Dr. Stephen M. Payne is a graduate of Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and UC Santa Barbara. He has taught at San Jose State University, the California History Center at De Anza College, and Cabrillo College. Payne’s publications include books and articles on the history of Santa Clara County, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey’s sardine industry, as well as on imperialism and military history.
Payne has had a number of positions at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). Between 1994 and 1999 and again from 2006 to the present, he has been the Command Historian conducting institutional research. He has served on three accreditation evaluation teams and directed two accreditation self-studies for DLIFLC, as well as leading the successful degree granting effort for DLIFLC and writing the academic freedom statement for the institute. Between 2001 and 2005 Payne served as Assistant Provost, Senior Vice Provost, and Interim Provost for a student outcomes focused institution of 1,373 full-time foreign language and area studies faculty teaching 22 languages to over 3,500 full-time students.