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"Since its founding in 1973, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has been educating students to be leaders and innovators in private, public, and nonprofit settings throughout Florida and around the globe. This is a vital, diverse, and complex educational ecosystem, enriching the intellectual and cultural lives of those who study and work here.

Our college produces research that shapes public policy in areas as diverse as fiscal policy, environmental protection, economic literacy, disaster response, and election reform. In the breadth and depth of our demographic, ideological, and academic reach, we are truly a reflection of contemporary society. I encourage you to explore this web site and get just a taste of the many great things happening here."

Tim Chapin, Dean

Dr. Tim Chapin is dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Prior to his appointment as dean after a national search in 2017, he served a six-year term as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, two years as associate dean for development for the college, and one year as interim dean from May 2016 to May 2017. (Read the full article about his appointment at this link.)

Since joining FSU in 1999, Dean Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment.

Dean Chapin’s current research interests revolve around how Florida’s demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems in the state. Over his career he has secured more than $3 million in outside funding from federal, state, and local governments to support his research.

He also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emory University, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.

Dean Chapin's Curriculum Vitae


Bringing Policy to the People: We continue to expand our efforts to raise awareness among citizens and policymakers about the college's research and service work. Our incredibly successful Policy Pub series brings our faculty scholars together with the general public to talk about the policy issues that impact Florida's citizens and communities. Our Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions blog features engaging writing by students and faculty to showcase their research, teaching and community service. The college is also much more active on social media, telling our story and bringing news and events to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health: In the 2019-2020 academic year, we are launching a new Public Health major, expected to be one of the fastest growing programs in the university. Public health is a growing share of the economy, and this major serves as a gateway for students interested in working in community health and health systems, as well as a fast track into our graduate programs in Public Health, Demography, Urban Planning and Public Administration.

A Thriving Donor Base: We successfully finished the FSU Raise the Torch campaign with the college’s donors contributing more than $24 million in support of students, professors and programs. The college is also a university leader in using cash gifts to fund annual programming to bring alumni and professionals to campus to engage with students and offer career advice. These annual gifts also support student travel for conferences, competitions and international service learning - activities that greatly expand educational and professional opportunities but that can't be covered with state funds. Part of the college’s signature Get More Than a Degree initiative, these funds provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our 4,800+ students.

New Major in Social Entrepreneurship: COSSPP has established a major in Social Entrepreneurship that is a key element in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. Starting in 2019-2020, Social Entrepreneurship majors will enjoy coursework, internships and service opportunities that will combine their passion for improving the world with the business and organizational skills necessary to ensure viable, sustainable and impactful business and nonprofit startups.

High-Ranking Programs: Across the college, our graduate programs are the best in Florida and ranked high nationally. Specific rankings include:
Askew School of Public Administration and Policy — #3 in research productivity in the US; #8 in the US News and World Report rankings in Local Government Management; #25 Public Affairs program in the nation
Applied Economics master's program — #5 in public university rankings, #18 overall
Political Science — #1 political science graduate program in Florida; top 25 among U.S. public universities.