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Message from the Dean

headshot of Dean Fred BaldiniDean Fred Baldini

The College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State has a long and proud history of providing the region with health and human services professionals who are leaders in the region through their innovation, engagement, and impact. The college plays important roles in addressing the workforce needs of the region, in community engagement, and in research that matters. With more than 38,000 alumni from the college, chances are that if you interact with a nurse, a social worker, or a police officer in the region, that person is a Sac State alum. With nearly 7,000 majors, making it the largest college on campus, the programs offered in the college continue to be in high demand. The faculty and staff are committed to student success, which is one of the primary values of our mission.


Alan D. Wade Family Research Award

Toran Macleod

The winner of the 2017 Alan D. Wade Family Research Award is Professor Toran MacLeod of the Department of Physical Therapy. The award has the specific intent to support faculty research and scholarly inquiry directed to the needs of poor, underserved, and vulnerable populations in the Sacramento region.  The award is supported by an endowment established by the Wade family and targets research support to probationary faculty in the College of Health and Human Services whose research has a palpable impact on Sacramento area residents.  Dr. MacLeod’s research seeks to connect lower extremity amputees with appropriate physical therapy services in the Sacramento region. Dr. Fred Baldini, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services has matched the $500 award this year to bring the award total to $1,000.

The Retirees Association administers a variety of endowment funds that support students and faculty at Sacramento State. These endowments can be established with comparatively modest initial gifts with the proceeds supporting a purpose that is crafted by the person establishing the award. For more information about the Wade Family Research Award, Professor MacLeod’s research program or the establishment of a legacy endowment fund, please contact Dr. Nicholas Burnett, President of the CSUS Retirees Association at:

Spring Brunch With Three Faculty Grant Recipients


On a cool-ish spring day 79 colleagues and friends attended brunch a celebrated our 2017 faculty grant recipients. The nominees were so outstanding this year that the review committee recommended granting an extra award this year. The recipients' deans attended and spoke highly of the awardees - and of our junior faculty grant program.

Congratulations to Dr. Hoffman who is in her fifth year of teaching in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration! She has a long time professional interest in adaptive recreation and recreation therapy.

Academic Departments

Criminal Justice

Dr. Ernest Uwazie, Chair
(916) 278-5069

Kinesiology and Health Science

Dr. Katherine Jamieson, Chair


Dr. Tanya Altmann, Chair
(916) 278-4106

Physical Therapy

Dr. Michael McKeough, Chair
(916) 278-6426

Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Dr. Greg Shaw, Chair
(916) 278-6752

Social Work

Dr. Dale Russell, Chair
(916) 278-6943

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Robert Pieretti, Chair
(916) 278-6601