Recent Changes Reflect Growth in Cal State L.A.'s
Changes in Social Work
Changes in Nursing
Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report ÂBest CollegesÂ issue has listed Cal State L.A.Âs nursing graduate program among the top five programs in California and the highest ranked CSU system School of Nursing. Dr. Judith Papenhausen, the chair of the Department of Nursing for the past six years and a nursing faculty member since 1972, directs the School.
Dr. Papenhausen received her B.S. and M.S. in nursing, both with high honors, from Cal State L.A., completed predoctoral work at USC and received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, she was honored with the first Cal State L.A. Faculty Alumni Award. She is the president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Changes in other departments within the College of Health and Human Services
In the fall quarter 2001, the name of the Department of Criminal Justice was changed to the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. The name change brings attention to an important program in the department and reflects the increasing interest in Criminalistics and continuing growth in the number of students seeking careers in that field. The department continues to be chaired by Dr. Deborah Baskin.
Acting Dean and New Associate Dean Named to the College of Health and Human Services
Other College News
College of Health and Human Services
Student-centered, faculty and staff-focused, and community-minded, Cal State L.A.Âs College of Health and Human Services is committed to educating and preparing human service professionals to become innovative practitioners and leaders. This education is effected within an interdisciplinary framework that integrates teaching, research, policy, and public service in multicultural urban settings.
The College comprises more than 60 full-time and numerous part-time faculty members and 29 staff members, the College serves approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Alfredo G. GonzÃ¡lez, dean, Undergraduate Studies; acting dean and professor of social work
GonzÃ¡lez came to Cal State L.A. as an assistant professor of sociology and social welfare in the fall of 1977. His fields of study are community organization, social welfare in minority communities, juvenile delinquency and higher education policy particularly as it affects low income and minority communities. He holds a B.S. degree in social service from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and M.S.W. and D.S.W. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
During his tenure at the University, GonzÃ¡lez has served as an associate and acting chair of the Department of Sociology, assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, associate dean of the former School (now College) of Health and Human Services, and dean of Undergraduate Studies since 1989. He resides in West Covina, CA.
Mitchell Maki, associate dean and professor of social work, College of Health and Human Services
A licensed clinical social worker, Maki earned his B.S. in Public Affairs, M.S.W., and Ph.D. in social work from USC. His professional affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, Asian Pacific Social Work Council, Asian American Social Work Educators and the Asian American Drug Abuse Program in Los Angeles. He currently serves on the California Civil Liberties Education Project advisory board.
MakiÂs field of study focuses on such topics as mental health, social work practice, cross-cultural awareness, gerontology, and crisis intervention. For four years, his column, ÂThrough The Fire,Â was published in The Rafu Shimpo daily newspaper. In 1999, he coauthored an award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress (University of Illinois Press). The book received a 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award and was nominated for the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award 2001.
Maki received the Pacific Southwest DistrictÂs 2001 Japanese Americans Citizens League Community Service Award. He is a resident of Monterey Park, CA.
Judith L. Papenhausen, director, School of Nursing
Papenhausen began her undergraduate career at Cal State L.A. with nine years of clinical experience as an O.R. staff nurse, charge nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit, head nurse in the Coronary Care Unit and inservice instructor in Critical Care Nursing at Whittier, Palm Harbor and St. JosephÂs Hospitals. Immediately following the receipt of her Cal State L.A. masterÂs degree, the University hired Papenhausen as an assistant professor. She was granted associate professor status in 1977 and professor status in 1982.
Papenhausen has been chair of the Department of Nursing since 1996, serving previously as acting chair, associate chair, the departmental chair of Graduate Studies, and in other capacities. She has developed or modified and taught 30 courses, and has been active in academic advisement either at the undergraduate or graduate level since joining the Cal State L.A. faculty. She led her department to successful approval by the Board of Registered Nursing and accreditation by the National League of Nursing. In 1999, she was honored with the UniversityÂs first Faculty Alumni Award.
Papenhausen is president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the co-founding editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Professional Nursing. She serves on the Advisory Board for Nurseweek, and as an advisory board member to the Departments of Nursing at Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College and Compton Community College. She lives in Long Beach, California.
Thanh V. Tran, director, Cal State L.A. School of Social Work
Jeanette C. Takamura, Edward R. Roybal Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Public Service
Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Takamura was Deputy Director of Health at the state Department of Health in Hawaii. For eight years, she was Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. She is a member of the national board of the Older WomenÂs League and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Aging Commission, and has served on numerous international, national and state committees, boards and expert panels.
TakamuraÂs doctorate in social policy is from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She received her masterÂs degree in social work and bachelorÂs degree in political science and sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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