California State University Channel Islands — Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research

Division of Academic Affairs – Administrator III 

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among “Top Public Schools” in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

Responsibilities for Graduate Programs (50%) include:

  • Oversight of review of all graduate academic programs by authorized campus committees and individuals; annual reporting and updating of the CSU Academic Master Plan;
  • Oversees strategic expansion of graduate programs, including review of all proposals for new, modified, or discontinued graduate academic curriculum and programs by authorized campus bodies and individuals;
  • Along with the AVP APCI, contributes to annual update and production of the University Catalog (print and Online version) and production of academic program materials provided to academic departments;
  • Assure the quality of graduate programs and credentials through development and implementation of academic policies and assessment tools;
  • Oversight of timely academic probation/disqualification for graduate students and intervention strategies to maximize student success;
  • Provide opportunities to high-achieving students through CSU Pre-doctoral Scholars Program, Graduate Equity Fellowships, CSU Forgivable Loans, CSU Student Research Competition, and other programs as opportunities become available;
  • Development of graduate academic and other policies to enhance student success and promote academic excellence

Responsibilities in research, scholarship, and creative activity (30%) include:

  • Direct supervision of Office of  Research and Sponsored Programs, ensuring compliance with the federal, state, CSU system, and university policies governing graduate study and university-sponsored research (including protection of human subjects, animal welfare, intellectual property, misconduct in research, and recombinant DNA).
  • Promotes culture of Scholar/Teachers and Artist/Teachers by creating opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarly investigations, and creative activities as well as recognition of outstanding student and faculty scholarship and creativity through awards programs, research forums and conferences, and publications.
  • Review and propose policies and processes that advance research and creative activities, including student research, such as pre- and post-award processes
  • Oversee Centers and Institutes processes and policies

Other duties (20%) include:

  • Collaborates with Vice Provost and other AVPs on community partnerships, especially related to improving post-graduate outcomes
  • Contributing to division-wide annual reports
  • Collaborates with Extended University on the development of post-baccalaureate certificates and degrees
  • Advise Provost and Vice Provost on strategic opportunities to grow graduate programs, respond to regional workforce needs, and expand research and creative activities
  • With Deans, advises Provost on research and art facilities, including expansion, equipment, and safety protocols
  • Other duties as assigned


Possession of a terminal degree in an academic field, and a record of professional achievement as a scholar and a teacher to be appointed with tenure at the rank of Professor are required. The ideal candidate will have a minimum three years of administrative experience and is expected to have a demonstrable record of achievement pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additional preferred qualifications include: administrative experience within a collective bargaining environment; ability to interact effectively with external constituents; knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the public higher education sector; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as of July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

** Application review begins March 20, 2022, but the position is open until filled. **

Hiring Range:  $9,000 – $15,000 per month