16:55 PM

Dean of CEHHS Appointment

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Emiliano Ayala has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), effective July 1, 2018. 

Dr. Ayala is deeply committed to the mission of the California State University, having served in the CSU for over 17 years as a faculty member and a department chair, as well as in various administrative leadership positions. He is a proven leader with experience in working collaboratively with department chairs, faculty and administration in a multi-disciplinary unit, in support of all facets of growth management. As a CSU alumnus, and a CSU advocate, student success is a strongly held value and a commitment that guides Dr. Ayala in providing high quality educational experiences to all students in order to ensure that graduates are prepared to work effectively in their field of study or profession. He is an active scholar whose research interests include Universal Design for Learning, and culturally relevant supports for diverse children with special educational needs and their families.

Currently, Dr. Ayala serves as Director of Assessment and Accreditation in the School of Education at Sonoma State University where he has also previously served as Department Chair. Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Dean in the College of Professional Studies at Humboldt State University, a college that includes several of the disciplines in CEHHS at CSUSM. Dr. Ayala is strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. He is currently an Advisory Board member for the Latino Service Providers, has previously served on the board of the Latino Children and Families Commission, and recently co-authored a $2.5 million HSI grant for diversifying the teacher preparation program at Sonoma State University.

Dr. Ayala earned his Ph.D. in Education at San Diego State University and the Claremont Graduate University, his M.S. in Counseling Psychology at San Diego State University, and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

I offer my thanks and appreciation to the members of the search committee for their commitment to and diligence in completing this recruitment: Wesley Schultz (chair), Meghan Aparri, Shannon Cody, Denise Garcia, Lori Heisler, Lorna Kendrick, Nam Nguyen, Julie Rich, Mike Schroder and Pat Stall, as well as to the co-staff to the committee, Pia Bombardier and Karen Irwin.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ayala to CSUSM as Dean of CEHHS ecayala@csusm.edu

Graham Oberem, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs