Carolyn J. Stefanco, Chair of the Department of History and Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Development at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, has been named the Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus. Her appointment is effective July 1.
A professor and administrator at Cal Poly, SLO for 16 years, Stefanco has a PhD in History from Duke University and has been department chair for eight years. She previously taught at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Oklahoma State University, the University of Colorado, and State University New York-Binghamton. Stefanco's teaching and scholarship have focused on U.S. women's and social history, and she has played leadership roles in establishing women's studies programs and fostering the integration of gender and ethnicity into curriculum. She directed the Women's Studies Program at Cal Poly, SLO for six years.
"Professor Stefanco's commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, notable accomplishments in faculty and program development, and exemplary administrative record are the basis for strong and successful leadership that will guide the College toward even greater distinction," said William Covino, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.