Lawrence C. Dennis is currently serving as dean of the FSU College of Communication & Information. He earned his BS in Physics at the University of Michigan in 1974 and his PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Virginia in 1979. Previously, he was Dean of the FSU College of Information (2004-2009), Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Office for Distributed and Distance Learning (ODDL) at FSU (2002-2004). In addition he has served as acting Director of the FSU Supercomputer Computations Research Institute. He taught physics at FSU from 1979 t0 2004 and has won a University Teaching Award and two State of Florida Teaching Incentive Program Awards. In his role as Director of ODDL, he gained extensive experience developing online degree programs and applying technology to instruction. As dean he is teaching courses in Information Systems and Services, Project Management and Information Architecture.
Dr. Dennis has an interest in IT education and helped establish the STARS Alliance in 2005. The STARS Alliance is focused on recruiting, retaining and graduating more women and minorities in IT. This Alliance has grown from its 10 original members to over 50 Colleges and Universities. For the last year, he has directed the Florida IT Career Alliance with the goal of increasing number of students pursuing computing and IT careers, helping students find appropriate academic programs and helping graduates find great companies in which to build a career.
Dr. Dennis has served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern University Research Association, as Chairman for the CLAS Collaboration Coordinating Committee and as a member of the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning. He currently is serving on the Executive Board of the STARS Alliance, the Board of Directors for FBMC, Benefits Management, Inc and for the John and Jane Marks Foundation.
- BS, 1974; University of Michigan, Physics
- PhD 1979, University of Virginia, Nuclear Physics