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Dean David W. Springer

The FSU College of Social Work welcomed its new dean, David W. Springer into his new leadership role in the fall of 2023. Dean Springer is the 10th dean of the College of Social Work and the Guy and Delores Spearman Professor of Social Work. A first-generation college student from Rockledge, Florida and a three-time alumnus of Florida State, he was previously a distinguished teaching professor at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Bridging direct practice, community building, and public policy, Springer is a distinguished scholar focused on collaborative leadership to promote mental well-being and resilient communities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research.

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Research, Institutes, and Centers -

The College of Social Work boasts more than 50 faculty including research and teaching faculty, administrators, along with research and faculty affiliates. Our faculty focus on conducting transformative research that impacts and informs policy, practice, and society. An integral part of our research and teaching including our institutes and centers including the:

Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Institute for Family Violence Studies
Institute for Justice Research and Development
Maura’s Voice Research Fund
Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Testing Center
Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children