Shari L. Dworkin Named As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Shari Dworkin has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the UCSF School of Nursing effective July 1, 2014.

Shari has played a strong leadership role in the School of Nursing. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the past 3 years. From 2012-2014 she served as Chair of the Faculty Council, prioritizing shared governance, communication, and collaboration between faculty and administration. She has also served as an active member of the Chancellor’s Council, the Dean’s Council, the Coordinating Committee, and the Academic Planning and Budget Committee.

In the role of Associate Dean, Dr. Dworkin will advise on policy and practices related to faculty merit, promotion, and discipline. She will serve as a vibrant resource to department chairs and faculty members to provide council on academic policies and procedures. She will act as a liaison between the School and the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Dr. Dworkin did her doctoral work in Sociology at the University of Southern California, and subsequently carried out postdoctoral work in HIV infection and earned an M.S. in Biostatistics at Columbia University. She was an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University in the School of Medicine from 2005-2008. In 2008, she was appointed as Associate Professor at UCSF and in 2014 she became Full Professor.

Her research focuses on gender relations and HIV prevention with an emphasis on gender-transformative work with heterosexually-active men. She also carries out research in the area of structural interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, and care. She publishes in a third area of work that is focused on media/sport, gender relations, and health. She is Affiliated Faculty in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and in the Global Health Sciences M.S. Program.

Shari will have the benefit of transition from Chris Miaskowski and Zina Mirsky who complete their terms at the end of the academic year. The position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is critical to the internal functioning of the School and representation on the campus. I want to express deep appreciation to both Chris and Zina for their dedication in fulfilling this role and especially for their work during this past year where they facilitated the School through an inclusive process to address mandated revisions of the health sciences compensation plan.

Please welcome Shari to her new role as we thank her for her role as Chair of Faculty Council. David

David Vlahov, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN Dean and Professor
UCSF School of Nursing