Daniel Wakelee

In May 2016, Dr. Daniel Wakelee was named Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for AY 2016-17. Dr. Wakelee brings a wealth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge to the Provost's Office. He joined CI while it was a satellite campus of Northridge, and was instrumental in aiding a smooth transition from CSUN at Channel Islands, to the new Channel Islands campus acting first as Administrator-in-Charge (1998), then as Associate Director (1999-2002), and finally serving as Associate Dean of the Faculty (2002-2011), Assistant Provost (2011-2013) and Associate Provost (2013-present).

Dr. Wakelee has published scholarship on the National Park Service and in Higher Education; he taught several courses in the Political Science program and offered interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in Education and in Environmental Science and Resource Management. This he accomplished while maintaining his regular duties of space and curricular planning, planning for hiring and growth, oversight of the Instructionally Related Activities Fund and the Academic Appeals Committee, making sure classes had places to meet, working with academic planning on the course catalog. 

Scott Frisch

Dr. Scott Frisch has agreed to serve as the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Undergraduate Initiatives effective in July 2016. Dr. Frisch brings a wealth of experience, both at Channel Islands and elsewhere in the CSU, to the position. He joined the Channel Islands faculty in the fall of 2003 and has seen the campus grow from its initial vision to its current reality. He served as program chair of Multiple Programs (programs in development), and later as Chair of Political Science, Global Studies and Freedom and Justice Studies. Prior to joining CI, Scott was Assistant and Associate Professor at CSU Bakersfield, and has taught at CSU San Marcos, Los Angeles, and Pomona as well as other institutions. 

His service on our campus includes the Fiscal Policies Committee, the President's Policy Planning Council, the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, and the Academic Master Plan Task Force. He also brings to the position project management and leadership experience from his work at the United States Department of the Treasury. Dr. Frisch has published four books and numerous articles, and most recently published an edited collection with Dr. Sean Kelly, Politics to the Extreme: American Political Institutions in the 21st Century.

James Meriwether

In June 2016, Dr. James H. Meriwether was named Interim Dean for Arts and Sciences for AY 2016-17.  Jim Meriwether most recently served as Chair of History and Chair of Chicano/a Studies for five years.  During that time he also served as Chair of the Academic Senate from 2011-2013.  He has provided leadership to the campus community in a variety of committees and task forces, including the President's Policy and Planning Council, the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and the CI 2025 Steering Committee.  Additionally, Dr. Meriwether has twice been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar, first at the University of Zimbabwe (2000-2001) and again at the University of Nairobi (2007-2008).  His scholarly work examines transnational connections between the United States and Africa, and he is the Author of Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961 (University of North Carolina Press).  He received his PhD in History from UCLA, and his BA from Duke University.

Hung Dang

Hung D. Dang, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, joined CSU Channel Islands in May 2014. Mr. Dang is a veteran administrator with over two decades of experience leading admissions and enrollment services. As Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Mr. Dang is responsible for leading student recruitment and undergraduate admissions, the registrar’s office, financial aid and scholarships, and systems and data management. Prior to joining CI, Mr. Dang served in leadership roles with the University of Hawaii Manoa, University of Washington Bothell, and University of Washington Tacoma. He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Organization from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington Seattle.

Gary Berg

Gary A. Berg, PhD is founding Dean of Extended Education at California State University Channel Islands and author of numerous articles on current issues in higher education, educational technology, and media studies, as well as five books including Why Distance Learning? and Lessons from the Edge: For-Profit and Nontraditional Higher Education in America (Praeger and the American Council on Education).

Berg has also co-edited two encyclopedias of distance learning. In addition to a doctoral degree in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University, he has an MFA in Film and Television from UCLA. Previous to CI, Berg headed continuing education divisions at Chapman University and the California School of Professional Psychology, as well as professional training programs at the Directors Guild of America.

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace is the Dean of the Library at California State University, Channel Islands (CI). Most recently she was the Head of Public Services and Outreach at CI, where she has had the once in a lifetime opportunity to design and implement an information literacy program and other public services from the ground up. Over the years she has served in an eclectic mix of roles in academic libraries, including the Assistant Department Head for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of California San Diego, Team Leader for Digital Libraries and Reference and Instruction Librarian for Religion and Women's Studies at the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, and Off Campus Services Librarian for Chapman University. Her research interests include information literacy, library instruction, classroom design, and academic technologies.

Amy received her M.A. in History from San Diego State University and her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. She is actively involved in too many professional organizations to list. She currently serves as the Vice President - South for the California Association of College and Research Libraries (CARL) and Chapter Assembly Director for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).

William Cordeiro

William P. Cordeiro is the Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics. Dr Cordeiro has a PhD in Executive Management and an MA in Management - both from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at The Claremont Graduate School - and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He also has Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of San Francisco. Dr Cordeiro publishes regularly (since 2001: two book chapters and 30 articles in peer reviewed journals) in the areas of Business School pedagogy, assessment of educational effectiveness, strategic planning and business ethics.

Jason E. Miller

Dr. Jason E. Miller is the Senior Research Officer at CSU Channel Islands. He joined CI in December 2012 after almost 15 years as a mathematics professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Dr. Miller grew up in St. Paul, MN, and in 1993 earned a BA in Mathematics at St. Olaf College where he participated in the Budapest Semester of Mathematics. In 1998, he earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has been a Visiting Member of the Fields Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A strong advocate for undergraduate research and other effective pedagogies for student learning, Dr. Miller has been a member of and Councilor in the Council on Undergraduate Research, a member and Chair of the Board of Governors for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, on the Science Policy Committee of the Mathematics Association of America, and the PI or lead on $5.6m of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening participation in STEM.

Karen Gundelfinger

Karen is a California native and a long time Camarillo resident. Her career path took her from academia to the medical supply distribution industry and back to the academic environment at CI. She is proud to be affiliated with the "gem" of the CSU system and enjoys the enriched environment and culture of this new academic institution.

Merilyn Buchanan

Merilyn Buchanan joined the Education program at CI in 2002. She has elementary, middle and high school teaching experience, notably in mathematics and science. She received her Teaching Certificate from Notre Dame Teachers’ College, and her Bachelor’s and Master degrees from the University of Liverpool in England. Her Ph.D. is in the area of Policy, Administration and the Study of Schooling from UCLA, where she taught at the university’s Lab School for twelve years.

Just prior to being named Interim Dean of the School of Education in 2015, her past roles were as coordinator of the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program and the Pre-Requisite Credential Program, Merilyn has worked extensively with student teachers in local elementary schools. Her interest in the function of professional development schools has led to her close relationship with the University Charter Schools at CI and to her role in founding the Southern California Professional Development School Consortium.