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FSU Honors Graduate Students for Teaching, Scholarship and Service
Florida State University Graduate School held their annual celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on Tuesday, April 10, an opportunity to honor the best and brightest within graduate education at FSU.
Mark Riley, interim dean of the Graduate School, presided over the program.
“Your contributions are truly vital to the university,” Riley said. “I am confident that you’ll keep being absolutely brilliant and continue to contribute to the excellence of this great institution.”
Riley also took the time to honor his predecessor, Nancy Marcus.
“I wish Dean Marcus was here,” he said. “What she achieved at FSU and what she did to propel the graduate experience forward was really, truly beyond epic. So much of what you enjoy as a graduate student at FSU is because of her.”
Provost Sally McRorie also attended the event and provided remarks of greeting, thanks and congratulations.
“I can’t thank you enough for all the help that you provide,” McRorie said. “I know how much graduate students are engaged in their own work, but also helping to prepare younger students to succeed.”
Jorge Piekarewicz, a longtime physics professor, provided the plenary address. He encouraged students to remain true to themselves and remain curious.
“As you all continue to move forward in your research activity and creative endeavors — whether understanding our genetic blueprint, the genius of Mozart or the origin of language — embrace the challenge and state unapologetically that you do what you love for the simple pleasure of finding things out,” Piekarewicz said.
Dozens of students were recognized in the areas of teaching assistance, leadership, visual arts, research and creativity.
Kate Pierson, a doctoral candidate in the School of Theatre, was recognized for her service as a teaching associate in the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE).
“I think it’s great to recognize everyone who’s doing really important work, and I feel honored to be a part of the work that’s being recognized,” Pierson said.
She also received the John F. Liseno Award that assists in covering travel expenses for PIE teaching associates who desire to present their research at a national or international conference.
Pierson’s research focuses on teaching sensitive subjects and dealing with potential “hot moments” in the classroom. She said she is grateful for the PIE program because it allowed her to engage in an interdisciplinary environment.
“Moving forward, I feel prepared to go out into the world and know how higher education as a larger area functions,” Pierson said. “I feel I’ll be able to mentor undergraduates about the process of applying to graduate programs.”
Students who received external awards, grants and fellowships also were recognized, along with graduate faculty mentors.
Florida State Sees Across-the-Board Upward Climb in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings
Florida State University’s graduate and professional programs are on the rise, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”
FSU’s graduate programs in criminology, business, law, education, nursing and engineering all made significant jumps in the publication’s annual rankings, released March 20.
“These new rankings reflect Florida State University’s ascent in national prominence as one of the top research institutions in the nation,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “This is evidence of the excellence of our faculty and students across a breadth of disciplines.”
Florida State’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice cracked the top 5 in the latest rankings, moving up two spots to No. 5 in the nation.
“We are pleased that our college continues to be recognized as a national and world leader in academic excellence with renowned faculty and highly gifted students,” said Thomas G. Blomberg, dean of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology.
The College of Law inched up one spot to No. 47 in the nation and held steady at No. 24 among public universities. Its environmental law specialty climbed four places to No. 10 on the list.
“We are thrilled that U.S. News continues to rank FSU among the nation’s top law schools and that we continue to improve in these rankings,” said Erin O’Connor, dean of the College of Law. “We also are delighted that the strength and robustness of our environmental program is reflected in the No. 10 ranking.”
Florida State’s part-time MBA program at the College of Business secured a spot among the Top 25 public universities nationwide. FSU’s program ranks No. 44 overall, vaulting 27 places from last year’s No. 71 position. Among public universities, FSU soared 19 spots to No. 25, up from No. 44 last year.
“This new ranking is a high mark for us and reflects progress on our path to preeminence,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the College of Business. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to recruit highly qualified candidates from the Tallahassee area for our evening, part-time MBA offering. We find part-time students enter our MBA program with substantial and varied work experiences that enrich classroom discussions and add to our faculty’s rigorous instruction.”
The College of Social Work’s graduate programs remained at No. 38 in the latest national rankings and checked in at No. 25 among public universities.
“We are very pleased to maintain our ranking gains and remain first in Florida among social work graduate programs,” said Jim Clark, dean of the College of Social Work. “The College of Social Work’s faculty and staff are doing important work that is garnering national attention in education, research and service.”
The College of Education’s graduate programs jumped six spots to No. 46 nationally and rose to No. 35 among public universities.
FSU's Online Graduate Programs Shine in New U.S. News Rankings
Florida State University’s online programs are among the best in the nation — highlighted by five graduate programs ranked in the Top 20 and three in the Top 10 — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Programs.
“We are pleased with the national recognition of our online programs, especially those ranked in the Top 10,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “These rankings reflect FSU’s strong commitment to student success.”
FSU’s Top 10 online graduate programs are: business (management information systems/risk management and insurance) (No. 6), criminal justice (No. 7) and computer information technology (No. 7). Florida State’s online education graduate program checked in at No. 13, while its online MBA program remained at No. 16 in the latest rankings.
“It’s always exciting to see the online rankings results,” said Robert Fuselier, director of the Office of Distance Learning. “Every year the competition between institutions grows, and FSU’s online programs continue to rank among the highest in the nation. I believe this reflects our dedication to offering a quality educational experience for our students.”
The College of Business’ online programs in management information systems and risk management and insurance moved up three spots to No. 6 in the latest report and placed No. 5 among public institutions. The college’s MBA online program retained its No. 16 place overall in a highly competitive field.
“These high marks indicate the great progress we’ve made toward establishing preeminence among our nation’s leading business schools,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the College of Business, which houses the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance. “We take great pride in offering online programs that are taught by the same full-time faculty members who teach on campus. Our online students benefit from an affordable and flexible program infused with an innovative curriculum that equips them to move forward in any industry they choose.”