Provost Office Staff Bios

Dr. Michele HawkinsVice Provost for Academic Affairs

Michele Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW, is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. In this position, she assists the Provost with oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs and its administration, faculty, and staff members. She also acts as chief academic officer in the absence of the Provost, and she has university-wide responsibilities for personnel issues in Academic Affairs, including, but not limited to, promotion and tenure, professional development, collective bargaining, and the faculty credentialing process.

Dr. Hawkins previously served as the Associate Provost for Planning and Budget. Prior to assuming that role, she served as Associate Provost for Programs and Assessment. From 1998 to 2013, Dr. Hawkins served as Professor and Director of the School of Social Work in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU, with more than fifteen years of experience overseeing accredited programs that require strong assessment and sustained evaluation. Her leadership was essential to the establishment of the Master of Social Work degree program at FAU. She also previously held positions at the National School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America and at the University of Oregon, in addition to practice experience in school social work, legislative policy, and work with adults. Dr. Hawkins received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri and her doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Russell Ivy | Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs 

Russell Ivy serves as the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing leadership in formulating and administering university policies for student learning outcomes assessment, academic program review, institutional and program-based accreditation, review of new degree proposals, and other projects related to academic programs and curriculum. He leads FAU's Team for Assurance of Student Learning (TASL).

Ivy received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Geography from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida. He joined FAU in 1992, and in addition to professorial duties, served 5 years as Associate Chair and 9 years as Chair of Geosciences. During that time, he led the department in the development of a doctoral program in Geosciences. Additionally, he has served as Interim Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science since August of 2013. He holds the current rank of Professor in Geosciences.

Anthony Abbate | Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses

Anthony Abbate is the Associate Provost of the Broward Campuses of Florida Atlantic University. His responsibilities include providing leadership and vision for campus-based services for the University's three Broward campuses, including academic support services, student affairs, operations and community relations.

A native resident of Fort Lauderdale, Professor Abbate joined FAU in 1996 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the newly established School of Architecture. Mr. Abbate has served on numerous state, county and municipal boards including as Vice-Chair of the State of Florida Department of Education Building Construction Advisory Committee, Chair of the Broward Cultural Council and Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Mr. Abbate served as the Director of the Broward Community Design Collaborative at the College for Design and Social Inquiry from 2006 to 2011, expanding cross-disciplinary funded research through collaboration among the disciplines of planning, urban design, social work and architecture. Additionally, he chaired the third international conference on Subtropical Cities, hosted at FAU's Fort Lauderdale campus in 2011.

He received the professional degree of Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America. He holds nationally certified credentials to practice architecture and is accredited by the US Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Mr. Abbate also authored the Broward County County-wide Community Design Guidebook and Subtropical Sustainable: A Context Sensitive Design Approach to Redevelopment in Broward County, and has published papers on architectural and urban design in hot-humid tropical and subtropical climates.

Jason Ball | Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer

As Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer, Jason Ball provides vision, leadership, strategic planning, and coordination of information technology, media, networking and telecommunications throughout the University's multi-campus environment. He supports these operations within the Office of Information Technology (OIT), develops strong managers and staff to meet strategic goals and improve customer service, participates fully with other campus leaders in advancing the University's mission, and develops and manages long-term relationships with technology vendors and partners. Mr. Ball also works with the University's chief financial officer to ensure seamless integration of administrative and emergency information systems.

Mr. Ball joined FAU after serving as the assistant vice president and director of information technology at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, where he also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He has more than 15 years of technology management experience in higher education.

Dr. Rodney Murphey | Associate Vice President for the Jupiter Campus

Florida Atlantic University named Rod Murphey, Ph.D. as associate vice president for academic affairs of FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Murphey previously served in several FAU administrative roles, including chair of Biological Sciences, director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative, and director of the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. Before coming to FAU he served as program director of the National Science Foundation and as principal investigator and director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) undergraduate initiative programs at the University of Massachusetts.

