R. Anthony Rolle
Professor and Dean, College of Education
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 105
For appointments with the Dean, please contact Darla Null at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R. Anthony Rolle, PhD, is Dean of the University of South Florida (USF) College of
Education. An experienced leader with more than two decades of professional service
to the field of education, Dr. Rolle has established a long-standing commitment to
supporting student access for student academic success, faculty excellence in research
and instruction, and increasing community engagement.
As Dean of the USF College of Education, Dr. Rolle is responsible for leading the college’s 2,200 students and 130 faculty members who are spread across USF’s three campuses. He also serves as a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, and Lifelong Learning.
A former professor and department chair at USF, Dr. Rolle returned to the College of Education after serving as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education & Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island for four years. Prior to his tenure at the University of Rhode Island, Rolle also held leadership positions at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rolle is a nationally recognized scholar with expertise in K-12 education finance and economic policy. He has developed models to measure effectiveness and efficiency in public school systems, managed national and internationally recognized research projects for government and nonprofit organizations, increased endowed student scholarships, enhanced community partnerships, and supported faculty excellence in research and teaching on an international scale.
Dr. Rolle’s past professional service includes serving as President of the National Education Finance Academy and as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Education Sciences. He serves on editorial and advisory boards for a number national education associations and is a research fellow for the National Education Policy Center’s Education and Public Interest Center and Education Policy Research Unit.
- PhD in Education Policy Studies, Indiana University
- MPA, University of Washington
- BS in Political Science, Santa Clara University
Jones, B.A. and Rolle, R. A. (2016). Leading Schools in Challenging Times: Eye to the Future. A Volume in the Educational Policy in the 21st Century Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions Series. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Rinck, J., Rolle, R.A., and Burrello, L.C. (2016). “Wading Through the Educational Accountability Fog: Optimizing the Pursuit of Principal Accountability Success Indicators,” pp. 49 – 82. In B.A. Jones & R.A. Rolle (eds.) Leading Schools in Challenging Times: Eye to the Future. A Volume in the Educational Policy in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions Series. Solutions Series. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Rolle, R.A. with Templeton, T.B. and Mata, S.G. (2016). “Re-Conceptualizing Educational Productivity for Australian Government School: An Empirical Application of Modified Quadrifom Analytics in New South Wales.” Educational Considerations, 43 (2), pp. 7 – 24.
Rolle, R.A. and Welsh, R.O. (2014). “Economic Efficiency,” pp. 249-251. In D.J. Brewer & L.O. Picus (eds.), Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Agosto, V. and Rolle, R.A. (2014). “An intersectoral policy framework: Technology and obesity intersecting on schoolchildren,” pp. 293-310. In C. Grant & E. Zwier (eds.), Intersectionality and urban education: Identities, policies, spaces & power. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Rolle, R.A. and Jimenez-Castellanos, O. (2014). “An Efficacy Analysis of the Texas School Funding Formula with Particular Attention to English Language Leaners”. Journal of Education Finance, 39 (3), pp. 203 – 221.
Rolle, R.A., Harris, P. and Burrello, L.C. (2012). “In Support of a Seamless Special Needs Students Services System: A Heuristic Examination of Education Finance Policy, Special Needs Revenue Components, and Flexible Expenditure Possibilities,” pp. 90-106. In L.C. Burrello, W. Sailor, and J. Kleinhammer-Trammill (eds.), Unifying Educational Systems – Leadership and Policy Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge – A Taylor & Francis Group.
Agosto, V. and Rolle, R.A. (2012). “Ecology Policy for Educational Technology,” pp. 57-67. In Sanders, S. and Witherspoon, L. (eds.) Contemporary Uses of Technology in K-12 Physical Education: Policy, Practice, and Advocacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Rolle, R.A. (2012). “Should local school districts be able to impose additional taxes in order to provide additional educational resource?” In Thro, W. (ed.) Debating Issues in American Education, Volume 6 – School Finance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Rolle, R.A. and Wood, R.C. (2012). “When What You Know Ain’t So: A Comparative Analysis of Revenues Generated from the Texas Foundation School Program for Independent School Districts and Charter School Districts.” Educational Considerations, 39 (2), pp. 20-29.