Judy Sylva


Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness, VP Academic Affairs/Provost

| sylvaj@wou.edu

Why I chose WOU

I chose WOU because it is a regional public comprehensive university with service to the region at the core of its mission. The faculty, staff, and administration all center equity and diversity in their efforts to promote student success.

At WOU since


Areas of responsibility

Academic Effectiveness

  • Assessment for Continuous Improvement in Academic Affairs
  • Accreditation
  • WOU:Salem
  • General Education & First-year Seminars
  • Honors Program
  • Inter-disciplinary Studies (IDS)
  • Writing Center



Doctor of Philosophy, Education, University of California, Riverside 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Irvine

Credentials & Certifications  

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D), Behavior Analyst Certification Board, September 30, 2013 (expires 9/30/2024) Certificate #1-13-14969 

Professional Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Specialization: School Psychology, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing,  March 14, 1997 (expires 4/1/2027)   


Professional experience


Academic Appointments: 

  • Associate Professor, 2006  
  • Tenure, 2008 
  • Professor, 2012

Division of Academic Affairs, Office of Academic Programs  

Faculty Director of Assessment for Academic Affairs 4/1/2018-8/30/2022

College of Education, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling 

Department Chair 6/1/2014-6/30/2018 

Special Education Credential Program Coordinator 7/1/13-9/1/17

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling 

Interim Department Chair 1/6/14-5/31/14

Special Education Program Director 7/1/08-6/30/11

Early Childhood Special Education Intern Coordinator 9/17/06-9/15/09


Academic Appointment:

  • Assistant Professor 2002

College of Education, Department of Special Education 

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program Coordinator 2002-2006 



Awards and honors


California State University San Bernardino, Division of Student Affairs Faculty Partner Award May 27,  2021 

California State University San Bernardino, College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award for Service,  May 2015 

Leadership Experiences & Recognition:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Assessment Leadership Academy, cohort XI, June 1, 2020-January 8, 2021, Virtual 

Academic Impressions, Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education, March 20-22, 2017, Hyatt Regency, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute – Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA September 2016-March 2017

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Leadership Academy,  June 26-30, 2016, Portland, OR 


Professional memberships

Professional and Academic Association Participation:  

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 

CEC Division for Early Childhood (DEC) 

CEC Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)  

CEC Teacher Education Division (TED) 

California State Council for Exceptional Children (CA CEC)

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)  

California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) 

International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 


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