Dean's Biography

Dr. Lynn Stauffer, Dean
Professor of Computer Science
School of Science and Technology
Sonoma State University

Dr. Lynn Stauffer received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science as well as a second B.S. in Mathematics from the University of California at Irvine. Her doctoral work considered the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures with a focus in the fields of data compression and parallel computation. In 1994 she joined Sonoma State's School of Science and Technology faculty as the first female professor in the Department of Computer Science. Her research interests broadened to include undergraduates in projects from the subfields of computer programming languages, expert systems, database design, computer science education and computational geometry. Within the department she formed the Women in Computer Science group at SSU and was also the founding faculty advisor to the SSU Student Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery She was promoted to full professor in 2004.

Dr. Stauffer was selected in 2012 as Dean of the School of Science & Technology following a national search and after serving as Interim Dean for two years. Dr. Stauffer has a distinguished record that includes service as Director of Academic Resources and Planning for the School of Science and Technology, founder and Director of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program, and Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department. Dr. Stauffer received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Additionally, she is leading the STEPping Up STEM at SSU project funded by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation and focused on increasing the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math. She co-Chairs the SSU Graduation Initiative. She also seeks to strengthen bonds through collaborations with the School of Business and the School of Education.

The School of Science and Technology includes nine departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science, geology, kinesiology, mathematics & statistics, nursing, and physics & astronomy. In addition to a $7.4 million annual budget, the School of Science and Technology leverages approximately $2.5 million of grants and contracts funding awarded to SST faculty and staff.