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Florida International University Appoints Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Mark Macgowan, professor in the School of Social Work at the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, was appointed as associate dean of academic affairs, effective immediately. The associate dean provides primary leadership and administrative oversight for the educational programs offered by the FIU Stempel College and serves as the faculty affairs officer, responsible for:

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[Photo: Dr. Mark Macgowan]

Dr. Macgowan has had a distinguished career as an educator in social work and has received multiple professional and university awards for excellence in teaching and research. He held the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, where he was engaged in teaching and research about global perspectives on evidence-based group work. As a licensed therapist and supervisor of therapist trainees, he has significant clinical experience, including work with persons with substance use problems and those affected by disasters. He currently serves as a mental and behavioral health specialist with federal, state and local government disaster response medical teams.

Since his appointment as interim associate dean of academic affairs in February, Dr. Macgowan has shown to be an effective leader, working with others to help achieve academic and research excellence through a culture of engagement, mutual respect, and inclusion. He recently led the committee to identify the director of the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs and is providing leadership in the early process of accreditation of public health. He also created a process for promoting research faculty funded by grants, supported faculty governance to work optimally, and is setting structures and processes in place for the college and units to monitor and respond to institutional changes related to metrics mandated by the State of Florida government.

Dr. Macgowan is honored to be appointed associate dean. He says, “It is truly a privilege to help lead a unique college of inspiring program leaders, gifted faculty engaged in world-class research on pressing public health concerns, and educators dedicated to mentoring the next generation of public health, social work, and dietetics and nutrition professionals to improve the lives of service users in diverse multicultural communities.”