Dr. Meera Komarraju was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective January 1, 2023 by President Erika Beck.
Dr. Komarraju comes to CSUN with more than three decades of experience in higher education. In addition to her work as provost and vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, she has been a dean, associate dean, department chair and an undergraduate program director.
She holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Osmania University in India and a doctorate in applied social psychology from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She taught at the undergraduate and graduate level in the Departments of Psychology and Management at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She also has taught in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Management’s off-campus executive MBA program.
As an applied psychologist, Dr. Komarraju’s research focuses on student motivation and performance, diversity and leadership, as well as on work attitudes and work-family linkages in dual-career couples.
“Dr. Komarraju is a highly experienced and exceptionally skilled academic leader, and I am confident her leadership will facilitate a brighter and more equitable future for our entire campus community,” said CSUN President Erika D. Beck.
As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Komarraju is responsible for directing nearly 3,000 faculty and staff members in the Division of Academic Affairs, the largest unit within the university. Dr. Komarraju oversees eight academic colleges; the college of extended learning; university library; academic support units; and six central academic affairs administrative offices.
Dr. Komarraju serves as a member of the CSU Academic Council, the President's Cabinet at CSUN, and the CSUN Foundation's Board of Directors. She also chairs the Provost's Council, the Academic Affairs Council, the Teacher Education Council, and the University Planning & Budget Group (UPBG).
Dr. Komarraju feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve CSUN’s students, staff and faculty in the Provost role and is seeking to make a meaningful contribution to the teaching and learning taking place on campus.