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February
2017

Candidates for Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences - Campus Visits and Open Forums, Feb. 13-17

Dear Campus Community,

On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the names of the individuals who will be visiting campus as finalists for Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences. The candidates’ names, brief bios, campus visit dates and the dates of the campus open forums, are provided below.

The Search Committee will value your input regarding the candidates’ fit with the College and with CSUSM, so please be sure to attend the campus open forum and to complete and submit the Confidential Candidate Feedback Forms that will be distributed at the meeting.

Thank you,
Janet Powell
Chair, Search Committee for Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences and
Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Dr. Larry Butler 

Campus Visit: Monday, Feb. 13, and the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 
Campus Open Forum: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., USU 2310

Dr. Larry Butler is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and professor of Political Science at Rowan University, a rapidly growing institution of 17,000 students in the New Jersey state system. His duties within the college include management of all academic and faculty matters, oversight of day-to-day operations, and acting as the principal advisor to the dean. He has served as associate dean of CHSS since its creation in 2012, when it was carved out of Rowan’s larger College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His accomplishments include the following:

  • Leading the strategic planning effort that created a unified vision for CHSS
  • Overhauling the College’s messaging and outreach to boost enrollments across all programs
  • Creating four new interdisciplinary degree programs, including two at the Camden satellite campus
  • Increasing CHSS retention rates to 85 percent by implementing a new hybrid advising model
  • Writing an affirmative action plan for CHSS and designing analytic tools for the campus-wide report

Dr. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, specializing in American political institutions and elections. He also has a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University and a B.A. in Economics from Washington & Lee University. His research focuses on party leadership in Congress and on presidential elections. More particularly, he studies how political actors reshape political rules and norms to advance their agendas. At Rowan, he has taught courses on the Presidency, Congress, parties and elections, and research methods. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an economic analyst for the federal government and served for a year in Geneva, Switzerland, on the U.S. negotiating team involved in creating the World Trade Organization.

Dr. Krystyna Aune 

Campus Visit: Tuesday, Feb. 14 (1 p.m.) and all day Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Campus Open Forum: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., KEL 5400

Dr. Krystyna Aune has been at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa since 1991 and has been serving as dean of Graduate Education since 2014. Her doctorate was awarded from the University of Arizona, and M.S. and B.S degrees from Illinois State University. Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Aune served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and as associate dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. She was chair of the Department of Communicology as well as director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Aune was awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2004.

Dr. Aune’s research examines emotions in relationships. Her research is published in the premiere journals of the communication discipline, social psychology and personal relationships journals, and in edited books as a contributor. She served on several Editorial Boards and was elected to offices in the International Communication and the National Communication Association. Dr. Aune has presented over 50 competitively selected papers at conferences. She has also served as a consultant to review Communication programs at various universities. She has been interviewed for segments on local and syndicated television and radio programs regarding relationship and family topics.

Dean Aune oversees the international recruitment program (3+2) and participated in recruitment and institutional collaboration trips in China, Taiwan, and Korea. One of Dr. Aune’s main administrative initiatives is professional development. One example of this is her series of workshops for department chairs and graduate chairs called “Leadership Matters,” which provide department leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to help their programs thrive. Dr. Aune is also passionate about enriching the professional development of graduate students beginning with a revamped graduate student orientation and ongoing workshops to help students navigate their academic journey and prepare for their future endeavors.

Dr. Julia Johnson 

Campus Visit: Thursday, Feb. 16, and the morning of Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Campus Open Forum: Thursday, February 16, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., KEL 5400

Dr. Julia R. Johnson has been the dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL) since 2015. Dr. Johnson has worked at UWL since July of 2011 when she began her work as an associate dean in the College and as the director of the School of Arts and Communication. Throughout Dr. Johnson’s career, she has worked in administrative roles, including directing large general education courses, supervising and training graduate teaching assistants, and serving as a department chair. She has worked at public and private universities in roles as a tenure-track faculty member, a full-time lecturer, and as an adjunct. Dr. Johnson identifies as a teacher-scholar of critical intercultural communication and has published in journals such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Communication Studies, an M.A. from CSU Northridge in Speech Communication, and a B.A. from CSU Long Beach in Speech Communication. She dropped out of high school and attended Long Beach City College as an entry point into earning a bachelor’s degree.

As an administrator, Dr. Johnson has significant experience advancing initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and faculty development. She has assisted departments and colleges in building community partnerships, alumni connections and fundraising infrastructure. In addition, Dr. Johnson has been involved in institution-wide discussions of enrollment goals and has collaboratively developed recruitment events, led departments in managing course enrollment strategies, and supported innovative retention programming. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and has regularly provided workshops addressing the interconnection of leadership, bias and diversity at seminars for new chairs, new deans and at universities across the U.S.

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