In his new role on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Dr. Murphey will direct the growth of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives at every level of the research and training enterprise. He is also responsible for the management of all academic operations. In addition to his strategic oversight of degree planning and enrollment growth he will also lead the rapidly-developing research enterprise in coordination with FAU's Brain Institute (I-BRAIN) and Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-Health), Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), and Scripps Research.

Dr. Julie Golden Botti | |Executive Director for Online and Continuing Education 

Dr. Julie Golden Botti serves as Executive Director for Online and Continuing Education in the Office of the Provost. In this newly-established role, Dr. Golden Botti oversees the university’s efforts to create and enhance online courses and programs, lifelong learning offerings, and continuing education programs. She oversees the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in Jupiter, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, she supports professional development opportunities to promote high-quality academic programs.

Dr. Golden Botti has worked in these areas at FAU since 2012, when she first came to the university as an instructional designer. She was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director and Associate Director of eLearning. Dr. Golden Botti holds a Doctorate of Education, Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Mihaela Metianu | Executive Director for the Center for Global Engagement

Mihaela Metianu serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Global Engagement, and provides oversight to the following areas: Education Abroad, International Services, International Admissions, and the Intensive English Institute. Key functions include: international agreements/partnerships, global travel safety and security, study abroad, international student support services, immigration services and compliance, international recruitment, foreign credential evaluations, and global student engagement initiatives. In addition, she provides leadership to university-wide Global Perspectives and Participation Platform and related internationalization initiatives.

Dr. Metianu joined FAU in 2006 as the Director of Student Affairs for the Wilkes Honors College, and in 2008 she became Director of International Services. She assumed the Executive Director role in 2016 upon the establishment of the Center for Global Engagement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (International Studies & Economics) from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree (Multicultural/Multilingual Education) and Doctor of Education degree (Higher Education Administration) from Florida State University.

Dr. James Capp | Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Planning

James Capp works at Florida Atlantic University as the Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Planning. As a member of FAU’s academic leadership team, he collaborates with executives on issues of strategic planning, space utilization, and the development, implementation, and assessment of academic initiatives. He also oversees the administration of the Provost's Office daily operations and serves as the Provost's communications officer.

Prior to assuming his current position, James served as the FAU Provost office's communications manager, in addition to serving in student affairs as a program manager for FAU's Davie Student Union. He earned his bachelor's degree, with a concentration in English literature, from FAU's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. James received his MPA and Ph.D. from FAU’s School of Public Administration.

Dr. Ying Liu | Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis

Ying joined FAU-IEA in March, 2018. Prior to joining FAU, he was the Director of Institutional Research at University of Toledo. He has also worked at University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, and McMaster University. Dr. Liu earned his PhD in Psychology from Beijing Normal University and his Master degree in Statistics from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Liu’s research has been focusing on measuring student outcomes with advanced statistical models, as well as the cognitive processes involved in learning.

Tori Winfield | Associate General Counsel

Tori L. Winfield joined the University in 2016 as Associate General Counsel and serves as primary legal counsel to the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs. In that capacity, Ms. Winfield advises the Provost, Deans, and other academic administrators on matters including compliance with laws, regulations, and policies governing employment and contractual relationships. She is also the primary legal advisor to the University Police Department, Human Resources, and other institutional clients.

Ms. Winfield graduated with honors from the University of Miami and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida where she also received the Book Award in Legal Research & Writing. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Winfield was employed as Senior Litigation Counsel for a national multi-line insurer where she directly handled and supervised litigation in the Southeast, an associate at regional defense firms where she specialized in employment law, and a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Ms. Winfield is an avid public speaker who routinely advised clients on federal and state employment laws and was selected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to speak at its training seminars on varying topics in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. She is the author of various training materials and an article published in the Florida Bar Journal. Ms. Winfield is licensed to practice in Florida and Mississippi, enjoys an AV Preeminent rating, and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Dr. Terry Eggenberger | Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice

Terry Eggenberger, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, CNL is Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing; with a Clinical Associate Affiliate in the College of Medicine; and Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Office of the Provost. She has been passionate about interprofessional (IP) education and practice since 2008 when she began introducing other team roles into simulated scenarios, and identified a need for more emphasis on teams and communication with IP health care colleagues. She completed the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) master trainer course, Primary Care TeamSTEPPS training, and the TeamSTEPPS Advanced Master Training Course as a foundation for designing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) programs. A Macy’s Presidential Grant (2015) supported Dr. Eggenberger and associates as they endeavored to strengthen IP relationships and communication in an acute care setting with frontline providers, addressing the IP education practice gap. Her IP team worked with frontline providers, including a new physician residency program in Internal Medicine; nursing, pharmacy, and social work to hardwire TeamSTEPPS at the point of care. She was Director of Interprofessional Student Engagement (2014), and PI (2017), for a NEPQR IPCP HRSA grant that advanced IP teambuilding in the delivery of diabetes mellitus and mental health care to an underserved population. IPCP competencies were strengthened across three counties in South Florida. Recent IP efforts have resulted in recommendations for IP advance care planning. She has published on IP initiatives, and presented nationally and internationally on team science and communication.

Erma Bennett | Administrative Staff Assistant


Erma Bennett serves as the Administrative Staff Assistant in the Office of the Provost. In this role, Erma has respectfully served in various capacities within the Division of Academic Affairs since her inception in September 2007.

Arcadia Callahan | Director of Academic Personnel

Arcadia Callahan serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Personnel in the Office of the Provost. In this role she supports the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Arcadia is responsible for faculty relations including position approvals, new hires, sabbaticals, promotion and tenure, leave time, and other duties as assigned.

Arcadia came to the Provost’s Office in January 2015 as the Administrative Staff Assistant where she worked alongside the Division of Academic Affairs and the University Faculty Senate. In this capacity, she served as administrative support for both units, coordinated schedules and meeting times for the Academic Leadership Team, and assisted in coordinating University events such as the annual Honors Convocation ceremony and reception, New Faculty Orientation, and FAU’s High School Expo.

Arcadia received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida in 2012.Her past work experience includes working for a prominent law firm in South Florida as an Administrative Assistant to the partners and firm administrator from 2008 through 2014. Arcadia plans to obtain her MBA degree from FAU starting in Spring 2017.

Geoffrey Johnson | Director of Academic Planning

Geoffrey Johnson is the Director of Academic Planning. In this role Geoffrey initiates, manages, and assesses a broad spectrum of academic planning initiatives, including the development of legislatively-mandated and administratively-requested academic reports and plans. He also leads the university's efforts to ensure compliance with Board of Governors regulation 8.003 and FAU regulation 3.004 Textbook and Instructional Materials Affordability. Geoffrey leads the university's efforts for implementing predictive analytics modules and drives usage of these tools to bolster retention and graduation rates. He also serves as a liaison to executive and academic leadership including Vice Presidents and takes an active role in several committees responsible to the Office of the Provost.

Geoffrey received his master's degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University's College for Design and Social Inquiry. He received his bachelor's in Health Care Management from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s School of Allied Health Sciences.

Christopher Biggs | Associate Director of Academic Finance and Administration

Christopher Biggs is the Assistant Director of Academic Planning & Budget in the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs. In this capacity, he assists the Academic Budget Director in planning, implementing and administering the distribution of budget allocation for the colleges within the university.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Birmingham-Southern College.Most recently, he worked as the Research Coordinator for the College of Nursing Community Health Center at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that, Christopher was a Senior Financial Analyst for the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University where he developed and maintained departmental and award budgets.

Debra Szabo | Director of Assessment, Accreditation and Articulations

Debra Szabo is the Assistant Director of Programs and Assessment.  Under the guidance of the Associate Provost for Programs and Assessment, she assists with the development and management of legislatively-mandated and administratively-requested reports related to academic program reviews, assessment, accreditation, and compliance issues to support the University's mission and strategic initiatives.

Debra received her master's degree in TESOL/Bilingual Education from Florida Atlantic University's College of Education. She also earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from the university's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Prior to assuming her current position, Debra worked as the Director of Degree Completion Services and Student Success in FAU's Graduate College.

