News • May 16, 2022

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will be restructured

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will be restructured

Riverside, Calif. (May 16, 2022) – The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California Baptist University is undergoing organizational changes that will become effective July 1.

“The restructuring will benefit both students and faculty with continuity and collaboration,” said Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The programs will be divided into three divisions: social work, psychology, and family and culture. Currently, social work has its own department, and the remaining programs are grouped by undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson will continue to oversee social work but as associate dean. Dr. Joshua Knabb will become the associate dean of psychology; and Dr. Doug Wallace will be the associate dean of family and culture. Additionally, Dr. Mischa Routon will be the associate dean of faculty development, and Dr. Antonio Mejico will be the associate dean of student services.

“The changes provide synergy within the academic disciplines,” Gustafson said. “There will be continuity in curriculum, in leadership and research teams. I think that benefits both students and faculty.”

Gustafson said since she became dean in 2014, the number of students has grown from more than 700 to 1,800 and the number of faculty from 20 to 60. Additionally, the Center for the Study of Human Behavior, the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology, the Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation, and the Psychological Services of Riverside clinic have opened.

“The restructure is something to celebrate because of the growth that we've had. It’s like we’re catching up, as well as building infrastructure as we continue to grow and develop,” Gustafson said.

“The transformation that has been occurring in the CBSS over the past few years is now being demonstrated in a more formal manner with this new structure,” said Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited about the next steps for this dynamic college as it continually seeks to be a difference maker for so many.”