Dean's Welcome

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 Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Dean

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME) I want to welcome you to our college Web pages. Our faculty and staff are a committed and talented community of teacher and scholars, focused on their students, engaged in their disciplines and committed to providing all University of Tampa students a strong foundation and guidance in their academic pursuits. I encourage you to learn more about all of our academic programs.

CSSME offers University of Tampa students a wide range of academic opportunities spanning 24 undergraduate majors, minors and certificate programs. A sampling include Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminology and forensic science, psychology, mathematics, history, government and world affairs, international and cultural studies, history, and of course my own discipline of sociology.

In addition to our undergraduate offerings, the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education also offers three graduate degrees: a Master of Education (M.Ed.), a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (MS-IDT), and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Our college is also home to our Teacher Education Unit which prepares students for teacher licensure and careers as both elementary and secondary education professionals. Working with K-12 schools across the region, our faculty members prepare UT students to create compelling and active learning environments suited to education in the 21st century. In fact, the Florida Department of Education recently ranked our teacher preparation programs #1 in the state based upon the effectiveness of our graduates.

I am extraordinarily proud that our college faculty members are campus leaders in the University’s global education initiatives. Our faculty members are involved in helping UT students gain a global perspective by leading more than 50 trips across Europe, Asia and South America, including many dynamic world cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing and Rome.

Lastly, an enduring value of our college is to ensure students have opportunities for experiential, hands on, real world experiences. This is often accomplished through student internships, as well as collaborative research, including Honors research fellowships and independent studies. Many of these opportunities result in conference presentations and publications for our students. Each year, the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education sponsors a poster presentation session where our students can showcase their research and learning.

The CSSME office is located in Plant Hall, Room 226, and I welcome the opportunity to meet you. I think you will find that our college provides a supportive environment for undergraduate research, curiosity, critical thinking and student success. 

Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Dean