Welcome to Academic Year 21-22! I am so delighted to be back on campus and to experience a gradual return to normal. While Fall semester is a transitional term, it is terrific to support our students through a mix of virtual and in-person classes, services, events, and activities. And it has been wonderful seeing many of you in person! Health and safety remain our top priority, and as we slowly repopulate campus, we will continue to maintain caution in our safety protocols. For more information, see csun.edu/matadors-forward.
A lot happened over the summer! We launched The Road Map to the Future, the strategy for the university that will build on the themes that emerged from President Beck’s 100-day listening tour. There was a lot of good discussion and input about the Road Map from university leaders at the summer retreat, and now a steering committee and working groups are being assembled. We also made good progress on the Faculty Hiring Initiative, and you can learn more about that on the Provost's Office webpage. In addition, below are highlights of some of the good news from Academic Affairs. You’ll also find a fascinating interview with Jinah Kim, Associate Professor, Communication Studies. I hope you enjoy this newsletter, and I look forward to seeing more of you on campus.
Mary Beth Walker, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs