Ellen Junn, PhD


Dr. Ellen Junn is the 11th president of California State University, Stanislaus. She is the first Korean-American
woman president appointed in the US to a four-year public institution. As President of Stan State, she has
established a strong reputation for displaying a focus for implementing new and innovative programs for
student success, especially for non-traditional students, supporting a number of initiatives including
CareerReadyU, Design Your Life courses, Freshman Convocation, as well as building new state-of-the art

technology-enhanced Active Learning Classrooms. Another key area of focus has been supporting and
implementing institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice action plans.
President Junn has an extensive 35-year history with the CSU, having worked at five other CSU campuses
prior to joining Stan State. She served as provost and vice president at CSU Dominguez Hills, provost and vice
president at San Jose State University, associate provost at Fresno State, associate dean of the College of
Health and Human Development at CSU Fullerton, and assistant professor at CSU San Bernardino. She also
served as a visiting professor at Indiana University.

President Junn earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of
Michigan and a master’s and Ph.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from Princeton University. She
is widely published and has written numerous peer-reviewed research and journal articles on topics, such as
supporting the success of underserved students, the importance of university-community engagement and
strategies for supporting non-tenure-track faculty — especially women and minorities, as well as promoting
innovative teaching strategies. Academics is a family affair for President Junn. Her husband is a retired
physicist, and her son and his wife are faculty in the History Department at Brandeis University.