Meet the Provost
Eric M. Eisenberg
Dr. 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
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.
In May 2022, Dr. Eisenberg was announced as USF’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President. As the chief academic officer of the University of South Florida, Dr. Eisenberg works to aid in USF’s mission in delivering competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to generate knowledge and foster intellectual development to ensure student success in a global environment.
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