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Meet Our Staff

See below for AP contacts by areas of specialization and roles.

  • Robert Continetti, Ph.D.

    Robert Continetti, Ph.D.

    Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Sr. AVC-AA)

    The Sr. AVC-AA serves as a principal advisor to the EVC, supporting the priorities of Academic Affairs in line with the university’s strategic plan. Senior AVC Continetti is also responsible for managing academic personnel processes, including serving as the primary liaison to the Senate Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), as well as administering new academic initiatives and providing guidance about resource needs to meet programmatic goals. In this capacity, Sr. AVC Continetti oversees Academic Personnel Services (APS) and serves as dean designee for Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, Design Lab, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the Qualcomm Institute. Professor Continetti may be contacted savcaa@ucsd.edu.

  • Joel Dimsdale

    Joel Dimsdale

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry

    Faculty Retirement Liaison 

    Professor Emeritus Joel Dimsdale serves as an advisor and resource for faculty who are considering retirement, as well as to faculty who have already retired. Faculty can call on Joel to facilitate interactions between relevant retirement contacts including health care facilitators, staff in Human Resources, and the Retirement Assistance Service Center (RASC). He is also available to help faculty members planning for retirement to structure and negotiate pre- and post-retirement arrangements and to present to Departments interesting in learning more about the retirement process for academics.  Joel may be contacted at jdimsdale@ucsd.edu) or by phone (619-543-5592).

  • Kati Gonsalves

    Kati Gonsalves

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Kati Gonsalves is the assigned Academic Personnel Sr. Analyst for the Jacobs School of Engineering, School of Global Policy and Strategy and several areas within the Division of Social Sciences. She is responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel. She may be contacted at 858-246-1266 or kgonsalves@ucsd.edu .

  • Matthew Hoeg

    Matthew Hoeg

    EEO Specialist, Academic Recruitment

    Matthew Hoeg is responsible for reviewing academic recruitments for compliance and affirmative action, provides training to the UCSD community in the use AP On-Line Recruit and EEO compliance, helps develop the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Plan, and  provides data reports to the Director of Academic Recruitment Services and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. He may be contacted at mhoeg@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0490.

  • Gladys Leyva

    Gladys Leyva

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Gladys Leyva is the assigned Academic Personnel Sr. Analyst for Research Affairs, Learning Commons, Colleges, Extension, Graduate Division, Library, University Extension, Preuss School, School of Public Health, and various areas within Health Sciences. She is responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel. She may be contacted at 858-534-1912 or gleyva@ucsd.edu .

  • Gabriel Lopez

    Gabriel Lopez

    Director of Academic Policy and Family Programs

    Gabriel Lopez is the Director of Academic Policy and Family Programs and provides guidance, education, development, revision, analysis and implementation of UC San Diego’s academic personnel policies and procedure.  He serves as subject matter expert regarding UC/UC San Diego family accommodation policies and family-friendly programs and provides counsel regarding family and family friendly leave and accommodations programs. He may be contacted at gal037@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3654.

  • Kelly Maheu

    Kelly Maheu

    Senior Director of Data and Compensation Initiatives

    As Senior Director of Data and Compensation Initiatives, Kelly Maheu provides leadership on the development and implementation of compensation policy, programs, and data initiatives for academics at UCSD. She serves as a liaison for Office of the President and other UC campuses on system-wide academic compensation and data reporting matters. She is the AP Lead for UC Path. She may be contacted at kmaheu@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-3509.

  • Tina Mata

    Tina Mata

    Project and Data Services Analyst 

    Tina Mata is the Project and Data Services analyst for Academic Personnel Services. She is responsible for generating reports, analytical studies, creating and consulting on Cognos reports to enhance business processes. She may be contacted at 858-822-3748 or tmata@ucsd.edu.

  • Genie Mulari

    Genie Mulari

    Project Policy Analyst, Administrative Reviews

    Genie is responsible for coordination of the 5-year administrative review of academic administrators and other senior academic administrators reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chancellor. In this role, Genie coordinates each review with the incumbent’s School and/or home unit (including Departments and ORUs), UCSD stakeholders, UNEX, Alumni groups, Student Associations, the Academic Senate, other UC campuses, and other entities deemed appropriate.  Genie may be contacted at gmulari@ucsd.edu.

  • Cynthia (Cindy) Palmer

    Cynthia (Cindy) Palmer

    Assistant Vice Chancellor – Academic Personnel

    As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel (Asst VC-AP), Cindy Palmer manages the operations of Academic Personnel Services units, setting direction and establishing priorities for Academic Advancement & Compensation, Office of Academic Recruitments, Academic Employee Relations, Academic Policy Development, and Academic Data & Compensation Initiatives. She develops strategies to manage academic personnel issues, programs, policies and/or procedures that are responsive to needs of the campus within the context of institutional goals and objectives. The Asst. VC-AP serves as the chief advisor to the Chancellor, EVC and AVC-AP on academic personnel issues and as a primary consultant for academic vice chancellors, deans, department chairs and other academic leadership across the UCSD campus. She may be contacted at c5palmer@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3133.

  • Julia Partridge

    Julia Partridge

    Director, Academic Advancement and Compensation

    Julia Partridge manages the Academic Advancement and Compensation unit in Academic Personnel services, and manages the campus personnel functions for academic employees, including salary administration, advancement, and retention. She also  provides leadership, analysis, and recommendations to leadership and various campus constituents on employment and academic review issues related to academic employees. She provides formal presentations and classes on a variety of academic personnel subjects. She may be contacted at jkpartridge@ucsd.edu or 858-822-3234.

