NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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June 9, 2004
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WITH ART ASSIGNMENT EDS: Guaglianone pronounced (G)WALL-YOU-NO-NEE
Curtis L. “Curt” Guaglianone has been named the new dean of the School of Education at California State University, Bakersfield.
Guaglianone comes to CSUB from CSU Fresno where he is the associate dean and professor in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. His duties include budget, strategic planning, development, curriculum, outreach, grants and contracts.
He is also a member of Fresno State’s Smittcamp Family Honor’s College Candidate Selection Board, the University-wide Learning Communities Development Task Force, the President’s Commission on Teacher Education and the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium.
Guaglianone earned his doctorate in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, his master of arts in counseling from Fresno State, his bachelor of arts in psychology from Biola University in La Mirada, and his associate of arts in liberal studies from Fresno City College. He is also a licensed marriage, family and child counselor.
“We are delighted to have Curt join CSUB as our new education dean,” said CSUB President Tomas Arciniega. “He has the educational and professional background we need to lead our School of Education through these difficult budget times and to provide the leadership in meeting the growing need for teachers and administrators in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Because of his background in the San Joaquin Valley he has an understanding of what the challenges are.”
With his appointment to CSUB, Guaglianone’s career has spanned the length of the San Joaquin Valley. A native of Fresno, he began his career as a high school teacher at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno where he taught from 1981 to 1984. From 1984 to 1988 he was a psychology instructor at Fresno City College. During that time he was also in private practice as a marriage, family and child therapist in Fresno.
From 1988 to 1990 he served as assistant principal at Orestimba High School in Newman in Stanislaus County. From 1990 to 1993 he served as principal of Bonita Elementary School in Newman, and also as assistant to the superintendent of the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District.
From 1993 to 1996 he was an associate professor of educational administration and program coordinator of the administrative services credential program at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock.
In 1996 he joined the faculty of Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development as professor and education administration program coordinator. In 2001 he was named the school’s associate dean.
Guaglianone said he and his wife are both natives of the San Joaquin Valley and had passed up other opportunities to leave the state. So the opening at CSUB really appealed to him. “We can stay in the valley close to family and friends,” he said.
Having worked in both the central and northern parts of the valley, he recognized some of the same issues in Bakersfield that he had dealt with previously. “One of the things that intrigued me was the fact that Bakersfield has the same challenges as Fresno and Stanislaus,” he said. “I have a love for the valley and the people of the valley, and in finding ways to overcome the poverty of the valley. It has really piqued my interest, the low number of people in the valley who have college degrees. That’s one of the things I want to learn more about. If we want to improve the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley, that’s one of the things – building a better-educated population – that we really need to target.
“Another thing is the need for teachers, but teachers that reflect the culture and diversity of the valley. We need to pay attention to the needs of students, and have teachers, counselors and administrators who reflect and understand their culture. That’s one of the unique challenges.”
He’s also committed to public education. “I come from a family of educators, and am a very strong advocate of public schools. We have four children, and all are products of public schools, and I want the tradition of strong public schools to continue.”
To effect that, he said, he has three goals for his first year at CSUB’s School of Education:
- Building community relations between the School of Education, the K-12 community, and business community. “Those partnerships and collaborations are key,” he said. “One of the most important things we can do is build relationships and partnerships with the community. There’s a need for us to serve the community, so working on building those relationships is my first goal.”
- Building capacity for the School of Education. The first thing we need to do is and take care of the faculty,” he said. “They need to be supported and encouraged. … I was reading an article six months ago about ‘Do you really want to be a dean.’ And one point the article made is that professors essentially work for themselves. They get satisfaction from teaching and scholarship. They’re sort of self-employed. The dean has to learn to take pleasure and satisfaction from supporting the work of others. My job is to support and encourage them to become the teachers and scholars they want to become. And that is how I will gain my growth and satisfaction. We need to establish a strong professional reputation in the school, and the community. One of the ways to build capacity is to celebrate our faculty. During my interview I met several really great faculty. We need to celebrate their work and the successes of our School of Education.”
- Getting prepared for national and state accreditation. “Getting ready is huge,” he said. “It’s an enormous amount of work, getting us ready for that accreditation visit. That’s important.”
Guaglianone feels a positive work environment is one of the keys to accomplishing his goals. “It’s important that no matter what we do that we enjoy the process,” he said. “We should love what we do and the people we’re doing it with.”