Congratulations to our retiring faculty members

Monday, May 17, 2021

The College of Health & Social Sciences congratulates faculty members retiring at the end of the 2020-21 academic year and thanks them for their years of service to the College and SF State:

Carlos Davidson

Professor, Environmental Studies, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement

Carlos DavidsonCarlos Davidson, Ph.D. joined the Environmental Studies Program at SF State in 2005 and served as the program director/coordinator from 2005 to 2015. He is a conservation biologist with a research focus on the causes of amphibian population declines. He is also interested in issues of environmental justice, sustainability and climate change. Davidson was active in sustainability issues on the SF State campus. He helped found the University Sustainability Committee, co-authored the campus’ first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and worked on the first campus climate action plan. Davidson was a faculty leader in the campaign that resulted in SF State becoming the first public college or university to do any form of fossil fuel divestment. In retirement, he plans to pursue his passion for backpacking and continue his climate activism. He is currently working with the California Faculty Association on divesting CalPERS, with the student led group Divest the CSU on CSU system wide divestment, and with local environmental groups on San Mateo County divestment.

Wanda Lee

Professor, Department of Counseling

Wanda LeeWanda Lee, Ph.D., retires this spring after more than 33 years with SF State. She began as a counselor at the Counseling Center and later became a lecturer, tenured faculty member, professor and department chair in the Department of Counseling; associate dean of the College of Health & Human Services (now College of Health & Social Sciences), and University dean of faculty affairs and professional development. She taught in the College, Career, & MFCC specializations in Counseling and also served as a senator in the Academic Senate and on the APRC and Faculty Affairs committees, acting Gerontology Program director, Office of International Programs speaker, and Ed.D. Educational Leadership faculty. She was a national American Council on Education Fellow. Her scholarship has focused on multicultural counseling, marginalized people and professional development. In the future she plans to complete revising the 4th edition of Introduction to Multicultural Counseling for Helping Professionals and engage in organizational development consulting to education and human service entities, as well as becoming proficient in a growing passion, pastel painting.  

Mary Ann van Dam

Professor and Director, School of Nursing

Mary Ann van DamMary Ann van Dam, Ph.D., RN, PNP retires this spring after 31 years with SF State’s School of Nursing. She began as clinical faculty and later became a lecturer, tenured faculty member, professor and director of the School of Nursing. She taught pediatric nursing, advanced pediatric nursing and nursing ethics. She has been a member of nursing societies such as American Nurses Association, Society of Pediatric Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing. Her scholarship has focused on lesbian parenting and lesbian identity disclosure. In Fall 2014 the Mary Ann van Dam School of Nursing opened in Ukwala, Kenya where Van Dam worked as a volunteer pediatric nurse and health educator with the Matibabu Foundation serving health needs of children in impoverished areas since 2009. In the future she plans to travel and continue her passion for nature photography and scuba diving.