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Message from the Graduate College Dean

Graduate College Dean Stackman

Robert W. Stackman Jr., Ph.D.

 Dean of the Graduate College and Professor


Welcome to the Graduate College at Florida Atlantic University! We are committed to growing the diversity of FAU’s graduate student body and building an inclusive environment within which all students have equal access to the resources and information they need for success. Florida Atlantic University makes a significant investment in graduate education, research, and scholarship. As Dean of the Graduate College, my objective is to improve opportunities for graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees and preparation for academic and non-academic careers.

Recent events have again highlighted the long-standing impact of anti-Black racism in public institutions, and we believe that now is the time to act to address barriers to equality. We acknowledge that we have more work to do and understand that we need to listen more to Black students, faculty, staff, and administrators about what we’re getting wrong and support ideas for concrete action and change instead of over-exaggerating what we’re getting right. Please share your thoughts and ideas by emailing graduatedean@fau.edu or by submitting our online form here. For further information visit the Equity, Inclusion and Compliance website

Keeping with FAU’s reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, most graduate courses are being delivered in remote or hybrid format this Fall. The university libraries have reopened and research labs are in phased reopening. For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.fau.edu/coronavirus/

The Graduate College has converted its advising to virtual advising appointments. For Graduate College COVID-19 updates, visit: http://www.fau.edu/graduate/coronavirus/. Reminder to returning students – if you are a degree seeking graduate student, we recommend that you work with your program director or faculty advisor to complete a Plan of Study by the end of your first semester.

Again, welcome! This semester promises to be an exciting one for The Owl Nation, and we are delighted you are here. Go Owls!

With best regards,

Bob Stackman
Dean and Professor

 Last Modified 8/27/20