Meet the Provost
Dr. Ellen Junn is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San José State University. As the chief academic officer of the university, she oversees 154 degree programs (undergraduate, master’s and one doctorate), and supports over 30,000 students, 1,700 faculty, over 200 staff and administrators in seven academic colleges, the College of International and Extended Education (generating $29 million in self-support funds), the Martin Luther King Library (one of the nation’s first university-city library partnerships) and other units including the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Monterey Bay and the Research Foundation. As Provost, she facilitates university strategic planning, leads Academic Affairs strategic planning, implements budget and resource allocation plans, guides and oversees innovations in academic technology, promotes faculty and student success, and supports curricular and program distinction.
Since arriving at San Jose State University in January 2012, she has worked to increase and coordinate multiple support programs to improve student learning, retention, and graduation rates, with special attention to also closing the under-represented minority student graduation gap. She also has worked to stabilize budget cuts, while still preserving funds to support faculty research, scholarly and creative activity and undergraduate research, as well as funds to support faculty innovations in teaching, learning and technology.
Dr. Junn’s research interests and publications include college teaching effectiveness, faculty development, educational equity and diversity issues, and early childhood education and advocacy. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, and is co-editor of Child Growth and Development, an annualized reader published by McGraw-Hill now in its 21st edition. While a faculty member at CSU, Fullerton, Dr. Junn received the Robert and Louise Lee Collaborative Teaching Award, the Jewel Plummer Cobb Diversity in Education Award, the Distinguished Educational Equity Faculty Mentor Award, the Affirming Diversity Award, and was invited by President George W. Bush to the White House Summit on Early Cognitive Development in July 2001.
Dr. Junn graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with High Honors in Psychology in 1979, and earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from Princeton University. She completed Harvard University’s Management Development Program in 1998.