Interim Dean Sandra Weiss announces Chair appointment

Dr. Sandra Weiss sent this message to faculty and staff on September 23, 2017.

I'm very pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Dawson-Rose will become the official Chair of the Department of Community Health Systems (CHS) in the School of Nursing. As most of you know, Carol has been Interim Chair of CHS during this last year. The search committee and those who provided input to the search process indicated their strong support for her continuation in the role of Chair. Carol is a product of UCSF, acquiring her BSN, MS and PhD in our School. She has been a staff nurse, visiting nurse and palliative care nurse at a number of hospitals and health centers in the past, as well as the Director of the Pacific Rim AIDS Education and Training Center. Carol started her academic career at UCSF in 2000 as an Assistant Adjunct Professor, moving into a ladder rank position in 2009. Among other responsibilities, she served as Director of the Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing Specialty in CHS. In addition to her roles in the School of Nursing, she is concurrently the Director of Research for the Women's HIV Program at UCSF, core faculty at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in Global Health Sciences.

Dr. Dawson-Rose is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and has been honored as Researcher of the Year as well as with the President's Award for Service by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She was also recognized by Sigma Theta Tau in their Leadership Hall of Fame. Carol's status as a public health leader and respected researcher can be seen in her multiple invitations to participate in review panels, workgroups and trainings for SAMHSA, the CDC, APHA, NIDA, HRSA, and the Bureau of Indian Health Services. She also has held key leadership positions in the American Public Health Association and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Her research focuses on the care and treatment of marginalized populations in community-based clinical settings. One particular area of her research is the testing of interventions to address discriminatory practices that inhibit access to care and impact transmission of HIV in transnational settings. Dr. Dawson-Rose is currently PI of 2 research grants from SAMHSA - one on 'Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)' and a second on 'Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention for At-Risk, Homeless Youth'. She is also Director of an HIV/AIDS training grant from HRSA and Co-PI of 2 grants from the California HIV/AIDS Research Program.

The search committee (chaired by Roberta Rehm) noted that evaluative comments in response to Carol's candidacy were very positive. She was described as a highly qualified, exceptional leader and mentor who had an enthusiastic and transparent leadership style. She is viewed as valuing the individual contributions of others and as having a clear dedication to social justice and equity in her practice, teaching and research. It was also mentioned that her strong program of research would serve as a model for other faculty in the department. It seems very clear from these comments that Dr. Dawson-Rose brings exceptional skill to the role of Department Chair. She will be an excellent addition to the School's overall leadership team and a strong advocate for her Department. Please join me in welcoming Carol to her 'official' role as Department Chair........Sandra


Sandra J. Weiss, PhD, DNSc, FAAN
Professor and Eschbach Endowed Chair
Interim Dean, School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco