Craig Filar

Paulette Curtis

Dr. Craig Filar is an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Office of National Fellowships (ONF), the Faculty Director of the Presidential Scholars program, and the interim Director of the University Honors Program at Florida State University. He received his PhD in music theory from FSU, but he decided that his skill and passion for student interaction superseded his desire to be a professor. For the past 17 years, Craig has informed high achieving students about engagement opportunities to complement the work they do in their academic plans, inspiring them to outgrow their dreams, and the University Honors Program provides an amazing platform for our Honors students to do just that. His extensive experiences as a mentor have taught him that FSU students embody the academic, leadership, and service characteristics that are the hallmarks of success, both on our campus and as they head off to amazing careers as alumni. Craig served in national leadership for the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) from 2015-2021, serving as the organization’s President from 2019-2021. Craig has directed the Florida State University Presidential Scholars Program since its inception in 2014, where he mentors a multidisciplinary group of engaged young scholars. He dedicates (nearly all of) his time to encouraging students to pursue high impact practices and to articulate their authentic selves and discover new possibilities — that is when he is not out running marathons, enjoying time with his family, or exploring the world.