Susan Roll Appointed Director of Civic Engagement

UED is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Roll to the position of Director of Civic Engagement effective Spring 17 semester.   

Susan is a tenured faculty member in the School of Social Work. Susan has a long history of community based research, outreach to disadvantaged communities, and active involvement of students in research and service activities in the North State. In her role as Director of Civic Engagement, Susan will represent the campus at the American Association of Colleges and University’s American Democracy Project, work with faculty to enhance the civic component of their classes and form a bridge between campus and community for the creation of meaningful partnerships that enhance the well-being of the community, strengthen faculty scholarship, and prepare students to be active, constructive members of our democratic society while at Chico State and beyond. 


As Director of Civic Engagement, Susan will report to the Dean of Undergraduate Education.  Civic engagement is at the core of Chico State’s mission as a public university.  That promise was recently reaffirmed through the addition of an explicit statement in the University Strategic Plan committing us to fostering civic engagement among our students and campus-wide. Susan’s focus will be on strengthening Chico’s long and distinguished history of student activism and volunteerism, exemplified by CAVE, CLIC and other centers of civic involvement and the wonderful work being done in the many service-learning courses on our campus. She brings intellectual depth to the work of civic engagement and has developed strong ties in the community. She is ideally suited to take our campus civic engagement efforts to the next level.


Upon her appointment, Dr. Roll stated, “I am genuinely excited to begin this new position at Chico State.  Having worked in cooperation with non-profit and government agencies, I can appreciate the value in partnering on local issues of interest to our community – we have a lot to teach as well as learn from these partnerships.  I look forward to building and strengthening these opportunities so that faculty and students can further engage in mutual problem solving, research, and scholarship for the benefit of the North State.” 


Please congratulate Dr. Roll on her appointment and assist her in this important work for our students and the communities in which we live and work.


William Loker

Dean of Undergraduate Education