Karyn Scissum Gunn
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost
Division of Academic Affairs
Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn joined California State University, Long Beach as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2021. As the chief academic officer for the institution, the provost provides leadership for all academic matters at the university. The provost oversees the quality of academic processes and works to ensure faculty quality and advancement via her leadership. The provost also works to increase student retention, promote student engagement and active learning, and ensure that students achieve their educational goals. The provost reports to the president and acts on the president’s behalf in her absence.
Vice Provost, Academic Planning
Academic Planning and Resources
Dr. Dhushy Sathianathan provides leadership and resources for the quality of academic programs, academic facilities, institutional research, and enrollment services as well as budgetary allocations in support of academic priorities. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a leader in academic affairs with extensive experience organizing and leading institution-wide initiatives in strategic planning, enrollment management, budget & planning, institutional research, and graduation initiatives. He is a leader in student success initiatives and a champion for eliminating institutional barriers. Read more about Vice Provost Sathianathan.
Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies
In her role as Vice Provost, Dr. Cormack is responsible for all matters of academic program planning, educational policy, curriculum review, and institutional/programmatic assessment. She works closely with all academic deans and associate deans, faculty, and the Curriculum and Educational Policy Council (CEPC) of the Academic Senate. In this role, she develops and implements high-quality curriculum and degrees to enrich educational policies for the campus. As Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Cormack oversees Graduate Studies on the campus, and works closely with Graduate Advisors to facilitate academic progress of graduate students. Read more about Dr. Cormack.
Interim Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs
Dr. Malcolm Finney was appointed Interim Associate Vice President of the Office of Faculty Affairs effective June 1, 2022. Prior to starting this position, Dr. Finney served as the Director of the CSULB Faculty Center for three years. In this capacity, he developed, facilitated or supervised professional development programs that addressed several faculty members needs including workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom; faculty learning communities on inclusive, accessible, and equity-minded instructional and classroom management strategies; reading groups for new faculty on culturally responsive pedagogy and on micro-intervention strategies; and faculty discussion groups on best mentoring practices in working and interacting with students of diverse backgrounds, opportunities, and levels of preparedness. Read full bio.
Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Kerry Johnson is responsible for the oversight of undergraduate programs and academic support, including the University Honors Program, the Center for Community Engagement, tutoring, advising, dual enrollment, and the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement. She works closely with the General Education Governing Committee to review courses and to make any changes to the General Education Program. As Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Johnson also collaborates with faculty and the associate deans to implement appropriate academic support for introductory co-requisite and stretch courses within the GE Program. Read Dr. Johnson's full bio.
Associate Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Office of Research and Economic Development
Under the leadership of the Dr. Simon Kim, the Office of Research & Economic Development at CSULB serves the University community by creating a campus environment that is conducive to promoting research and other scholarly activities that contribute to the mission of the University. With a primary emphasis on faculty-student research engagement, Dr. Kim provides leadership, information, direction, resources, training and technical assistance to faculty and students engaged in externally funded research, instruction, community service and other scholarly activities.
Associate Vice President, Academic Technology
Academic Technology Services
Under the direction of Dr. Shariq Ahmed, Academic Technology Services leads the CSULB campus in leveraging technology that effectively supports instruction, creates learning environments, and supports campus staff to foster student success. Dr. Ahmed delivers and supports educational technology to the CSULB campus community by using innovative practices and technologies to develop effective and accessible solutions for a continually evolving educational landscape.
Associate Vice President, International Education and Global Engagement
International Education and Global Engagement
Under the direction of Dr. Jeet Joshee, the Office of International Education and Global Engagement (IEGE) is responsible for fulfilling the university’s global mission to engage students, scholars, faculty, and staff in various international education activities. His primary task is to assist CSULB students in graduating with the knowledge and cultural competency needed to take global leadership and service roles. Additionally, Dr. Joshee advises the President and Provost on emerging trends in international education, so that the university can align its global mission accordingly to serve the campus community.