Mitch Avila

Dr. Mitch Avila joined CSUCI in January 2021 as Provost with over twenty-five years’ experience in the CSU system at four separate campuses. In prior roles he has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University Dominguez Hills, one of the most ethnically diverse universities on the West Coast. Avila oversaw 18 academic programs and has implemented budget models to increase support for faculty research and grow smaller programs, notably ethnic studies and Women’s Studies. As Dean, he established the Center for Sacred Music of the African Diaspora with $1.6M endowment, facilitated creation of College bylaws, developed College-level policy promoting diversity and inclusive hiring practices, advanced accreditation and reaccreditation in Music, Theatre, and Journalism, and built external partnerships with music organizations and city governments. He served on the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Board of Directors, where he promoted advocacy efforts for federal funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences. Previously as Associate Dean and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Cal State Fullerton, Avila directed professional development for adjuncts, expanded study abroad programs, and developed innovative new degrees, including Vietnamese Studies. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 and researches theories of human rights and global justice, along with the aesthetics of film and photography. 

Susan Andrzejewski

Dr. Susan Andrzejewski was appointed Interim Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics in July 2018. Previously, she served as the Chair of the Business Program and Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI) at CSU Channel Islands. As Executive Director of the ESBI, Dr. Andrzejewski expanded the Institute to support cross-disciplinary entrepreneurial initiatives across campus. Additionally, Dr. Andrzejewski has served on numerous university committees including the University Strategic Planning Committee, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), and the CSU Channel Islands Foundation Board.

Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands, Dr. Andrzejewski was an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Business, Organizations, and Society Department at Franklin & Marshall College. Dr. Andrzejewski received her doctorate in Social Psychology from Northeastern University in 2009 and completed pre-doctoral training in the Marketing Departments at Babson College and Northeastern University. Dr. Andrzejewski also holds a M.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Psychology from Bethany College.

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.

Kirk England

Kirk England joined CSUCI in March 2018 as the AVP and Chief Academic Budget Officer for the Division of Academic Affairs. Mr. England is an experienced senior administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Mr. England has served as a Senior Budget and Policy Analyst and most recently as the Assistant Director of the Budget Office at Western Washington University. He is a skilled professional in matters concerning financial analysis, planning and budget development, research, policy analysis, and data analysis.

Sheila Grant

Dr. Sheila Grant joined CSUCI in May 2019. Prior to her arrival, Dr. Grant served 25 years at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Dr. Grant was extremely active in faculty governance serving numerous years on multiple standing committees of the faculty senate, often as chair, as well as on the Senate Executive Committee. Among her contributions to the university, Dr. Grant has spearheaded the assessment of Campus Climate, during the Fall 2007 (pilot on faculty only), Spring 2011 (faculty & staff only), and Fall 2015 (faculty, staff & students) semesters.

She served three years as Special Assistant to the Dean and Administrative Fellow in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN (from 2017-2019). She first joined CSUN as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology in 1994. Her contributions to teaching excellence earned the prestigious Outstanding Faculty of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Award in 2014 and the Jeanette Mann Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equity and Diversity within the University Community, from the Presidential Advisory Board on Equity and Diversity in 2002. Dr. Grant served as an advisor to the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and provided recommendations on initiatives and changes to improve quality and services regarding all faculty and ASE related areas. Moreover, she supported the oversight of policies and procedures related to retention, tenure, and promotion and advised colleges and departments on "order of assignment" and Lecturer entitlement

Dr. Grant earned her B.A. (with summa cum laude honors) in Psychology in 1987, as well as her M.A. in Community-Clinical Psychology in 1989 from CSUN. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her research focuses on academic achievement, racial/ethnic identity development, persons with disabilities, personality, and cross-cultural counseling. She was awarded, as co-PI, a training grant for high school students (COR-HS) from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Michelle Hasendonckx

An education equity professional with 12 years of federal grant administration experience, Michelle has most recently served as the Director of Student Academic Success and Equity Initiatives (SASEI) in the Division of Academic Affairs. Within SASEI, she has held roles ranging from Activity Manager to Project Director on various Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution grant projects and has managed various CI peer mentor and faculty-led initiatives. Michelle’s career has been centered on working to better serve underrepresented, minoritized student populations. A first-generation college student herself, Michelle is committed to advancing the education and personal success of all students and recognizes the wealth of social and cultural capital they bring to the campus community. During her tenure at CSUCI, Michelle has also taught in Chicana/o Studies and University Experience programs, sat on the executive board of the Chicana/o Latina/o Faculty & Staff Association, and served on many institutional committees advancing CSUCI’s equity agenda. Michelle holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSU Channel Islands and Fresno State University, an M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Vandana Kohli

Dr. Vandana Kohli was appointed as the Dean of Arts & Sciences at CSUCI in July 2018. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, an MA in Economics from Panjab University in India, and she earned her PhD in Demography from Michigan State University in 1990. Since receiving her PhD, Dr. Kohli has held leadership roles at two separate CSU campuses, CSU Los Angeles and CSU Bakersfield, and has served as a Department Chair, Chair of the Faculty and Academic Senate, Director of the Graduate Student Center, and Graduate Program Coordinator. Since 2014, Dr. Kohli has served at CSU Bakersfield as the Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Kohli has demonstrated her commitment to access and community commitment both as a faculty member and as an administrator. She has engaged in extensive service to the local community and has
conducted many applied development projects including teenage pregnancy prevention, childhood immunization and valley fever risk assessment, and public transportation needs evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Kohli has developed professional networks with Hispanic Serving Institutions in Kern County as well as with the K -12 educational community.

