Dean Gmelch earned a Ph.D. in the Educational Executive Program from the University of California (Santa Barbara), a master's in Business Administration from the University of California (Berkeley), and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
As educator, management consultant, university administrator, and former business executive, Dr. Gmelch has conducted research and written extensively on topics of leadership, team development, conflict, and stress and time management. He has published over 100 articles, 20 books, and 200 scholarly papers in national and international journals.
During the 1990s he directed two national studies of 1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of 1,000 community college chairs, and recently has completed an international study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.
As one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, Dr. Gmelch is also serving as editor of two journals and on the editorial board of a half dozen journals including Department Chair, Innovative Higher Education, Academic Leadership, and the Center for Academic Leadership Newsletter.
Dr. Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellog National Fellowship, the University Council for Educational Administration Distinguished Professor Award, the Faculty Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of America. In addition, he served on the Danforth Leadership Program and as an Australian Research Fellow.
His books include:
In department leadership: Chairing an Academic Department, Leadership Skills for Department Chairs, The Department Chair as Academic Leader, and Productivity Teams: Beyond Quality Circles.
In college leadership: The Changing Nature of the Academic Dean, Deans' Balancing Acts, and College Deans: Leading from Within.
In stress management: Coping with Faculty Stress and Beyond Stress to Effective Management.
Dan McPherson, Associate Dean
Dan McPherson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in 1996 as an assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology Department and assumed the duties of Associate Dean in 2001.
Trained as a licensed psychologist and Marriage and Family therapist in an independent practice, Dr. McPherson coordinated the School of Education's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program. The program is offered at the San Francisco campus, as well as in Cupertino, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento.
Dr. McPherson's research and professional interests include law and ethics in clinical practice, non-traditional couple and family dynamics, and gay parenting.
Caryl Hodges, Associate Dean
Caryl Hodges, Ed.D., is Associate Dean in the University of San Francisco School of Education with specific oversight of the Teacher Education Program.
Prior to becoming an associate dean, Dr. Hodges was Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department where she was the coordinator and advisor for regional campus credential and Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
In addition to teaching credential and master's level courses in the Teacher Education program at both the main and regional campus sites, Dr. Hodges also teaches master's and doctoral level courses in the International and Multicultural Department. She was one of 10 USF faculty members to travel to Xiamen, China, in 2002 to teach the first USF Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language offered in collaboration with the Xiamen Education College.
Dr. Hodges has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at the early childhood, K-12, and graduate levels. Since completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arizona, she has completed graduate work in elementary and special education as well as an M.A. in Curriculum with focus on diversity from Sonoma State University and a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from USF.
In addition to research interests in the areas of curriculum and instruction in math, science, and the humanities, teacher induction, and environmental and multicultural education, Dr. Hodges has worked in educational software development including "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?" and writing the Teacher Guide for Broderbund Print Shop PressWriter as well as Teacher Guides and Parent Books for a number of Living Books.