at Large and on the Academic Policy and Planning Committee. Regionally, he collaborates with the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument in docent training and public outreach. Internationally, he serves as Co-Director and Instructor for the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology, which provides seventy-five graduate students from around the world with an intensive three-week immersive academic and professional development experience in the methods, data, and models used to reconstruct the history and dynamics of our global climate system.
Stefan Hyman, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-4766, Fax: (619) 594-4287
Stefan received his Bachelor's in Musical Studies from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, and his Master's and Ph.D. (ABD) in Musicology from Stony Brook University. His scholarly interests include music and politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, the history of rock and roll, and The Beatles. He has a wealth of teaching experience on these and other interdisciplinary topics.
Joanna Brooks, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-6111, Fax: (619) 594-2254
Joanna Brooks is the award-winning author or editor of ten books on race, religion, gender, social movements, and American culture. Her work has been featured in global media outlets including the BBC, NPR, the Daily Show, CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, and she has held leading roles in organizations serving progressive people of faith. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a fourth-generation Southern Californian. Her previous administrative roles have included service as the Chair of SDSU’s Department of English and Comparative Literature and Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs.
Alexander Chizhik, Assistant Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-1656, Fax (619) 594-0178
Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Chizhik is the Assistant Vice President of Academic Labor Relations and Professor of Educational Psychology. In 2000, he joined SDSU as an assistant professor within the School of Teacher Education and during his tenure had an opportunity to serve as the school’s interim director. Prior to SDSU, Dr. Chizhik held a faculty position at the University of Maine in Orono and completed his PhD at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
Dr. Chizhik served a guest editor for the Journal of Social Issues for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on the topic of intra-group conflict and cooperation. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having supported faculty in psychology as well as physics and mathematics education at the Ushynsky South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University in Odessa, Ukraine. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and USAID through the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation.
Jeanne Stronach, Assistant Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-8712, Fax: (619) 594-0779
Jeanne has led a team of data analysts in SDSU's office of Analytic Studies & Institutional Research (ASIR) since 2012. During her tenure, the ASIR team has transformed its operation from a mandated reporting focus to a service model that aims to support campus decision-making through the development, distribution and management of data resources along with conducting in-depth analysis. Jeanne has been a member of the Student Success Working Group, Learning Analytics Working Group and recently formed a cross-divisional team of data experts to support the Data Champions program. Before joining ASIR in 2001, Jeanne earned her Master's degree at DePaul University where she also worked as an institutional research data analyst.
Cristina Alfaro, Interim Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-0130
Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D. is the Interim Associate Vice-President for International Affairs at San Diego State University. She earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is a graduate of the Claremont/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program, where she earned her Ph.D. in International Bilingual Teacher Preparation. Prior to her current role, she served as SDSU’s inaugural Provost Chair for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and as Chair of the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education, in the College of Education, where she championed and led the model and largest bilingual teacher education program in the state of California.
Dr. Alfaro is the co-founder of the Formadores de Docentes Binacionales, a project
that addresses the needs of the Students We Share between the Mexico/U.S. border and builds on their inherent assets. As a teacher-educator
and educational leader, Dr. Alfaro led the California State University (CSU) International
Teacher Education Program for over a decade. In this program, she collaborated with
ten CSU universities with the goal of preparing globally and linguistically conscious
She is the recipient of the San Diego County Office of Education Biliteracy Leadership Award, College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Outstanding Latina in Higher Education Award, and the Gomez-Morin Global Education Award. She has received numerous teaching awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching including the Most Influential Faculty Professor (6 times). Dr. Alfaro has been awarded over 10 million dollars in federal and state professional development grants, most recently a grant to initiate an SDSU Global Biliteracy Seal.
Alfaro is also the executive director for the Center for Biliteracy Education and
Research and serves on the board for the California Association for Bilingual Education
(CABE) and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) where she is also
the editor for the NABE Global Perspectives Journal. Additionally, Dr. Alfaro serves
as the Chief Specialty Editor in the area of Language, Culture, and Diversity for
the Frontiers in Education Journal.
As a researcher she has examined and published extensively on the role of ideological and pedagogical practices that situate diversity, access, and equity at the core of K-20 education. In her current role, Dr. Alfaro leads the effort to create a Diversity, Access, and Equity roadmap for global education and leadership. She is an active member of the American Council on Education Internationalization Lab, The Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, and NASFA: Association of International Educators.
A passionate champion of initiatives that bring solutions to address challenges facing the California-Baja California transborder region, Alfaro serves as chair of SDSU’s annual RE:BORDER Binational Conference, which convenes critical conversations between researchers, educators, policymakers, and leaders in the private and non-profit sector. Under her leadership, SDSU’s International Affairs is reimagining how global education opportunities can become more accessible to our diverse populations of students.
Radmila Prislin, Vice Provost
Phone: (619) 594-5166, Fax: (619) 594-7443
Dr. Radmila Prislin has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Resource Management since March 2016. Prior to joining Academic Affairs, Dr. Prislin served as Associate Dean of the SDSU College of Sciences and Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs. She has been a faculty member in the SDSU Department of Psychology since 1996.
Dr. Prislin received her graduate training at University of Chicago and University of Zagreb in her native Croatia, where she received PhD in social psychology. Her research and teaching focus on social influence and group dynamics. Dr. Prislin’s research has been funded by National Sciences Foundation (USA), Leverhulme Trust (UK), and World Health Organization. She has published three edited books and over 70 articles in some of the premier outlets in the field. She has served as editor of European Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Prislin is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Her former students have thriving careers at all inhabited continents.