Edward M. Feasel


2015-present, Chief Academic Officer/Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUA, Aliso Viejo 

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the President, responsible for academic affairs of the University.  Reporting to the CAO is the Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Faculty, Director of the Library, and Registrar.

Major Accomplishments

  • Oversee Board approved University Strategic Planning Process, 2017-present.
  • Oversee University Web Task Force Redesign Project, 2017-present.
  • Hiring of new Dean of Faculty and appointment of Associate Dean of Faculty, 2017.
  • Obtain Board of Trustees and Faculty Approval for the introduction of a new concentration in Life Sciences to commence in 2020 to include a new science building, residence hall and expansion of the student body and faculty by 30 percent, 2016 - present.
  • Oversee the creation of the Office of Sponsored Research which serves as the administrative office for the Institutional Review Board (IRB), administers university and external grants, and supports academic public relations.  Hiring of the Grants and Sponsored Research Administrator, 2016.
  • Hiring of two full-time faculty in the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change in the Graduate School at the full professor and assistant professor level, 2017.

2005-2017, Dean of Faculty, SUA, Aliso Viejo 

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the CAO, responsible for academic affairs of the undergraduate program.  Reporting to the Dean of Faculty is Concentration/Program Directors and Coordinators and the Director of the Study Abroad program. 

Major Accomplishments

  • Oversee 46 full-time and 25 part-time faculty
  • Oversee annual operating budget of $9 million for the undergraduate academic program
  • Oversee all reviews including mid-term, promotional and tenure reviews (3-5 per year)
  • Oversee all faculty hiring (2-4 positions per year)
  • Coordinate all teaching and committee assignments for faculty
  • Oversee Faculty Research Grant Distribution ($3,000 per faculty each year)
  • Supervise Director of Study Abroad (mandatory study abroad for all juniors with programs in Japan, China, Taiwan, Cost Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain – added France and Senegal in 2012)
  • Oversee the introduction of the first new foreign language, 2010
  • Develop and oversee Research Assistant Program providing funding for RA support to all faculty, 2010-present
  • Developed and introduced the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, 2006 - present
  • Developed, introduced and supervised the learning cluster travel grant program (8 travel grants up to $15,000 funding student group travel throughout the world), 2008-2014
  • Developed and introduced the first new concentration to the undergraduate program, Environmental Studies, 2008.
  • Developed and instituted change to the academic calendar moving toward a traditional semester system, 2006
  • Developed and introduced a point reward/course relief system for faculty research, 2006
  • Developed and oversee conversion to a tenure system, 2006

1998-2005, Dean of Students and founding faculty member, SUA, Aliso Viejo 

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the President as SUA, Aliso Viejo’s first Dean of Students, responsible for the creation and development of all offices in the area of student affairs.  Reporting to the Dean of Students is the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Director of Student Services, Director of Residential Life and Student Activities, and Director of Athletics and Recreation.  As one of the first group of faculty members hired at SUA, Aliso Viejo, responsible for planning and design of all aspects of the curriculum for the undergraduate program.      

Major Accomplishments:

  • As part of the first group of faculty, developed the outline for the undergraduate curriculum including general education courses and requirements, concentration requirements, and electives, 1998-2001
  • Participated in the hiring of 17 faculty in 2000. 
  • Chaired and served as member of faculty personnel committees for retention, 2001-2005.
  • Member of academic advising committee, 2001-2003
  • Developed university policies on academic honesty, student code of conduct and judicial process, 2001
  • Oversee annual operating budget of $3 million for the student affairs program, 2001-2005
  • Oversee the creation and development of the office of Residential Life and Student Activities, including policies on student clubs, student government, student activity programs, and the residential program.  Hired the Director of Residential Life and Student Activities. Program with 7 full-time staff, 3 faculty in residence, and 10 student residential assistants.  1999-2005
  • Oversee the creation and development of the office of Athletics and Recreation, including policies and programming in the areas of student athletics, physical education, intramural and recreational sports. Hired the Director of Athletics and Recreation. Program with 3 full-time coaches, 4 assistant coaches, 5 part-time recreational instructors, 5 student assistants, 1999-2005
  • Oversee operations in the office of admission and financial aid.  Dean of Admission and Financial Aid reports to the Dean of Students, 2004-2005
  • Created the office of Student Services which is responsible for dining services, student health services, student health insurance, bookstore operations, and counseling.  Appointed the Director of Student Services who reports to the Dean of Students, 2004-2005
  • Oversee the selection of vendors and operations in the areas of dining services (Bon Appetit; 1 Manger, 1 executive chef, 20 staff), student health services (Saddleback Hospital; 1 full-time nurse, 1 full-time administrative assistant), Bookstore Services (CLS Enterprises; 2 full-time staff, 4 student assistants), Student Health Insurance (Mega-Life), 2000-2004
  • Hired and supervised career counselor, counselor, manager of internships/volunteer experiences, 1999-2004
  • Oversee vendor operations for campus security, Allied Security (28 officers).  Director of Environmental Health and Safety reported to the Dean of Students, 2002-2004.

Other Campus-Wide Responsibilities:

  • Chair of the university wide graduation committee, 2005.
  • Chair of the University Life Committee, responsible for the development of policies for issues that affect all campus community citizens (faculty, staff, and students), 2000-2005.