June 17, 2014 - by
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison Bio

  Dr. Dianne F. Harrison
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison

Athletics Board Chair

As Chair of the Athletics Committee, Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at Florida State University, is a vital link with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference as the NCAA Faculty Representative for FSU.

Dr. Harrison has been a member of the FSU faculty since 1976. She received her doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis, The George Warren Brown School of Social Work and The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and her MSW degree from the University of Alabama Graduate School of Social Work. Her undergraduate degree is also from the University of Alabama, School of Arts and Sciences where she majored in American Studies and minored in English.

Dr. Harrison currently serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at Florida State University. As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, she is the chief administrator for all academic program reviews at the undergraduate through doctoral levels, including seventeen different colleges and schools, on-line degree programs, international course and degree offerings, and all branch campuses. She is the institutional liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), FSU’s regional accrediting body, and chairs the on-going self-study leadership team. She represents Academic Affairs in several joint initiatives with the Division of Student Affairs such as those dealing with preventing classroom violence, alcohol and other substance abuse among undergraduate students and the academic honor code system. She has served as the FSU Title IX Coordinator and chair of the Equity in Athletics Committee. As Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Harrison has primary oversight of all university policies and procedures related to 200+ graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs that cover 72 fields.

From 1994-2000, she served as Dean and Professor at the FSU School of Social Work. Her experience in the social work field spans over 30 years. Her areas of teaching and research specialization include: social work education, negotiation and conflict resolution, intervention research and HIV prevention. She recently completed her ninth year of NIH funding focused on HIV prevention approaches with culturally diverse women and couples. Under the auspices of the School of Social Work, she helped to found the nationally known Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee. In 2000, she was awarded the “Making a Difference” Award by the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund and was the NASW Big Bend Unit Social Worker of the Year.

Dr. Harrison has published books and numerous journal articles for social work and related research journals. Recent books focused on cultural diversity in social work practice and on academic job searches. She has served on the boards and committees of over 50 organizations and community groups. She frequently serves as an expert grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Harrison has two children, Melissa and John Paul Montgomery. The fifth of seven children, she grew up in Mobile, Alabama and Short Hills, New Jersey.

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