Cal State East Bay will have a familiar face as the new dean of the College of Science when CSUEB physics professor Jason Singley takes the helm at the college on Feb. 15.
“Dr. Singley has been an exceptional asset to Cal State East Bay, as a faculty member, administrator and member of the campus community,” said President Leroy M. Morishita. “I am very pleased to welcome Jason into his new role. As the new dean of the College of Science, he brings a strong history of collaboration, research and commitment to supporting student success.”
“I’m very excited,” Singley said. “I’ve been here for 13 years. I’m very familiar with the college, faculty, and the students, and am really looking forward to working with the group and building on the successes the college has already had.”
Singley, who got his Ph.D. from UC San Diego and Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University, served as chair of the physics department from 2006-2011. He is currently the co-director for the semester conversion initiative. He also is a founding member of the board of directors of the CSUEB Institute for STEM Education, and served as the co-chair of the board for two years.
“Jason’s previous experience along with his passion and commitment to CSU East Bay’s faculty and students uniquely situate him to serve as the next dean for the College of Science,” said Interim Provost Carolyn Nelson. “We are thrilled that he will be able to hit the ground running when he steps into this new leadership role and will enable the college to continue to thrive as he works with faculty and staff to create the next level.”
Science piqued Singley’s interest from a very young age and he said he first knew he wanted to teach since he was in graduate school. “I think the biggest sacrifice for me as dean is leaving the classroom and I do miss it,” Singley said. “But, I think as a manager you have the opportunity to work with a variety of people, interact and have a positive impact on students in a similar way.”
Singley said he looks forward to working with the Cal State East Bay community to develop a vision for the college. “I want to have broader conversations with the faculty and staff, the students, and talk about what it is they think makes us special and how they think we should use the resources we have to focus on that,” Singley said. “I think it’s really important that the dean plays that role of helping to develop a shared vision for the college.”
Singley takes over after Dean Michael Leung’s retirement. Leung served as dean for the College of Science since 1995. Read more about Leung's retirement.