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Geography Professor Named Associate Dean

August 25, 2018

Professor of Geography Mark Horner has been named Associate Dean for Research for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. In this capacity, Dr. Horner will lead efforts to expand the college’s sponsored research portfolio and to increase outside funding from government agencies, foundations, and other sources, according to COSSPP Dean Tim Chapin.

Horner has a long and impressive track record as a scholar and grant getter. In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 100 scholarly publications, including 75+ journal articles to date, he has been part of several multidisciplinary teams that have received more than $5 million in funding from federal, state, and other agencies.

He earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Ohio State in 2002 and joined the FSU faculty in 2004. While at FSU he has served as the Associate Director of the Center for Accessibility and Safe Transportation for an Aging Population and been an active member in his discipline. He currently serves as editor for the journal Transportation, is a past standing committee chair with the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, and is a past chair of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Group for the American Association of Geographers.

Horner will lead the college’s efforts to engage and support our faculty in their pursuit of contracts and grants. Among his core duties in advancing outside funding are:
· General faculty support
· Strategic planning with faculty and programs to identify ways to increase outside funding activity
· Proposal development assistance for FSU’s Committee on Faculty Research Support and First Year Assistant Professor program
· Developing trainings and materials
· Serving as the college liaison to the Council of Associate Deans of Research

We congratulate Dr. Horner and look forward to working with him as the college looks to increase our efforts to secure outside funding.