Academic Deans Council
A native of Italy and a graduate of Università degli Studi di Torino, Norma Bouchard earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literatures from Indiana University-Bloomington. In 1998, she joined the faculty of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she was promoted through the ranks as Professor, Head of the Department, co-Chair of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literatures and Cultural Studies and Associate Dean of the Humanities for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In Fall 2015, she joined SDSU as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of European Studies.
Norma Bouchard has served as the Vice-President elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and Book Review Editor for Italian Culture. She is currently co-Editor of Annali d'Italianistica and Associate Editor of Media and Cultural Studies for Italica. She sits on several national and international Editorial Boards and was past juror and chair of the Book Translation Award for the Modern Language Association.
Norma Bouchard’s research focuses on Mediterranean Studies, Italian American Studies, 19th and 20th century Italian Culture, Modernism and Postmodernism, Critical Theory, Theories of Nationalism, Migrant and Postcolonial Writing in Italy, and Film. Among her book-length publications are The Politics of Culture and the Ambiguities of Interpretation: Umberto Eco's Alternative (Lang, 1998), Céline, Gadda, Beckett: Experimental Writers of the 1930s (Florida UP, 2000), Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005), Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Vincenzo Consolo (Toronto UP, 2006), Italian Cultural Studies: Negotiating Regional, National and Global Identities, Annali d'Italianistica 24 (2006), Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean (Fordham UP, 2011, Race and Ethnic Studies series), Italy and the Mediterranean: Words, Sounds, and Images of the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave 2013), and Italy @ 150: National Discourse at the Sesquicentennial 1861-2011 (2012). Her latest publication is From Otium and Occupatio to Work and Labor, a collection of essays on work and labor in Italian culture, from the pre-industrial era to the Industrial Revolution and beyond (2014). She is currently translating a history of Italian internment camps during Fascism.
Lance Nail, Ph.D., CFA, is the Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of Business and professor of finance at the Fowler College of Business. He was appointed August 3, 2017.
Nail’s research interests include corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, and insider trading. He has published over 50 articles, reviews and columns and made more than 100 presentations. Additionally, Nail edited a book on international corporate governance and served as managing editor of the Elsevier journal International Review of Financial Analysis where he remains on the editorial board.
Nail’s service to the profession includes serving as a reviewer for dozens of manuscripts at academic journals, and he has served on the program committees for major academic conferences. He served on the board of directors of the Eastern Finance Association and the Southern Finance Association, CFA Society of Alabama, and Risk Management Association of Birmingham. He is a past member of the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth and the Fort Worth chapter of Financial Executives Institute. Nail also served as the founding chairman of the board of the Texas Tech University Innovation Hub and as a board member of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and Market Lubbock.
Receiving eight teaching excellence awards, Nail was also recognized as a best practices in teaching professor by Thomson Publishing (now Cengage) for his use of technology in teaching finance. Prior to joining San Diego State, Nail served as dean of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi and as chair of the Department of Finance, Economics, and Quantitative Methods at UAB. Nail was selected as the host dean and program chair for the Council of Texas Business Deans in 2015.
Nail received his Ph.D. in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Georgia in 1996 and his B.S. in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Alabama in 1989 – graduating first in his class. He spent three years in industry as a mortgage-backed and asset-backed bond consultant for Ernst & Young National Consulting Group from 1989 through 1992.
A native of Hong Kong, Y. Barry Chung received his A.M. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.A. in educational psychology and counseling from the National Taiwan Normal University. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Education at SDSU in 2018, he was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. He also served as Department Chair at Northeastern University, and Professor and Program Director at Georgia State University.
Dr. Chung’s research interests include career development, multicultural counseling, and sexual orientation and gender diversity issues. He has presented and published widely on these topics. He was appointed to 10 journal editorial boards internationally, and was Executive Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Book Series. Dr. Chung was President of the National Career Development Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, and Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He has also served on APA’s Board of Educational Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Membership Board, and Finance Committee. Currently he is an elected member on the APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Chung is a Fellow of APA (Divisions 17, 44, 45, and 52), Asian American Psychological Association, and National Career Development Association.
