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Philip WilliamsDean
Philip Williams 

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Bldg. 47, Room 31
805-756-2706
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Philip Williams began his role as dean of Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts in August 2019. Previously, he served as director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He was also Co-Partnership Director for the Colombia-U.S. Human Rights Law School Program and co-directed the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC). Williams holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Latin American Studies and Doctor of Philosophy in politics from the University of Oxford in 1986.

He is co-author of "Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration (The New Press, 2011), "Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador's Transition to Democracy" (University of Pittsburgh 1997),The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica (Macmillan 1989), and co-editor of "A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida’s New Destinations" (Rutgers University Press, 2009) and of Christianity, Globalization, and Social Change in the Americas (Rutgers University 2001).

Williams earned a number of prestigious fellowships and grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, National Science Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, United States Department of Education, United States Institute of Peace, and United States Department of State.


Debra Valencia-LaverAssociate Dean for Administration
Debra Valencia-Laver

She/Her/Hers

Bldg. 47, Room 31
805-756-2359
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Penny BennettAssociate Dean for Student Success
Penny Bennett

She/Her/Hers

Bldg. 47, Room 31
805-756-2359
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Jennifer Teramoto PedrottiAssociate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum
Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

She/Her/Hers

Bldg. 47, Room 31
805-756-2359
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Josh MachamerDirector of International Initiatives
Josh Machamer

He/Him/His

Bldg. 45, Room 104
805-756-5560
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Dawn NeillDirector of Research Engagement
Dawn Neill

She/Her/Hers

Bldg. 47, Room 23C
805-756-6046
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STAFF Name & Title Office CONTACT Pronouns

Administrative Support

 
Heidi Velasco Receptionist
Heidi Velasco
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-2359

 

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Lynne Ricard, Assistant to the Dean Cal Poly CLA Assistant to the Dean
Lynne Ricard
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-2706

 

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Margie Valine, Faculty Contracts Analyst Cal Poly CLA Faculty Contracts Analyst
Margie Valine
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-7678

 

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Melissa Bodin, Evaluations Process Analyst Cal Poly CLA Evaluations Process Analyst
Melissa Bodin
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-2337

 

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Joy Sisler, Budget Analyst Cal Poly CLA Finance and Budget Analyst
Joy Sisler 
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-5755

 

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College Advisors

 
Sabrina Canady, Advising Cal Poly CLA Lead Academic Advisor
Sabrina Canady
Bldg. 47, Room 22B

805-756-6200

 

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Katie Harris, Advising Cal Poly CLA Academic Advisor
Katie Harris
Bldg. 47, Room 22B

805-756-6200

 

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Alejandra Cebreros, CLA Advising Multicultural Academic Advisor
Alejandra Cebreros
Bldg. 47, Room 22B

805-756-6200

 

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Alec Koehler, CLA Advising

Academic Advisor
Alec Koehler

Bldg. 47, Room TBD email Alec Koehler he/him/his

Development Office

 
Adam Jarman Assistant Dean for Development
Adam Jarman
Bldg. 47, Rm. 31

805-756-6776

 

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Debi Schwartz, Administrative Coordinator Cal Poly CLA Administrative Coordinator
Debi Schwartz
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-6246

 

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College Communications

 
Rachel Schultz, Cal Poly CLA Communication Specialist Communication Specialist
Rachel Schultz
Bldg. 47, Room 22J

805-756-1216

 

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CLA Tech Support

 
Jennifer Hodges Cal Poly CLA Tech Computer and Technology Support
Jennifer Hodges
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-1252

 

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Jeff Yeackle Cal Poly CLA Tech Computer and Technology Support
Jeff Yeackle
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-1252

 

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Scott Kraczek Computer and Technology Support
Scott Kraczek
Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-1252

 

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Velanche Stewart

Computer and Technology Support

Velanche Stewart

Bldg. 47, Room 31

805-756-1252

 

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