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Joseph Sheley named provost and
vice president for academic affairs
State President Alexander Gonzalez announced today the appointment of Joseph
F. Sheley as provost and vice president for academic affairs. The appointment
is effective immediately.
“Joe is completely
committed to Sacramento State,” said President Gonzalez. “He knows
the institution intimately, having served in both academic and administrative
posts. That experience and familiarity with the campus is invaluable, and it
made Joe the standout candidate.”
As provost, Sheley will
lead Academic Affairs and oversee the University’s seven academic colleges,
Library and College of Continuing Education. Sacramento State currently has
nearly 800 full-time faculty and more than 28,000 students.
Marilyn Hopkins, chair of
the search committee and dean of the College of Health & Human Services,
said “Joe is a strong and positive voice for the University, which serves
us well on campus and in the community. He is an experienced educator, a fine
scholar and has broad-based experience in higher education.”
already has a fine reputation for teaching and academic excellence,” said
Sheley. “I look forward to helping establish the University as one of
California’s premier universities. And I am particularly interested in
finding new ways to support the development of our faculty as both scholars
Sheley has served as interim
provost and vice president for academic affairs since July 17, 2006. A national
search was conducted for a successor to Ric Brown, who announced his intention
to retire in July. Qualified candidates came from major universities in California
and across the country.
A Sacramento native, Sheley
earned his bachelor’s degree in social science (1969) and master’s
in sociology (1971) from Sacramento State. He completed a doctorate in sociology
(1975) at the University of Massachusetts.
Sheley joined the faculty
at Tulane University in 1975 and served as chair of the Department of Sociology
from 1985 to 1991. He held a number of posts at Tulane including vice chair
of the University Senate and academic program administrator for the HUD Campus
Affiliates Program. In 1982, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow and
visiting lecturer in Cali, Colombia.
In 1996, he returned to
his alma mater as founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary
Studies. He subsequently served as interim director of the Office of Alumni
Relations (2004-05) and executive vice president (2005-06).
A widely published scholar
and criminologist, Sheley's academic and research interests include issues of
social control and the phenomenon of minors and guns.
The search was conducted
by a faculty committee:
Marilyn Hopkins, Dean, College of Health and Human Services (chair)
Bruce Bikle, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Sue Holl, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Sonya Lovine, Office Manager, Sponsored Research, Grant and Contract Admin.
Mark Siegler, Associate Professor, Economics
Pia Wong, Associate Professor, Bilingual Multicultural Education
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