Academic Affairs Council

The Academic Affairs Council includes our college deans and the following administrators:

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Associate Vice President - Carleen Mandolfo

Sacha Bunge

Dr. Mandolfo oversees faculty recruitment and hiring; retention, tenure, promotions and other faculty personnel processes; and university wide professional development awards and training, including the operations of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. She provides consultation on matters regarding faculty (e.g., diversity, compensation, workplace conflict, career development) in coordination with the colleges, Faculty Senate, Human Resources, faculty union and University Counsel. She represents the campus within the CSU on matters relating to faculty affairs.

In her most recent role as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Colby College, she supervised the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, oversaw faculty search, tenure and promotion processes, and advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. She has extensive experience in individual and department conflict resolution, having also served as a trained facilitator for VOEG (Victim Offender Education Group), a restorative justice program developed by Insight Prison Project for incarcerated populations. A widely-published scholar of the Hebrew Bible, she is the co-Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature's National Task Force on Teaching the Bible in U.S. Public Schools. 

Dr. Mandolfo received her PhD from Emory University and her BA from San Francisco State. 

Division of Graduate Studies

Dean - Sophie Clavier

Sophie Clavier

Dr. Clavier manages the graduate experience from admissions to graduation. The Division of Graduate Studies oversees graduate academic standards, policies and procedures and curricular aspects related to credential, master's degrees and four doctoral programs. They also operate the GradStop and the Graduate Advising offices to provide single source support for graduate students, including management of specific graduate scholarships and fellowships. In addition, the office manages graduate student and graduate faculty publications, orientations, workshops and University-wide student research-focused events.

Dr. Clavier has been at SF State for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including lecturer, professor, graduate coordinator, academic senator, department chair of International Relations and most recently associate dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. She is a highly respected teacher, scholar and administrator. In 2014, based on an 18-year record of excellent teaching, she received the SF State Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Clavier holds a Ph.D. in International Public Law from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne.

Academic Senate

Chair - Teddy Albiniak

Teddy Albiniak oversees the San Francisco State Academic Senate, which develops policies and procedures regarding faculty and administrative appointments, curriculum, business & fiscal matters, campus development, academic standards, University goals and much more. He is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and the Director of Forensics,

College of Extended Learning

 Dean - Dr. Alex Hwu

Alex Hwu

Dr. Alex Hwu oversees the College of Extended Learning, the self-support division of the University that offers academic credit and professional development certificate programs to career professionals seeking training and advancement. Extended Learning is a robust educational partner in the San Francisco community attracting over 7,000 students per year to daytime, evening and weekend classes during fall, spring, summer and winter sessions. Dr. Hwu oversees all programmatic development as well as campus relations for Extended Learning.

Dr. Hwu served as associate vice president for the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement (CEEGE) at Humboldt State University (HSU) for the past six years.

Hwu holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction program, Educational Computing, Instructional Design and Online Learning Specialty from Kansas State University.

Academic Resources

Vice Provost Dwayne Banks

Dr. Banks oversees the management of the Academic Affairs budget, the production of the class schedule, the scheduling of Academic Affairs classrooms and the assignment and management of academic space to support the mission of Academic Affairs in compliance with CSU regulations and University policies.

His most recent academic appointment was as dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas), where he also served as the university’s chief operating officer and interim president; his prior roles include dean of the School of Business Administration at the American University in Dubai. A health economist with more than 25 years of experience in health care economics, econometrics, industrial organization and survey design and implementation, he is the Founder and CEO of Health and Social Sector Analysis (HSSA), specializing in data analytics and business strategy. He brings to his new role a firm commitment to transparent communication, productive collaboration, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness, as well as to the mission of inclusive education and student success.

Dr. Banks received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley and a BA in Economics and BS in Chemistry from UC Irvine.

J. Paul Leonard Library

University Librarian - Debbie Masters

Debbie Masters

Debbie Masters represents the Library on the Academic Affairs Council, the California State University Council of Library Directors, and elsewhere both within and outside the University. She is directly responsible for all aspects of the Library in matters of personnel, programs, facilities, budgets, and equipment and works closely with the campus to coordinate and improve information resources at the University.

Research and Sponsored Programs

Associate Vice President - Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Dr. Scott works closely with all departments within the University that are associated with the management of grants and contracts.  He also works with faculty and administrators throughout the University on strategic planning for research, and is responsible for advancing research and scholarship initiatives on campus and in the community, as well as attracting support at the state and national levels. He also represents the University to research and educational agencies, businesses and industries, and the research community.

Institutional Analytics

Associate Provost - Sutee Sujitparapitaya

Sutee Sujitparapitaya

The associate provost for Institutional Analytics proactively supports the University's mission by providing timely official data and analysis for planning, institutional effectiveness, and decision-making. Sutee provides strategic leadership in the area of data analytics, analyses, data integrity and predictive analytics in order to build a culture of actionable, data-driven conversations and decisions at the institution.

Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning

Dean - Lori Beth Way

Lori Beth Way

Dr. Way oversees the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, which includes the Undergraduate Advising Center, university-wide tutoring services (Learning Assistance Center [LAC] and the Campus Academic Resource Program [CARP]), the Articulation Office, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) and the Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Discipline Program (WAC/WID). The Dean has oversight of all-university undergraduate graduation requirements, including General Education, as well as university functions relating to Curriculum Development, Assessment, Accreditation and the University Bulletin.

Dr. Way joined San Francisco State in 2015 as associate dean of Academic Planning, after serving as senior advisor for Undergraduate Education at Emerson College and in multiple leadership roles at Chico State, where she earned tenure and taught in the department of Political Science. Dr. Way brings to her position a powerful commitment to the success of students, faculty, and staff—along with a keen appreciation of the interconnectedness of all three. In her own words, “I chose SF State because of its commitment to social justice, its diversity, its excellence, the quality of the research produced, and the commitment to improving our community.

Way holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Public Affairs.