Eugene Olevsky, Interim Dean
Phone: (619) 594-6061, Fax: (619) 594-6005
Dr. Olevsky received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kiev State University and M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Kiev Institute of Technology; his Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering was granted in 1990 by the Ukraine National Academy of Sciences.
In 1992, Dr. Olevsky joined Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart, Germany as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, in 1994, he became a Research Fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; in 1995, he joined UC San Diego as a Visiting Scholar at the NSF Institute for Mechanics and Materials. In 1998, Dr. Olevsky became an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at San Diego State University. In 2001, he was promoted to an Associate Professor, and in 2004, he became a Professor. In 2007, Dr. Olevsky was awarded the title of SDSU Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. From 2007 to the present, Dr. Olevsky serves as the Director of the Joint SDSU-UCSD Doctoral Programs in Engineering Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Olevsky became Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the SDSU College of Engineering.
Dr. Olevsky is the author of over 500 scientific publications and conference presentations, and of more than 150 plenary, keynote, and invited presentations in the area of Materials Engineering. He has supervised more than 100 post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate students, and research visitors.
Dr. Olevsky is a scholar with broad international recognition. He was an invited visiting professor in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden.
Dr. Olevsky’s contributions to research and education have been recognized by multiple awards and honors. Dr. Olevsky is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Humboldt Fellow; he is a Fellow of the International Institute of Science of Sintering.
Radhika Seshan is the Dean of the College of Extended Studies. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer for UCLA Extension, leading their institutional research, finance, technology, operations and new program development areas.
Prior to joining UCLA Extension, Dr. Seshan was the Executive Director of Continuing Education Programs for Bellevue College in Seattle. Before she entered higher education, Dr. Seshan's early career experience was centered on high tech. While at AT&T Bell Labs & Lucent Technologies, Dr. Seshan led teams that launched wireless applications and network operations services across Asia, Europe and the US.
Dr. Seshan holds a PhD in International Economics from University of Houston, along with a BA in Economics from University of Madras in India.
Dr. Steven P. Hooker is a Professor in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University where he has been since 2011. Dr. Hooker’s research is focused on physical activity and aging and community-based participatory approaches to promote healthy lifestyles among midlife and older racial/ethnic minority men. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published papers and obtained over $17 million in funding from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and several private foundations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and National Academy of Kinesiology. Dr. Hooker served as Director of the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center for 8 years (2003-2011) and Chief of the California Department of Health Services Physical Activity & Health Initiative for 5 years (1998-2003). He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 1988.
Donna Conaty is serving as Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA). From 2013 to 2018 she served as associate dean of PSFA and from 2007-2013 she was Director of the School of Music and Dance at SDSU. Prior to her appointment at SDSU, she was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Curriculum in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, Athens, where she held the faculty rank professor of music.
As director of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University, she led the development and implementation of an innovative BM degree track with an emphasis in music entrepreneurship and business, a collaborative program developed with the Fowler College of Business and Lavin Center for Entrepreneurship. Under her leadership the School of Music and Dance celebrated its 75th anniversary by bringing world class artists and composers to campus, presenting the creative work of faculty, and engaging students in a series of high visibility performances. Philanthropic support was boosted during her tenure as director, including a highly effective and successful fellowship program in San Diego Unified School District for music education majors and recruitment scholarships. While PSFA Associate Dean she initiated the implementation of internship coordinators in each of PSFA’s schools, resulting in a significant increase in the number of students pursuing internship opportunities, and she worked with faculty to expand student access to major and general education courses offered online. Her leadership extends beyond the college to a number of campus-wide activities including the recent presidential search and University Senate.
