College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

Meet the Dean & Associate Dean

Melody Stapleton, Acting Dean
stapleton, associate dean

Melody Stapleton is the acting dean for the College of ECC. Previously, she served as interim associate dean for the College, spearheading a college-wide laboratory spaces uprade initiative. She also served as department chair for Computer Science from Fall 2012 to Spring 2017 where she rebuilt the department, commensurate with the proud heritage of being the first Computer Science Department in the entire CSU.  She expanded the teaching pool from 3 tenured faculty to 10 tenure-track and tenured faculty.  She revived the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board, adding 30 new high-level CEOs, Vice Presidents or Directors of Software Development at major corporations, most of which are Chico State alumni.  Last year Dr. Stapleton stewarded the Department to receive a full 6 years of ABET accreditation for Computer Science.  She is passionate about facilitating the growth of junior faculty and building interdisciplinary partnerships between Colleges and Departments. 

Melody serves as a member of the Academic Senate, FASP, and the Campus Facilities Use Committee.  She has been a faculty member in Computer Science since 1981 after receiving her PhD in Mathematics from UC, Riverside.  Her area of specialization is Database Management Systems, focusing on Performance Tuning.  Her consulting and industrial experience includes serving as Projector Director for many California State Agencies (Air Resources, Toxic Substances Control), Counties (Butte and Mendocino) and Cities, developing Information Systems Master Plans and Software Systems, as well as consulting for the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake (NAVAIR).  Recently, she has served as an expert witness dealing with both patent infringement cases and criminal cases involving Internet fraud while working for the US Attorney General. 

Joel Arthur, Interim Associate Dean

Bio coming soon.