Henry T. Frierson, PhD

Associate Vice President and Dean

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Henry T. Frierson is Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School. He oversees the Division of Graduate Student Affairs, which includes the Offices of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, Graduate International Outreach and Graduate Professional Development and the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs, which includes the offices of Graduate Editorial, Graduate Student Records, and Data Management.

In addition, he is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Florida (UF). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and educational psychology, respectively, from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan); and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University (East Lansing).

In recognition of excellence in research and graduate student support, Dr. Frierson has been named a 2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow. Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and recommended by the Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the Association’s elected governing group.

Before coming to UF, Dr. Frierson worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a professor of educational psychology and director of the Research Education Support Program, a large multi-faceted initiative largely funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). These initiatives provide support to minority undergraduate students as they pursue quality research, graduate students completing research for their Ph.D., and undergraduate students participating in full-time summer research experience.

From 1974 to 1993, Dr. Frierson was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. There, he progressed up the faculty ranks and founded and directed the Learning and Assessment Laboratory, an academic support unit. From 1990 to 1996, he served as associate dean of the Graduate School. Prior, he served one year as the assistant dean. During his tenure at the Graduate School, Dr. Frierson was successful in obtaining considerable funding for graduate student support and special research programs. He taught courses in the areas of program evaluation, research methods, and the psychology of adult learning.

Dr. Frierson’s current interests include program evaluation, examining the effects of mentoring, increasing the number of individuals of color in doctoral programs and research careers, and examining the effective and efficient production of Ph.D. recipients from high-quality doctoral programs.