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Tim Chapin Named Dean of College

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie announced, April 20, 2017, the selection of Tim Chapin as the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, effective May 8.

Chapin, a long-time faculty member turned administrator in the college, was selected after a national search. He had been serving as the college’s interim dean since May 2016 when David Rasmussen stepped down to serve on the college’s faculty before retiring.

“Although our national search yielded an excellent candidate pool, we are thrilled to promote within the FSU family to lead this outstanding group of highly successful faculty and students,” McRorie said.

Chapin served in the college from 2008 to 2014 as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and for two years as associate dean for development prior to stepping into the interim dean’s role.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the next dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy,” Chapin said. “As a faculty member in the college since 1999, I consider this my intellectual home, and I have a deep, abiding love for the 130-plus faculty and 5,000 students that call the college home.”

Since joining FSU nearly 20 years ago, 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.

As dean, Chapin intends to raise the visibility of the college. He plans to bolster the reputation of the college’s faculty who are providing leadership on issues as diverse as protecting coastal communities and environments, strengthening economic markets, understanding changes in American and international politics, and assessing the importance of gender, race, and ethnicity in life outcomes.

Over his career he has secured more than $3 million in outside funding from federal, state, and local governments to support his research. Chapin is looking forward to securing more funding and continuing to work with the school’s partners to advance the college.

“Over the last year I have met with hundreds of alumni and friends that support us through financial gifts, placement opportunities for students and graduates, and service to our ‘Get More Than a Degree’ initiative,” Chapin said.

The “Get More Than a Degree” initiative increases the quality of the undergraduate experience through education and professional development outside of the classroom. Chapin wants to connect with more members of the FSU community to ensure that generations of students have greater opportunities through expanded financial aid, international travel, service learning, internships, job placements, and leadership training.

“Connecting with alumni and friends and finding ways for them to give back has been the biggest surprise, and greatest joy, of my time as interim dean,” Chapin said. “I feel empowered by the confidence of the FSU administration and the support of my colleagues and students to move this remarkable college forward.”

Chapin currently serves as the senior associate editor and review editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. He holds a BA 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.

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates conducted the national search, and College of Business Dean Michael Hartline chaired the 15-member search committee.