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Holly Harbinger Named Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel

Holly Harbinger has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) effective immediately. 

Harbinger had served as Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel since August 2007.  In that time, she helped revise the university’s decade-old retention, tenure, and promotion policy; reached out to deans and department chairs by bringing informational workshops to them; offered university-wide workshops on retention, tenure, and promotion, faculty recruitment, and lecturer evaluation; and hosted a lecturer welcome event.  In addition, she began collaborating on the redesign of the Academic Personnel website and increased the focus on customer service in the Office of Academic Personnel. 

“Holly Harbinger has demonstrated a strong commitment to faculty development and collaborative leadership,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen L. Gould. “She is perceived as conscientious, thoughtful, and highly ethical in her work.  She brings to this important position broad knowledge of our university community, critical expertise and insight in the area of academic personnel services, and excellent communication skills.”

As the Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel, Harbinger oversees faculty recruitment, compensation, and evaluation. She also provides support for faculty mentoring and professional development as well as department chair leadership. Harbinger serves on the Faculty Personnel Policies Council (FPPC), which is tasked with reviewing and recommending Academic Senate policies. She oversees the faculty grievance process and works on system-wide academic personnel issues faced by CSULB as well as other CSU campuses and the Chancellor’s office.  Her favorite part of the job, however is meeting with the faculty.


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Holly Harbinger “I love meeting with individual faculty across the disciplines,” Harbinger said.  “We have terrific faculty who are doing really astonishing work. It is my pleasure and my responsibility to get to know them and their programs and to provide the support they need to continue doing their work.”

Harbinger served as Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at CSULB from 2002 to 2007. During that time, she served the College as Director of Graduate Studies, and played a key role in developing the prestigious MBA/MFA in Theatre Management as well as the MFA in Theatre Arts, Option in Dramatic Writing. It was as Associate Dean that she began to recognize the importance of creating a service-oriented organization.

“I absorbed the culture that Dean Don Para promotes in the College of the Arts,” Harbinger said.  “That definitely helped prepare me for this position. I am working hard to establish a service-oriented focus in the Office of Academic Personnel in an effort to enhance the work environment for faculty, administrators, and staff.”

Prior to her role as Associate Dean, Harbinger was a tenured professor in the Theatre Arts Department, where she served as Interim Department Chair, Head of Movement, Resident Choreographer for California Repertory Company, and Graduate Advisor. She received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

Harbinger has been a performer, choreographer, and fight master in theatre, dance, and opera companies in New York and throughout the United States and Europe. She taught in the Dance Department at the City University of New York and in the Undergraduate Drama Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She was a contributing author for a textbook on actor training. She has been a member of Theatre Movement Educators, a conference presenter on applications of Laban Movement Analysis for actor training programs, and an advocate for the arts and graduate education.