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CSUB Appoints Deans of Arts and Humanities; Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

After national searches, California State University, Bakersfield today announced the appointment of deans for the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME).

Kathleen Madden, who has been serving as interim dean and professor of mathematics in NSME since June 2016, has been appointed as NSME dean. Robert Frakes, currently a history professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, has been appointed as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

Madden earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree and PhD, both in mathematics, from the University of Maryland.  She previously served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Madden has a book appearing later this year and has written multiple research articles in the field of symbolic dynamical systems.

“I am pleased to appoint Kathleen Madden to the position of dean,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jenny Zorn said.  “She is respected for her dedication to student success and support of research endeavors.  She is collaborating with our community partners on programs that benefit our students and their career development.”

“I’m honored to have been selected to serve as dean at this exciting time in the history of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering,” Madden said. “Thanks to its dedicated faculty and staff, NSME has new programs, growing enrollments, and a strong record of research and grantsmanship, and it plays a critical role in preparing nursing and STEM graduates to meet the workforce needs of Kern County and beyond.  I look forward to being a part of NSME’s continued growth and success.”

Frakes is a native of California, and his family has roots in the Antelope Valley.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Stanford and a master’s degree in education from Stanford.  He also holds a master’s degree and PhD in history from UC Santa Barbara and California single subject teaching credentials in Social Science and Latin.

Frakes’ research interests lie at the intersection of political, legal, and religious history in the later Roman Empire.  He has published several books and has published an array of articles and reviews in Roman history and late antiquity.

“Bob Frakes brings experience in leading interdisciplinary programs in transformational times,” Zorn said.  “A popular teacher, he is focused on student learning success.  He understands how to support faculty in their scholarly and creative endeavors.”

"I am very excited about the opportunity of serving as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Bakersfield,” Frakes said.

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