Ellen Junn


Bio Dr. Ellen Junn currently serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San José State University. As the chief academic officer of the university, she oversees over 150 degree programs (undergraduate, master’s and a doctoral program), and supports over 30,000 students, 1,700 faculty, over 500 staff and administrators in seven academic colleges, the College of International and Extended Education (generating $30 million in self-support funds), the Martin Luther King Library (one of the nation’s first university-city library partnerships) and other units including the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Monterey Bay. As Provost, she facilitates and leads university and Academic Affairs strategic planning, budget and resource allocation and planning, academic technology, faculty and student success, and support for curricular and program distinction, and community engagement and service learning. Since arriving at San Jose State University in January 2012, under the leadership of President Mo Qayoumi, she successfully launched MOOC-like (Massive Online Open Course) for college credit with both Udacity and Harvard-MIT’s edX. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as from NSF, SJSU’s venture into the MOOC world has as a central goal to test and assess the effectiveness of this new online modality involving faculty teaching these new courses and studying the impact of MOOC-like environments on student learning, especially among students from diverse backgrounds and preparation levels. Dr. Junn graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with High Honors in Psychology and earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from Princeton University.

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