About Us




Dr. Paul Atchley
Senior Associate Vice President and Dean

Executive Administrative Specialist: Merlina Glass (mglass@usf.edu)

Dr. Atchley has been conducting research and teaching about cognitive factors related to driving for over 25 years. Dr. Atchley received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1996 and completed postdoctoral training at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois in 1998. He was on faculty at the University of Kansas for 20 years, where his last position was Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success.

Dr. Atchley has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on issues of vision and attention including their relationship to driving. He has also received awards for his research, teaching and student advising.

Dr. Atchley's work has been highlighted by national and international press such as the BBC, NPR, Time, and the New York Times. He is part of efforts and the state and national level to reduce distracted driving.   

Jennifer Lister

Dr. Jennifer Lister
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Curriculum

Dr. Lister earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Alabama. She is a nationally certified Audiologist, licensed by the State of Florida. Prior to joining Undergraduate Studies, she was Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at USF and is a tenured Professor in that department. Dr. Lister works with the Undergraduate Council on matters pertaining to undergraduate courses, curricula, institutional programs, degrees, and academic policies and procedures of the University, and is involved in the design and development of new undergraduate academic programs and global curricula more generally across the university. Dr. Lister also leads USF's Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project, as part of USF's reaffirmation of accreditation.

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Dr. Kevin Yee

Dr. Kevin Yee
Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Yee earned a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of California at Irvine, and has served in a variety of roles at Pomona College, the University of Iowa, Duke University, and the University of Central Florida, before his arrival at USF in 2012. His background in faculty development enables him to bring his knowledge of teaching and learning to the wider university community as Assistant Dean. He has been the Secretary of the USF chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since its inaugural year of 2018.

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Dr. Fai Howard

Dr. Fai Howard
Assistant Dean, Upper-Level Initiatives


Dr. Howard received her B.A. in Sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She earned a M.S. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Howard joined Undergraduate Studies the fall semester of 2017. She previously held positions in higher education at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience and background in the areas of student success, structural reorganization, and strategic planning contribute to meeting institutional goals and, above all, supporting students.

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Dr. Melissa Irvin

Dr. Melissa Irvin
Assistant Dean, Advising and Analytics


Dr. Irvin earned her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Undergraduate Studies in Fall 2017, she was Assistant Vice-President of Student Success at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. As Assistant Dean, Dr. Irvin supports initiatives within academic advising community and leads the Office of Academic Advocacy as well as the Academic Services for USF Athletics. Other responsibilities include functional support for Archivum Insights student success management system, Civitas, DegreeWorks and other technology tools. Her background includes work in academic advising, first-year experience programming and campus-wide retention initiatives. Dr. Irvin’s research interests focus on exploring effective ways of monitoring and measuring student progression as well as evaluating strategies for early interventions to improve student success outcomes.

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Kyna Betancourt

Dr. Kyna Betancourt
Assistant Dean, General Education, Assessment, and Academics


Dr. Betancourt earned her M.S. in Clinical Linguistics from University of Potsdam, Germany followed by her M.S. and Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She was an inaugural fellow of the Doctoral Leadership Program at USF and has recently completed the Professional Development in Higher Education Leadership Program. Before joining Undergraduate Studies she was an Instructor and Director of the Language, Speech, and Hearing Undergraduate Program for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was also the Chair of the General Education Council for two years and helped lead the effort of the General Education Enhancement at USF. In her role with Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Betancourt continues to work with the General Education Council and curriculum at USF, is creating and overseeing the new Undergraduate Studies Assessment, Analysis, and Visualization Team, is developing and carrying out Undergraduate Studies' efforts to make student success practices public via publications and presentations, and is creating and maintaining an Interdisciplinary Institute focused on fostering interdisciplinary teaching by providing services and resources to faculty.

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John Sarao

John F. Sarao CDR, USN (Ret.)
ROTC Acting Executive Director, Joint Military Leadership Center

John oversees all programs that enhance the quality of education and training for the university's ROTC units by maintaining a unique, state of the art, joint training facility; sponsorship of joint activities for ROTC students; and promotion of joint planning and inter-service cooperation. He also serves as the ROTC Living Learning Community (LLC) Program Director. John served 28 years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, is a USF Alumnus (M.Ed. – 2002) and has a B.S. degree in Physics (1976) from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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