Sally McRorie named vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement

Sally McRorie

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes has announced the appointment of Sally McRorie as the university’s first vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement.

McRorie, currently dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, will assume the vice presidential position on July 30. In her new role, she will provide strategic counsel to university leaders on matters of faculty development and advancement.

The new position was created to better promote and facilitate faculty success and support, Stokes said. It elevates and expands the former Dean of the Faculties position, which will be eliminated.

“We were pleased to have several high-quality candidates for this new position, and Dean McRorie emerged as a dynamic leader with a vision for higher levels of achievement for our faculty and this university,” Stokes said. “She has an exemplary record of academic leadership and a track record of promoting excellence in teaching, research and service and a commitment to working in collaboration across departments and colleges.”

As vice president, McRorie will oversee faculty development activities, the promotion and tenure process, and all curricular matters in consultation with the Faculty Senate. She also will support the Faculty Senate in implementing its policies. In addition, she will serve as a resource person for academic rules and policies as well as matters of academic protocol. She will oversee alternative modes of instruction, grade appeals, academic honor policy, academic common market coordination, Honors Society activities and Honors Council.

“I am thrilled to assume the role of the new vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement,” McRorie said. “Nothing is more important to the future of our university than our biggest asset, our faculty. I look forward to identifying new and ongoing ways to support the teaching, research, leadership and life goals of our faculty, expand recruitment and retention of top faculty, and improve collaborative communications among all FSU faculty and administrators.”

McRorie, who earned a doctorate in art education from the University of Kansas in 1985, was the chair of art and design at Purdue University before she came to Florida State in 1994 as chair and professor of art education. She was named dean of the former School of Visual Arts and Dance in 2002 and oversaw the establishment of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, with the inclusion of the School of Theatre and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

McRorie’s creative and scholarly activities include writing many journal articles and directing numerous grants. McRorie has been recognized by the National Art Education Association several times, including in 1998 when she received the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Paper in the Field of Art Education, with Tom Anderson, and in 1991 when she was given the Mary J. Rouse Award for Outstanding Young Art Educator.

She also was awarded a Florida State University Teaching Award in 1998 and was recognized by the Florida Art Education Association as the Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year in 1997.

Her service to the university includes chairing the Council of Deans Personnel Committee and serving as a member of the Deans and Chairs Education Committee.

Sandra Lewis, professor and coordinator of the program in visual disabilities in the College of Education and president of the Faculty Senate, chaired the five-member search committee.

T. Lynn Hogan, an associate dean in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance with oversight of academic and student services, will serve as interim dean of the college until a new dean is selected after a national search to succeed McRorie. Also a faculty member in the School of Theatre, Hogan holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.