Officials at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) have announced the appointment of David L. Wallace as the dean for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). He is expected to begin his new position July 1. He will replace Gerald Riposa, who is retiring as the college’s dean.
“I am delighted that Dr. David Wallace has accepted our offer to become the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts,” said Don Para, CSULB’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “With 28 departments and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest at Cal State Long Beach. Even more significant is the central role of the liberal arts in the mission of the university. The programs and courses offered in the college impact each student at this university.
“Dr. Wallace is an award-winning teacher and an accomplished and recognized scholar who brings considerable administrative experience to this position,” Para continued. “It is especially important in these times of challenging budget realities that CSULB has strong and collaborative leadership to ensure the best possible future for our students, faculty and staff. I am confident he will be an outstanding leader.”
Wallace currently serves as chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He has published research about the teaching of first-year composition for 25 years, including three books and more than 25 articles and book chapters. He has been an award-winning teacher at both Iowa State University and UCF, where he also won an award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Prior to his current position, Wallace was the chair of UCF’s Department of English. He has received research grants from the Spencer Foundation and the National Council of Teachers of English and served as a research fellow for the National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy.
“Three things immediately attracted me to Cal State Long Beach and the College of Liberal Arts,” Wallace said. “First, the university has an enviable record of making affordable and excellent higher education available to first-generation college students and others for whom a college education might otherwise be inaccessible. Second, the college plays a critical role in insuring that CSULB students receive a well-rounded college education that prepares them for both their professional and civic lives. Third, CLA’s clear commitment to academic programs that study the history and lived experiences of a number of groups who have been historically marginalized in American society makes the college a national leader in this important aspect of higher education.”
Raised in the coal mining hills of western Pennsylvania, Wallace received an M.A. degree in rhetoric and linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.