By Omar Guzman |Staff Writer|
CSUSB has appointed a new associate dean for the College of Extended Learning, Dr. Fabienne-Sophie Chauderlot.
“Fabienne comes to us with a great deal of experience in higher education. She recently moved from Europe, where she helped lead, administer and teach in business programs. She is now taking a lead role in directing our International Extensions Program. Her experience will be a great asset to our International Extension Program,” said Jim Stretch, director of Extension Programs of CEL.
The CEL is a program designed to help all type of people get and continue their educational goals by providing access to certificate programs, professional development programs and even University degrees, according to cel.csusb.edu.
“CEL gives access to any type of people the education that is not purely driven by an academic degree, even for people that are not interested in a degree. It responds to the needs and desires that people have. What I think is great about CEL is that it helps people seek education that they want to learn,” said Chauderlot.
Chauderlot explained that some of her goals are to help the university grow through international programs and dimensions.
“I also want to make sure that everyone that I work with is happy, both professionally and personally,” said Chauderlot.
Like most schools in California, CSUSB is facing financially tough situations that directly affect students and faculty.
“The major problems in this school are that the educational system is not respected and valued enough, and these problems are mainly the consequence of what happens in the rest of California,” said Chauderlot.
Furthermore, Chauderlot says that the school needs to increase internal awareness of what CEL does for the university in general. CEL helps international programs at large and in the community especially to benefit for foreign and local students.
“I believe I have a thorough understanding of dynamics in teamwork and academia as well as respect in the decisions made,” Chauderlot added, “I like to be creative, to try new things, see projects grow, and to see things get done.”
“I have 28 years of experience in such a large variety of things such as being a professor and a director of academic programs. I also have a lot of experience and knowledge in business, and have travelled extensively abroad, so I’m very familiar with international relations,” said Chauderlot.
Her professional career before working for the school includes, being professor and director of undergraduate studies at the International University of Monaco, assistant professor at universities such as Wayne State University, University of Puerto Rico, University of California Riverside, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and San Diego Mesa College.
She has studied at San Diego Community College, International University of Monaco, Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, San Diego State University, and University of California, San Diego,.
“This is my ninth university and I have never met a kinder and more welcoming group of people,” said Chauderlot.
Chauderlot further explained that she thinks it is the direct reflection of the humanity and kindness of the school president, and it shows in the executive board and committee that hired her as well as in everyone she work with in receiving the position of dean.