February 16, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 10

Elizabeth Say to Head Northridge's College of Humanities

New Dean, a Northridge Alumna, Brings More Than 15 Years of Experience to Job

Elizabeth Say, who since 2001 has served as interim associate dean in Northridge's College of Humanities, will become the college's new dean on July 1.

Say brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education to her new position, said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Bain in her February 6 announcement.

"I am confident that her cumulative experience and knowledge will serve her well in her new role," Bain added.

The newly appointed Say, a Northridge alumna, was pleased to be selected to serve the College of Humanities as dean. "CSUN is dear to my heart," she said. "I've been a part of the community since 1972, when I was a student here, and I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of the college."

From 1998 until her appointment as interim associate dean, Say was chair of the Women's Studies Department.

"In that assignment," Bain said, "Dr. Say provided leadership in the development of a faculty and curriculum which reflects the multicultural, multiethnic experience that is a hallmark of the CSUN experience."

Say, who also taught for nine years in Cal State Northridge's Religious Studies Department, has been active on university committees and in faculty governance.

Author of "Evidence on Her Own Behalf: Women's Narrative as Theological Voice" and co-author with Mark Kowalewski of "Gays, Lesbians, and Family Values," Say has published many scholarly articles in the fields of religious and women's studies.

In addition to her Northridge experience, Say has taught at the University of Southern California—where she earned her Ph.D. in religious social ethics—as well as at Antioch University Los Angeles and the Graduate School of Azusa Pacific University. She is a national leader in professional organizations such as the American Academy of Religion and the National Women's Studies Association.

The new dean graduated cum laude from Cal State Northridge in 1981 with a double major in religious studies and English literature.

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