Campus Research Officers

Meet the dedicated officers for each CSU campus.

CSU Bakersfield
Imeh D. Ebong, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Grants, Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Ebong joined CSU Bakersfield in 2014 after serving as associate vice president of research at the University of North Florida, director of research development at Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island; and acting head and senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at Rivers State University of Science & Technology in Nigeria. Dr. Ebong has several publications on physics and research administration and has been a Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of grants, in addition to serving as a consultant for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Arizona State University.


CSU Channel Islands
Scott Perez
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Perez joined CSU Channel Islands in 2017, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in research administration. In his role as director, Perez oversees all university-sponsored research projects, including both pre- and post-award support to campus researchers. Prior to CSUCI, he worked in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at CSU Northridge from 1992 to 2017, starting as director in 2002. During his tenure, award volume increased from $8 million to over $30 million annually.


CSU Chico
Richard Tafalla, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs 
Dr. Tafalla plays a key role in fostering and advancing faculty, student and staff engagement in research and sponsored programs. Previously, he served as assistant vice president for scholarship and faculty development at Utah Valley University. He has also held several positions at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, including assistant vice chancellor and chief diversity officer. He holds a Ph.D. and master's in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s in social psychology from CSU Long Beach. Dr. Tafalla also completed a management development program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.


CSU Dominguez Hills
Claudia G. Peyton, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. Peyton has been an occupational therapy educator since 1983, serving as chair of the Departments of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and CSU Dominguez Hills. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) and a Vietnam-era veteran. Dr. Peyton has a bachelor’s in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University, a master's in education from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


CSU East Bay
Jeffery Seitz, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Seitz has been a professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at CSU East Bay since 1997 and was appointed to associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs in 2016. Active in grantsmanship, Seitz has been a PI or co-PI on nearly $18 million in awards from state and federal agencies, including NASA and the National Science Foundation. His primary research interests are in molecular astrobiology and science education. Seitz has a bachelor’s and master's in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in geosciences from Virginia Tech.


Fresno State
James E. Marshall, Ph.D.
Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Dr. Marshall assumed the role of dean of Research and Graduate Studies in 2016 after having served as interim dean of Graduate Studies. During his 28 years at Fresno State, Dr. Marshall has served as a PI on more than $8 million in grants, published 34 articles in professional journals and textbooks, and has made numerous presentations to state, national and international audiences. Prior to his role in Graduate Studies, he served as professor of science education, department chair, doctoral program director and associate dean of Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development.


CSU Fullerton
Chris Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs
At CSU Fullerton, Dr. Liu leads the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, where he is involved in a number of awards, including a National Science Foundation HIS-STEM proposal. He is also a professor at the CSUF Department of Biological Sciences. Prior to joining the CSU, Dr. Liu taught at the University of Wisconsin and East Tennessee State University. In 2007, he received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, where he served in the NSF paleobiology program. Dr. Liu has a bachelor’s in botany from Sichuan University in China and a master's and Ph.D. in paleobotany from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Humboldt State
Kacie Flynn
Interim Executive Director, Sponsored Programs Foundation
Flynn joined Humboldt's Sponsored Programs Foundation in 2010, serving a number of roles, most recently as manager before she began as interim director in July 2018. She now oversees the auxiliary operations and staff, and serves as Humboldt State's representative with the Chief Campus Research Officers (CCRO), the Agriculture Research Institute (ARI), along with chairing the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) annual competition. Flynn earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council, and is currently pursuing her Master's in research administration from Johns Hopkins University.


CSU Long Beach
Simon Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs
Dr. Kim is a professor of educational psychology and associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at CSU Long Beach. He has a broad understanding of contemporary issues affecting public higher education and extensive experience in academic strategic planning and assessment. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and participated in internal and external grant activities on educational partnerships and accountability, culturally diverse students, and conceptualization and evaluation of educational programs. Simon received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Westminster College, a master's in operations research from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.


Cal State LA
Jeffrey Underwood, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President, Research
Dr. Underwood joined Cal State LA as AVP of Research in 2017 after six years as a professor and chair at Georgia Southern University’s Department of Geology & Geography. An active researcher, he collaborates with the Pacific Coastal Fog Project and a research consortium of the Universities of Bologna and Padua, Italy. Dr. Underwood became a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) in 2013 and is active with the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and served as the Nevada state climatologist at the University of Nevada.


Cal Maritime
Veronica Boe
Director, Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning
Veronica Boe oversees grants and contracts for Cal Maritime, including grants funded through the Department of Energy, NSF, Delta Stewardship Council, and U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Prior to Cal Maritime, she was grants development director at Contra Costa Community College District. Boe has bachelor’s in English and a master's in business administration.


CSU Monterey Bay
Cindy Lopez
Director, Sponsored Programs
Lopez has been involved in sponsored programs for over 25 years — 20 of those at CSU Monterey Bay. Lopez has had the opportunity to create much of the framework and institutional processes for CSUMB research and auxiliary management of external funding related to both pre- and post-award activities. She was the recipient of the CSUMB President’s Medal in 2007 after being nominated by faculty and staff colleagues.


