Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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From The Dean


“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 Fall 2020 Update

Academic Success, Community Building and Positive Impact, Despite COVID: While the COVID pandemic requires largely remote instruction and limited in-person events, COSSPP continues to support our 4,500+ students as they advance their studies and expand their worldviews through new curricular models and innovative programming and events. 

Best in Florida, Top Quartile Graduate 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; US News and World Report ranked #8 in City Management/Urban Policy and #19 overall 
● Applied Economics program — #5 in public university rankings, #18 overall 
● Urban & Regional Planning — #22 planning program in the US, #14 among public universities, #4 in South, #1 in Florida, according to Planetizen  
● Political Science — #40 in US News & World Report rankings of all programs 

Launch of the Institute of Politics at FSU: A new Institute of Politics is being created through strategic investment by the Florida Legislature. The IOP@FSU will engage and train students with interests in public sector careers, as well as support civic engagement within the broader state university system. Stay tuned for official announcements and web links for this exciting new initiative! 

New Online Master’s in Public Administration: The Askew School of Public Administration and Policy has launched the college’s first completely online master’s degree. The Online MPA will serve students throughout Florida and around the globe to obtain a degree from one of the nation’s best MPA programs. 

Implementing the COSSPP Strategic Plan 2019-2029: Even as we manage the COVID pandemic, work continues to implement the COSSPP Strategic Plan. The plan lays out a vision of Excellence, Success, and Impact for the college and includes action items to shape and advance the college over the next decade. 

Our Get More Than a Degree Initiative Continues to Thrive: The college continues to be a university leader in receiving cash gifts to fund programming. These gifts support student groups, promote professional development, and provide life-changing opportunities for students through internships, international work, and connections with alumni and friends. 

Bringing Policy to the People: Our incredibly successful Policy Pub series will continue virtually this Fall, with faculty speaking to lay audiences about the impact of their work on public policy. Our Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions blog showcases faculty, student and alumni research, teaching and service. Be sure to follow us on social media and tell the story of our world-class programs and people.