College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE)

Dean: Mike Heithaus

Schools within College: School of Environment, Arts and Society; School of Integrated Science and Humanity; School of Education and Human Development

Fundraiser(s): Gillian Rodrigues, Stephany Alvarez-Ventura

Areas of expertise: Sustainability and the Environment; Human Health and Behavior; Education and Engagement; Forensics and Justice; The Universe and Its Parts; Arts and Humanities

Points of Pride:

  • The College of Arts, Sciences & Education had $40.8 million in research expenditures in FY2018.
  • The College is a research, monitoring, and education partner of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Marine scientists at the College were part of an international effort to secure protection for 13 shark and ray species with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and their efforts continue.
  • The Institute of Water and Environment’s research teams lead the longest and most comprehensive monitoring program of the Florida Everglades – the largest environmental restoration program in our nation’s history.
  • One of the largest teams of tropical scientists in the country, FIU Tropics has been awarded $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • More than 3,000 families receive clinical services from the Center for Children and Families each year.
  • The STEM Transformation Institute recently received a $1.49 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve student success in calculus.
  • The College is home to the only underwater research and education laboratory in the world, Aquarius.
College of Engineering and Computing (CEC)
Dean: John L. Volakis

Schools within College: School of Computing and Information Sciences; Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability; School of Universal Computing, Construction and Engineering Education

Fundraiser(s): Jamie Diptee-Bay

Areas of expertise: Radio Frequency Communications; Neurosensing, Health and Wellbeing; Wind and Built Environment Engineering; Transportation; Cybersecurity; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data

Points of Pride:

  • The College of Engineering & Computing is one of the largest engineering colleges in the country (No. 32 in ASEE 2017 Rankings)—and one of the largest in enrollment of Hispanic students at a majority-minority institution.
  • The College is the largest producer of Hispanic engineers and the ninth-largest producer of African American or black engineers in the country. It is also the third-largest producer of engineers in Florida.
  • The College is home to four faculty who are members of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors.
  • The College’s new School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) is the nation’s first engineering education department at a minority-serving institution.
College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA)
Dean: Brian Schriner

Schools within College: School of Architecture; School of Communication + Journalism; School of Music

Fundraiser(s): Oliver Ionita

Areas of expertise: Architecture; Interior Architecture; Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design; Music; Theatre; Art and Art History; Communication; Journalism and Media

Points of Pride:

  • There are eight academic units in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA): Architecture; Interior Architecture; Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design; Art + Art History; Communication; Music; Journalism + Media; and Theatre.
  • CARTA offers 12 undergraduate degrees and 13 graduate degrees.
  • CARTA has seen more than 200% growth in the number of majors between 2010 and 2018.
  • CARTA is the first and one of only a few colleges in the country to offer a graduate degree in Spanish Language Journalism.
  • FIU is the first – and only – university in the nation to have a formal academic partnership with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation that allows for an international design competition and the construction of a Master House in the United States.
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (the Chaplin School)
Dean: Michael Cheng

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): Simone Champagnie, Shivani Joshi

Areas of expertise: Food and Beverage Innovation; Restaurant Management and Operations; Event Planning/Management; Lodging and Hotel Operations and Entrepreneurship; Hospitality Real Estate; International Tourism; Food Processing; Sensory Analysis; Culinary Arts

Points of pride:

  • The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is the No. 1 school in the U.S. in awarding hospitality management bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics and African Americans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2018)
  • The Chaplin School is ranked one of the top 50 hospitality management schools in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
  • The first American hospitality and tourism school in Tianjin, China (2006), the Chaplin School’s Marriott Tianjin China Program is ranked No. 1 in Hospitality Management in China.
  • BizBash named the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, started by the Chaplin School, as the No. 1 Food Industry Event in the U.S. (2018).
  • ranks the Chaplin School’s online hospitality management bachelor’s program No. 1 in the U.S.
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Dean: Tomás R. Guilarte

Schools within College: School of Social Work

Fundraiser(s): Jeanne Luis

Areas of expertise: Brain, Behavior and the Environment; Health Disparities

Points of pride:

  • Stempel College’s research portfolio has nearly quadrupled in recent years – from $6.2M in 2016 to over $23M in 2018. The College also brings researchers together to think outside the box to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s through high-risk, high-reward research that is not typically funded by federal agencies.
  • The Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI) received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to build South Florida’s first Health Disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution, called FIU-RCMI.
  • The Master of Social Work is ranked among the top 100 graduate social work programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report(2019).
  • FIU is the first university in the state to offer a master’s degree in Disaster Management through the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness at Stempel College.
College of Law (COL)
Dean: Antony Page

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): Jasmin Grant

Areas of expertise: Immigration & Human Rights; Community Lawyering; Business Innovation & Technology

Points of Pride:

  • FIU Law is ranked No. 47 nationally among public law schools by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report.
  • FIU Law is ranked No. 5 of 11 schools in Florida by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report.
  • Eighty percent of FIU Law’s 2017 graduates were employed in full-time legal jobs within 10 months of graduation.
  • The College is ranked No. 17 by The National Jurist among the Best Value Law Schools in the nation for low student debt and a promising job outlook.
  • The College has been ranked No. 1 in Florida for first-time passage rate on the Florida Bar Exam in six of the last eight administrations.
College of Business (COB)
Dean: Joanne Li

Schools within College: Landon Undergraduate School of Business; Chapman Graduate School of Business; Tibor and Shelia Hollo School of Real Estate; School of Accounting

Fundraiser(s): Jennifer Quintana, Megan Meeks, Yanyn San Luis

Areas of expertise: International Business; Real Estate; Human Resources Management; Healthcare Management; Innovation (data analytics, informatics)

Points of Pride:

  • FIU Business is among the top 5% of elite business schools worldwide accredited by the AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The undergraduate International Business program is ranked No. 6 in 2019 in U.S. News & World Report
  • The International MBA program is ranked No. 29 in 2018 among top U.S. MBA programs for Latin Americans in América Economía, the leading Latin American business magazine
  • The undergraduate and graduate Human Resource Management programs are ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by (2018).
  • The Hollo School of Real Estate is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally for real estate research in the Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) 2017 Institution Rankings, marking its third consecutive year in the top spots.
  • Regularly published in high-ranking journals, FIU Business faculty have achieved a ranking in the top 100 highest research faculty, as measured by the University of Texas at Dallas.
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (the Green School)
Dean: John F. Stack, Jr.

