As Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University, Vincent Del Casino serves as a key member of the university president’s leadership team, with primary responsibility for ensuring academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies as well as a continual commitment to research, scholarship, and creative activities that benefit all students and society at large.
Previously, at the University of Arizona, he provided leadership and administrative oversight as the campus redeveloped central spaces for student support activities; reorganized its central administrative areas; and enhanced student success and retention. During his tenure, the university greatly increased its online undergraduate enrollment and program offerings. He was also integral in implementing the University of Arizona’s 100% Engagement Initiative that allows students to participate in “extra-classroom” activities through credit-bearing and non-credit engaged learning experiences. With more than 18 years of academic and administrative experience in higher education, he has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Geography at California State University, Long Beach.
Del Casino is a prolific writer and researcher who has authored the book Social Geography: A Critical Introduction and co-edited with CSU, Long Beach, faculty member Dr. Mary Caputi, Derrida and the Future of the Liberal Arts. He also has edited and co-authored multiple other books and published dozens of articles and book chapters on topics such as health, robots and robotic technologies, cartographic theory, and tourism, in the context of geography. His numerous commentaries on higher education have been published in The EvoLLLution and Inside Higher Education, including “Machine Learning, Big Data, and the Future of Higher Education.”
Prior to earning his doctorate in geography from the University of Kentucky, Del Casino received his master’s in geography from the University of Wisconsin and bachelor’s in international relations and East Asian studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.