Dr. Carl Kemnitz joined San Jose State as deputy provost on July 6, 2015. The deputy provost advises and represents the provost, working closely with deans, associate vice presidents, and other senior administrators to advance the academic mission of the university. His primary areas of direct responsibility include Academic Affairs personnel issues, the development of 21st-century teaching and learning spaces, as well as implementation and assessment of academic initiatives.
Prior to joining SJSU, Kemnitz served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles
at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) since 1998. Most recently, he was associate vice president for academic programs
at CSUB (2010-2015), associate dean in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
and the director for successful STEM diversity programs.
Dr. Kemnitz holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in philosophy from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Kemnitz has described his approach to strategic planning as “seeing the forest, the trees and the leaves.” Under his guidance, 11 new degrees and 21 additional programs were implemented at CSUB. He facilitated the WASC accreditation process for that campus, which received re-accreditation for the maximum length. He also led a comprehensive curriculum transformation as the university transitioned from a quarter to a semester system.