Dr. Ye is a climatologist and a professor of geography, currently serving as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Stanislaus State since 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served as the associate dean in the College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). She earned several leadership certificates, including the HERS Institute 2019 (Denver) and six from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow and a faculty researcher affiliated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) since 2004.
Dr. Ye earned a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware. She has over 27 years of experience in higher education, including tenure-track positions at Emporia State University, the University of Idaho, and Cal State LA. For the past 10 years, Dr. Ye has served in a variety of administrative/leadership roles at all academic levels, including department chair, founding director for NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center (DIRECT-STEM), administrative coordinator for Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF), and Associate Dean for the College of Natural and Social Sciences.
Dr. Ye is an award-winning teacher and mentor, having received five prestigious institutional/regional awards, including President’s Outstanding Faculty and Distinguished Women Award (Cal State LA), two Faculty Excellence Awards (U. of Idaho), and Faculty Recognition award (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in Idaho & Washington). She is also a well-known scholar in climate change reflected in changing precipitation characteristics, with over 71 peer-reviewed high-impact publications/book chapters and the winner of the best paper of the year award from the Climate Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). She secured and managed over $8 million in grants from agencies & foundations, including NSF, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey, etc. She has rich experience and a passion for developing trans-disciplinary research and innovative education projects involving large groups of faculty and under-represented students across campuses, government agencies, and local organizations. She continues to recruit and support diverse students and faculty members and inspire them for academic success.