Michele Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW



Michele Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW,

Interim Provost & Professor
School of Social Work

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Michele Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW, is the Interim Provost. She was formerly the Vice Provost and assisted the Provost with oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs and its administration, faculty, and staff members. She also acted as chief academic officer in the absence of the Provost and had 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.