Gerry Riposa has been selected the new dean for the College of Liberal Arts at CSULB.
Riposa served as the associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts since 2002, overseeing the development and coordination of the college’s budget plan and managing enrollment for the college. Most recently he has served as interim dean for the college, filling the vacancy left by Dee Abrahamse, who was named interim provost for the university in February.
“Professor Riposa is a well-respected academic and administrative leader,” CSULB President F. King Alexander pointed out. “We are very fortunate to be able to utilize his many talents as our new dean of the College of Liberal Arts.”
“I want to design and implement a progressive program that continues to build our reputation in teaching, research and service,” Riposa said. “To that end, I plan to look for direct efforts in increasing student successes at our university, look for policies to enrich the teaching and educational experience in our college, and look for opportunities and incentives to increase research, especially faculty/student collaborative research, and to increase external funding to support our faculty and students. As we build a global educational experience, we will not forget the community. We will increase our efforts to connect with our surrounding community to improve the quality of life.”
As dean, Riposa is the chief academic officer of the college and reports to the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. He is responsible for directing and coordinating the instructional, curricular and support program of the college, including academic and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Additionally, he is responsible for management of the fiscal and personnel resources of the college, recruitment, evaluation and retention of a well-qualified faculty and staff, and development of effective student recruitment and retention programs in the college.
Riposa joined the Political Science Department at CSULB as an assistant professor in 1989 after a four-year stint as an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1993; named chairman of the department in 1994, serving in that capacity until 2000; and became a full professor in 2000.