Jody Hironaka-Juteau named Health and Human Services dean

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Jody Hironaka-Juteau named Health and Human Services dean

Provost Lynnette Zelezny announced that Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Services, effective immediately.

Hironaka-Juteau has served as interim dean since July 2013 and previously was associate dean of the college.

“Dr. Hironaka-Juteau, who is a Fresno State alumna and an American Council of Education Fellow, is uniquely qualified and has earned the respect of the campus and the broader community,” said Zelezny. “She is passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds and has successfully led important fundraising for the College of Health and Human Services, including the advancement of the Silent Garden.”

Since joining the Fresno State faculty in 1999, she has published multiple articles and presented at national and international conferences. Hironaka-Juteau received the Provost’s Recognition for Achievements in Service in 2001 and 2006. In 2003, the California Park and Recreation Society honored her with an Outstanding Educator Award.

Before coming to Fresno State, she worked as a recreation therapist and consultant in Fresno, Southern California and Michigan.

Her scholarship reflects commitment to collaboration, diversity, inclusion, experiential education, action research and professional practice.

She is chair of the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity has been an active participant in faculty governance and campus affairs at Fresno State including Academic Senate, Smittcamp Family Honors College Council, University Budget Committee, Research Awards Committee, President’s Task Force on Internationalization and President’s Commission on Disability.

She was a founding member of the Women’s Campus Connection, served on and chaired the Council of Chairs, president of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 062 and National Coalition Building Institute Team and Steering Committee. She was a founding board member and vice president of the Asian Faculty and Staff Association.

Hironaka-Juteau earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Change from the Fielding Graduate University and both a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from Fresno State.

The College of Health and Human Services trains students to address the health and human service issues facing the Central Valley. The college has more than 4,800 students, 248 faculty (76 tenure/tenure track), 32 staff and $9.7 million budget. The college offers programs in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration and Social Work Education/Gerontology. The college also manages several off-campus research and training centers.