Professor Stella Theodoulou, who had been serving as chair of the Political Science Department, has been named interim dean of the college effective Monday, August 27, said CSUN Provost Louanne Kennedy. A search and screen committee for the permanent dean's position soon will be formed, with the goal of an appointment during this academic year.
"On behalf of the entire campus, I want to extend to Dean Flores our best wishes in this wonderful opportunity for personal advancement," said CSUN President Jolene Koester. "CSUN will miss the guiding hand Bill has lent to our second largest college since his appointment in August 1996."
During Flores' tenure, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its seven academic departments highlighted the university's commitment to strengthening connections with our surrounding community.
Among the various highlights of recent years, the college launched its Center for Southern California Studies, sponsored conferences on the local environment and had the work of its Geography Department highlighted in a special presentation to the CSU Board of Trustees.
As provost at New Mexico State, Flores will be the chief academic officer for the university's main campus in Las Cruces and its four branch campuses that have a combined student enrollment of about 23,000. NMSU is a Ph.D.-granting, Research I category, Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers 74 bachelor's programs, 51 master's programs and 24 doctoral programs.
Theodoulou, meanwhile, brings a wealth of teaching, scholarly and administrative experience to her new assignment. She joined the Political Science Department at CSUN after receiving her doctorate from Tulane University in 1984, and went on to teach in areas including public opinion, social policy, and policy analysis and evaluation.
Theodoulou also has chaired the Political Science Department since 1997. She is the author of five books, and is an international expert on AIDS policy who has conducted numerous comparative studies of AIDS policies in different parts of the world. She also has served as a member of the Faculty Senate.
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