Office of the Dean Directory

Office of the Dean Directory


serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and recently returned to this position after having served as Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences for 8 years (2000 – 2008). Following her first rotation as Dean she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A & M University. In that capacity, she was responsible for the academic operations of thirteen schools, colleges and institutes within the university which includes over 11,000 students and over 579 faculty. Dr. Harris serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, at Florida A & M University, where she is responsible for the oversight and management of graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health administration as well as undergraduate programs in health sciences, health care management, health information management and cardiopulmonary sciences. Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Illinois at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her undergraduate degree is in occupational therapy in which she remains an active practitioner and contributor to the field. Her masters and doctoral degrees focused on higher education and policy studies. As a researcher, one of her primary investigative initiatives addressed the results of the qualitative experiences of minority students in different academic environments. In this context, Dr. Harris has studied the lives of college students to identify and alleviate stressors that interfere with maximum academic performance and achievement. Another of Dr. Harris' research activities focused on HIV prevention programs for high-risk urban adolescents. Dr. Harris has successfully implemented such programs in Chicago public schools as well as schools in the South Bronx section of New York City. At Florida A & M University, she has been particularly successful in receiving external funding for purposes related to the improvement of health professions education and the improvement of societal health.

Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator for Project CHOICE (the Center for Healthy Options and Innovative Community Empowerment), a National Institutes of Health funded grant focused on the elimination of health disparities in rural and urban communities; the Principal Investigator for the Florida Department of Education SUCCEED grant to increase the Florida allied health workforce; and the Principal Investigator for the Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Health Careers Pathways, two federally funded initiatives to increase the number of students from underserved populations succeeding in health professions programs. Last year, she served as a Presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee of the White House Conference on Aging and was recently nominated to serve on the National Health Disparities Advisory Committee of the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has presented her health disparities research initiatives in multiple forums across the country including the 2006 National Meeting of the Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Dr. Harris has served as a Director on several Boards including the National Society of Allied Health and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and she was recently honored by the University of Illinois as a Distinguished Alumnus and recipient of the Ruth French Lectureship. Prior to assuming the position of Dean at Florida A&M University, Dr. Harris was the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Columbia University in New York.
serves as the Associate Dean, Associate Professor of the School of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Farmer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications from Florida State University; as well as a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Science, with a concentration in Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, both from Florida A&M University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Farmer currently served as an Associate Professor of Professional Leadership Development at Florida A&M University, School of Business and Industry. Dr. Farmer also worked as a Business Analyst within the FAMU – Division of Administrative and Financial Services, where he was responsible for supervision and leadership of Management Analysts and responsible for developing and managing administrative functions of assigned colleges and schools. Dr. Farmer also has held administrative positions within the Office of Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs and initially started his career within the school of School of Allied Health Sciences, as a Coordinator. Dr. Farmer also has a background in policy and procedures, training, contract management and project management. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include African American males and females, graduation, historically black college and universities (HBCU), retention, professional development, higher education administration and student success, in which, he is well published. Dr. Farmer also is an inaugural member of the FAMU Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative, where the goal was to increase the campus-wide utilization of digital instruction. Dr. Farmer prides himself as a

serves as the Director of Student Affairs for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Mrs. Nelson-Langley earned a Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Administration and Policy from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Administration from the City University of New York – City College. Mrs. Nelson-Langley brings over twenty-five years of professional experience as an administrator working in the area of higher education, human and social services and program development in Tallahassee, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts. She most recently severed as Assistant Director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and Coordinator of Special Projects for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Prior to that Mrs. Nelson-Langley was a Director in the Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health where she managed the Systems of Care Expansion HRSA Grant. During her tenure in Boston, she served as the Director of Health Professions Education with the Center for Community Health, Education, and Research.  She is a former member of the adjunct faculty at Boston University Medical School and Northeastern University College of Nursing. Mrs. Nelson-Langley currently provides oversight and guidance for the Dean’s Office functions and operational procedures relevant to student support services. Her university service includes but is not limited to membership on the University Recruitment Data Council, University Academic Appeals Committee, the University Retention Committee, and the Living Learning Community and Transfer Student Liaison.


serves as Special Assistant to the Dean in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Mrs. Fillyau received her B.S. degree in Clothing and Retailing and Advance Certification in Human Resource Relations at Florida A&M University.  Mrs. Fillyau has served Florida A&M University for 35 years in the areas of the Budget Office;  Office of Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Administrative Services Assistance Program. Mrs. Fillyau has served as a liaison between the Administration, College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing  and the Undergraduate Student Success Center.  Mrs. Fillyau’s administrative duties were to ensure that administrative and fiscal functions were in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as the university policies, procedures and regulations. She is proficient in the development and management of budgets for Education and General (E&G), and auxiliary funds.  She manages, monitor and prepares the appropriate documents for utilizing foundation funds. She has served as human service representative for the College of Pharmacy with duties in preparing and maintaining employment documents. She served as travel approval and trainer in the travel processes with Administrative Service Assistance Partnership (ASAP), procurement services, account payables, cash management, travel training, compliance monitoring and process mapping. Mrs. Fillyau’ s community service includes working with the Sickle Cell Foundation for 35 years with the 5k run/walk race, 18 with United Way of the Big Bend Community Human Service Partnership (CHSP) Leadership Tallahassee Class XIX, arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, and a Leon County Poll Worker and Advisory Committee member.
serves as Faculty Administrator/Recruiter  for the School of Allied Health Sciences. She received her B.S. degree from Florida A&M University. Mrs. Graham has extensive experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs and other numerous special projects and events within the School of Allied Health Sciences. She also assists the dean’s office in coordinating administrative functions of the School. Mrs. Graham implements recruitment strategies  and actively recruits students through delivery of on site presentations across the state on behalf of the school and the university.
serves as the Coordinator, Academic Support, in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Mr. Parker received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University. He provides fiscal management for the School. He coordinates the hiring process (applications, credentials, payroll, etc.) of all personnel (full-time and OPS) within the School. Mr. Parker monitors all budgets, encumbrances, and expenditures of funds (general revenue, contractual, external). He coordinates, tracks, monitors, and confirms the completion of documents for the requesting, ordering, and delivery of supplies and services.

Office of The Dean Support Staff 


Administrative Assistant II
Coordinator Administrative Services
Senior Secretary, Division of Cardiopulmonary Science and Division of Health Informatics and Information Management
Program Assistant, Division of Health Care Management (Title III )
Senior Secretary, Division of Physical Therapy
Senior Secretary, Division of Occupational Therapy

The faculty and student activities and services of the School of Allied Health Sciences are facilitated by the involvement and commitment of a dedicated support staff. Through the efforts of these individuals the goals and objectives of the school are actualized.