As a performing artist, her background includes orchestral, chamber music, solo and recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. Her artistic interests are particularly geared toward chamber music and performing new works. She has performed in a wide array of world and regional premieres of new compositions by leading contemporary composers. Conaty is principal oboe of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, David Danzmayr, Music Director, an ensemble with which she has been featured numerous times as a concerto soloist and in which she can be heard on over ten commercial recordings. Additional selected performance credits include the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Winds, soloist with the California Chamber Orchestra, and seven seasons in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop. She has been invited to perform and/or present master classes to numerous professional music conferences, International Double Reed Society conferences, and university audiences.
During her extensive teaching career, Conaty has successfully prepared, and continues to mentor, numerous musicians who are pursuing thriving careers in performance, teaching, music therapy, and arts leadership roles.
Conaty is currently a board member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education and hosted the organization’s 2017 national conference at San Diego State University. She has served as a board member of a number of professional arts organizations, including Mainly Mozart in San Diego, and continues her affiliation as a grant panelist for the Ohio Arts Council $2M+ sustainability funding cycles.
An alumna of Yale University, her previous university faculty affiliations includes Ohio University, the State University of New York at Purchase and the University of Evansville.
Gregorio Ponce, Dean
Phone: (760) 768-5520, (760) 768-5568
Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce, a native of Imperial County, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and sees education as lifelong endeavor to transform our ways of thinking and living to improve how we live today and to better meet the challenges of the future.
Before his appointment as Dean (and Interim Dean) for SDSU Imperial Valley, Dr. Ponce served in the Division of Education as division chair and/or professor (assistant, associate, full) of mathematics education. He has also served as Principal Investigator, Director, and Coordinator in various projects focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics. His most recent work focuses on the educational needs of migrant students within Imperial County that involves the teaching and learning of mathematics, language arts, and creativity using student-centered, hands-on, non-traditional methods. Prior to joining San Diego State University, he was division chair and professor in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at Imperial Valley College.
He earned his Ed.D. from the University of San Diego under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph C. Rost, author of Leadership for the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Ponce received his MA and BA degrees in applied mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. His publication record in the most prestigious blind peer-reviewed journals for elementary, middle, and junior/high school teachers of mathematics exemplifies the significance and importance of his work which helped him secure over $800,000 in external grant funds. He received the SDSU Monty Award, was a finalist for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Mary Catherine Ellwein Outstanding Dissertation Award, and is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans.
Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-5841, Fax: (619) 594-7934
Dr. Norah Shultz, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Student Achievement at San Diego State University where her responsibilities include oversight of (1) Academic programs such as Interdisciplinary studies, the Weber Honors College and undeclared students (2) many of the university’s high impact practices (HIP)and National Scholarships and Fellowships and (3) resources for faculty, such as the Center for Teaching & Learning, faculty student mentoring, programs related to sustainability, and university-wide assessment efforts. She is currently leading efforts related to the Graduation 2025 intiative and a reform of the General Education curriculum.
She previously served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Abington providing leadership for the three academic divisions and an array of academic support services, while working with the senior team in providing fiscal management and planning for the college. Prior to her appointment at Penn State Abington in 2011, Dr. Shultz served as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Arcadia University. A sociologist by training, she held administrative positions at Arcadia for over a decade.
Her scholarly interests initially focused on multiculturalism in education; however this developed into work related to the relationship of multiculturalism to internationalization in global curricula. In 2011, Dr. Shultz served as a faculty consultant for the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Shared Futures Summer Institute. She has explored other binaries that get established in higher education, such as academic versus student affairs, teaching versus research and general education versus the major. Some of her recent scholarship has focused more broadly on undergraduate student success, and includes an article on learning communities published in About Campus in 2013 and one with colleagues from Penn State Abington in a recent issue of the Journal of Student Affairs Research, on their research related to retention initiatives on the campus.
