FAU Appoints New Ethics Commissioner


Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy in the School of Public Administration within the College for Design and Social Inquiry, was appointed by FAU President John Kelly to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for a four-year term.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics is to foster integrity in public services, to promote the public’s trust and confidence in that service, and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties.

“Cruise has extensive experience in the field of ethics and public administration, and is well qualified to serve on the Commission,” said Kelly.

An accomplished scholar, he has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of ethics and organizational studies. This is in addition to his time as a tenured faculty member who has taught and conducted research in the field of ethics.

Cruise served for more than 12 years as a health and human services manager. He also has served on the editorial board of the Global Virtue Ethics Reviewthe Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and the Jossey-Bass/John Wiley Health Care Management Book Series.

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit cdsi.fau.edu/spa/pea/.

FAU Re-Launches Public Ethics Academy


Florida Atlantic University has re-launched the Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration at the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“We are excited about the re-launch of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “It is more important than ever before for us to provide a platform for the discussion and support of high ethical standards for those who serve our communities.”

The Public Ethics Academy was first organized by FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. Recently, Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., was appointed executive director of the Academy upon its re-launch. Cruise graduated from FAU in 1995 and in 2015 was named a College for Design and Social Inquiry distinguished alumnus.

“Working to promote ethical behavior, especially in the public sector, has long been a focus of my academic and professional careers,” said Peter Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy. “In 2009, FAU also recognized the need to weigh in on public sector ethics with the formation of the Public Ethics Academy. I am honored to be back at FAU as we expand the Academy’s programs and services throughout the University.”

The University-based nature of the Academy, housed at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, allows for the rapid incorporation and dissemination of the latest scholarly research on ethics issues by noted faculty for the Academy’s training programs.

“Peter Cruise brings a lot of energy, dedication and expertise to his new role as executive director of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Steven Bourassa, Ph.D., director of the School of Public Administration. “I am very excited about the prospects for the Academy under his capable leadership.”

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit cdsi.fau.edu/spa/pea/.

New Career College Liaison for CDSI

Samantha Yorke, Assistant Director for the FAU Career Center, will be serving as the college liaison to the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Samantha can assist with resume writing, cover letters, career exploration, internships, job opportunities, mock interviews and more. Overall, Samantha seeks to support students with their personal and professional development.

Samantha’s office is located in SO 121.To schedule an appointment for career advising, please call (561) 297-4703 or email syorke@fau.edu. Walk-in hours are Wednesdays from 9a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1p.m. to 4p.m. For more information, please click here.

For faculty or administration interested in requesting a career-related presentation or workshop, please click here.

Dr. Wes Hawkins Named Dean of College for Design & Social Inquiry

FAU recently announced that Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., was named dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry, after serving as interim dean for the past two years. During his time as interim dean, Wes had the opportunity to collaborate with the neuroscience, healthy aging and ocean/environmental science pillars. He also served as an associate provost at FAU.

Previously, Wes held faculty and research positions at Johns Hopkins University, the Clinical Trials Division at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the University of Oregon. His research areas include adolescent depression, substance use disorders, and the collegiate recovery movement. Wes earned an M.S.W. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University.

We appreciate Wes stepping up to advance our mission of making FAU “America’s fastest improving university” and look forward to his continued leadership of the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Donate $7M to School of Social Work


Florida Atlantic University today announced a $7 million gift from longtime benefactors Phyllis and Harvey Sandler to name The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“I am extremely passionate about improving the well-being of all, especially the lives of the students and faculty at Florida Atlantic University,” said Phyllis Sandler.

The gift also will establish two new Centers within The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work – the Robin Rubin Mindfulness and Wellness Center and the Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Research Center. A portion of the gift will go toward renovations to the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“We are extremely grateful to Phyllis and Harvey Sandler for this transformational gift,” said FAU President John Kelly. “The Sandlers understand that social work plays a major role in America’s mental health and social services. Their generosity will help grow our program in remarkable ways and support some of the best and brightest students in the field.”

FAU began its relationship with the Sandler family more than 10 years ago when Phyllis and Harvey’s daughters, Robin Rubin and Amy Ross, decided to go back to school to earn their degrees in social work. Both graduated with honors, and Rubin went on to earn her master’s degree, teach part-time at FAU’s School of Social Work, as well as assemble the School’s first Social Work Community Advisory Board.

“This gift will give for generations to come,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “Because of the enormous generosity of Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, social work students and faculty can now more fully address the social issues that have plagued our society for centuries – substance misuse, child abuse, health care, suicide, depression – the list goes on and on. The impact and ripple effect of this gift is enormous for helping those in need in our communities for years to come. I am thrilled and very grateful to now call our school: the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.”

For the past five years, the FAU School of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board, populated by some of Boca Raton’s most prominent community leaders, has highlighted the importance of the social work program at FAU and its impact on the local community. Because of this, FAU’s Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work annual fundraiser was created for the social work program and its students.

“It feels so good to give back,” said Harvey Sandler. “It’s important to make investments in your community and take pride in where you live.”

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler have a long history of philanthropic efforts in the community. Together they have named the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Pavilion at the Lynn Cancer Center and The Phyllis Sandler Center for Living Well at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. They also named and endowed The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community  Center. The Sandlers are also one of the largest contributors to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and created the organization’s Sandler Family Major Gifts annual event.

“Naming the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work reflects the incredible generosity of the Sandler family and their commitment to making an impact in the lives of thousands of people,” said Naelys Luna, Ph.D., director of FAU’s School of Social Work. “This is an unprecedented gift that will allow us to develop and fund programs, scholarships and research placing our school as a national leader in social work. This gift will also provide the foundation for continuous academic excellence and remarkable growth preparing some of the most dedicated and committed social work students.”

Because of the Sandler family’s close relationship with Barbara and Dick Schmidt, an additional gift of $250,000 will be given to name the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Student Athlete Lounge within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The Complex will play a central role in elevating FAU’s academic standing and will benefit students in all academic programs, including those not associated with athletic programs.


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