DEAN LAWRENCE DENNISDennis named dean of FSU School of Information Studies
...Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Lawrence Dennis as dean of the School of Information Studies.
...Dennis, who currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs and director of the Office of Distributed and Distance Learning (ODDL) at FSU, will succeed Jane Robbins on Dec. 10.
described the students, faculty and staff at the school as an innovative, enthusiastic group of people who know how to get things done.
"What attracted me to the school is that the faculty have the vision needed to build on their tradition of leadership in education and research," Dennis
said."They are committed to remaining the nation's best online library and information studies degree and to establishing an information technology degree program that both complements and takes advantage of their current programs and expertise."Named associate vice president for academic affairs and director of ODDL in 2002, Dennis focused on ODDL's dual missions of helping faculty members use technology to improve teaching and bring their degree programs online sharing technological resources with K-12 schools.Dennis previously served as a physics professor and acting director of the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute and developed FSU's five-year BS/MS program in computational physics, as well as the first computational physics course in that program.His most recent research activities included directing the international group of scientists who designed and implemented the computer and software systems for the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) in Newport News, Va.
The CLAS nuclear physics experiments were the first in the world to produce more than a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of data in a single day.Dennis came to FSU in 1979 as a research associate and was hired as an assistant professor a year later.He was promoted to associate professor in 1985 and full professor in 1990.He
has won a University Teaching Award and two State of Florida Teaching Incentive Program Awards.He received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Michigan in 1974 and his doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia in 1979.