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New Provost Arrives at SJSU
Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Ph.D. joins San Jose State University July 15 as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs from the University of Arizona, where he most recently served as interim senior vice provost and vice president for Academic Initiatives and Student Success.
As SJSU’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Del Casino serves as a key member of the university president’s leadership team with primary responsibility for ensuring academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies as well as a continual commitment to research, scholarship, and creative activities that benefit all students and society at large.
At the University of Arizona, he provided leadership and administrative oversight as the campus redeveloped central spaces for student support activities; re-organized its central administrative areas; and enhanced student success and retention. During his tenure, the university greatly increased its online undergraduate enrollment and program offerings. He was also integral in implementing the University of Arizona’s 100% Engagement Initiative that allows students to participate in “extra-classroom” activities through credit-bearing and non-credit engaged learning experiences. With more than 18 years of academic and administrative experience in higher education, he also served as professor and chair of the Department of Geography at California State University, Long Beach.
Del Casino looks forward to working with faculty and staff to advance the mission of the campus, to serve our students, and to deliver on the promise of high-quality, high-value degrees to the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students who are the future of our global workforce while making a difference in their local communities.
Del Casino is a prolific writer and researcher who has authored the book Social Geography: A Critical Introductionand co-edited with CSU, Long Beach faculty member, Dr. Mary Caputi, Derrida and the Future of the Liberal Arts. He also has edited and co-authored multiple other books and published dozens of articles and book chapters on topics ranging from health, robots and robotic technologies, cartographic theory, and tourism, in the context of geography. His numerous commentaries on higher education have been published in The Evolllution and Inside Higher Education, including “Machine Learning, Big Data, and the Future of Higher Education.”
Prior to earning his doctorate in geography from the University of Kentucky, Vincent received his master’s in geography from the University of Wisconsin and bachelor’s in international relations and East Asian studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
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