Steve Bacon Appointed CSUB Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education

After a national search, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Bacon, Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Education (SSE). Bacon has served as Interim Dean for two terms: August 2016 to Present and November 2014 to July 2015. Prior to the interim role, Bacon served as Psychology Department Chair from 2007-2013 at CSUB and was a professor and lecturer in the department since 1995.  He was also an instructor at Bakersfield College (BC) in the Department of Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 1995.

During Bacon’s tenure as Interim Dean, there was significant grant activity; the School successfully hired nine new tenure-track faculty across seven departments; education programs received CCTC and NCATE accreditation and Social Work program received re-accreditation; a new MA in Educational Administration program was readied for roll-out in Fall 2015; the new SSE Advising Center began work with students in preparation for the semester conversion; faculty applied for external grants in Departments of Teacher Education and Criminal Justice; and the School continued to develop the Quality of Life Center. As a faculty member, Bacon has taught 27 different courses across several areas of psychology including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, undergraduate and graduate Clinical/Counseling.

As Dean of SSE, Bacon will be responsible for personnel and program management; budgeting and resource management and development; cultivating external partnerships with diverse constituencies; advancing the SSE’s diversity goals; bringing external sources of funding in partnership with others on campus through fundraising and securing of grants; advancing the mission of the School and University, as well as coordinating and organizing activities within SSE and overseeing the maintenance of the School’s accreditation of its educational programs.

“I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve as the new Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at CSUB. I am eager to build on the progress our school has made in providing students with high quality academic programs that lead to timely graduation. I plan to expand the school’s relationships with our community partners and strengthen our connections with alumni in order to provide additional opportunities for CSUB students and improve the quality of life in our region,” said Bacon.

Bacon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Study of Religion from University of California, Los Angeles; a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University, San Diego; and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He also attended the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain Research, Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine.

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