CSU Northridge 
Crist Khachikian, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies
Dr. Khachikian joined CSU Northridge’s Research & Graduate Studies in 2013 after several years as director of the NSF Center for Energy and Sustainability at Cal State LA. He is a PI on the $22 million National Institute of Health-funded BUILD, an undergraduate research training program, and the NSF I-Corps grant. Khachikian has a bachelor’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from UCLA and a master's in civil and environmental engineering from MIT.


Cal Poly Pomona 
Sadiq Shah, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development
Dr. Shah joined Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 after serving as vice provost for research at the University of Texas, AVP for research at Western Kentucky University, AVP of Research at CSU Channel Islands, and director of Illinois University’s Entrepreneurship Center Network. Prior to academia, Shah’s experience includes conducting research and product development involving chemicals and industrial products. He has developed 20 new products from concept to launch and seven technology platforms with 19 patents and facilitated 23 start-ups. He is the editor and co-editor of three books about chemistry and corrosion, as well as author of nearly three dozen journal articles. Shah received his Ph.D. in physical-inorganic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.


Sacramento State 
Yvonne Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Dr. Harris joined CSU Sacramento in 2018 after serving as vice provost of Research and Scholarship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; associate vice president for the Office of Grants and Research Administration at Chicago State University in Chicago; dean of the Mathematics and Science Division at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois; and chair of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology at Truman College in Chicago. Her academic and administrative experiences have been quite extensive, including activities related to technology transfer, entrepreneurship, economic and workforce development.  She received her Ph.D. in biology from Northern Illinois University. 


CSU San Bernardino 
Dorota Huizinga, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Huizinga joined CSU San Bernardino by way of Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she served as dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Research. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at CSU Fullerton, where she successfully secured over $3.7 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University, a master's in computer science from Western Michigan University, and a master's in applied mathematics from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.


San Diego State 
Steve Welter, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Dean of Graduate Affairs
Dr. Welter oversees the university’s $134 million research enterprise and graduate programs, including 24 doctoral programs and 75 master's programs. An accomplished biologist, Dr. Welter began his career as a professor with the SDSU Zoology Department and then joined the University of California, Berkeley as faculty in the College of Natural Resources from 1984 to 2011. At Berkeley, Dr. Welter received the Distinguished Teaching Award and served in several administrative posts, including executive associate dean. He serves as a board member for CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM and CONNECT.



San Francisco State
 
Michael Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Scott joined San Francisco State in 2016 after spending six years as a program officer in the Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. Prior to the NSF, Dr. Scott was on the chemistry faculty at the University of Florida where he served as the division head for Inorganic Chemistry and as the director for the Center for Catalysis. While at Florida, he received an NSF CAREER award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Dr. Scott earned his bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.


San José State 
Pamela Stacks, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research

Dr. Stacks has been AVP since 2005, and prior to that she served as chair of the San José State Department of Chemistry and chair of the Academic Senate. She serves on the board of the Council of Graduate Schools and is past chair of the CSU Council of Graduate Deans. A CSUPERB founding member, Dr. Stacks won its Andreoli Service Award in 1995. Her research and teaching was in the area of physical biochemistry DNA-protein interactions, and Dr. Stacks has received funding from NIH and NSF. Stacks was a NIH post-doctoral fellow at UCLA’s Biological Chemistry Department and received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from UCLA.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 
Bradford Anderson, J.D.
Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Bradford Anderson, J.D., has been interim vice president since January 2013. From 2010 to 2014, he was associate dean. A member of the California State Bar, Anderson is a tenured associate professor at the  Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly. Prior to Cal Poly, he was general counsel at Samsung Semiconductor and senior attorney at Mitsubishi Electronics. Anderson's research has been published in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Seton Hall Legislative Journal and UC Davis Business Law Journal. His bachelor's degree is with highest distinction from Purdue University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and hiw Juris Doctor is magna cum laude from the State University of New York.


CSU San Marcos 
Wesley Schultz, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. Schultz is professor of psychological science at CSU San Marcos, and since 2014 has served as dean of Graduate Studies and Research. After arriving at CSUSM in 1997, he taught courses in social psychology and statistics, and established an active program of research with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Schultz's program of research has received more than $10 million in external grants and contracts, and he has served as PI on grants from NSF and NIH. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.


Sonoma State
Steve Karp
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Karp will be joining Sonoma State in July 2018 after leading Humboldt State's Sponsored Programs Foundation, serving pre- and post-award needs, since 2011. Karp was also Humboldt's Interim Dean for Research at the university's Office of Research, Economic & Community Development (ORECD). Prior to research administration, he served as associate director of Humboldt State's Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Karp also has a rich background in the technology industry, where he worked in finance for several high-tech firms, including Apple and Viacom. Steve received his bachelor's in economics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his master's in systems management from the University of Southern California.


Stanislaus State 
Joyce Bell
Interim Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Bell has 26 years of experience in research administration. Prior to coming to Stanislaus State, she served as a business administrator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Bell received her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, maintains active certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) and is pursuing her master's in research administration at Johns Hopkins University.