Bios & Roles
Dean Eric M. Eisenberg, ph.d.
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.
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 MICHAELS, PH.D.
ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS
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 USF St. Petersburg’s academic goals.
DEAN PAUL A. KIRCHMAN, PH.D.
Dr. Kirchman is the Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Prior to his appointment at USFSM, 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.