Office of the Provost

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Provost Biography

Dr. Stella Theodoulou has been appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective June 25, 2018 by President Dianne F. Harrison. 

Interim Provost Theodoulou served as Vice Provost since July 2017 and, prior to that appointment, was Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since August 2001, and Chair of the Department of Political Science from 1996-2001, where she was also a faculty member for five years. As a Dean, Dr. Theodoulou led countless efforts and initiatives, mentored other campus leaders, and championed student success. She is the author of nine texts and numerous articles and chapters on public policy, comparative government, American politics, and higher education. She is recognized as an expert on social welfare policy, in particular she has conducted comparative research on AIDS policy in various parts of the world serving as a consultant to various public sector agencies, both here in the United States and internationally. 

As Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Theodoulou will be responsible for directing nearly 3,000 faculty and staff members in the Division of Academic Affairs, the largest unit within the university. Dr. Theodoulou will oversee eight academic colleges; the college of extended learning; university library; academic support units; and six central academic affairs administrative offices.

Interim Provost Theodoulou will serve as a member of the CSU Academic Council, the President's Cabinet at CSUN, 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. Theodoulou earned her B.A. (Honors) degree in Politics & Government from the City of London Polytechnic, Master of Arts in American Government & Politics from the University of Essex, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University. Additionally, in 2004, she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.