Interim Provost & Senior Vice President
Dr. David Dowell was appointed Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2013, after serving as Vice Provost for Planning and Budgets and Director of Strategic Planning.
As Vice Provost for 11 years, Dr. Dowell led the Division of Academic Affairs through several years of difficult state reductions. He led enrollment planning through those difficult budget years and actually improved class availability during that time. He also guided efforts to completely revamp CSULB admissions processes, creating a model now being emulated by other campuses. Additionally, he led divisional facilities planning now leading to a complete remodel of the Liberal Arts Buildings—2 through 4 complex.
In his role as Director of Strategic Planning, Dr. Dowell reported directly to two presidents on matters related to admissions, enrollment management, campus environment, and strategic priorities and goals.
A member of the university for 35 years, Dr. Dowell has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Special Assistant to the Provost, Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Assistant Professor of Psychology.
He is the author or co-author of more than 130 scholarly publications, book chapters, presentations and technical reports. As a faculty member, he specialized in applied social research and program evaluation on topics related to education, mental health, homelessness and criminal justice. More recently he has published and lectured on student success, strategic planning and enrollment planning in higher education.
He has authored more than 20 grants totaling several million dollars. He worked for several years on issues related to K-16 collaboration. He has served as a mentor for underrepresented college students. He has served as an evaluation consultant for federally (NSF, NIH) funded science mentoring programs, the California Senate Office of Research, and other projects and he has served as a consultant for strategic planning. He has consulted and conducted scholarly work internationally in Vietnam, India, China, Cambodia, Austria, (then) East and West Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and (then) Yugoslavia.
Dr. Dowell holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Psychology (1977) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with emphases in Program Evaluation, Applied Social, and Community Psychology. He holds a B.S. degree (1973) from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in psychology and minors in Mathematics and Sociology.
As the chief academic officer of CSULB, Dr. Dowell provides academic leadership for the university and promotes excellence in all aspects of the university's academic mission, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, international education, service learning, community engagement, service to the profession, and faculty and academic staff development.