Professional Of The Year

October 22, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Edwin Sasaki, the former dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and interim associate vice president for Academic Programs at California State University, Bakersfield, has been named professional of the year in undergraduate studies in higher education in the 2006-07 edition of Cambridge's "Who's Who Honors Edition."

As the professional of the year, Sasaki has more than 30 years of experience in education, experimental psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, statistics and research methods.

Sasaki formally retired in 2006 but is currently consulting on different projects for CSUB.

He arrived at the university in 1972, where he has since taught, served as department chair, and as the interim dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to eventually become associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

In addition, Sasaki established the Vision Laboratory at CSUB together with Steve Suter, a founding faculty member and psychology professor, and he built up the Merit Award Scholarship Program.

He also rewrote the human subject research guidelines to comply with federal standards, which brought CSUB into full compliance and started travel support for student researchers.

Sasaki earned his doctorate in psychology at Stanford University in 1971.He has affiliations and awards from the New York Academy of Sciences and the Western Psychological Association.