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Caran Colvin Appointed Associate Dean effective August 2006

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I am pleased to announce that Caran Colvin has been appointed as Associate Dean of the College of Business effective August 2006, replacing Connie-Marie Gaglio who is returning to faculty appointment, as...announced on April 30.


After receiving her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology at Penn State, Caran Colvin was appointed as Assistant Professor of IO Psychology at San Francisco State University in 1988. She currently holds the title of Professor.  On campus, Caran teaches courses in occupational health, organizational psychology, and research design.


Caran has published articles on occupational health, job design, and program evaluation supported by funding from the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Education. Her consulting activities include survey research for PG&E, program evaluation for the San Francisco Police Department, and contract work for Aon Consulting.


Caran has served as the Chair of the Psychology Department. Importantly, she just completed a two year term as Chair of the Academic Senate.  In this role, Caran was a passionate, results-oriented and effective advocate of shared governance and broad consultation.


Comments read on the Senate floor by colleagues at the last session of the academic year chaired by Caran in May included:


           “Under Caran Colvin’s leadership, the senate as a whole has exhibited the qualities that best exemplify the academy, namely respectful, professional, informed discourse, controlled passions, thoughtful debate, and an absence of mean-spiritedness…”


          “Caran Colvin’s leadership, characterized by respect, thoughtful deliberation and faith in open process, has exerted a positive influence on the course of senate business and brought credit to the faculty in general.”


I believe that Caran’s background and experience will be of significant value in our work on faculty governance and professional development processes of the College and will help ensure that we have an infrastructure that is responsive to market and student needs, encourages and rewards faculty performance, excellence and leadership, is student-focused and delivers quality education in a cost-effective manner.


Although Caran will not be joining the College until August, she is on campus teaching this summer in Psychology.  Her email is






Nancy K. Hayes


College of Business

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-2670

(415) 338-6237 (fax)

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