The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Laleh Shahideh

Associate Vice Provost, Dean of Student Academic Services
College of Arts and Sciences

shahideh_newIn 1991, Dr. Shahideh joined the Student Academic Services Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, where she has been serving the largest student population at USF. Over the past two decades, Dean Shahideh has conducted research and worked extensively on a wide range of serious academic advising cases involving graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to being the Academic Dean of Students, Dr. Shahideh is also a USF faculty member, offering undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Education on topics ranging from narrative, identity, and diversity to the anthropology of education.

Dr. Shahideh received her Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership with an emphasis in International Studies, an M.A. in Public Health Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in Architectural Design from the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany, where she did a comparison between the educational systems of the European Union and the United States, and she remains an active member of the Fulbright Association.

Dr. Shahideh’s research is grounded in critical hermeneutics, mainly focusing on concepts of identity and power, and on the understanding of the self as it affects one's ability to act. She also specializes in conflict resolution and International education. 

She is the author of the book, The Power of Iranian Narratives: A Thousand Years of Healing. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004. This work examines how immigrants reinvent themselves as they learn to survive and thrive within a new environment. Other publications include A New Space for Experience. Sufism: An Inquiry XIV (4) (Summer 2009); East and West in Dialogue: Toward a New Paradigm of Meaning and Value. Newsletter for the National Conference of the Fulbright Association 2005.

Her more than twenty years of administrative/executive experience includes being the Director of the Visa and Immigration Division for the Italian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. Laleh is multilingual, and fluent in Farsi, Italian, and English. Her multicultural background has been a critical asset in advising students and in helping to resolve hundreds of complex issues involving faculty, students, and parents.

In recognition of her contributions to the university, Dr. Shahideh received the College Service Award in 1996 and the Exceptional Service Award in 1995. Under her leadership, the Student Academic Services Department received the University’s Team Merit Award in 2009.

Contact Information:
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: (415) 422-6113
Fax: (415) 422-2346


Office: Harney Science Center, 240