Associate Deans

The following associate deans are part of the Dean’s Office.

Associate dean of academic affairs


Thomas Kearney, PharmD, DABAT

The associate dean of academic affairs analyzes and advises on issues related to faculty merit, promotion, and discipline. He also reviews proposals for appointment and promotion of academic personnel and serves as the liaison for the School with campus academic offices and governing bodies.

Associate dean of accreditation and quality improvement


Mitra Assemi, PharmD

Associate Dean Assemi ensures that the School continually assesses and improves its doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program through the collection and evaluation of specific program data as deemed important by the faculty, and as required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). As the School’s point person on all matters related to accreditation, she keeps informed about changes in accreditation standards and procedures, and updates faculty on changes as they happen.

Associate dean of administration

Michael S. Nordberg, MPA/HSA

Associate Dean Nordberg directs the Office of Administration. He oversees School-level human resource management of the faculty and is responsible for the School’s central budget administration, resource tracking and analysis, and purchasing. He advises the dean on resource strategies, while ensuring that the School’s administrative and resource activities are conducted according to the policies and procedures of UCSF, the University of California, and other governing bodies.

Associate dean of experiential education and professional development


Valerie Clinard, PharmD

Associate Dean Clinard directs the Office of Experiential Education and Professional Development which is responsible for the long-range strategic vision and the management of experiential education for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, as well as for the professional development of the School’s learners and preceptors.

Associate dean of research

Andrej Sali, PhD

In addition to developing his own research, Associate Dean Sali advises the dean and School leaders on research issues and opportunities and represents the School to top campus research decision makers and on research-related campus committees.

Associate dean of student affairs


Cynthia B. Watchmaker, MEd, MBA

Associate Dean Watchmaker oversees the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs and develops and administers programs for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program related to student wellbeing and success, academic advising, career and professional development, student recruitment, and admissions. She provides advice and leadership to the School on matters related to its pharmacy students and works in conjunction with faculty members, students, and campus units to develop services and programs responsive to student needs.