Our Team

Joanna Brooks, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement and Student Success

Joanna Brooks joined Faculty Advancement in July 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the SDSU faculty in 2006 as an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and has served as department chair and Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs. An award-winning scholar of religion, race, gender, and American culture, she is the author or editor of ten books including American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford UP, 2003), Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford UP, 2012), and Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (Oxford UP, 2015). Her commentaries about religion and American life and politics have been featured in venues from National Public Radio and the BBC to the Daily Show and the Washington Post.

Kavalya Fletcher

Office Manager & Administrative Analyst

  • Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion
  • Periodic Evaluations

Samantha Lende

Academic Personnel Specialist

  • Tenure-Track Faculty Recruitment
  • Personal and Professional Leave Processes
  • Resignation & Retirement Procedures

Christinejoy Sampankanpanich, M.P.A.

Faculty-Scholar Immigration and Awards Specialist


  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
  • H-1B Visas for Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

Our Mission

Foster alignment and coordination, dismantle deficit models, and promote strength based approaches to supporting faculty, students, and staff in meaningful academic cooperative effort.