Dr. Terry Osborn Named New Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Terry Osborn, USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford  announces the selection of Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2010, to fill the position of regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs being vacated by Bonnie Jones.

Osborn, who holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn), has been a tenured professor at both USFSM and Fordham University in New York City. His master’s degree is in German from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and his B.A. is in German and Psychology from Berry College. Osborn has seven years’ experience in senior higher education academic leadership. He was recently named executive director of the Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (FACTE).

“In the years that I have served at USFSM, I have come to recognize the unique opportunities our academic community has been presented, and to believe strongly in the value both of what we have built thus far, and of how much more we can achieve together,” said Osborn. “My work in the City University of New York system, the University of Connecticut regional campus and my current position at USFSM has provided a comprehensive understanding of working within a university system.”  

Osborn developed the Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) within the USFSM College of Education, is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies and was a founder of the International Society for Language Studies.  He has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series and was the co-editor of the journal “Critical Inquiry in Language Studies.” His scholarship has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and the Stephen Freeman Award for the best published article on language teaching techniques.

Guilford praised Osborn’s experience with a broad range of constituents, his popularity in the university community, and his exciting vision for the future of the growing institution. “Dr. Osborn’s career history shows a record of working effectively in collaboration with administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni and a host of external partners,” Guilford added. “He recognizes that we are embarked on a time of significant change at USFSM, and that our academic and student affairs leader will play a key role in the shape of our future.”

Osborn is a native of Rome, Georgia, with family roots in Evinston, Florida. His wife, Dr. Dina Ciotola Osborn, is a native of Naples, Italy. They reside in Lakewood Ranch with their two children.

Guilford recognized the contributions of Bonnie Jones in her tenure as regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs since June 2009. She has also served the university as director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. “Dr. Jones has been enormously effective in moving USFSM through the critical processes of regional and national accreditation,” he said. “She will continue to be a vital part of our leadership team and assure a smooth transition and continued progress for our faculty and students.”

The regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs is the chief academic officer responsible for the overall academic integrity and student service delivery for 4,500 students in more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at USFSM. He supports both faculty and student academic success while promoting the principles of academic freedom and shared governance in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.