College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Provost welcomes Kathleen Godfrey as new CAHSS associate dean

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January 25, 2022

Following a national search, we are pleased to announce that Kathleen Godfrey has been appointed associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences effective Feb. 15.

Kathleen Godfrey

Dr. Kathleen Godfrey, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Godfrey joins us from Fresno State University. A professor of English since 1999, she has held a number of positions including coordinator of the English Education program, English department chair, interim associate dean in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, and, most recently, special assistant to the dean in Kremen. She has also been an affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies program and involved with Fresno State’s American Indian Faculty and Staff Association as an ally. From 2006-2018, Godfrey served as director and principal investigator of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project, a professional development organization for teachers which focuses on writing instruction.

Godfrey has published on women's writing, American Indian literature, and various aspects of teaching. Her most recent scholarship has focused on recovering the story and creating a digital humanities project based on the life of Julia Pastrana, an indigenous Mexican woman who performed throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe during the 1850s. As an advocate for digital humanities initiatives at Fresno State, she co-facilitated a faculty learning community and participated in two international digital humanities projects: the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria.

In addition to making numerous presentations at schools and national/international conferences, she was awarded a Fulbright, working as a Roving Scholar in Norway during the 2008-2009 academic year. This position, unique to the country, allowed Godfrey to travel throughout Norway making presentations to high school students and teachers on U.S. education and culture. She is currently on the Fulbright Specialist roster. In 2008, she was awarded the Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association for Teachers of English. She also was an NEH scholar in 2018 studying the Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbian Plateau.

Godfrey earned a master’s and doctoral degree from Arizona State University in American literature and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Brigham Young University.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the search committee for their efforts in the search process and to express our gratitude to David Reichard for his commendable leadership and service as the interim associate dean of CAHSS. He will return to the faculty in the School of Humanities and Communication in the Spring 2022 semester.

Please join me in welcoming Godfrey to CSUMB, and we look forward to introducing her to the campus community.

Katherine A. Kantardjieff, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
California State University, Monterey Bay