Felipe Vargas | Administrative Staff Assistant

Felipe Vargas serves as the Academic Budgetary Assistant for the Academic Planning & Budget in the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs. In this capacity, Felipe assists in maintaining, implementing and administering budget allocations for the colleges within the university.

Felipe is a proud graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Business Law. Most recently, he worked for Maximus Inc. performing audits on behalf of the State of Florida. He coordinated the Florida Kid Care initiative that offers health insurance to children from birth.

Michael Turtz | Administrative Staff Assistant

Michael Turtz is the Administrative Staff Assistant in the Office of the Provost, working with the entire Division of Academic Affairs. In this capacity, Michael acts as administrative support to the Office Staff and to the University Faculty Senate.

Michael received his MPA from FAU’s School of Public Administration, where he is currently a PhD student. He also earned his bachelor’s degree from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, with a concentration in political science. Prior to assuming his current position, Michael worked as the Annual Giving Coordinator for the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Christa Eitel | Assistant Vice President, Academic Finance and Administration

Christa Eitel is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Finance and Administration in the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs. In this capacity, she coordinates and manages budgets across colleges and academic units, compiles and analyzes financial information, develops multi-year financial projections, and provides leadership and direction in budgetary policy within Academic Affairs.

Christa received her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications from Ohio University. Most recently, she was the Assistant Dean of Business Operations in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati.

Rochelle Maitland | Executive Assistant to the Provost

Rochelle Maitland is the Executive Assistant to the Provost and in this role she provides primary support. She has been with FAU since 2015, holding positions in both Undergraduate Admissions as an advisor and recruiter, and Campus Operations for the Broward Campuses.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in 2014 and is on track to earn her master’s degree in Communication Studies from FAU this fall.

Linda Johnson | Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Broward Campuses

Professor Linda Johnson serves as the Provost Fellow for the Summer and Intersession Initiative. In this position, she is working to strategically increase enrollment in summer courses across the University. She is also engaging the academic units to increase the course offerings in the 5 and 8 week mini terms as well as between term intersession.

Professor Johnson continues to serve the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters as the Associate Dean for enrollment management and facilities. She joined Florida Atlantic University in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in Graphic, where she developed the MFA in Graphic Design and served as the graduate coordinator for over 10 years. She served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History from 2008-2012.

Professor Linda Johnson is an accomplished artist and designer who specializes in limited edition book design. She has received several awards including the National Museum for Women in the Arts: Book Artist Fellowship, the Florida Artists' Book Prize and a New York Art Directors Book Design Award. Her work is exhibited internationally and resides in numerous public and private collections including Tate Britain, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and the Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry.

Dr. Jenny Bloom | Provost Fellow, Leadership and Professional Development

Jenny Bloom is the Provost Fellow for Leadership and Professional Development in addition to her roles as Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s degree program in Higher Education Leadership at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Jenny also founded the Office of Appreciative Education at FAU. Before coming to FAU in August 2015, she served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina (USC). Prior to her appointment at USC in 2007, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.

Jenny received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. She has co-authored six books and numerous articles that are centered on her work with Appreciative Advising, Appreciative Administration, and Appreciative Education.


Tanya Goldberg | Administrative Staff Assistant


Dr. Laura Vernon | Provost Fellow, Student Mental Health

Laura Vernon serves as the Provost Fellow for Student Mental Health and is Professor of Psychology in the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. Vernon founded FAU Thrive in collaboration with FAU President John Kelly to promote student mental health. FAU Thrive works with student groups to lead workshops and events and put out blogs and social media content that promote health and wellness. Vernon leads university-wide faculty and staff workshops on identifying and responding to students in crisis and partners with local community agencies and mental health providers to raise mental health awareness and provide support for FAU students.

Previously Vernon was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research at the Wilkes Honors College and Associate Director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative. Last year, Vernon received the university’s top award, the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Vernon earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conducts research in mindfulness, psychopathology, and emotion.

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