James L. Rodríguez has been named dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Cal State Bakersfield.

Rodríguez’s appointment is effective July 1.

"I was highly interested in the position because of the disciplines represented by the school are ideally matched with my professional interests," Rodríguez said in a news release. "Also, being from the Imperial Valley, I felt there was a strong connection by the communities served by CSUB."

Rodríguez is currently a professor of Child and Adolescent Studies at Cal State Fullerton, where he's also held a number of administrative and leadership positions both in academic and student affairs. At CSUF, he received a Faculty Advisor of Distinction Award and the Jewel Plummer Cobb Diversity in Education Award.

He's also served on numerous key committees and initiatives at CSUF, including the Academic Senate Executive Committee; Planning, Resource, and Budget Planning Committee; Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee; Student Success Steering Committee; Diversity and Inclusion Committee; and the President’s Commission on Equity and Inclusion​.

His work has been published widely on psychological development and education of ethnic minority populations in the United States, with an emphasis on immigrant children and families and English learners.

Rodríguez previously held a tenured faculty appointment in the College of Education at San Diego State University, and has also held appointments as a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychology at Pomona College and at Educational Testing Service.

He served on multiple editorial boards and as an expert adviser and consultant for various California Department of Education projects. He's active in a number of professional organizations and has held professional leadership roles, including the Founding and Steering Committees of the Latinx Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development, for which he served as the inaugural chair.

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