|Graduate Studies and Research
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
Theodore J. Crovello
Immediate Past Dean
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Accomplishments as Dean at Cal State L.A.
Provided leadership to faculty and students in all postbaccalaureate
- New Joint Doctoral degree implemented and several others in various
- New Masters degrees have been approved, including interdisciplinary
and Professional Science Masters degrees.
- Contributed to the revision and evaluation of numerous Masters
degrees and helped develop new options within several degrees.
- Proposed and received approval and funding for the Grad Excel
Program, a multiyear program supported by the President and Provost
to provide graduate assistantships and related support to about ten
Masters programs that were at a critical point and ready to move
to the next level of program quality and graduate student size.
Provided leadership and service to faculty in the preparation and award
of externally funded grants and contracts.
- Increased total externally funded, peer-reviewed awards from $6 million
in 1987 to over $36 million per year in 2003
- Initiated the successful Seed Grant Program to provide faculty time
to prepare and submit major, nationally competitive grant proposals.
- Instituted the Institutional Grant Advocacy Program at Cal State L.A.
to assure quality multimillion dollar proposals and effective completion
of subsequent awards.
- Maintained and expanded the network of granting agency administrators
familiar with Cal State L.A. both to allow the campus to learn about
grant competitions being developed at the agencies and to help increase
the quality and thus success of proposals submitted by our faculty (e.g.,
NSF, NASA, NOAA, NIH).
Provided leadership to organize and utilize our campus strengths concerning
- Received presidential approval in Fall 2001 to proactively develop
and put to use Cal State L.A.s campus strengths related to China
(the most important being about 75 bilingual faculty interested in involving
our students and in professional development).
- Initiated the Cal State L.A. China Forum (including speakers
from the National Science Foundation, the Consulate of China and off-campus
- Contributed significantly to increased faculty morale and desire to
explore academic activities with colleagues in China, including those
involving our students.
- Increased external grants and contracts from external agencies that
involve China from sources including the U.S. and China National Science
Foundations and increasingly with full indirect costs.
- Brought to completion three formal interuniversity agreements with
two others pending.
- Brought the Annual Conference of Chinese Higher Education Administrators
or Cal State L.A. on a permanent basis, producing valuable byproducts
such as increased visibility in campuses throughout China and among
campuses within the Los Angeles region.
- Established positive Cal State L.A. visibility and working relationships
with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Chinese Embassy in Los Angeles.
Served as Principal Investigator on university-related external grants
from federal agencies to support equity and excellence in science education.
- National Science Foundation ACCESS Center: a 5-year, approximately
$4 million award to integrate science, math, engineering and technology
education activities on six California State University campuses, their
feeder high schools and private industry.
- NSF CSEMS award to support students in these areas at the university
and community college levels.
Served as the Provosts Oversight Administrator for 25 presidentially
chartered centers and institutes on campus.
- Provided general advocacy and leadership to each centers director
and to the deans to whom they reported.
- Encouraged and help develop five additional presidential centers.
- Created or expanded campus policies and procedures related to presidential
Created and served as first Director of the campus Office of Science,
Engineering and Math Education (SEM-Ed) with the following goals:
- Promote success of our students and projects in this field.
- Disseminate information about SEM-Ed programs.
- Contribute to recruitment and retention of SEM students.
- Provide general publicity about the 40+ SEM-Ed federally or locally
- Collect data about SEM-Ed programs and SEM students (to assist proposal
writers, to meet grant reporting requirements, etc.).
- Increased communication among SEM-Ed PIs and between SEM and the rest
of the campus.
Contributed to campus and unit strategic and tactical planning.
- Spearheaded the first extensive graduate enrollment plan, including
in depth data analysis and interpretation, and worked with each school
to help implement it.
- Instituted or contributed to strategic and tactical general planning
at most university levels.