College of Social Sciences Appointment

Sheila Bienenfeld

Dr. Sheila Bienenfeld

Memo:Appointment of Dean of Social Sciences (PDF)

It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Sheila Bienenfeld as Dean of the College of Social Sciences. She will assume her duties effective August 1, 2010.

Dr. Bienenfeld has been a faculty member of San José State University since 1984 and has served as Chair, Department Psychology since 2004 – present.  She originally came to SJSU from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington D.C. where she served as Coordinator for Family Psychotherapy and Family Organizational Training Programs.

Since joining the faculty she has been actively involved in the SJSU community.  Her university service includes the following memberships: Retention, Tenure and Promotion, Academic Senate Professional Standards, Student Evaluation Review Board, Program Planning, Campus Reading Program and she chaired the Affirmative Action Committee.

Dr. Bienenfeld has distinguished herself as an exemplary Chair of Psychology as someone who is able to move beyond department and personal issues to foster a consensus at the college level.  She is recognized for her work in the community assisting families confronted with legal issues.

During her tenure she has demonstrated exemplary administrative capabilities.

Dr. Bienenfeld earned a B.A. in Psychology, City University, New York, M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

We are delighted Dr. Bienenfeld has accepted this important appointment.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome.