Deans' Council

College of Ethnic Studies

Dean Grace Yoo

 Dr. Grace Yoo has been selected to serve as the next dean of San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies effective July 1, 2023. 

Yoo has worked in higher education for over 30 years, 27 of which have been at SF State. She began as an Asian American Studies lecturer faculty member in 1996 and 18 years later became chair of the same department, serving in that role until 2018.

Yoo also held a number of positions at SF State, such as the inaugural director for both the Race, Empowerment and Justice Project in the College of Ethnic Studies and the First-Year Experience Initiative. In the latter role, she facilitated the implementation of First-Year Seminar, led faculty development efforts on the First-Year Experience, created the First-Year Experience Peer Mentorship program and produced several University reports examining first-year retention during COVID-19. 

Yoo earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from University of California, Irvine, her master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research expertise is in social support and health among immigrants, women of color and Asian Americans. Y

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College of Health and Social Sciences

Interim Dean Andreana Clay

Dr.  Andreana Clay will be the interim dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences for one year, starting July 1,2023. 

She has been at SF State since 2004 and is the author of “The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism, and Post Civil Rights Politics.” She has additionally published numerous essays in publications such as Social Justice, Critical Black Studies Reader and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. She is currently the chair of the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies, the first Black woman to hold the position. Clay has served on a wide range of committees — supporting faculty of color retention; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including the training of hiring committees across campus; and advancing English writing proficiency.

The College of Health and Social Sciences is home to more than 300 faculty and staff members, including 121 tenure-track faculty and more than 4,000 students in departments ranging from nursing to recreation, parks and tourism.

Clay holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis, an M.A. from University of Memphis and a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Missouri – Columbia

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College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Dean Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo

Nwankwo earned her B.A. in English and Spanish from Rutgers University and her Ph.D. in English with certificates in Latin American Studies and African and African American Studies from Duke University. 

Nwankwo’s extensive administrative experience includes serving as director of the American studies program and associate provost for strategic initiatives and partnerships at Vanderbilt, as well as co-director of the Atlantic Studies Initiative at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her in-depth research focuses on U.S. African American, Caribbean and Afro-Latin American literature, music and popular culture. Her publications include the monograph “Black Cosmopolitanism” and the co-edited volume “Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World.” She is founding director of Voices from Our America, an international research, curriculum development and community engagement project.

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College of Professional & Global Education

Dean Alex Hwu


Dr. Alex Hwu oversees the College of Professional & Global Education (CPaGE) - formerly 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. CPaGE 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.

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College of Science and Engineering

Dean Carmen Domingo

Carmen Domingo was appointed Dean in March 2019 after serving as interim dean since 2017.  Dr. Domingo has been a faculty member at SF State since 1997.  A full time professor in the biology department, her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanism that drives morphogenetic processes. Her career and research also focuses on efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

The College of Science & Engineering is home to more than 400 faculty and staff members, including 182 tenured and tenure-track faculty and more than 6,000 students in departments ranging from biology and chemistry to computer science and engineering.

Domingo holds a bachelor's degree from UC Irvine in biological sciences with a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley.  

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Graduate College of Education

Dean Cynthia Grutzik

Cynthia Grutzik was appointed dean of the Graduate College of Education in  August 2018 . Since 2012 Grutzik has served as the associate dean of the College of Education at Long Beach State University, where she supported credential and undergraduate programs, accreditation and assessment, curriculum, outreach, recruitment and district partnerships. A former elementary school teacher and past president of the California Council on Teacher Education, she researches and publishes on the educator preparation pathway and how to support students in the transfer process. Grutzik says she is dedicated to the creation of educational institutions that “build and model democratic learning environments where everyone has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed.”

The Graduate College of Education is home to more than 100 faculty and staff members, including 50 tenure-track faculty with more than 1,000 students in elementary, secondary and special education -- as well as a bachelor's degree and two doctoral programs.

Grutzik received a bachelor’s degree in diversified studies from Westmont College, a teaching credential from Fullerton State University, a master’s degree in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in education and information studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Lam Family College of Business

Dean Eugene Sivadas

Eugene Sivadas was appointed Dean of the  Lam Family College of Business in August 2020.   He spent 15 years on the faculty of the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington, Tacoma where he held appointments as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Director of the MBA Program, Coordinator of the Masters’ Program in Cybersecurity & Leadership and Professor of Marketing. He also served on the University of Washington Faculty Senate, on the executive council of UW Tacoma’s Faculty Assembly, as Chair of Milgard School’s faculty council and as Chair of UW Tacoma’s Appointment, Promotions, and Tenure Committee. 

The Lam FamilyCollege of Business is home to more than 300 faculty and staff members, including 111 tenure-track faculty and more than 4,000 students in numerous departments ranging from accounting to business administration, the largest undergraduate major at SF State.

Sivadas holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and has held faculty appointments at Rutgers Business School, the University of Cincinnati and Emerson College. He received an M.A. degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi in Delhi, India.

Lam Family College of Business website