Dr. Nicole Stedman Named UF Graduate School Dean

Release Date: June 01 2021

Dr. Nicole Stedman assumed the helm of the UF Graduate School as Associate Provost and Dean on June 1, 2021.
She succeeds Dr. Henry T. Frierson, who headed the Graduate School for 14 years.
A native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Stedman is a three-time alumna of the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences (1998), a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education and Communication (2001), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Education and Communication, with an emphasis in leadership education (2004).
Her past professional experience includes developing leadership curriculum for at-risk youth as a program specialist with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney Project Payback, three years of teaching as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and 14 years of teaching, research, and administration at the University of Florida as professor and associate chair in its Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.

Stedman’s background promises to bring fresh perspectives and new impetus to the UF Graduate School, where she will take the lead in its mission to implement campus-wide policies and best practices in graduate education; recruiting and retaining a diverse graduate student body; and advocating for the furtherance of graduate degree programs and outreach.