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Deana Rohlinger Named Associate Dean

August 23, 2017

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has named Professor of Sociology Deana Rohlinger to a newly created position, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community Engagement.

In this capacity, Rohlinger will lead efforts to raise the visibility of the college in the community and take charge of the college’s faculty development and mentoring initiatives. She will continue in her position in the Department of Sociology.

Rohlinger has already contributed greatly toward raising the visibility and reputation of the college, both campus-wide and in the greater community. In 2016 she proposed an ongoing program of public presentations by social science faculty on policy issues that impact everyone’s lives. That idea developed into the well-attended monthly Policy Pub series, beginning its second year in September 2017. The interactive, informal sessions bring highly relevant insights and perspectives to the community beyond campus and highlight the college’s work on real-world challenges facing contemporary society.

Rohlinger also frequently speaks to local, state and national media on politics, mass media, social movements and political participation. She regularly publishes commentaries and articles on these subjects aimed at non-academic audiences.

“Dr. Rohlinger has shown herself to be a savvy and effective communicator, skills that will serve her well in this role,” said Tim Chapin, dean of the college. “We look forward to working with her to develop new ways to increase our public outreach mission and demonstrate what a vital and accomplished resource for positive change this college is.”

Rohlinger is working on a number of faculty development activities for the college, including luncheons, professional development events, mentoring programs and informal social events. Collectively, these activities are aimed at connecting faculty and expanding their skill sets, as well as advancing the college’s faculty development efforts.

After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California Irvine, Rohlinger joined the Florida State University faculty in 2004. She is the author of the books “New Media and American Society” (to be published by New York University Press) and “Abortion Politics, Mass Media and Social Movements in America” (2015, Cambridge University Press.

“I am honored to serve the college in this position,” Rohlinger said. “I look forward to supporting the research efforts of my colleagues and helping them share their results with the public.”

Rohlinger takes on the position beginning fall semester 2017.