Stephen Schellenberg, Associate Vice President for Educational Effectiveness
Sandra Cook, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-4766, Fax: (619) 594-4287
Sandra Cook is responsible for San Diego State University’s Enrollment Management and the implementation of strategic enrollment decisions. She also oversees SDSU Enrollment Services which includes student recruitment, undergraduate and graduate admission, registration, student records, academic advising, the curriculum process, catalog production, the class schedule, the student information system, the student Web portal, and the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center. She served as the SDSU Director of Academic Advising prior to her current position. Prior to coming to SDSU she served as associate dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches the University Seminar class for SDSU’s Presidential Scholars.
Sandra Cook served on the California State University (CSU) Admissions Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011. She also served on the Senate Bill 1440 Implementation and Oversight Task Force. She is an associate member of the San Diego/Imperial County Community College Association (SDICCCA), a board of Region X Community College presidents/chancellors that meet monthly. At SDSU, she is a member of the President’s Cabinet, Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, Undergraduate Council, and is the Provost’s representative to the University Affairs Board of Associated Students. She has also served as president of SDSU Chapter 96, Phi Kappa Phi and chair of the Region 9 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Joanna Brooks, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-6111, Fax: (619) 594-2254
Joanna Brooks is the award-winning author or editor of ten books on race, religion, gender, social movements, and American culture. Her work has been featured in global media outlets including the BBC, NPR, the Daily Show, CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, and she has held leading roles in organizations serving progressive people of faith. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a fourth-generation Southern Californian. Her previous administrative roles have included service as the Chair of SDSU’s Department of English and Comparative Literature and Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs.
J. Luke Wood, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-0167, Fax (619) 594-0178
J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Formerly, Wood served as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership. Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center.
Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on community colleges. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes. Dr. Wood has delivered over a 1,000 scholarly professional and conference presentations. His research has been featured by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and C-SPAN. Dr. Wood has authored over 120 publications, including more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has authored and edited 14 books, his most recent books include: Supporting men of color in the community college (2017, Wood and Harris III), Teaching boys and young men of color (2016, Wood and Harris III) and Teaching men of color in the community college (2015, Wood, Harris III, and White). Wood received his PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Higher Education) and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education) from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership (Student Affairs) and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento.
Alexander Chizhik, Director of Academic Labor Relations
Phone: (619) 594-1656, Fax (619) 594-0178
Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Chizhik is the Director of Academic Labor Relations and Professor of Educational Psychology. In 2000, he joined SDSU as an assistant professor within the School of Teacher Education and during his tenure had an opportunity to serve as the school’s interim director. Prior to SDSU, Dr. Chizhik held a faculty position at the University of Maine in Orono and completed his PhD at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
Dr. Chizhik served a guest editor for the Journal of Social Issues for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on the topic of intra-group conflict and cooperation. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having supported faculty in psychology as well as physics and mathematics education at the Ushynsky South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University in Odessa, Ukraine. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and USAID through the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation.
Stephen Welter, Vice President and Dean
Phone: (619) 594-2978, Fax: (619) 594-3561
Dr. Stephen Welter is the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Affairs at San Diego State University. His office provides the oversight and the management of the Graduate Affairs, Research Advancement, Research Compliance, and Technology Transfer units; as well as fostering ongoing support of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research endeavors. Additionally, the Division of Research and Graduate Affairs is home to the Zahn Innovation Platform, encompassing the Launchpad and the Idea Lab.
Dr. Welter first served as an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University in the Biology Department from 1981-1984. For the next 27 years, he was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Entomology (1984-1993) and Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (1993-2011). During this period, he also served in a variety of administrative positions including division chair, Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs, and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Natural Resources. As a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley, Dr. Welter has been a long-time advocate for the synergy that results from integrating academic scholarship with teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, as found at San Diego State University.
He has served as a member and chair of numerous state and federal advisory or granting programs such as the USDA National Research Initiative or the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Council. He has worked actively with private industries as both a researcher and member of scientific advisory boards to help translate university research into pragmatic solutions of agricultural problems while also realizing tangible environmental and worker safety benefits. He currently serves as a board member of CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM, and CONNECT.
