Tobin Appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2008) University of South Florida Provost and Senior Vice President Ralph Wilcox announced today the appointment of Graham A. Tobin, PhD as associate vice president for academic affairs. The appointment is effective Aug. 25.

In his new role, Tobin will be working with USF’s colleges, departments, and other units to help integrate strategic and budgetary planning through the university’s compact planning process.

Tobin will also provide leadership in strengthening interdisciplinary initiatives in research, scholarship and creative activity; instruction and learning; as well as global and community engagement. Aligning budget planning with USF’s strategic plan and integrating it into the compact plan of each department and college is essential to the future success of the university.

"Integrated, interdisciplinary inquiry is one of USF’s strategic priorities, and I am counting on Dr. Tobin to work with faculty members, chairs and deans to identify and mitigate institutional barriers to enhanced scholarly collaborations,” said Wilcox. "Dr. Tobin’s experience as a researcher, instructor, and administrator provide the perfect blend of knowledge and skills to lead this extensive initiative."

Tobin has been professor of geography at USF for 12 years, and served as department chair for five years. He also has extensive academic administrative experience, including at the at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, serving as associate vice chancellor for academic administration, chair of the Department of Geography and program co-coordinator of environmental studies.

His research specialties include natural hazards (especially floods, volcanoes, and hurricanes), water resources management and policy, and environmental contamination. He has published several books, monographs, and book chapters; numerous refereed articles, proceedings, technical reports, working papers, and book reviews; and has received nearly $1.5 million in grant funding.

Tobin has served on many committees at the national, university, college, and department levels; he has held office in various professional organizations, and was recently co-executive director of the Applied Geography Conferences. He was awarded the Research Honors Award from the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, the USF Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, and the USF Presidential Excellence Award.

"In spite of recent budgetary setbacks, USF remains a remarkable university. As we move ahead, I look forward to working alongside other faculty, staff, students and administrators to help us all achieve our ambitious goals," said Tobin.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs