Lisa Gates, Ph.D.
Director and Advisor for the SDSU Leadership Minor
Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education
Dr. Lisa Gates publishes in the fields of Leadership and Communication and is a radically compassionate, equity-minded educator who embodies an abiding fidelity to students. She is committed to student success evidenced by numerous awards for outstanding instruction and advising and, more importantly, through the achievements of her students. She treats students like family -- which means leading with love and compassion and also challenging them to pivot when needed. She views teaching as a communicative act constituted by thoughtful consideration of the actual students present in the learning environment. She sees students in light of their vast and sometimes unrealized brilliance. It is her life’s purpose to bring that awareness to light.