August 23, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 1

HHD Welcomes New Associate Dean to College

Northridge Faculty Move to Interim Associate Dean Posts in Three Colleges

Leadership positions at Cal State Northridge took on a new look during the summer, with former health system director Harold Smith (right) joining the College of Health and Human Development as associate dean, and three CSUN faculty members moving to interim associate dean positions in their colleges.

Associate Dean Smith has extensive experience in heath care systems and an impressive portfolio of publications in the fields of therapeutic recreation and fundraising. He comes to Northridge from Boise, Idaho, where he was therapeutic recreation specialist and director of activities for SUNHEALTH Behavioral System of Boise.

"I am pleased with the opportunity to work closely with Dean Helen Castillo in helping to move the College of Health and Human Development forward in a time of ongoing change and development," Smith said. "I look forward to my service with college faculty, staff, students and the greater CSUN community."

Smith's academic background includes Kent State University's School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport, where he was director and professor; Brigham Young University's Department of Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, professor and chair, and administrative and faculty assignments at Central Washington University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Oregon, Indiana State University and other institutions.

Appointed as interim associate deans were psychology professor Brennis Lucero-Wagoner, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; former interim Asian American Studies chair Gordon Nakagawa, College of Humanities, and geological sciences professor Vicki Pedone, College of Science and Mathematics.

A CSUN alumna, Lucero-Wagoner--Dr. "B" to her students (right)--served as acting associate dean of the college from 1989 to 1990, and as assistant chair of the Psychology Department. She chaired the University Freshman Seminar Committee that designed and implemented UNIV 100, the freshman seminar.

"Dr. Lucero-Wagoner has demonstrated concern and commitment to diversity, has strived to improve her teaching and guide the development of new instructors," said College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean Stella Theodoulou.

Director of the Psychology Department's Teaching Intern Program for 17 years, Lucero-Wagoner's many honors include the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award, the Blue Key Dedication to Teaching Award and recognition both as CSUN Outstanding Professor and Psi Chi Professor of the Year.

College of Humanities Dean Elizabeth Say appointed Gordon Nakagawa (left)as interim associate dean effective August 1. "I am confident that Gordon will bring his experience and wisdom to bear on the work of the college," she said.

During Nakagawa's 21 years at Cal State Northridge, he has served as interim director for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, director of equity and diversity, coordinator of CSUN's Faculty Mentor Program/EOP and co-goal leader for the university's Strategic Planning Governance Group.

A founding faculty member of the Asian American Studies Department, Nakagawa was the recipient of the university's 1991 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2001 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Philip Handler cited geological sciences professor Vicki Pedone's "14 years of excellence" in teaching, research and curriculum development. "Dr. Pedone (right)also has a long and excellent record in mentoring students from under-represented groups and in effectively and sensitively advising students on their academic careers."

Pedone joined the CSUN faculty in 1990. Her career at Northridge, said Vice Provost Handler, has been distinguished by her "effective" leadership of numerous committees.

"I believe that Dr. Pedone will be an outstanding associate dean," Handler added, "and that she will contribute greatly to fulfilling the mission of the college and the university."

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