New College of Florida appointed Robert Zamsky, associate professor of English at the college, to the new position of dean of studies. The dean of studies position replaces the associate provost position.
Zamsky’s responsibility is to create a seamless relationship between all offices that serve the students, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.
Provost Stephen Miles said Zamsky is a “very effective leader on academic issues,” and a talented advisor who is “committed strongly to student success.”
New College hopes the position will promote academic success and strengthen faculty advising to continue to improve the College’s retention and student graduation rates.
Zamsky’s helped the faculty come up with an agreement on a diversity course requirement when he worked as a chairman of the Educational Policy Committee. He also contributed to the adoption of a policy on internships in response to a new state policy.
“This is a new position that promises to play a significant role in shaping how the college goes forward, and I'm eager to shape it into something of ongoing use to the college,” he said. “I think this is a moment of great opportunity for the college; we have some really terrific people in place – not least Provost Miles and President O'Shea – and I very much look forward to working with them.”
Zamsky’s joined New College in 2007 and received tenure in March. His recent work has focused on the relationship between music and poetry in the post-World War II America and is the subject of his upcoming book.