Humanities Building

The Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean is the administrative headquarters for CHASS and is home to our dean, three associate deans, one assistant dean, and a team of dedicated staff members.

Milagros Pena
Dean: Milagros Peña
(951) 827-3572

Milagros Peña is the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology and ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. She received her doctorate in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her first book "Theologies and Liberation in Peru: The Role of Ideas in Social Movements" was published with Temple University Press in 1995. Peña also is the author of "Latina Activists Across Borders: Grassroots Women’s Organizing in Mexico and Texas" (Duke University Press, 2007), supported by a Fulbright-Hays/Garcia Robles Research Award. The book was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Book Award by the Latino/a section of the American Sociological Association. She is also author or co-author of two additional books and over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and reports. Peña also is involved in several collaborative research projects with Edwin I. Hernández with the research appearing in "Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Latino-a Leadership Development from the Pew to the Plaza" (Brill Academic Publishing, 2006). Other research projects include the Chicago Latino Congregations Study. The results of the research appear in a number of articles and reports including “Second-Generation Latin@ Faith Institutions and Identity Formations,” Milagros Peña and Edwin I. Hernández (authors), which appeared in "Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation," edited by Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung, published by New York University Press and in “Latino Congregations and Youth Educational Expectations,” Esmeralda Sanchez, Nicholas Vargas, Rebecca Burwell, Jessica Hamar Martinez, Milagros Peña, and Edwin I. Hernández (authors) published in the journal Sociology of Religion (May 2016). She is past chair of the American Sociological Association’s Latino/a Section and previously served on the Executive Councils of Association for the Sociology of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the American Sociological Association’s Religion Section.

Alicia Arrizón
Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs: Alicia Arrizón
(951) 827-3683

Alicia Arrizón is a professor of gender and sexuality studies and oversees the Student Academic Affairs Office. The office monitors the academic progress of every CHASS student from matriculation to graduation and is the academic home for all those in undeclared and pre-business programs. They help students with:

  • Enrollment
  • Registration
  • Breadth requirements
  • Academic regulations
  • Major declaration
  • Withdrawal and readmission 
  • Academic success 

Sang-Hee Lee
Associate Dean for Social Sciences: Sang-Hee Lee
(951) 827-2443

Sang-Hee Lee is a professor of anthropology and oversees the departments of:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Kiril Tomoff
Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities: Kiril Tomoff
(951) 827-2763

Kiril Tomoff is a professor of history and oversees the departments of:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature and Languages
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • English
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

Cindy Williams
Assistant Dean and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer: Cindy Williams
(951) 827-7974

Cindy Williams oversees all CHASS financial and administrative matters and the departments of:

  • Business Operations
  • Human Resources 
  • Facilities and Space Management
  • Contracts and Grants
  • Information Technology Team
  • CHASS College Computing

Clyde D Derrick
Assistant Dean for Development: Clyde D Derrick
(951) 827-4365

Clyde D Derrick and his team are responsible for all aspects of development and fundraising within CHASS.

Susan Brown
Director of Academic Personnel: Susan Brown
(951) 827-3596

Susan Brown and her team are responsible for all aspects of academic personnel within CHASS.