Carl Kemnitz

Dr. Carl KemnitzDr. Carl Kemnitz is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He has broad leadership authority within the division, including direct responsibility for the academic budget, for recruitment, retention, and development of faculty, department chair training, and other personnel matters. He advises and represents the provost, onboarding and working closely with deans and other senior administrators to advance the academic mission of the university. He represents the division throughout the university with frequent cross-divisional collaborations for other matters such as research development, enrollment and student success planning, information technology, university personnel, facilities improvements, and budget planning. He also has oversight for Academic Planning and Budgets, the Center for Faculty Development, eCampus, and the offices of the provost.

Since joining San José State in 2015, he has worked collaboratively to help establish the interdivisional “Four Pillars of Student Success” plan and the strategic plan for research, scholarship, and creative activities that resulted in a lower teaching workload for most teacher-scholar faculty. He has overseen associate vice presidents from student success, faculty affairs, graduate and undergraduate programs, academic planning and budgets, information technology, and research. He helped to develop those units into the units that they are today and to transition IT and Research into stand-alone divisions.


Prior to joining SJSU, Kemnitz served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles at California State University, Bakersfield, including associate vice president for academic programs, dean of undergraduate studies, and dean of graduate studies, associate dean of natural sciences and mathematics, chemistry department chair, and director for several 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.