College of Humanities and the Arts Dean Lisa Vollendorf To Take Post as Provost at Sonoma State University

Lisa Vollendorf

Lisa Vollendorf

College of Humanities and the Arts Dean Lisa Vollendorf has been appointed Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Sonoma State University. She will depart SJSU at the end of the spring term and start her new post on July 1, 2017.

The university soon will commence a national search for her successor; information on that process will follow. In the meantime, I want to congratulate Dean Vollendorf on her new opportunity, thank her for her outstanding service to SJSU and acknowledge her many accomplishments.

During her five years leading the College of Humanities and the Arts, Lisa has promoted collaboration, interdisciplinarity and innovative teaching and learning across campus. She led efforts to forge a partnership between SJSU and the city of San Jose that enabled the reopening of the downtown Hammer Theatre Center as a premier regional performing arts center. Since 2015, she has overseen operations of the venue, which has become a coveted space for campus and community performances and events. Lisa also has fostered individual and corporate philanthropy, raising more than $11 million during her tenure.

Through it all, Lisa has remained steadfastly focused on student success. Under her leadership, the university has prioritized writing outcomes by strengthening Writing Across the Curriculum, transitioning from developmental English to a Stretch English option that provides course credit for students in need of remediation and hiring writing faculty to support students at all levels of their education. She oversaw the creation of the college’s Student Marketing Team and Student Success Center; has championed arts, innovation, and technology collaborative projects; and helped implement a student-designed collaboration hub in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

In addition, Lisa founded the Deans’ Leadership Academy in 2014 to mentor and support faculty leadership development across the campus. The program has served 54 faculty members to date.

We will soon announce plans to celebrate Lisa’s service to SJSU. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating her on this exciting new career opportunity and expressing gratitude for her outstanding service.


Andy Feinstein

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Show Your Spartan Spirit at Feb. 25 Interdivisional Competition

Event flier

Event flier

SJSU staff and faculty are invited to attend the second annual interdivisional competition Feb. 25 at the Spartan Women’s Basketball game against Boise State, in the SJSU Event Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the game starts at 2 p.m. RSVP online.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Andy Feinstein and Vice President for Student Affairs Reggie Blaylock launched the event last year when they competed to see which division could fill more seats in the stands during a women’s basketball game. Faculty and staff, along with their families, were invited to attend. The pair provided a meal and lots of entertainment throughout the evening, including a free throw competition, a cheer off and a relay race. At the end of the evening, Academic Affairs was crowned victorious for the evening’s competition and Provost Feinstein accepted a trophy on behalf of the division. This year’s event promises even more fierce competition as invitations have been extended to include University Advancement and Administration and Finance colleagues – all four divisions will compete to take home the trophy and the title of most Spartan Spirit.

Kathleen McConnell Appointed as Chair of Accreditation Review Committee

Kathleen McConnell

Kathleen McConnell

The Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate are pleased to announce that Kathleen McConnell, associate professor of Communication Studies, has been appointed as the new chair of the Accreditation Review Committee. The Accreditation Review Committee is a special agency of the Academic Senate charged with leading the campus in preparation for its accreditation review in accordance with the most current WSCUC guidelines (formerly called WASC). Kathleen will lead the university community through development of our Special Visit report this spring and our visit with the WSCUC team September 27-28, 2017.

Kathleen has a strong record of university service having served on the Curriculum and Research Committee, the Board of General Studies and the Writing Requirements Committee. She represented SJSU as a team member at the AAC&U Institute for General Education and Assessment and at the CSU Institute of Teaching and Learning symposium on Assessing General Education. She developed the COMM 100W assessment plan and is currently serving on the Writing/Information Literacy Core Competencies Task Force. She is active in the Western States Communication Association and the National Communication Association.

Kathleen came to SJSU from Indiana University in 2009. She teaches in the areas of communication theory, rhetorical criticism, writing and gender studies. Her scholarship explores the relationship between universities and invention. She has written on topics such as academic professionalism, race and equity in education, and impacts of educational reform. In addition to her appointment in Communication Studies, she serves as a faculty member in the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Kathleen will replace former accreditation chair Camille Johnson, who has recently joined the Office of the Provost as the chief operations manager. Cami led SJSU through the last accreditation cycle with energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. We would like to thank Cami for her important contributions to SJSU.

Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Dean Appointed

Dr. Dan Moshavi

Dr. Dan Moshavi

Dr. Dan Moshavi has been appointed as dean of SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, effective Feb. 27.

Moshavi has previously served as a business school dean at Montana State University and at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, where he is currently a professor of management.  He began his academic career at SJSU in the late 1990s as an assistant professor of management. He brings extensive experience in higher education administration, fundraising, community and alumni engagement, and interdisciplinary program development.

Moshavi’s teaching, research and consulting has focused on leadership, change management, high performance teams, and attitudes and emotions in the workplace. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including health care institutions, universities and municipalities.  Moshavi has been a faculty member in an executive master’s program at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and has served as a research fellow at the Nemours Center for Medical Leadership.  He has won more than a dozen teaching awards throughout his career, including the university-wide teaching award at Montana State.

He received a bachelor’s in international affairs and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University before completing a doctorate in management at the University of Oregon.

During the search process, Moshavi expressed a desire to build interdisciplinary programs and to engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to build a strategic vision for the college. More importantly, he has a strong history of working with first-generation and diverse student populations in innovative ways to help them succeed in business arenas.

Charles. W. Davidson College of Engineering Dean Appointed

Dr. Sheryl Ehrman

Dr. Sheryl Ehrman

Dr. Sheryl H. Ehrman has been appointed as dean of SJSU’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, effective July 3.

Ehrman joins San Jose State University from the University of Maryland, College Park where she has served as Keystone professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering since 2010. She has worked at the university since 1998 as a faculty member. As chair, she oversaw an expansion of tenure-track faculty, development of two new BS/MS programs, the growth of the transfer student pathway, initiation of a multidisciplinary research center for advanced battery technology, and development and implementation of strategies to engage alumni and industrial partners.

She received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to complete a doctoral degree in chemical engineering in the major field of aerosol science and technology and the minor field of atmospheric science at UCLA. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

Ehrman served as a visiting scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Maryland and as a National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the Paul. Scherrer Institute, in Switzerland. In 2006, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and visiting associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where she engaged with students and faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She served as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador from 2013-16.

During the search process, Ehrman expressed a passion for research, a proven ability to create industry partnerships and an aspiration to foster a diversity of ideas. Most importantly she possesses the skills to build student engagement and support student success at SJSU.