LCA Associate Deans Named
Dr. Resha Cardone and Dr. Gitanjali Shahani have been named associate deans serving the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) beginning July 2022.
Dr. Cardone comes to LCA from Southern Connecticut State University, where she has been faculty in Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies, and has served for six years as chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures. She has developed a certificate program in Spanish and Latino Cultures for Health Professionals and minor programs in Medical Spanish and Chinese, created a student/faculty exchange program with the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and helped create Latinx living-learning communities as well as a scholarship program for undocumented students. She has published widely in feminist art activism in modern Chile, and recently participated in the 2020 HERS Leadership Institute. She received her PhD and her MA from the University of Kansas and her BA from Humboldt State University.
Dr. Shahani, currently faculty member and chair of LCA’s Department of English Language and Literature, joined SF State in 2007. She was the founding coordinator of the College Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), co-founded the LCA Equity and Social Justice Leadership Development Program, served on the DEI Leadership Team for Faculty Affairs and the University Budget Council, and is currently participating in the AASCU Emerging Leaders Program. Her most recent book is “Tasting Difference: Food, Race, and Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Literature” with Cornell University Press (2020). She received her PhD from Emory University and her MA and BA from the University of Mumbai.
Cardone and Shahani fill the positions currently held by Gail Dawson and Christina Sabee. Dawson has served as Associate Dean since 2017 and Sabee has served as Interim Associate Dean since 2020.