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Office of the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to Academic Affairs at California State University, Bakersfield!

Academic Affairs is committed to providing our students with a meaningful, outstanding academic and campus experience.   A quality education that fosters a climate of learning within an inclusive collaborative environment is our expectation.    

Academic Affairs supports the University strategic goals through our focus on being student centered, faculty and staff-focused, and community minded.  We are purposeful in our actions to further the University’s core focus to “extend faculty and academic excellence and diversity, “enhance the quality of the student experience”, strengthen community engagement”, “develop an excellent and diverse staff”, and “develop a campus culture with a sense of community and a commitment to organizational excellence” (CSUB Strategic Goals).  An extraordinary group of people help in this work, including faculty and staff, Department Chairs, the Deans, Assistant and Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors.   They continue to work collaboratively to achieve these goals.   

Recognizing that education creates access and opportunities for everyone, Academic Affairs has emphasized and built pathways from P-12 to our programs. Over this past year, the campus has also engaged in a transformative event as faculty developed new curricula for the quarter to semester transition and for our general education program.    These exciting changes will enhance the creative and intellectual experiences for all students.  We provide students with outstanding academic programs, strong support services, and an increasing amount of co-curricular activities.  We expect our students to be engaged in the university experience and to be partners in their learning.   The individual diverse experiences, aspirations, and needs of our students will continue to influence who we become as an institution.

Academic Affairs will continue to work to ensure the success of faculty, students, and staff and to foster a university-wide climate of learning what we don’t know, sharing what we do know, and collaboration to enhance learning for all. Our mission is to provide the strategic vision, leadership, and support necessary for academic success.

Kathleen M. Knutzen, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Kathleen M. Knutzen, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs 
California State University, Bakersfield

Phone: (661) 654-2154
Office: Administration 100

Related Links

Academic Senate
Faculty Excellence Showcase