Lynn Stauffer, Ph.D., holds bachelor and master of science degrees and Ph.D. — each in computer science as well as a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. She came to Sonoma State University in 1994 to teach. She was later appointed interim dean and then dean of the School of Science and Technology.
In that role, she oversees nine academic departments together with other programs including the NASA Education and Public Outreach group and the SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry (CEI). The CEI includes three open space preserves totaling 4,160 acres used for research and education.
“I’m most proud of having stuck with my deeply ingrained interest in science and technology and my desire to make a difference in the world through education. Being part of encouraging students from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams, to persevere and overcome difficult times, and to succeed in life and beyond their graduation is incredibly meaningful.”
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I joined the Sonoma State University (SSU) Computer Science Department in 1994 after earning my Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. From the start, I engaged in many aspects of the campus community. My contribution in the classroom was highlighted with my receiving the SSU Excellence in Teaching award in 2006. My role evolved from the classroom to department, school and campus leadership. As Chair of the Computer Science Department and Director of Academic Resources and Planning in the School of Science & Technology, I fulfilled critical roles in curricular innovation, student scholarship, and faculty development in addition to a myriad of initiatives encouraging student engagement and success. In 2010, I was appointed Interim Dean and later Dean of the School of Science and Technology (SST) following a national search.
EDUCATION: B.S., mathematics (magna cum laude), 1986; B.S., computer science (summa cum laude), 1986; M.S., computer science, 1990; Ph.D., computer science, 1994; School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine.
STAFF: I oversee the instructional, administrative and technical staff in the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University. Our instructional team includes 64 permanent (aka tenure-track) faculty and about 75 non-permanent lecturers. Our 16-member administrative team includes school and department-level staff. Our nine technicians keep equipment and laboratories up and running.
Sonoma State University (SSU) is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU), which is the largest system of higher education in the country granting baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The SSU campus has an enrollment of 9,400 students, including 8,600 undergraduate and 800 post baccalaureate/graduate students. SSU bestows about 2,000 undergraduate degrees each year.
As Dean of the School of Science and Technology (SST), I oversee nine academic departments – Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics & Statistics, Nursing and Physics and Astronomy – together with other programs including the NASA Education and Public Outreach group and the SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry (CEI). The CEI includes three open space preserves totaling 4160 acres used for research and education. With about 1,900 majors supported by 150 faculty and staff, our school provides high-quality academic programs, superior laboratory and research facilities accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, and challenging yet supportive environments for student achievement. Each year our school’s exceptional graduates go on to contribute to their fields and meet the workforce needs of our region and state in science, technology, healthcare, education, engineering, and many other high-demand fields.
Lynn Stauffer, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science and Technology
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Hometown: Southern California