New dean of USF's College of Education
The University of South Florida in Tampa has a new dean of the College of Education, which is the academic home to more than 3,000 students and a major supplier of teachers to the Tampa Bay area.
Vasti Torres, who comes from education leadership roles at Indiana University Bloomington, will helm the college at USF starting this summer. She was director of IU's Center for Postsecondary Research, which administers the sweeping annual National Survey of Student Engagement, focused largely on student participation in college or university-sponsored programs and activities at schools all over the U.S. and Canada. The center at IU also conducts research into student learning environments and teaching strategies.
Torres is a West Palm beach native and a graduate of Stetson University. She has written or co-written four books, including the forthcoming The Latino College Student Experience: Understanding Developmental and Environmental Influences.