Introducing Our New Associate Dean for Research

The College for Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Wendy Guastaferro, Ph.D., as our new Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Guastaferro brings considerable external funding experience to her role, and she will serve as an important support resource for faculty throughout each phase of the research grant writing, application, and review process.

Dean Wesley Hawkins has assigned Dr. Guastaferro three key targets to focus on during the 2018-2019 academic year:

  1. Increase the number of faculty research proposal submissions.
  2. Increase the number of proposals that are successfully funded.
  3. Broaden awareness of CDSI research endeavors among University administration, donors and potential donors, and the community at large.

Under Dr. Guastaferro’s leadership, CDSI is building a research strategic team within the Dean’s Office to identify ways to address these specific targets. CDSI looks forward to working with the broader FAU community so, together, we can become the country’s fastest-improving public research university.

To contact Dr. Guastaferro, please call (561) 297-0428 or email her at