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SDSU College of Education

Welcome from Dean Johnson

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Welcome to San Diego State University’s College of Education. U.S. News and World Reports rates our College of Education among the top 50 public universities in the United States. As Emeritus Dean Ric Hovda noted, “This recognition is the result of our excellent preparation programs, innovative research, and collaborative partnerships.” Nonetheless, we are eager to build upon these strengths and do even more to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve, directly and indirectly. We recognize that lives will be influenced by the professionals we prepare. The quality of our work will influence the career trajectory for post-secondary students served by the community college leaders we develop; accelerate access to 21st Century technology for students and adults served by the technology specialists we train; influence the likelihood of graduation, college, and careers for elementary and secondary school students served by the teachers and administrators we educate; advance the well-being of individuals and families served by the therapists and counselors we prepare; and change the life chances of young children served by the early childhood educators we instruct. The faculty and staff of San Diego State University’s College of Education are proud to be among the nation’s best; however, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our preparation programs, our research, and our collaborative partnerships in ways that help ensure that we make a powerful difference in the lives of our students and the lives of all those served by our students.


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Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.


Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr. has a distinguished record of leadership roles within school districts, state education agencies and the U.S. Department of Education.

Joe joined the College of Education in 2005 as a professor of educational leadership and executive director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation and he leads efforts to identify, study and promote the best practice of high-performing urban schools and districts. As a member of the Education Leadership faculty, he helps develop and teach programs designed to prepare effective school and district leaders.

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Marilyn Bredvold

Assistant to the Dean
Nancy Farnan, Interim Associate Dean

Dr. Nancy Farnan

Interim Associate Dean 
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Martha Pedroza

Assistant to the Associate Dean
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Dr. Patricia Lozada-Santone

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

OSS Staff

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Lisa McCully

Manager, Office of Student Services
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Finance & Operations Support

Julie White

Manager, Budget & Analysis
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Student Assistant

Technology Support

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Technology Help Desk

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Gregg Koyamatsu

Operations Systems Analyst
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Andrea Saltzman

Instructional Designer
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Manny Uribe

Web Designer
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Assessment & Accreditation

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Nina Potter

Director of Assessment
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Data Management

Sandra Kahn

Manager, Data Systems & Reporting
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