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Assistant Dean for Student Success

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2064 H.M. Comer
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Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, 2014
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, 1994


Dr. Sandy Pettit, P.E. is the Assistant Dean for Student Success in the College of Engineering. In this role, she oversees programs and initiatives to enhance student recruitment, matriculation, retention, experiential learning, and career readiness. Previously, Sandy was the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). There she utilized evidence-based instructional techniques to support and promote student success. Several of her programs and initiatives, including the transition to remote labs during COVID-19 and the development of a learning assistant program to improve student success were recognized with academic excellence awards.

Prior to joining academia, she had over 15 years of diverse industrial experience in manufacturing, plant design, and construction with companies including Procter & Gamble, Jacobs Engineering and TECO Energy. Sandy has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers (Society Secretary), of the USF Alumni Association, and of the Central Florida Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Emerging Engineering Educator, Society of Women Engineers
  • 2021 Academy of Distinguished Engineering Educators, University of South Florida (USF)
  • 2021 Academic Excellence Award – Remote Labs, USF Student Affairs & Success
  • 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award – College of Engineering USF
  • 2018 USF Distinguished Alumni Award – Engineering Excellence

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  •  “Development of Learning Assistants to improve Student Success”, Chemical Engineering Education, in production 2023
  • “Building Effective Teams and Teamwork Skills”, Chemical Engineering Education, V. 57, n4 (2023)
  • “Live at ChE Summer School”, Podcast Guest, In the Fume Hood, July 2022
  • “Women in Engineering”, National Public Radio (NPR) Tampa affiliate station broadcast, February 2019