Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School

Henry T. Frierson is Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School and 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).   Before coming to UF, Frierson was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was 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) to support minority undergraduate students as they pursue quality research, to support graduate students completing research for their Ph.D., and to support undergraduate students participating in full-time summer research experience.

From 1974 to 1993, Dr. Frierson was a faculty member in 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.  Before that term, 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 teaches 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 effective and efficient production of Ph.D. recipients from high-quality doctoral programs.

Contact Information:
Dr. Henry Frierson
Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School
101 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115500
Gainesville, FL, 32611-5500
Phone: 352-392-6622
E-mail:  hfrierson@ufl.edu