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Dr. Mary C. Schutten

On July 6, 2015 Dr. Mary C. Schutten became Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Dr. Schutten joins us from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where she served as associate dean for students and curriculum within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2009 and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Movement Sciences since 2003. Prior to that, she served as a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sports at Calvin College in Michigan for 12 years, including time as chair. She also served as an associate professor and chair for the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at Dordt College in Iowa for five years.

Dr. Schutten received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical education from Calvin College, with a minor in German and a master’s degree in exercise science, with a minor in administration, from California State University, Long Beach. She received a doctoral degree in physical education, with an emphasis on motor control and a minor in health education and statistics, from Indiana University.

In addition to her strong academic and administrative background, Dr. Schutten brings significant student retention and success experience. She managed an academic advising center within her college that became a campus-wide model. In addition, her most recent article, “Student Retention and Success = Big Data + the Human Touch,” was included in the conference proceedings at the Hawaii International Conference on Education this year.

Dr. Schutten enjoys hiking and any water related activity. She was a coach in DIII college athletics for volleyball, softball and swimming. Although she coached many sports, volleyball is her forte. We are excited to see Dr. Schutten support Spartan Pride and help all us cheer on our fellow Spartans in athletics.

Let us welcome Dr. Schutten to San José State and thank Interim Dean Alice Hines for serving the college so well during this leadership transition.

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The College of Applied Sciences and Arts programs offer unique hands-on training, with many of our majors providing internship opportunities so students are prepared to start a career as soon as they graduate. Watch the College of Applied Sciences and Arts informational video to see some of our students and faculty in action.

Student Affairs Committee (SAC)

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts values input from our students. Dean Mary Schutten or one of her associate deans meets regularly with the SAC to listen to student comments about their time on campus and to take suggestions on places to improve their experience.

The students involved in the SAC act as the liaisons between the department/school, the students, and the Dean's Office.

If you have questions, concerns, or issues that you would like to have addressed, contact your SAC representative.