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UNF names Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Headshot of Dr. Kaveri SubrahmanyamThe University of North Florida has named Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Subrahmanyam will begin her role on July 25.

As dean, Subrahmanyam will oversee the University’s largest academic college, comprised of 15 departments and schools, several programs and centers, more than 300 faculty members and an enrollment of over 6,000 students annually.

“Dr. Subrahmanyam will be an outstanding addition to UNF as she has a proven record of senior leadership experience in the higher education realm, and we look forward to welcoming her as the dean of our largest college,” said UNF Interim President Pamela Chally.

Dr. Subrahmanyam previously worked at California State University in Los Angeles as associate dean of the College of Natural & Social Sciences (NSS). The college is made up of 12 departments and interdisciplinary programs and generates the highest enrollment for the University. As associate dean, Subrahmanyam served as a member of the college leadership team with a broad range of responsibilities including oversight of the NSS Advisement Center focused on student success, enrollment management, curriculum, program review, assessment, faculty professional development/affairs, lecturer hiring and review, and space and lab safety.

Prior to that role, she served as the interim associate dean, as interim chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, and as the acting chair and professor in the Department of Psychology.

As an internationally known researcher, Subrahmanyam’s primary academic research areas include youth and digital media as well as dual language learning. Dr. Subrahmanyam has published impactful research articles and book chapters on youth and digital media and is a co-author of Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development (Springer, 2010).

She has served as chair of the social policy subcommittee for The Asian Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development and is on the editorial board of Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, and Journal of Media Psychology. Previously, she was a member of the editorial board for Emerging Adulthood and was a consulting editor for Developmental Psychology.  

Dr. Subrahmanyam received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, master’s degrees in psychology from both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Mysore in India, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Women’s Christian College, University of Madras, India.