Welcome to Undergraduate Education! We comprise an array of academic programs which provides two important services for undergraduate students. First, Undergraduate Education is an academic home for all FIU undergraduate students. We support you and your academic success. Second, we work hard to make sure that your undergraduate academic experience makes sense to you, that it all goes together for you, that you experience your baccalaureate degree program as integrated, whether you start and finish at FIU or transfer in, whether you go full-time or part-time. Whatever your path to graduation might be, we help you each step of the journey. I wish you a wonderful time at FIU and look forward to meeting you in one of Undergraduate Education's many programs.
Douglas L. Robertson, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Education
DOUGLAS L. ROBERTSON (Ph.D., Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1978) is Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Higher Education at Florida International University. Dr. Robertson has been actively involved in numerous, significant innovations in American higher education for 37 years, including both undergraduate and graduate education, and has over 28 years experience as an academic administrator (12 years private, 16 years public). He has chaired an academic department, co-directed a liberal arts division, administered doctoral and masters programs, and served for the last 15 years on the executive staff of 8 university Chief Academic Officers. At Portland State University, he was full professor and core graduate faculty in the Graduate College of Education, where he taught required doctoral courses in leadership, learning, and higher education, and chaired or served on 175 doctoral and masters committees. Currently, he serves on the Steering Committee for General Education Reform for the State of Florida and is Vice Chair of the Council of Undergraduate Deans for the Florida State University System. For seven years, he worked closely with senior staff at the Kentucky state system of higher education (Council for Postsecondary Education) and served on a number of state system working groups (e.g., technological delivery systems, regional stewardship, civic engagement, presidential leadership academies, and faculty development). He chaired the Kentucky state system’s Faculty Development Work Group for 2 years. Recently, Dr. Robertson was elected Vice Chair of the Council of Undergraduate Deans for Florida’s State University System. Dr. Robertson held a five-year appointment (2002-2007) as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate, during which time he belonged to a pool of experts who were available to provide consultations for overseas universities. An active consultant since the 1970s, Dr. Robertson has provided over 150 trainings or consultations to a broad range of educational, health care, human service, governmental, and business organizations. He has authored or co-edited seven books, with his first book (published 26 years ago) still in continuous print in its original edition. His most recent book is A Guide to Faculty Development, 2nd ed. (Jossey-Bass, 2010), which he co-edited with Kay Gillespie. In total, he has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly or creative publications and presentations. Currently, Dr. Robertson is the Senior Editor of the book series on college teaching published by New Forums Press. He is also the Editor of Thriving in Academe, the section on college teaching in the National Education Association’s Higher Education Advocate (readership: 150,000). He served a four-year term as Editor of To Improve the Academy (two years as Associate Editor and two years as Editor). He is currently serving, or recently served, on the Editorial Boards of Innovative Higher Education, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and Kentucky Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and Learning. He has been a tenured full professor at five universities and has extensive experience in faculty governance. He completed in 2010 a three-year term on the Core Committee (board of directors) and as chair of the Publication Committee of the primary international association for faculty development, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). Over the course of his career, he has served in a number of leadership roles in national and regional associations. He has been involved in six regional accreditations in three different accreditation associations (WASC, NWASC, and SACS), and served on the Leadership Team of Florida International University’s recent SACS reaffirmation. He has been approved to serve as a SACS Evaluator. In addition, he served on the Steering Committee and chaired the Academic Integrity Subcommittee for FIU’s recent NCAA Self Study. Dr. Robertson taught his first college course in 1971, and has won several teaching awards along the way.