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): Juan-Carlos Del Valle, David Skipp

Areas of expertise: Criminology and Criminal Justice; Economics; History; Modern Languages; Politics and International Relations; Public Policy and Administration; Religious Studies

Points of Pride:

  • The Green School is ranked among the top 40 in the world for Master’s Programs for a Policy Career in International Relations (Foreign Affairs magazine, 2018 Ivory Tower Survey).
  • The Online Criminal Justice Program is No. 2 in the U.S., as ranked by (2018).
  • #2 Online Criminal Justice Program in the U.S., as ranked by (2018)
  • The Green School’s Model United Nations team is consistently ranked in the top five in North America.
  • The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center is one of only 16 institutions in the nation designated as National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education.
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (COM))
Dean: Robert Sackstein

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): Mercy Bradley

Areas of expertise: Environmental Science and Toxicology; Genomic and Molecular Medicine; Immunology and Nanotechnology; Neuroscience and Behavioral Health; Health Disparities and Population Health

Points of Pride:

  • Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has graduated more than 500 medical students since 2013. In December 2017, the College graduated its inaugural class of 44 students in its Master in Physician Assistant Studies program.
  • The College’s medical students have consistently performed at a high level, scoring higher than the national averages on STEP 1 and 2 exams.
  • In 2016, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s innovative curriculum, which focuses on social accountability and the social determinants of health, was selected by the Association for Medical Education in Europe as one of four recipients of the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award in Social Responsibility.
  • A nationally and internationally recognized approach to medical education and healthcare delivery, the College’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP deploys interdisciplinary student and faculty care teams to underserved households in Miami-Dade County. It also delivers integrated primary preventative care, behavioral health services, and chronic disease management to household members via three Mobile Health Centers.
Executive Director: Pete Garcia


Fundraiser(s): Mercy Dorta

Points of Pride:

  • 18 NCAA Division I sports, including seven men’s teams and eleven women’s teams
  • 400+ student-athletes, representing 30 different nations
  • Since the University’s founding in 1965, the Panthers have made 45 NCAA tournament appearances, while 116 student-athletes have earned All-American honors.
  • FIU’s swimming and diving team has earned four straight Conference USA titles and is counted as one of the nation’s top 25 programs.
  • Since 2003, eight Panthers have been drafted into the National Football League.
  • In the 2018 NCAA annual Academic Progress Rate Report, all FIU teams finished above 930—the required score—with 15 scoring 960 or better (1,000 is a perfect score).
Executive Directors: Jordana Pomeroy, Tim Rodgers, Susan Gladstone


Fundraiser(s): Natasha Dsouza, Michael Hughes, Amy Somek

Points of Pride:


  • The Wolfonsian’s permanent collection includes more than 180,000 objects.
  • The Museum received the 2018 Experts’ Choice Award from TripExpert, given to fewer than 2% of attractions worldwide.
  • The Wolfonsian was named the New Times “Best Museum” in 2016 and is ranked No. 23 out of 50 for amazing college museums by

Jewish Museum of Florida–FIU

  • The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is comprised of two adjacent Art Deco buildings, formerly synagogues for the first Jewish congregation on Miami Beach. These buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum’s collections encompass more than 100,000 items that reflect over 250 years of Jewish history, culture, and art.
  • The Museum is activated through many academic programs at FIU, such as the Jewish Studies Certificate Program and the Holocaust Studies Initiative of the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs.

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

  • The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum has more than 6,000 objects in its permanent collection and sees over 35,000 visitors annually.
  • The Museum is one of just three art institutions in Florida chosen for inclusion in the Google Art Project.
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Dean: Ora L. Strickland

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): Adjua “Maia” McGill

Areas of expertise: Nursing; Athletic Training; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Health Services Administration; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Nurse Anesthesiologist

Points of Pride:

  • The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences has an ethnically diverse student population (70%), one that is predominantly Hispanic, African American, and Asian.
  • The College’s nursing programs are counted among the top 70 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2019).
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the College a $1.39 million grant to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary care in rural and underserved areas through academic and clinical training.
  • FIU is the first university in Florida—and one of only three in the nation—to own an InMotion robot, a revolutionary apparatus designed to improve upper-extremity range of motion for those recovering from strokes.
Honors College
Dean: Juan Carlos Espinosa

Schools within College: N/A

Fundraiser(s): N/A

Areas of expertise: N/A

Points of Pride:

  • Seventy percent of Honors College students major in areas of strategic emphasis for Florida: 50% in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) and 20% in fields that meet critical workforce or economic development needs.Most Honors College students conduct meaningful research or creative activities.
  • The Edge Lab, the Honors College’s maker space, provides students with a design and fabrication space for prototyping and manufacturing using 3-D printers, woodworking tools, and various coding and robotics instruments. It is open to all FIU students.
  • The Honors College hosts a yearly social innovation day, where all Honors College freshmen present social innovation projects.