Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel
Joanne M. Wright, J.D. - 408-924-2458
The Senior Associate Vice President provides strategic leadership for the department
closely aligning with the goals of the Division of Organizational Development and
the SJSU Strategic Plan. Providing excellence in customer service to faculty, staff,
students and potential SJSU employees is the most effective way to help and care for
those requiring services from University Personnel.
||Senior Director for Faculty Affairs
James Lee, PhD - 408-924-5866
The Senior Director for Faculty Affairs oversees the office staff dedicated to ensure
faculty success and advancement starting with recruitment and hiring through the retention,
tenure and promotion process. The Senior Director works closely with the Chief Diversity
Officer to promote SJSU's commitment to continue to diversify the faculty.
Senior Director, University Personnel
Carrie Medders - 408-924-2280
The Senior Director of University personnel manages the Classification & Compensation,
Recruiting & OnBoarding, Training & Special Events, and HR Information Systems units,
ensuring effective workflow and processing related to all impacted areas. In addition,
the Senior Director oversees the Compliance program for the University, including
Conflict of Interest and MPP Outside Employment.
Senior Director, Office for Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations
Julie Paisant - 408-924-2255
The Senior Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations manages
both units and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements and policies.
The Senior Director is also responsible for investigating complaints and providing
campuswide leadership related to equal opportunity and employee relations.
Senior Director, Academic Employee Relations
The Senior Director of Academic Employee Relations administers the collective bargaining
agreements for faculty (Unit 3) and academic student employees (Unit 11), providing
advice and training for staff, department chairs and administrators on the agreements.
The Senior Director investigates, hears, and prepares responses to grievances and
interprets, develops, and disseminates policies related to academic personnel issues.
Director, Benefits and Payroll
Anita Vasquez - 408-924-2271
The Director of Benefits and Payroll manages all functions related to employee payroll
and benefits, including leave programs and workers' compensation. The Director acts
as a liaison with the State Controller's Office and the California Public Employees
Senior Manager, Employee Support Services
Patricia Rodriguez - 408-924-4095
The Manager of Employee Support Services manages the staff responsible for processing
personnel transactions for faculty, staff and students and maintaining personnel files.
The Manager also oversees the Tuition Fee Waiver programs and works to ensure a positive
and effective experience for visitors by managing customer services interactions.
Manager, Employee & Labor Relations
Carwin Liang - 408-924-2141
The Manager of Employee and Labor Relations works closely with diverse labor unions
to ensure the employer-employee relationship is collaborative and collegial while
ensuring compliance with respective collective bargaining agreements. Additionally,
the Manager is responsible for advising management on personnel matters and investigates
complaints related to employee relations or policy violations.
Leave Program Manager
Kathleen Sao - 408-924-2155
The Leave Program Manager manages all leave processes on campus, including Workers'
Compensation and return to work programs.