Meet the Dean: Dr. Adam ShapiroDr. Shapiro is currently in his third year as founding Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral, and Social Sciences at the California State University San Marcos. As Dean, he recently completed a five-year strategic plan for the College. Committed to student success, he launched a Career Readiness Initiative to better prepare students for post-university employment and to translate the value of liberal arts to the community, and he has partnered with the Faculty Center to help initiate a 21st Century Learner focus area. He has also committed to enhancing the role of the College in campus conversations about diversity by launching the Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative.
Prior to his current position, he served as Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of North Florida from 2005-2011. As Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Shapiro provided administrative oversight for a multi-disciplinary department. He focused extensively on programmatic and faculty development, which led to the hiring of nearly half of the current department, the implementation of a faculty mentoring program, enhancement of distance and hybrid courses, and the development of an accredited program in social work. Committed to community engagement and fundraising, Dr. Shapiro oversaw multiple community partnerships and helped to establish his department’s first three endowed scholarships.
An expert on social gerontology and family sociology, Dr. Shapiro has received several externally funded grants and contracts and has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Shapiro holds a B.A. from the University of Florida with Honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.