Dean's Office

Bios & Roles

Dean Eric M. Eisenberg, ph.d.

COLLEGE DEAN, Tampa campus

Dean Eisenberg

Eric M. Eisenberg is professor of communication and since 2007 has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida. Eisenberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University in 1977 and received his doctorate in organizational communication from Michigan State University in 1982. Eisenberg twice received the National Communication Association award for the outstanding research publication in organizational communication, as well as the Burlington Foundation award for excellence in teaching. Eisenberg is the author of more than 70 articles, chapters, and books on the subjects of organizational communication, health communication, and communication theory. As Dean of the largest college at USF—with nearly 600 faculty, 18,000 students and a budget of nearly $100 million—Eisenberg has sharpened the focus of faculty work through the creation of three interdisciplinary schools, 22 departments, and 10 interdisciplinary research centers. Even in the most difficult of economic times, he has been successful in recruiting world-class faculty talent. In addition, he has played a major role in the university's strategic efforts to measurably improve student success through transformed pedagogy. Working closely with faculty, staff, and academic advisors, he has successfully applied a combination of policy and process changes, course redesign and intrusive advising to significantly impact rates of progression, graduation, and employment.

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The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of a college. The dean advances the mission of the college by setting administrative and academic priorities, and by working with schools and departments to help them fulfill their respective academic missions. The dean also represents the college in its relationship with the central university administration and to external audiences.

Dean Magali Cornier Michael, Ph.D.

CAMPUS DEAN, St.Petersburg campus

Magali Michaels

Dr. Magali Cornier Michael is the top administrative officer in the College of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Emory University with a PhD in English and American literature, Dr. Michael oversees faculty and works closely with them and the university’s leadership team to support, grow and develop distinct programs and strategies that achieve University of South Florida's academic goals.

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CAMPUS DEAN, Sarasota-Manatee campus

Paul Kirchman

Dr. Kirchman is the campus dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Prior to his appointment at University of South Florida, he was a founding member of Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and for 10 years served as the Chair of Science and Mathematics.

In his 17 years of experience, he helped build the Wilkes Honors College to more than 400 students, initiated a combined BA/MD program with Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and launched several internship programs at hospitals and research centers along the East Coast, including the Scripps Florida Research Institute and Max Planck Florida Institute.

His research interests include aging, mitochondrial metabolism, and cross-kingdom symbiosis.

Dr. Kirchman received his PhD in Molecular Biology from Emory University and his BS in Biology from Eckerd College.

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