Provost Updates

Latest Academic Affairs Messages

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

Provost Bi-Weekly Message

August 31, 2021

Well, we are definitely back in the swing of things with thousands of students, faculty, and staff back on campus. For some of us, we are starting to realize just what this means for our offices - students are coming around and looking to connect. This includes two years worth of new students, many of whom are having their first on-campus experience at SJSU! Read more here

Michael Meth named Dean of SJSU University Library

August 17, 2021

I am pleased to announce Michael Meth will be our new dean of the SJSU University Library, effective October 1, 2021.

Michael joins SJSU from Florida State University, where he served as Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services. Michael oversaw the subject librarians program, circulation and collections access, library data services, and the teaching, learning and engagement department, which includes extended campus services and tutoring. Read more here.

Provost Bi-Weekly Message

August 2, 2021

I hope that everyone is doing well. The start of fall semester is coming up quickly and, as you know very well, COVID continues to evolve. We will have a campus wide Town Hall next Monday where we will work through some of the questions that are emerging. We are in a week-by-week mode at this point, and as we begin to repopulate campus things will change. Please read more here.

(un)Honors Work Continues

June 18, 2021

We have launched a summer working group to build upon the great ideas proposed by the 2020-21 (un) Honors Task Force. See here for the Task Force’s presentation to the campus community last month. Read more here.

Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Online Initiatives Appointment

May 4, 2021

I am excited to announce that Dr. Ron Rogers will be joining the Office of the Provost as the Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Online Initiatives, effective May 1. This new role will focus on supporting departments and colleges interested in expanding access to SJSU through the development of online and hybrid degrees, certificates, minors, and credentials. Expanding access to SJSU will involve focusing our attention on the significant number of Californians with some college experience but no degree, reconnecting with students who left SJSU without finishing their degree, and opening our doors more widely to the adult learner community. This effort needs a leader who can support these conversations and facilitate the creation of an organizational structure that supports faculty and staff as they pursue the development of alternative degree pathways. 

Faculty in Residence for Sustainability Appointment Announcement

April 9, 2021

The Provost’s office is pleased to announce the appointment of William DeVincenzi, lecturer emeritus for the Lucas College of Business, as our Faculty in Residence for Sustainability beginning this month.

Updates on Summer and Fall Planning

February 24, 2021

I hope this email finds everyone well and safe. We are well into the spring semester and, for many of us, our courses remain remotely delivered and our office work is still operated largely through a parade of Zoom-based meetings. For me, I have been both drained and relieved by remote work. Drained, because I miss the day-to-day connection and energy that comes from interacting with colleagues and students on campus. Relieved, because I know I have the privilege of remaining largely sequestered and relatively safe from the spread of COVID-19. I don’t take that privilege lightly; we all know people who live without that privilege who have suffered from this pandemic. There has been significant loss of life and a real impact on the ability, for some, to work after contracting COVID-19. This, like all pandemics, is affecting different socioeconomic communities differentially. While COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, the structures of support and access certainly do, even when operating without “intent.”

(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


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.

Latest Academic Affairs COVID-19 Message

August 17, 2020

Preparing for Power Outages, State Guidance on Persons Authorized on Campus and Form For Returning Activities or Services

View past Academic Affairs COVID-19 Messages.