Patrick McCarthy, Interim Dean
Phone: (619) 594-1643, Fax: (619) 594-2700
MLS (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 1995) McCarthy is an experienced academic librarian with 20 years of experience leading core library programs including reference, instruction, outreach, collection development, cataloging, and acquisitions. His areas of interest include educational leadership, library science, learning theory, and program assessment. He has an extensive background in strategic planning and has held multiple leadership positions overseeing major organization restructuring, consolidation, and program development. In addition, he has completed extensive study in the Doctor of Philosophy program from the School of Education at Colorado State University (ABD).
Radmila Prislin, Associate Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-5166, Fax: (619) 594-7443
Dr. Radmila Prislin has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Resource Management since March 2016. Prior to joining Academic Affairs, Dr. Prislin served as Associate Dean of the SDSU College of Sciences and Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs. She has been a faculty member in the SDSU Department of Psychology since 1996.
Dr. Prislin received her graduate training at University of Chicago and University of Zagreb in her native Croatia, where she received PhD in social psychology. Her research and teaching focus on social influence and group dynamics. Dr. Prislin’s research has been funded by National Sciences Foundation (USA), Leverhulme Trust (UK), and World Health Organization. She has published three edited books and over 70 articles in some of the premier outlets in the field. She has served as editor of European Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Prislin is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Her former students have thriving careers at all inhabited continents.
Halil Güven, Dean
Phone: +995 32 2 311 611
Dr. Güven is appointed as the Dean of SDSU-Georgia on February 1, 2018. Prior to this Dr. Güven served as the Interim Dean and the Vice Dean of SDSU-Georgia (2014-2018). Dr. Güven joined SDSU in 1984 and served as a faculty member in the SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering till 1999. Between 1999 and 2011, Dr. Güven served as rector (also founding rector) of three universities overseas (Turkey and Cyprus).
Dr. Güven is a Fulbright scholar who received his Ph.D. in 1983 from University of Houston in mechanical engineering with a focus on alternative energy and technology transfer to developing countries. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1978. During his tenure at SDSU he founded and directed two centers, the Energy Engineering Institute (EEI), and the Industrial Assessment Center (funded by the USDOE). From 1995-1998 he served as the Director of International Development for SDSU College of Extended Studies in charge of developing projects in Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. His work at EEI received numerous awards from the California Energy Commission, and the ‘Energy Innovation Award’ from the USDOE. He served as the vice-president and president of the San Diego Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers; received International Energy Professional Development Award from AEE, Teetor Educator Award from SAE, and the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from San Diego Engineering Societies in recognition of “devoted services to the Engineering Profession and Community.”
Having worked in academic leadership role in a number of countries in the European Higher Education Area (including Georgia), Dr. Güven is experienced both in the Bologna Process reforms, and the European accreditation / institutional evaluation issues / programs. Dr. Güven’s research interests include higher education reform and change management in higher education institutions; sustainability and building energy efficiency; energy systems optimization; and alternative energy. In addition to energy systems and alternative energy, Dr. Güven also published book chapters, and co-edited two books, on leadership, globalization, and clash of civilizations.
Edgar Hodge, Assistant Vice President
Phone: (619) 594-0097, Fax: (619) 594-0178
Edgar Hodge, Ed.D candidate, is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and is primarily responsible for information technology throughout the Division of Academic Affairs for San Diego State University. He is also a doctoral candidate that completed his dissertation defense on February 22, 2018. Prior to being the Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology, he was the Director of University Computer Operations at San Diego State University. In addition, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for University of California San Diego – Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Edgar is also an adjunct-faculty at the University of California San Diego for Extended Studies. Edgar has been an instructor for more than 20 years teaching various subjects such as UNIX, Database, Computer Security, C++, Local Area Network and Protocol Designs, and more. Plus, Edgar is also very involved in the community coaching sports, such as baseball and basketball.
Jeanne Stronach, Director
Phone: (619) 594-8712, Fax: (619) 594-0779