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San Diego State University

Dean's Office

Dr. Norah Shultz, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Student Achievement , Division of Undergraduate Studies 


Norah Shultz

Dr. Norah Shultz, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Student Achievement at San Diego State University where her responsibilities include oversight of (1) Academic programs such as Interdisciplinary studies, the Weber Honors College and undeclared students (2) many of the university’s high impact practices (HIP)and National Scholarships and Fellowships and (3) resources for faculty, such as the Center for Teaching & Learning, faculty student mentoring, programs related to sustainability, and university-wide assessment efforts. She is currently leading efforts related to the Graduation 2025 intiative and a reform of the General Education curriculum.


She previously served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Abington providing leadership for the three academic divisions and an array of academic support services, while working with the senior team in providing fiscal management and planning for the college.  Prior to her appointment at Penn State Abington in 2011, Dr. Shultz served as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Arcadia University.  A sociologist by training, she held administrative positions at Arcadia for over a decade. 


Her scholarly interests initially focused on multiculturalism in education; however this developed into work related to the relationship of multiculturalism to internationalization in global curricula. In 2011, Dr. Shultz served as a faculty consultant for the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Shared Futures Summer Institute. She has explored other binaries that get established in higher education, such as academic versus student affairs, teaching versus research and general education versus the major. Some of her recent scholarship has focused more broadly on undergraduate student success, and includes an article on learning communities published in About Campus in 2013 and one with colleagues from Penn State Abington in a recent issue of the Journal of Student Affairs Research, on their research related to retention initiatives on the campus.   


Administration Building, Room 101D

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182


Phone: (619)594-4167

Fax: (619)594-2049