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About the Provost

Lisa Vollendorf

Dr. Lisa Vollendorf is Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University. A passionate educator who believes in the value of education as a public good, Dr. Vollendorf is proud to provide academic leadership to a university that serves nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Provost Vollendorf is a strong proponent of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and innovative teaching and learning. She works closely with her leadership team to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality educational experience at SSU. A champion of student, faculty, and staff success, she has more than 22 years of experience in public higher education.

Before coming to Sonoma State in July 2017, Dr. Vollendorf was Dean of Humanities and the Arts at San José State University (2012-2017). Previously, she was a professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach (2005-12), where she chaired the Academic Senate and also the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures. She also worked at Wayne State University in Detroit (1997-2005) and at Miami University of Ohio (1995-97). Dr. Vollendorf earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania (1995) and a B.A. in English and Spanish at Colorado State University (1990).

Her research centers on women’s cultural history in Iberia and Latin America, with a focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An established scholar with grants from such institutions as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, she has published two monographs, six edited books, and 35 chapters and articles.

Dr. Vollendorf loves attending student performances, exhibits, concerts, and other events, and always is seeking new ways to learn about students’ experiences at SSU. She enjoys public speaking and has delivered more than 130 conference presentations and lectures. Her work in academic leadership development includes the creation of a Deans’ Leadership Academy at San José State, participation in the American Leadership Forum’s Class XXXVI, and speaking at the Modern Language Association’s department chair training seminars. You can follow her on Twitter (@lisavol).


Academic Affairs Organization Chart

Dr. Lisa Vollendorf
Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer

Academic Affairs Info

Academic Affairs provides instructional programs for matriculated students through its six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended & International Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. Nonmatriculated students may enroll in credit or noncredit programs through the School of Extended Education , Also, nonmatriculated students may enroll in regularly offered University credit courses on a space available basis, through Open University.

The University Library in the Schulz Information Center is a hub of campus life where information and community converge. The Library provides extensive information resources in all formats to support the university curriculum while also offering a technology-rich, comfortable space to think, learn, research and explore ideas

The Office of the Provost located in Stevenson 1040 provides a variety of services related to the academic mission of the university including Academic Programs, Faculty Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, Reporting & Analytics, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP), and Information Technology (IT).

Initiatives & Projects

Students, faculty, and staff: click on this form to share news of your awards, publications, exhibits, concerts, performances, and other scholarly and creative accomplishments.

The Office of the Provost supports a variety of university wide initiatives and planning efforts. Some of the major initiatives underway include:

Textbooks & Instructional Materials


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Funding for Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects

Funding for undergraduate research and creative projects is provided through the SSU Office of Research and Creativity (SOURCE). Please visit the SOURCE website for further information on award types and application processes.

Tenure Track Faculty Searches

The division also has TT faculty searches.

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