The University of South Florida today announced the appointment of R. Anthony Rolle, an experienced leader and former professor and department chair at USF, as the new Dean of the College of Education. Rolle returns to USF after serving as Dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies for the past four years.
In his new role, Rolle will be responsible for leading the college’s 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across USF’s three campuses. He will guide College of Education initiatives to prepare and certify teachers, design and deliver undergraduate and graduate programs to train principals and other K-12 leaders, and continue to align college programs. to meet the changing demands of Kindergarten to Grade 12. education and strengthen the college’s focus on educational research.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Rolle as the next Dean of the USF College of Education,” said USF President Steve Currall. “His academic and professional experiences as the dean of a college of teaching and professional studies and as a professor at leading research universities make him an ideal candidate to lead the outstanding faculty of our college, focus on student success and commit to kindergarten through 12 community partners.
Over more than two decades of professional service in education, Rolle has established a long-standing commitment to supporting student access for success, faculty excellence, research and community collaboration. . He has been recognized for his K-12 finance and policy research and has developed models to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of public school systems, managed nationally and internationally recognized research projects for government and nonprofit organizations, increased endowed scholarships, strengthened community partnerships, and supported faculty excellence in international research and teaching.
“As the new Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Rolle will play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of high-quality, relevant and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs across the college,” said USF Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph C. Wilcox. “The USF College of Education remains committed to working closely with our partners to address the challenges education faces today in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. ”
Prior to his tenure at the University of Rhode Island, Rolle was a faculty member and department chair at the University of Houston. From 2010 to 2014 at USF, Rolle was a faculty member and chair of the former department of educational leadership and political studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Santa Clara, his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, and his doctorate from Indiana University.
“I am honored to return to the University of South Florida and the College of Education,” Rolle said. “I look forward to working with faculty, alumni and community partners to help shape an exciting and distinctive vision for the future of the College of Education while working collaboratively to strengthen the College’s commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion through faculty, staff and students recruitment, development and support, program enrichment, research and community engagement.
Last month, USF College of Education achieved full accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This important re-accreditation marks the completion of a process that follows a rigorous, nationally recognized set of standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
Rolle will officially join the USF community in his new role in August.