Christopher Chien
  • Graphic Artist

Responsible for the production of digital and print media for a variety of department needs, including publication, promotion, presentation, instruction, display, and signage. Keeps Letters and Science Information Technology (LSIT) - maintained departmental Drupal website updated.

Performs GIS, Cartographic, and Remote Sensing analysis to support research needs and goals.


  • HSSB 2001D
  • Assistant to the Chair

Processes all aspects of merit and promotion cases. Submits all PPS (payroll system) entries and actions for tenure-track and tenured faculty, emeriti, without salary and temporary academic employees. Coordinates research visitors and postdocs, including necessary J-1 visas. Coordinates faculty recruitment process. Tracks faculty plans and coordinates leaves. Acts as Office Manager in the absence of the Business Officer.

  • (805) 893-8152
  • HSSB 2001
  • Undergraduate Program Assistant

Responsible for all undergraduate affairs. Advises department majors and minors and processes petitions as needed. Manages quarterly Schedule of Classes. Submits one-time room requests for campus general assignment rooms. Manages Department-held room schedule and check-out. Orders textbooks. Coordinates quarterly ESCI and evaluation process.

  • (805) 893-2257
  • HSSB 2001
  • Financial Assistant

Responsible for all financial matters and accounting systems. Processes and tracks all income and expenses. Processes all requests for reimbursement and travel advances. Reconciles the ledgers and prepares financial reports. Orders business cards and supplies through online Gateway system. Distributes hourly timesheets and paychecks. Hires undergraduate employees as needed.

  • (805) 893-7197
  • HSSB 2001
  • Business Officer

Business Officer for the department, responsible for the oversight of budget and finances, academic and staff personnel, human resources, curriculum plans and scheduling, student affairs, facilities and space, equipment, health and safety, long range planning.

  • (805) 893-4625
  • HSSB 2001C
  • Graduate Program Assistant

Responsible for all graduate student affairs, including hiring (TA, Associate, Reader, GSR, hourly Student Assistant), space assignments and keys. Tracks and advises on degree progress. Advises on admissions and manages online application system. Manages Graduate Division funds allocated to the department, funding awards and central fellowships. Works with Faculty Graduate Advisor in determining TA assignments.

  • (805) 893-2516
  • HSSB 2001