At CSUB, she was part of a team involved with aligning the General Education Program with the institution’s mission of promoting deeper and more meaningful learning outcomes for underrepresented
students. This work led to the development of a new GE model, AIMS (Achieving Integration and Mastering Skills) that incorporates high impact practices, reinforces basic skills, promotes the integration of knowledge, and incorporates formal assessment to improve teaching effectiveness. Dr. Kohli also served as co-Principal Investigator on a successful grant for $2.6 million to improve undergraduate educational outcomes, and she has also obtained an additional $5.6 million in grants and contracts over the course of her career. She has also been engaged in the development of 4+1 programs that allow students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years, and she worked with Engineering Sciences faculty to develop a self-support, post-baccalaureate certificate in Petroleum Engineering.

Jill Leafstedt

Jill Leafstedt currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Innovation & Faculty Development at CSU Channel Islands. In this role, she strives to help faculty explore and develop innovative methods of improving student learning and draws on her background and experiences as an educator. Jill joined the CSUCI community in 2002 as a faculty member in the School of Education, helping to found the special education program. She maintains a passion for student learning and the applied role of innovative technology and digital tools in learning. Jill currently oversees Faculty Development, Academic Technology, openCI, and our online/blended teaching preparation programs.

Dr. Osman Ozturgut

Dr. Osman Ozturgut joined CSU-Channel Islands in July 2018 as the Dean of Extended University and Associate Vice President for International Programs. Prior to arriving at CSUCI, Dr. Ozturgut was the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and tenured faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Ozturgut served on multiple local, national, and international committees over the years. He was a member of the Head Start Policy Council, Affirmative Action Advisory Council, and a commissioner for the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Commission in Texas. He also served on the board for one of the largest charter school systems in Texas and on several working groups and international committees with the American Evaluation Association and the Comparative and International Education Society. Dr. Ozturgut taught courses in entrepreneurship, program evaluation, cultural competency, international communication, and research methods, among others.

He has numerous publications and presentations in the field of education, cultural competency, international development, and leadership. Outside the academia, as a seasoned professional, Dr. Ozturgut has also been involved in different business ventures and start-ups throughout the years. He worked as a manager of a hotel and developed and maintained export-import businesses in Middle East and Asia. He has developed a portfolio for 50+ products, facilitated the execution of multi-million dollar projects within the Middle East and Asia. Dr. Ozturgut received his B.A. in American Culture and Literature from Hacettepe University, and went on to earn a Master's of Arts in Teaching (Webster University), a Master's in Education (University of Missouri, St. Louis), and a Master's of Business Administration (University of the Incarnate Word). He also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Brian Sevier

Dr. Brian Sevier is the Dean of the School of Education at California State University at Channel Islands. Prior to this position Brian was the Associate Dean of Education at Metro State University, Denver and the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Director of Standards and Instruction. As the CDE Director he led a team of k-12 content specialists in supporting Colorado educator’s transition to the Colorado Academic Standards. In addition to his work at the state level, Brian was an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and the Director of the Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Brian first achieved tenure at the University of North Carolina and was a reappointed Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Across his educational career, Brian has published in numerous journals and texts representative of the curriculum and instruction spectrum. Brian has a strong background in standards, curriculum, instruction, and professional development through his work at the state level, his experience in developing/designing educator preparation programs, and his classroom and district-level experiences in Colorado schools.

Scott Perez

Scott Perez has over 25 years of experience in research administration. In March 2017 Scott joined the Channel Islands campus where he currently serve as Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. His role as Director is to provide leadership and administrative support in the initiation and conduct of all university sponsored project activities. The office provides both pre- and post-award support to campus. Prior to his arrival at CSUCI, Scott worked in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at CSU, Northridge from 1992 – 2017, serving as Director 2002 – 2017. During his tenure at CSUN, the award volume increased from $8 million to over $30 million annually.

Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry was appointed in 2019 to serve as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Programs and Planning. Prior to arriving at CSU Channel Islands in 2012 she was a tenured faculty member at Pomona College. Her university service has been broad, touching many facets of academic programs, such as serving as a program chair at both institutions. She holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis on archaeology. As an archaeologist working in academic and cultural resource management settings, she brings to the position experience in project management, regulatory compliance, and leadership.

At her academic core is a commitment to experiential learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, indigenous California, as well as a profound love of the Channel Islands and their cultural history. Beginning when she was an undergraduate she has been engaged with projects on the islands that have resulted in numerous publications and presentations, many of which have involved students. At Pomona College she was a core member of the interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Program and was involved with the facilitation of other experiential learning opportunities such as the creation of the Outdoor Education Center. She has maintained a long-standing partnership with Channel Islands National Park for educational, research, and compliance purposes. As one important facet of this relationship, at CI she has been engaged with the development and support of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station.

Alicia Virtue

Dr. Alicia Virtue is the Dean of the Library and Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC). Prior to joining CSUCI, she most recently served as Senior Dean of Learning Resources and Educational Technology and as a tenured faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College. Over the course of her professional career Alicia has held positions in the private sector, defense sector and U.S. Foreign Service, with focus on library administration and management of information systems. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Alicia’s current research interests are in the areas of equity access to information and data privacy protection in the digital age. She has published works on innovative applications of educational technology for use in information discovery and learning environments.

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