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Laleh Shahideh

Associate Vice Provost, Dean of Academic Student Services

Dr. Laleh Shahideh, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Academic Services, oversees academic operations and services for the entire undergraduate student population at USF (over 6,800 students, including branch campuses in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton and San Jose). In addition, she oversees the operations for all graduate students within the College of Arts and Sciences (830 students).

Dean Shahideh has a long-standing proven record of excellence in leadership, organizational development, mediation, conflict resolution, crisis management and complex problem-solving. In 2011, with a vision to centralize student acaemic services, selected teams from the following multi-disciplinary departments and divisions merged to form the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA): College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Academic Support Services and Athletics. Under Dean Shahideh’s leadership, CASA has increased the university-wide retention rate to 90% and continues to standardize and streamline policies and procedures.

From 2012 to 2014 alone, CASA has recorded over 42,000 student appointments and contacts. Academic Success Coaches utilize a unique model of “Interpretive Advising” grounded in the theory of critical hermeneutics, which has been extremely effective in examining the needs of today’s college students and developing a personalized approach that helps students establish the skills necessary for long-term success.

As CASA pledges to help develop future leaders, Dean Shahideh’s vision is to grow as a premiere center of committed professionals who believe in the power of holistic development.

Dr. Shahideh also leads the operations and development of Student Disability Services and the Learning and Writing Center. In total, she oversees a team of 31 administrators and staff consisting of Associate and Assistant Deans, Directors/Academic Success Coaches, Disability Specialists, and administrative staff.

"Thought is Cause; experience is Effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking." -- Marianne Williamson

Contact me:

Email: Laleh Shahideh
Phone: (415) 422-6113
Fax: (415) 422-2133