About the Dean

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Wendy Sternberg assumed her new role as Occidental’s chief academic officer on July 1, 2017.

Sternberg came to Occidental from Union College (N.Y.), where she served as dean of academic departments and programs since 2013. As dean, she had direct oversight of the College's 21 academic departments and 14 interdisciplinary studies programs and was responsible for faculty hiring, development, and support at all stages of the faculty career cycle.

Sternberg previously had 18 years of service on the Haverford College faculty, including four years as Haverford’s associate provost, with responsibilities that included managing all non-tenure track appointments, college-wide assessment, and serving as affirmative action officer for faculty searches.

“Wendy brings to Oxy a host of strengths," says Occidental President Jonathan Veitch. “She has more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and administrator at two of the country’s top liberal arts colleges; strong administrative and leadership skills; a personal commitment to diversity as an educational value; a distinguished record of achievement as a scholar; and award-winning teaching skills, with extensive experience in undergraduate research."

"I am thrilled to be joining the Occidental community, an institution whose mission and values resonate strongly with my own," Sternberg says. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students to help Oxy to achieve its ambitious goals."

A graduate of Union College, Wendy earned her master’s and doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at UCLA, and was a postdoctoral fellow in UCLA’s department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. Sternberg’s research, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, was on the psychobiological mechanisms of pain. Her teaching experience includes general courses in psychology, neuroscience, and research methods, and specialty courses on pain and stress.