University of South Carolina

Interim associate dean named in Arts and Sciences

William L. Graf has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences

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Will Graf

He succeeds Tim Mousseau, who recently was appointed associate vice president for research and graduate education for the University.

Graf, a University Foundation Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Geography, will provide help in identifying research opportunities, preparing and submitting grant proposals, developing infrastructure needed for research, and facilitating multidisciplinary activities involving faculty and students. The College of Arts and Sciences has nearly 500 faculty members and more than 1,000 graduate students.

“Research is central to the life of the college, and I am delighted that a scholar of Professor’s Graf talent and accomplishments will be joining the college administrative team,” said Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The recipient of 61 grants and contracts from federal, state, and local agencies, Graf has focused his research on fluvial geomorphology and policy for public land and water, with emphasis on river channel change, human impacts on river processes and morphology, contaminant transport and storage in river sediments, and the downstream impacts of large dams. 

In addition, he has given more than 110 professional presentations, published more than 140 papers, articles, book chapters, and reports, and authored or edited seven books and has been a member or chair of committees that have produced an additional eight books.

He is a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and at the National Research Council he has been a member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Water and Science Technology Board, Committee on Glen Canyon Environmental Studies, Committee on Rediscovering Geography, and on the first committee overseeing science for the restoration of the Florida Everglades. 

Graf has taught more than 5,000 undergraduate students, and 35 Ph.D. and master’s students have completed their degrees under his supervision.   


Posted: 01/27/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/03/10 @ 9:26 AM | Permalink