"Dr. Stauffer is an excellent instructor and leader as recognized by her peers and students," said SSU President Ruben Armiñana. "Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stauffer on this appointment."
She assumes the position of interim Dean of the School, as former Dean Saeid Rahimi becomes the interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Stauffer is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and has played a strong leadership role in the School of Science and Technology, serving as its Director of Academic Resources and Planning since 2008.
She is currently professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science. She was the first female faculty member in the department (hired as a lecturer in Fall 1994, tenure track Fall 1995) and formed the Women in Computer Science group at SSU. Stauffer was also the founding faculty advisor to the SSU Student Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery.
Her background and experience includes her service as the Chair of the School Curriculum Committee and her role as coordinator of the School of Science and Technology/Sonoma County Office of Education Summer High School Internship Program.
Stauffer earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, 1994 as well as her M.S. (Computer Science, 1990); B.S. (Computer Science--Summa Cum Laude, 1986), and B.S. (Mathematics, 1986) from the University of California, Irvine.