New USF dean of undergraduate studies hails from the University of Kansas
The University of South Florida announced on Wednesday that cognitive science researcher Paul Atchley will join USF to serve as senior associate vice president and dean of undergraduate studies.
Atchley, a University of Kansas faculty member since 1998, brings experience in higher education leadership and is well-known for his research, the university said. He will begin at USF in January.
The dean of undergraduate studies works to shape the student experience for USF Tampa's 30,000 undergraduates, from programs and curriculum to academic policies and support services.
In a news release announcing Atchley's hiring, USF touted his extensive publishing record and long list of awards. His work has been well-covered by major media outlets, and he is often sought to speak and consult in his field. He works with national safety organizations to reduce distracted driving.
As a professor and administrator in KU's psychology department, Atchley built an "innovative, nationally honored student success curriculum to improve students’ knowledge and ability to plan for the future," USF said. And as an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he introduced online degree programs and built analytics into student advising.
“USF is pleased to welcome a student-centered educator and researcher,” provost Ralph Wilcox said in a statement. “Dr. Atchley is a dedicated scholar and innovator who understands the importance of student success, a founding principle of USF’s mission and vision.”
Administrators hope Atchley will build on USF's upward track in student success metrics, such as retention and graduation rates.
“Any leader who truly cares about student success should want to join a team as strong as the one at USF,” Atchley said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this university as it continues on its path to success."
As dean, Atchley fills the role left by Robert Sullins, who resigned in late 2016. He will report to Paul Dosal, vice president for student affairs and student success.