Appointment of the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students

Published: December 16th, 2009

Category: Memos

Patricia Telles-Irvin Vice President for Student Affairs

It is with enthusiasm that I share with you the recent appointment of Dr. Jen Day Shaw as the new Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students for Student Affairs. After an extensive national search, she was selected due to her outstanding candidacy, breadth of experience, in-depth knowledge and leadership skills. She will assume this position on February 15, 2010. The Assistant Vice President/ Dean of Students’ responsibilities include oversight of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Disability Resource Center, New Student Programs (which includes Preview, First Year Florida, the Common Reader program and Convocation), as well as managing the 24-hour Crisis/Emergency duty for the campus and serving as chair of the Behavioral Consultation Team. She will serve as the Division of Student Affairs’ liaison to Academic Affairs to ensure a seamless learning experience for students. She also will be available to consult with faculty and staff regarding student behavior and with the university over large-scale student events.

Dr. Day Shaw is currently the Dean of Students/Coordinator of Academic Integrity at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she has been for six years. In this role, she has been responsible for coordinating academic integrity initiatives with faculty and students; overseeing a 24 hour crisis/emergency service, the Threat Assessment Team, Disability Services, Adult Students, Orientation and Family Programs and safety matters on campus. Dr. Day Shaw also coordinated and provided training to staff members involved in the Sexual Assault Team. She has also been tasked with taking a lead role in addressing issues of retention. She held an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education where she taught graduate courses and served on numerous doctoral committees. Dr. Day Shaw initiated several major policies around safety, threat assessment, involuntary medical withdrawal, which directly improved and impacted the students’ lives at UNCG.

In recognition of her excellent work at UNCG, she was the recipient of the Student Government Association Administrator of the Year Award in 2008-09. In 2007, she was awarded the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for university-wide leadership and service.

Dr. Day Shaw is no stranger to Florida. She has held different leadership roles in Student Affairs while living in Florida. At the University of South Florida, Dr. Day Shaw was promoted to the Dean of Student Relations and Faculty/Advisor in 2000 and also served as the Ombudsperson. While at Florida State University, she worked in the College of Education in the mid-90’s.

Dr. Day Shaw received her doctorate in Higher Education with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics at Florida State University in May 2001. She completed her masters of science in College Student Personnel Services at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio and her bachelor of arts at Transylvania University. Her areas of interest are campus safety issues, crisis management, and managing students in distress. She has presented at national conferences on these salient topics. Currently she serves on the Campus Safety Knowledge Community National Leadership Team for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

On behalf of the division, we feel fortunate to have such a strong leader and student advocate joining us to further our efforts toward promoting our students’ success in the areas of scholarship, leadership and global citizenship.

Please help me welcome Dr. Day Shaw to the University of Florida. Her current email address is

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