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Meet Dr. David G. Tomanio

Dr. Tomanio graduated from the Higher Education Leadership doctoral program at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2019. Dr. Tomanio has over 40 years of experience in human resources. He currently served as the Interim Human Resources Director at SUNY - Old Westbury, and served as the Assistant Vice-President of Human Resources at Florida Atlantic University. He enjoys training in Tae Kwon Do and holds a black belt.

You can follow him on Instagram @drdavidgphd or on LinkedIn at

In Fall 2019, Dr. Tomanio graduated, and I had the honor to serve as his dissertation co-chair along with Dr. Deborah Floyd.

Favorite Quote: When you least expect it, you get the unexpected.

What advice would you give other graduate students?

Read everything that is required, and this means no skimming. Read beyond what is required in your selected program of study. As Dr. Salinas would always state “Reading is fundamental.”


Dissertation: Community Colleges’ Transition to Offering Baccalaureate Degrees: A Case Study of the Impact on Human Resources

The purpose of the multi-site case study was to gain an understanding of the impact on human resources that public community colleges in the State of Florida experience when the institutions expanded their degree offerings to include Community College Baccalaureate degrees. The researcher was able to identify that there were changes in human resources in the areas of compensation plans, job descriptions, and credentialing of faculty members. The researcher determined the other impacts on human resources, such as changes to the organizational structure, and to the culture of the organization, in a positive way. Qualitative research methods were used that included personal, one on one interviews, observations, and review of documents. The sample for the study consisted of 2 of the 27 community colleges in the State of Florida that have offered baccalaureate degrees at their institutions. The conclusion of this study resulted in additional literature being available for community colleges, policy makers, and other decision-makers interested in understanding the challenges faced by community colleges seeking to be successful in offering baccalaureate degrees at their institutions.


As an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), I have had the opportunity to develop a curriculum for, and teach undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. In these courses, I foster co-learning environments where students engage in collaborative learning. I draw from critical pedagogy, which challenges students to explore personal and systemic assumptions. In these classes, I seek to provide an education that will allow them to figure out the more complex problems, issues, and dilemmas within the macrosystem they belong to. Part of this process is to help students understand the complexity of higher education and discover the many areas that are understudied. All students can and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world. Therefore, I encourage all students to do research, present at conferences, and publish their work in academic journals. And I hope that in this blog I can highlight students’ critical thinking and scholarship.

I created this spot in my blog to highlight doctoral students I worked with during their graduate school experience. In particular, in my blog, I highlight postgraduate students for whom I served as a dissertation chair or co-chair.

I believe that it is crucial to highlight their work on this platform as another form of promoting and elevating them and their work, and as a simple way of saying THANK YOU for trusting me in your academic journey. So, again, thank you, Dr. Dave Tomanio, for allowing me to learn with you and from you.

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