Dr. Elizabeth A. Lowham, a public policy scholar specializing in the areas of leadership and management, analysis, and organizational development, is the new dean of the Fresno State College of Social Sciences.
“Dr. Elizabeth A. Lowham is an award-winning teacher and public policy scholar specializing in the areas of research methodology, leadership and management, policy analysis, and environmental policy,” said the Dr. Xuanning Fu, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fresno State. “Over her career, Dr. Lowham has developed a reputation for holistic program development, student and faculty support, stakeholder facilitation, and data-driven decision-making.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton College, as well as a master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lowham started as an assistant professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. .
From 2007 to 2022 at Cal Poly, Lowham held a variety of administrative leadership positions, including Director of the Master of Public Policy Program, Founding Director of the Center for Expressive Technologies, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major, Director of Science, Technology and society. Program, Acting Deputy Chair of Electrical Engineering and Chair of Political Science.
Since 2019, Lowham has served as Acting Dean of Higher Education; as well as the administrator responsible for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Studies effective March 2021. She was appointed Dean of the College of Social Sciences in June.
“I am thrilled to be part of a college and campus where students, faculty, and staff believe in the transformative power of education for individuals and our communities. As a college, we will continue the essential work to build and grow communities committed to justice where everyone thrives,said Lowham.
Lowham has received the Harold D. Lasswell Award from the Society of Policy Scientists, the Cal Poly University Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, and academic awards for teaching and service. Lowham’s scholarly publications and funded research on public policy focus on collaboration and using information to achieve better policy outcomes. His research focuses on mental health, cybersecurity, K-12 education, teaching and learning scholarship, environmental policy, and terrorism.
She looks forward to working with college faculty, staff, and students to create communities committed to justice, civic responsibility, diversity, and service in the Central Valley and the State of California.
Lowham succeeds Acting Dean Segun Ogunjemiyo, who returns to his role as faculty member of the Department of Geography and Urban and Regional Planning.