FAU Announces New Dean of the Graduate College
Dr. Deborah L. Floyd, Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology in the College of Education assumed the role of Interim Dean of the Graduate College January, 2014. During her tenure at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Floyd has chaired 21 doctoral dissertations to completion and served as a member or external examiner of an additional 11 dissertations. She has been very active in faculty governance having served as a member of the University Graduate Council since 2006. She has chaired the Council since 2012 to present. She also chaired the University Graduate Programs Committee and serves as the College of Education’s Graduate Programs Committee chair. Dr. Floyd has been elected to two terms as a member of the University Faculty Senate Steering Committee and has served as a University Faculty Senator since 2006. In 2011, she was named the University’s Distinguished Professor of the Year. She was named the College of Education’s Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2005 and 2011.
Dr. Floyd is a higher education practitioner-scholar whose career spans over 35 years of service in Texas, Iowa, Virginia, Kentucky and Florida. Among her community college experiences include 17 years of service as a community college president, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Her university experiences include 13 years as a faculty member, 2 years as a special assistant to a university chancellor and 4 years as a graduate assistant. She earned her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in 1979 and her masters and bachelors from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1975 and 1973. She also completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in 1999.
Her publications include over 60 articles, books, monographs and chapters on higher education leadership topics including roles and challenges of community college presidents, student affairs and student development programs, continuing and workforce education, distance learning, leadership, higher education policy, graduate education and the community college baccalaureate. In addition to serving as a university professor of higher education, Dr. Floyd is also the Editor-in-Chief of the 37 year old Community College Journal of Research and Practice which is published 12 times per year by Taylor and Francis, a Division of Routledge.