April 22, 2015


SUBJECT:    Appointment of Professor Tamara Wall as Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Personnel (Part-Time Administrative)

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor of Psychiatry and UC San Diego alumna Tamara Wall as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel (AVC-AP), effective May 1, 2015.

As AVC-AP Professor Wall will serve as a member of my senior leadership team, operating as the senior campus official responsible for Senate and non-Senate academic appointments, promotions and advancements; all salary matters, including salary equity; academic recruitment, development and retention; faculty grievance proceedings; faculty disciplinary proceedings; and consultation on all academic personnel issues. She will function as my liaison to the Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), and the Committee on Privilege and Tenure (P&T), will represent the campus to the UC Office of the President on academic personnel and related policy issues, will collaborate with counterparts at our sister campuses, and will have oversight for the Office of Academic Personnel Services. She will also work closely with academic deans and the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and others to contribute to the larger campus efforts to promote diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusiveness within the faculty.

Dr. Wall has been a member of the department of Psychiatry faculty since 1995, and has a wealth of campus service and administrative experience. Since 2007 she has served as Associate Chief of the Psychology Service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and most recently served as Acting Chief of the Psychology Service. She is also the Director of Mental Health Education and Training at VASDHS where she oversees education and training programs in psychiatry, clinical psychology, pharmacy, and social work. She chairs the Diversity Committee for her departmental postdoctoral training program and serves on the Chair's Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues for the Department of Psychiatry. Her broad portfolio of campus service contributions include a recent three-year term as a member of the Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), including one year as Vice Chair, which has provided her with exceptional knowledge of faculty and academic file review processes that will serve her well as AVC-AP.

Professor Wall received her B.A. in Psychology from UC San Diego, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology jointly from San Diego State University and UC San Diego, and completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at UCSF. Her current research is focused on factors and processes that predispose and/or protect individuals, particularly ethnic minorities, from alcohol and other substance involvement. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Wall on her appointment as she begins this important work on behalf of the campus. Please also join me in thanking Professor Bill Hodgkiss for his extraordinary service in the dual roles of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel AND Resources these past four years. With the appointment of a dedicated AVC-AP, Professor Hodgkiss can now focus more fully on the elements of his position related to planning and oversight of the implementation of new campus academic programs, policies, and initiatives, and providing leadership in the planning of resources to meet programmatic and capital program goals, and oversight of the use of technology-enhanced instruction as my Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Resources.

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor