As part of our celebration of Asia Pacific Heritage Month take a look back at the appointment of Rueyling Chuang as dean of the university’s College of Arts and Letters. This article was originally published on May 5, 2020. Also visit the  CSUSB Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month webpage to participate in university events in April and May.

Nationally, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during May, but since CSUSB has a short month in May with finals and commencement, the university started its celebrations in April. Nationally, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during May, but since CSUSB has a short month.

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Following a national search and the careful consideration of input from the campus community, Rueyling Chuang has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective June 1, 2020. She will continue to hold an academic appointment as a tenured full professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

Chuang has been a valued educator and leader at Cal State San Bernardino for 20 years. During the past two years, she has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters; prior to that, she was associate dean of the college for nearly three years. She has significant experience solving a variety of complex curricular, budgetary and personnel challenges, and is dedicated to creating cutting-edge academic programs that enhance both faculty and student excellence.

Among her other leadership roles at our campus, Chuang served as the faculty director of the Center for International Studies and Programs, the executive director and CEO of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and coordinator of the Asian Studies Program. A first-generation student and the only person in her immediate family to immigrate to the U.S., she received her Ph.D. in interpersonal communication from Ohio University. She also earned a master’s degree in speech communication from CSU Hayward, now known as Cal State East Bay.

She will continue to advance academic excellence in her new role. Among her responsibilities, she will provide strategic academic and administrative leadership to the seven departments and one interdisciplinary program in the college. She will also oversee operations of the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, which is accredited by the American Museum Association, and serve on the Museum Advisory Board.