Joseph F. Sheley
Joseph F. Sheley

Dr. Joseph F. Sheley

California State University, Stanislaus

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Prior to his appointment as president of California State University, Stanislaus in June 2012, Joseph Sheley served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU Sacramento. Sheley held a variety of senior leadership positions at Sacramento State, including executive vice president, director of alumni relations, and from 1996 to 2005 as dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Sheley has been the recipient of numerous grants and has published extensively in his general area of interest, criminology, and his particular field of expertise, patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles. He is a proponent of regional partnership roles for contemporary metropolitan universities and of the systematic application of university teaching and scholarship to issues of regional, social and economic development.

An alumnus of Sacramento State, Sheley returned to his alma mater in 1996 after serving as a faculty member in sociology for 21 years at Tulane University where he also held the positions of chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.