Provost Updates

Latest Academic Affairs Messages

Elevating the Voices of Faculty and Staff at SJSU

Over the past few weeks, we have had the pleasure to recognize and thank our amazing faculty and staff who continue to serve this institution in incredible ways. Not only are our colleagues doing exceptional work in support of the mission of this institution, many of them are doing it by committing decades of service to SJSU! I found both events incredibly inspiring and uplifting. Read more here.

Dean Transition Announcement

April 5, 2022

I want to thank everyone for your input into the process for choosing an Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Through conversations with the department chairs, the college staff as well as a survey that saw a very strong response rate, many comments reflected the need for prior “experience” in administrative leadership as well as someone who is “transparent” and “approachable” and is willing to “walk the halls” and listen to people. In addition, numerous comments reflected the need to have someone in the interim role who can help maintain the forward momentum already present within the college. Read more here.

Piloting New Faculty-Driven Ideas: HonorsX and Interdisciplinary Studies Minor

March 18, 2022

In the Fall of 2020, I asked a group of faculty, staff, and students to come together to think about new ideas related to honors education. Called the (un)Honors Task Force, that group came up with a number of ideas, which were refined over the summer of 2021. Read more here.

Thank You to All Academic Affairs Staff

March 3, 2022

Yesterday’s Spartan Service Celebration was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the many wonderful staff we have on this campus. In our division alone, staff have collectively over 1,000 total years of service to our SJSU community! I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around that fact. Read more here.

Congratulation to Dean Walt Jacobs

February 17, 2022

I write today with news that Walt Jacobs, the dean of the College of Social Sciences, has accepted a position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, East Bay. Walt will begin his new job on July 1. On behalf of the entire division, I want to extend Walt congratulations on his new role! I look forward to working with Walt on the system’s council of provosts starting next summer.  Read more here.

Academic Continuity and the Return to In-Person Instruction on February 14

January 28, 2022

Spring 2022 is officially underway! I hope this email finds you well and safe. Thanks to everyone for temporarily pivoting from face-to-face to remote teaching following Interim President Perez’s announcement about delaying in-person instruction. I know everyone continues to feel incredibly stretched both on and off campus, as we wait for the latest COVID-19 surge around Omicron to dissipate. I hope this is the last major wave, but we have all learned that our realities can still change week-to-week. Read more here.

Leadership in a Time of Transition

October 27, 2021

We are well into our fall semester and students are starting to register for spring classes. We remain in a transitional period as it relates to COVID, but through some amazing campus efforts, the vast majority of our students, faculty, and staff are in compliance with new campus health guidelines. The spring will bring some new challenges, particularly as we continue to repopulate our campus by  increasing the number of classes taught face-to-face. We are also in the midst of a larger conversation about the future of work. We have to figure out the best way to meet the goals of our campus strategic plan and respond to the demands of our students who are asking for an increased amount of flexibility in the teaching, learning, and support environments. I am extremely proud of everyone in the division and on the campus for the effort that has gone into getting us to this point. I know people are excited to be back in-person even as we learn to navigate a longer-term “COVID endemic world.” Read more here

Response to The Representational Politics of Science

September 30, 2021

Yesterday, I sent a message to all faculty and staff in the division regarding a series of tweets. Dr. Elizabeth Weiss from the Department of Anthropology wrote to me and asked that I “either formally withdraw the statement or publish mine, to the same people/list that yours went out to, as a response.” Below is Dr. Weiss’ unedited (but slightly reformatted) response to my message. Read more here.

The Representational Politics of Science

September 29, 2021

Recently, a colleague sent me a photo that has been posted on Twitter. In that photo was an image of a smiling SJSU professor holding a skull of what appears likely to be, based on the caption and background in the photo, an ancestor of one of our local Native American tribes. That professor also appears to be standing in a SJSU curational space, which holds the remains of hundreds of Native American peoples, many of whom are from Muwekma Ohlone and other area tribes. This image has evoked shock and disgust from our Native and Indigenous community on campus and from many people within and outside of SJSU. Read more here

Higher Education and the Commitment to Free and Open Inquiry

September 10, 2021

We seem to be sitting at an inflection point. At that point is a tension — perhaps a productive one —  that asks what constitutes robust, open debate? This debate is not just on campuses but in our wider world, where people are calling into question, for example, the science of vaccination or the efficacy of certain approaches to the liberal arts. Read more here


(un) Honors College Task Force Presentation

May 14, 2021

A presentation by the (un) Honors College Task Force. The charge of this Task Force was not to come up with “the model” of honors but to present multiple possible pathways for programming at SJSU. If you would like to watch the full youtube video that was played during the presentation you can find it at https://youtu.be/Hofw35n2iww


Spring Academic Affairs Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

March 22, 2021

The Spring Academic Affairs town hall of 2021 with Provost Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event. Alison McKee, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, moderates the Q&A with pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.


Second Academic Affairs Division Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

September 2, 2020

The second town hall of 2020 with Provost Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event this year. Ravisha Mathur, Chair of the Academic Senate, moderates the Q&A with pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.


First Virtual Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

May 21, 2020

The 2020 Town Hall with Provost Vin Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event this year. Shaun Fletcher, assistant professor of public relations, moderates the Q&A with nearly 300 pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.