Peter Lyons’s research and publications are in the areas of child maltreatment, risk assessment, program evaluation, and decision-making. He is co-author, with Howard J. Doueck, of the book The Dissertation: from Beginning to End, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Lyons has presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences and has published numerous journal articles, monographs, and book chapters. He was the founding director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work at GSU, and as inaugural Principal Investigator on the school’s Professional Excellence and Child Welfare Education programs has been the recipient of more than $15 million in external funding. He has extensive international experience having worked as a social work practitioner, administrator, and teacher in the UK, Canada, and the US. After 10 years in administration as Associate Provost, Vice Provost and Dean at Georgia State he has returned to his faculty position in the school of social work. His current research is in international social work and global social issues. Since leading Georgia State’s successful consolidation with Georgia Perimeter college, he has provided consultation to numerous states considering the future of their respective higher education systems.
Responsibilities as Associate Provost
Membership in President’s Cabinet providing leadership within overall university administration including: research, marketing and public relations, enrollment, strategic planning, governance, legislative liaison, real estate, master planning, athletics, advancement, public safety, facilities, etc.
Membership in Provost’s Standing Meeting providing leadership in academic administration including: international initiatives, graduate programs, research, enrollment, faculty affairs (including university-wide promotion and tenure review), academic affairs, institutional effectiveness, student affairs, etc.
Responsibilities as Dean
Leadership of a 5-campus college with 20,000 students and approximately 1,000 instructional faculty, including approximately 500 tenured or tenure track faculty.
Leadership of college administrative team including academic affairs, faculty affairs, marketing and communication, facilities, IT, finance and administration, legislative liaison, advancement, etc. Outreach to all congressional and legislative districts inherited by GSU post-consolidation, including Washington DC meetings with House and Senate representatives.
Responsibilities as Vice Provost
Office of Institutional Research
Office of Decision Support Services (Data Warehouse)
Office of Accreditation and Assessment (Student Learning Outcomes).
Office of Accreditation and Administrative Service Unit Review
Office of Academic Program Review
Institutional Accreditation Liaison
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions