Announcement of Graduate School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Published: April 30th, 2013

Category: Memos

Dr. Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that R. Paul Duncan, PhD will assume the position
of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2013.

Duncan is currently the Malcom and Christine Randall Professor, and Chair of the Department
of Health Services Research, Management and Policy in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions. A native of Belleville, Ontario, he earned his undergraduate degree at Queen’s
University, and a MS and PhD in Sociology at Purdue University. He joined the UF faculty in
1979. In 2003, he assumed the position of department chair after serving in several other
administrative roles.

Duncan has been involved in graduate education at multiple levels. He has taken the Graduate
Program in Health Administration through several iterations. This program has produced nearly
800 administrative professionals who provide leadership for the health care needs of Florida
and the nation. He also developed the PhD program in Health Services Research, serving as the
director for nearly a decade. Throughout his career, Duncan has been actively guiding masters
and doctoral students in this discipline, as well as serving as committee member for dozens of
students in other disciplines, throughout the university. A nationally recognized researcher in
health services organization and delivery, he has maintained a continuously funded, active
research portfolio focused on access to care, health insurance and health care reform. His
research has been supported by grants and contracts valued in excess of $15 million and has
resulted in more than 200 peer reviewed articles and presentations, many with graduate
student co-authors.

In his role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Duncan will have responsibilities as academic
and administrative liaison for graduate education to all 16 colleges and university units, will
chair the Graduate Curriculum Committee, and will work with the Associate Vice President and
Dean on all matters of academic policy related to graduate education.

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