About the Dean's Office


Rueyling Chuang

As the only person in her immediate family to immigrate to the United States, Dr. Rueyling Chuang understands what it’s like to straddle different cultures and the challenge of trying to find a balance between them. Dean Chuang received her PhD from Ohio University and is a full professor in the Department of Communication Studies, where she has taught since 2000. She served for three years as the Faculty Director of the Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP). She was a recipient of an institutional NEH grant and a Title VI grant totaling $300,000. As a scholar, Dr. Chuang's work has appeared in numerous publications and she has co-edited an anthology, guest-edited a special issue and organized annual conferences. Finally, when she is not constantly juggling multiple tasks, she enjoys doing Zumba, going to museums with her family, and (occasionally) doing Tibetan meditation.

Peter Williams

Dr. Peter Williams is a Professor of Mathematics who joined CSUSB in 1983.  He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics for 17 years, Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences for three years and most recently as the interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.  He enjoys spending time with his family participating in activities such as AYSO, fishing, and hiking. Associate Dean Williams received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison joined the CAL Advising Center in the Fall of 2018 as a Professional Advisor. She has worked in higher education for more than 7 years as an advisor and career counselor. Sarah received her B.S. in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne and an M.S. in Career Counseling from Walden University. She believes that both her failures and achievements as a student and professional attribute to her ability to successfully work with students, helping them achieve their academic and career goals. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to the movies.

Luis Manuel Huante

Luis Manuel Huante joined the CAL Advising Center in the Fall of 2016. As a first-generation college student, he struggled getting through higher education which later became a leading factor in choosing a career helping student accomplishing their academic goals. He started his academic journey at Mt. San Antonio Community College, transferred to Humboldt State University for a BA in Spanish, and received his MA in Higher Education from University of Redlands. When he’s not helping students, Luis Manuel enjoys traveling, reading, photography, and practicing self-care.


Michelle Fuller

Michelle Fuller joined the College of Arts & Letters in March, 2014 as the Budget and Administrative Analyst. She started her career at CSUSB in 2007 working for University Enterprises Corporation as an Accounting Technician II/Meal Plan Coordinator and in 2012, worked for the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Research Administrator. She is committed to supporting students, faculty and staff and enjoys engaging in conversation with everyone to help them meet their goals and objectives. Throughout her years of service, Michelle has earned a Team Achievement Award for SOAR and an Outstanding Service Award from the Administrative & Finance Department. She has earned her BA in Administration with an Accounting concentration and is currently pursuing her MBA. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, relaxing at home, and watching her son play baseball.

Dean's Office

As a transfer student from Chaffey Community College, Diana De La Cruz joined CSUSB and the College of Arts & Letters in the fall of 2011. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from the college's English Department. Now, as the Administrative Support Assistant, Diana is pursuing a Master's Degree in English Composition with a Literature concentration in our English M.A. Program. Diana enjoys spending time with her family and hopes to become an English Professor in the future.

Fineze Duenez

Fineze Duenez joined the College of Arts and Letters in the Summer of 2016, as the Administrative Assistant. She earned her B.A in Public Administration with a concentration in Business Management, and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the College of Business and Public Administration at CSUSB. Fineze enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Felipe Jimenez

Felipe Jimenez joined the College of Arts and Letters in the Fall of 2015 as an Administrative Support Coordinator. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, here at CSUSB. During the spring months, he coaches Track & Field at Arroyo Valley High School (San Bernardino) and enjoys helping those students realize their potential on and off the field. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and camping.


Fischer Smith

Senior Director of Development Jeffrey Fischer-Smith joined CSUSB in May 2017, and serves the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Natural Sciences. Jeffrey received his B.A. in Government with a minor in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in Writing with a concentration in Playwriting from Spalding University. Previously to his tenure at CSUSB, he worked at a number of research universities and hospitals as well as animal welfare NGOs and arts organizations. Jeffrey enjoys meeting alumni and friends of the college and advocating for its many exciting programs and activities. As a writer and producer after hours, when not at his desk he can often be found in a film house, theatre or watching great television.

Development Associate Alicia Corral returned to the College of Arts and Letters in October 2014. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing and a Master of Public Administration both at CSUSB within the College of Business and Public Administration. Alicia enjoys planning events and working with the departments to engage students and alumni. She loves running, crafting and spending time with her family.


Though a part of CSUSB for years prior to joining the College, Ken Han began his role as the Lead of the Arts and Letters Information Technology Consultants in January of 2012. With a M.S. in Computer Science, Ken brings passion to his work and enjoys working in the dynamic atmosphere of the College. In his years of service to CSUSB, he has earned numerous awards, including the Distinguished Divisional Service Award (2002-2003), the President's Outstanding Employee Award (2009-2010), the President's Special Achievement Award (2012-2013), and, for his work as a Lecturer for the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Golden Apple Award. When not keeping the College's computers running, Ken enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography.

Rigoberto Solorio started working the CSUSB as a Student Assistant in 2005 and joined the College of Arts and Letters five years later as an Information Technology Consultant. A first-generation college graduate, Rigo earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science. He takes particular satisfaction in supporting the College's faculty, staff, and students and enjoys working with the diverse media used by the College's myriad programs. For his work on Latino Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), Rigo received a presidential award. He continues to work with LEAD and in his spare time plays semiprofessional soccer.

As an Information Technology Consultant, You (Leo) Li joined the College of Arts & Letters in 2016. He earned his M.S. degree in Computer Science from CSUSB. While a student he worked as a student technical assistant for the Teaching Resource Center and a webmaster for the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society Headquarters as well as the CSUSB NEH Grant Faculty Learning Community. Leo is gifted in implementing and maintaining network hardware and software, troubleshooting network problems and ensuring network security, availability and performance standards. In addition to programming, Leo enjoys photography, drawing, badminton, and basketball.

Dean's Fellow for Research

Luz Ramirez

Dr. Luz Elena Ramirez’s role is to promote research and creative activity in Arts & Letters and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across colleges. An active scholar, she has published British Representations of Latin America, is working on a manuscript entitled Conquest and Reclamation in the British Imagination, and presents conference papers on romance adventures and archaeological fantasies.

Dean's Fellow for Assessment

Thomas Corrigan

Dr. Thomas F. Corrigan’s role is to further develop a culture of assessment in the Arts & Letters programs. An associate professor in CSUSB's Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Corrigan (or T.C.) teaches undergraduate courses in Digital Media and Communication, Media History and Institutions, and Communication Research Methodologies. He also teaches graduate courses in Digital Culture and Qualitative Research Methodologies. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as The Political Economy of Communication.

Dean's Fellow for Program Promotion and Outreach

Astrid Sheil

Dr. Astrid Sheil, professor of Communication Studies, recently completed a year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow working with the president and senior leadership at Chapman University. As a consultant for public and private companies, Dr. Sheil specializes in business protocol, marketing, presentation skills, negotiation strategies, team building and strategic planning. She is the author of Dynamic Public Relations: The 24/7 PR Cycle, published by Pearson.