Dominican announces academic restructuring

Dominican University of California began its 120th academic year with a new organizational structure that positions the University for continued academic growth and an ongoing commitment to diversity, sustainability, and interdisciplinary education grounded in research and scholarship.

Dominican’s restructuring stems from an evolving Strategic Institutional Planning (SIP) process designed to enable the University to build on its strengths, honor its rich heritage, and transform opportunities into concrete programs, said Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink.

“In many ways, the past decade has been a time of phenomenal institutional growth, visibility, and development for Dominican and we intend to sustain this momentum,” Dr. Fink said.  “At the end of our comprehensive and inclusive strategic institutional planning process, we will have a plan of action to take Dominican University of California to the next level of excellence as a learning community focused on academic success rooted in core values.”

Dr. Fink has appointed Dr. Luis Calingo as the University’s Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.  Dr. Calingo will oversee the ongoing SIP process and will guide the four schools in the implementation of the plan.

Dr. Calingo joined Dominican in 2007 as Dean of the University’s School of Business and Leadership. Dr. Calingo previously served as Dean of the Boler Business School at John Carroll University in Cleveland.  Prior to Boler, Dr. Calingo was Dean of Business Administration and Professor of International Business at California State University in Long Beach and past Chairman of the California State University Association of Business Deans, which coordinates the academic leadership initiatives of the 23 business schools in the CSU system.

Dr. Calingo, who in 2007 received a Fulbright Senior Specialists Award for a project in Thailand, has spearheaded a strategic plan to offer more study abroad programs to students and bring more international students to Dominican. Earlier this year, Dominican was accepted into membership in the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools, only the second American business school to be accepted by AAPB.

The university-wide restructuring, which includes dividing the former School of Arts and Sciences into two smaller schools, realigns the University’s 13 academic departments into four clearly defined schools:

The School of Business and Leadership
The School of Business and Leadership has about 430 students, including 200 graduate students. Educational programs include a BA in business administration, an MBA in global management, and an MBA in sustainable enterprise (the Green MBA®).  The School also offers a BA in management for adult, reentry students and, in collaboration with the California Management Institute, an MA in management degree.  Other educational programs include undergraduate minors in business administration, leadership studies, and sports management.  The Green MBA® Program, created in 2002, is the first graduate program in sustainable enterprise in the United States.

Dr. Gary Williams, Professor Emeritus of Management and Leadership at the University of San Francisco (USF), has been appointed interim Dean of the School of Business and Leadership for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years.

Dr. Williams will guide the School of Business and Leadership as it seeks accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and increases its focus on establishing international programs.  Dr. Williams has considerable experience working with AACSB, previously serving as member or chair of several accreditation committees.  He has continued to be active as a member or chair of several accreditation visit teams, particularly those involved with international institutions. 

At USF, Dr. Williams led the expansion of USF's business programs and partnerships across the Pacific and was responsible for 48 full-time faculty and numerous adjuncts. He was Dean of USF's School of Business and Management from 1986 until 2006.  Before joining USF, Dr. Williams served for nearly 25 years at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, finishing as Director of the MBA Program. 

The School of Health and Natural Sciences
The School, which has about 750 undergraduate and graduate students, includes the Department of Nursing, the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Educational programs include undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology (including the MS in biological sciences offered in association with the Buck Institute for Age Research); a five-year program leading to the BS in health science and the MS in occupational therapy (MSOT) and a MSOT degree for students entering at the graduate level; and undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.

Dr. Martha Nelson, who previously served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has been named Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences.  Dr. Nelson, who received her PhD from the University of California-San Francisco in 1995, has taught at Dominican since 1986 when she was Assistant Chair and Professor of the Nursing Department.

In 1996, Dr. Nelson won the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Dominican College of San Rafael Nursing Honor Society.

Dr. Sibdas Ghosh, who joined Dominican in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Development.

Named Teacher of the Year at Dominican in 2006, Dr.Ghosh was instrumental in bringing the NCUR conference to campus in spring 2007, securing numerous grants including the new USDA grant for sudden oak death, and instituting Dominican’s master’s in biology program with the Buck Center. He has authored over 25 publications and conference presentations, many with student co-authors.

The School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
With about 470 undergraduate and graduate students, the School includes the Department of Art, the Department of Communications, the Department of Literature and Languages, the Department of Humanities, the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the Department of Political Science and International Studies, and the Department of Psychology. Undergraduate degree programs include graphic art, studio art, art history, communications and media studies, English, history, humanities and cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, music, political science, psychology, religion, women and gender studies, and dance (a  BFA in Dance offered in association with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet). The school also offers an MS in humanities and BA degrees in English and humanities and cultural studies for adult/reentry students.

Dr. Philip Novak has been named Interim Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Novak, who has taught at Dominican for 29 years, is a professor in the Department of Humanities, Chair of the program in Philosophy and Religion, and co-founder of Dominican’s Honors Program.

Honored by his students with the Teacher of the Year Award in 1991 and by his peers with the Sarlo Distinguished Professor Award in 2001, Dr. Novak is the author of The World’s Wisdom, an anthology of the sacred texts of the world’s religions, as well as two other anthologies, The Vision of Nietzsche and The Inner Journey. He co-authored, with Huston Smith, Buddhism: A Concise Introduction.

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology
With about 350 students, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Blended Liberal Studies/Teacher Education Program is designed for students who want to complete a program of study that leads to both an undergraduate degree and a multiple subject teaching credential in four years. At the graduate level, post baccalaureate candidates may earn a multiple subject, single subject, education specialist mild/moderate credential and/or an MS in education. The School also offers a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Edward Kujawa will serve as the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. He previously served as Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Kujawa earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo and his PhD from the University of Michigan.

 In 1994, Dr. Kujawa was among the inaugural group of faculty awarded the University of San Diego Professor Award for Career Achievement and, three years later, he won the University’s Outstanding School of Education Professor Award. He is past president of the California Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and past president of the Independent California Colleges and Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.