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Message from the Provost: My Time at SJSU

As you have recently read, I will be departing San Jose State University at the end of this academic year and will be taking on the role of president of the University of Northern Colorado. While I am excited for the new opportunities this appointment will provide for myself and my family, I am also saddened to be leaving the university and community I have called home for the past five years. I love this university and our students, staff and faculty!

Read my full message here.

Women in Engineering Conference






Women in Engineering Conference Promotes Equity

SJSU and community college students engage with industry leaders at annual conference. Read more.

McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Prep for Graduate School

McNair Scholars participate in undergraduate RSCA and learn how to prepare for graduate school. Read more.

Next University Scholars Series is April 18

Xiaojia Hou presents "Negotiating Socialism in Rural China: Mao, Peasants and Local Cadres in Shanxi." See the flier.

DARE Fellows Visit

DARE Fellows Visit SJSU

Members of Stanford’s DARE program visited SJSU on March 1, meeting with university officials and faculty members as they weigh career options. Read more.

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Humanities HonorsStudents from diverse majors participate in SJSU's Humanities Honors program, where they complete an interdisciplinary set of GE Courses. (Photo: James Tensuan, '15 Journalism)

Interim Provost Appointed

Dr. Joan C. Ficke will serve as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at San Jose State, effective July 16, 2018. Dr. Ficke brings to San Jose State more than three decades of relevant experience as a professor and higher education leader at Montclair State University (Montclair, New Jersey), which has much in common with San Jose State. Founded as a teacher’s college, Montclair State has grown into a comprehensive multipurpose research institution with three campuses approximately one hour from Manhattan.

Dr. Ficke most recently served as dean of The Graduate School at Montclair State, where her staff of 20 administered 140 programs at the master’s and doctoral level for 4,000 students. She previously served for more than a decade in various leadership roles, culminating in senior vice provost, where she was responsible for all faculty personnel matters, the university registrar, career services and special sessions. Earlier in her career, Dr. Ficke served as interim dean of students, director of the women’s center, executive director of the New Jersey Business Group on Health, and president of the faculty union.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Ficke was a professor in Montclair State’s Department of Public Health and Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. An extensive list of her scholarly achievements, activities, research and publications are posted online. She received her bachelor’s from Montclair State, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University.

Dr. Melinda Jackson, Chair of the Department of Political Science, has agreed to chair the search committee for our next permanent provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. We will share the full committee roster as soon as we can confirm each member’s ability to serve in this important role. The search officially will launch at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year.

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