Michele Hawkins

Dr. Michele Hawkins
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Michele Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW, is the Interim Provost. In this position, she oversees the Division of Academic Affairs and its administration, faculty, and staff members. She serves as chief academic officer of Florida Atlantic University, steering academic degree programs and instruction, as well as the development of a world-class faculty and thriving student body. 

Over the last decade, Dr. Hawkins has been deeply involved with all operations of the Provost’s Office. She was previously the Vice Provost, having university-wide responsibilities for personnel issues in Academic Affairs, including, but not limited to, promotion and tenure, professional development, collective bargaining, and faculty credentialing. Before that, she served as the Associate Provost for Assessment and Programs, Associate Provost for Planning and Finance, as well as Acting Provost. During her years in the Provost’s Office, she established the university’s performance metrics team and led FAU’s student success efforts. She also initiated partnerships with global recruiting firms, launched predictive analytics platforms, and moved the university towards digitized faculty personnel systems. 

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.