  • Heather Pratt

    Heather Pratt

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Heather Pratt is the assigned Academic Personnel Sr. Analyst for various academic divisions and departments. She is responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel. She provides analysis and recommendations on proposed actions related to Non-Senate Faculty or Unit 18 appointees. She may be contacted at hpratt@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3651.

  • Carla Solomon

    Carla Solomon

    Director, Office of Academic Recruitment Services. 

    Carla Solomon assists faculty search committees in using best-practice strategies to develop large, well-qualified, diverse applicant pools for faculty recruitments, and helps to clarify the University’s responsibilities for compliance with federal and state regulations.  She also develops the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Plan and provides data reports for federal contractor complianceShe works in close collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. She may be contacted at c1solomon@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3623.

  • Malaika Tiofil

    Malaika Tiofil

    Administrative Analyst

    Malaika Tiofil provides administrative support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel and is responsible for a wide variety of projects and communications related to academic personnel. She is responsible for the management of the five-year review process for academic deans, provosts, and other academic administrators who report to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She manages sensitive and confidential projects, provides staff support to committees and task forces appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor. Malaika may be contacted at mtiofil@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-7699.

  • Peter Tagliaferri

    Peter Tagliaferri

    Academic Personnel Services Assistant

    Peter Tagliaferri provides a wide variety of administrative support, office coordination, and front office management to the Academic Personnel Services Office.  This includes oversight of office infrastructure, mail distribution, operation and maintenance of all equipment and supply inventory. He provides back-up clerical support in APS including calendaring, assists with special projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature, and facilitates all events that APS is responsible for, including workshops, quarterly briefings, and orientations. He is also responsible for the hiring and supervision of student employees for the office. He may be contacted at pgtagliaferri@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3476.

  • Heather Fowler Zion

    Heather Fowler Zion

    Academic Compensation Analyst for Data and Compensation Initiatives

    Heather Fowler Zion is a member of the Data and Compensation Initiatives team and provides support on the development and implementation of compensation policy, programs, and data initiatives for academics at UCSD. She serves as a second liaison for Office of the President and other UC campuses on system-wide academic compensation and data reporting matters. She is the HR/AP back-up for the UCPath project and coordinates GCCP, faculty administrator stipend approvals, chair's appointments, FSEP requests, and UCPath related questions connected to academic compensation. She may be contacted at hzion@ucsd.edu or (858)534-0500.

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel. He provides analysis and recommendations on proposed actions related to Non-Senate Faculty or Unit 18 appointees and supports the Academic Administrator and Academic Coordinator Review Panel (AARP) and the Project Scientist and Specialist Review Panel (PSSRP).  

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    EEO Specialist, Academic Recruitment

    The position of EEO Specialist is responsible for reviewing academic recruitments for compliance and affirmative action, provides training to the UC San Diego community in the use AP On-Line Recruit and EEO compliance, helps develop the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Plan, and  provides data reports to the Director of Academic Recruitment Services and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity.

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    The position of Sr. Academic Personnel Analyst is responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel within the Division of Arts & Humanities and several areas in the Health Sciences School of Medicine.
  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Sr. Director, Academic Policy, Process & Training 

    The Sr. Director serves as senior advisor to the Sr. Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellors for Academic Personnel, and holds a primary role in the development, evaluation, administration and compliance of University policies, processes and procedures.  The Sr. Director develops and oversees training programs for all levels of campus clientele, including faculty administrative development, and serves as liaison between Academic Affairs and UC San Diego Dean’s offices, academic departments and research units, the Academic Senate and the Office of the President. 

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Director, Academic Employee & Labor Relations, General Campus & SIO

    The Director of Academic Employee & Labor Relations for the General Campus and SIO is a key member of the UCSD Academic Personnel labor and employee relations team.  The Director serves as a resource for leadership on the General Campus and SIO in the area of academic employee conduct, employment, policy and labor agreements.  The position analyzes the nature and substance of academic employment issues such as grievances, complaints and disputes, taking into consideration relevant laws and University policies, and provides advice appropriate to each case.

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Director, Academic Employee & Labor Relations, Health Sciences

    The Director of Academic Employee & Labor Relations for the Health Sciences is a key member of the UCSD Academic Personnel labor and employee relations team.  The Director serves as a resource for Health Sciences leadership in the area of academic employee conduct, employment, policy and labor agreements.  The position analyzes the nature and substance of academic employment issues such as grievances, complaints and disputes, taking into consideration relevant laws and University policies, and provides advice appropriate to each case.

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Assistant Director, Academic Advancement and Compensation

    The Assistant Director serves as a subject matter expert and Lead for staff within the AAC team.  The AD provides high-level analytical support and counsel to the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor, Assistant Vice Chancellor, AP Directors, Deans, Assistant Deans, Deans’ AP Staff, Provosts, Department Chairs and MSOs regarding academic personnel policies, procedures and systems. The appointee is responsible for the independent planning and execution of the overall AP NEXT strategic plan, management of application development (including project management, planning and documentation), roll-out, training, enhancement and maintenance phases of AP NEXT.

  • Vacant

    Vacant

    Sr. Director of Academic Employee & Labor Relations

    TBD