Eisenberg Appointed Dean of Arts & Sciences

TAMPA, Fla. (March 5, 2010) – The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Eisenberg, PhD to a five-year term as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Eisenberg has served in an interim capacity since August 2008. He will continue to lead the largest college at USF which is home to 23 academic departments, 22 centers and institutes, more than 17,000 students, 550 faculty and 200 staff.


Eisenberg is a nationally recognized scholar in the strategic use of communication to promote positive organizational change. He has published extensively in national and international scholarly journals and is a widely sought-after consultant. In addition, he has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California and Temple University and served as chair of the USF Department of Communication from 1996 to 2006.


As interim dean, he guided the college through a complex process of restructuring that led to the establishment of the School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as steering the efforts to integrate new academic units into the college. He supported the recruitment of outstanding new faculty from the United States and abroad, strengthened the college’s leadership and cultivated a greater sense of scholarly community across the college. Eisenberg has also been instrumental in the university’s efforts to apply for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and has founded a Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series in partnership with Mayor Pam Iorio of the City of Tampa.


Ralph Wilcox, executive vice president & provost, welcomes the appointment. “Dr. Eisenberg has readily embraced USF’s strategic priorities and has ensured that the college’s programs are closely aligned with the university’s mission and vision, through promoting student success, research and innovation, integrated interdisciplinary inquiry, global literacy and impact, and community engagement,” said Wilcox. “He is a strong and passionate advocate for the college and has already established himself as a trusted and valued leader across the University of South Florida, as well as in the broader Tampa Bay community and beyond. I am delighted that he has agreed to continue to serve at the helm of the College of Arts & Sciences.”


Wilcox appointed Eisenberg as dean following extensive consultation with faculty and staff in the college, the USF Faculty Senate, and other stakeholders across the university and broader communities, all of whom expressed their respect and strong support for his academic leadership and accomplishments.  


“I am pleased to take on the challenge as dean of the college,” said Eisenberg. “I appreciate the support of the president and provost and am grateful for the exceptionally strong team of department chairs, associate deans, faculty and staff that we have in the college.  And I am absolutely thrilled to play a role in shaping USF as it emerges as one of the top research universities in the nation and the world.”



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.