- College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Joyce M. Gattas is the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. In this capacity, she manages ten diverse departments/schools which include: Art, Design and Art History; Communication; L. Robert Payne Hospitality and Tourism Management; Journalism and Media Studies; Music and Dance; Public Affairs; Theatre, Television and Film; and the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs. The College has more than 5,000 majors and 550 faculty and staff. Fourteen centers and research institutes are also resident in the College providing students with opportunities for firsthand research experience. Dr. Gattas is an active leader in our community and professional organizations. She serves on the San Diego Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture Advocacy Committee, San Diego Foundation Arts and Culture Working Group, San Diego Port Authority Marketing and Public Relations Advisory Committee, The Balboa Park Conservancy, and the San Diego Women’s Foundation. She is serving or has served on the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Past-Chair); San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors (Past-Chair); San Diego Film Commission (Past-Chair); Board of Trustees for the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Past President); and San Diego Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Committee. She also serves on the KPBS Advisory Board; San Diego Bowl Game Association Red Coat Life-Time Committee; Rotary Club of San Diego; and numerous other art and educational boards and committees. Joyce Gattas holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. and a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University. Before assuming her current managerial position, Dr. Gattas taught at California State Universities, at Long Beach and at Hayward. Following her career as a college professor, Dr. Gattas was the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs at San Diego State University. In that position, she handled all faculty personnel matters, negotiated contracts and agreements, and represented the University in grievances, collective bargaining, and other legal matters. The recipient of San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award and the Woman of Achievement Award, Dr. Gattas was listed in San Diego Magazine’s Who’s Who in 1994. She was selected as one of 50 San Diegans to watch in 2000, and one of the “Girl Scouts’ Cool Women Award” in 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the Ginger Award for her continuous contributions to the Visual Arts. In 2008 she was honored as a “Woman of Dedication” by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of San Diego County for all her contributions to the community and was the recipient of SDSU Mortar Board Distinguished Alumna Award for her services to the University. Dr. Gattas also received the 2009 Monty’s Distinguished University Service Award which is the highest non-alumni award given by SDSU and the Woman of the Year Award in Media, Art and Culture by San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.