Brian Gorman
Brian Gorman
Associate Dean of University College


Room:NQ 243D

Dr. Brian Gorman has worked in education for nearly two decades. Beginning in 2006 as a middle school social studies teacher, Dr. Gorman has sought to provide students with tools and support as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals. He is dedicated to helping students explore new opportunities for personal, social, and economic growth. He continues this work in his current role as Associate Dean of University college where his responsibilities include oversight of Academic Advising, Student Athlete Support Services, University College Success Scholars, and University College partner first-year seminars, to name a few.

Dr. Gorman’s research includes college student readiness, the first-year experience, and support and engagement practices for college students. In 2021, he co-authored a book designed to support students during their transition into higher education entitled You Made It, Now What? A College Student’s Guide to Success. A second edition is scheduled to be released summer 2025. Dr. Gorman earned his bachelor’s degree in social sciences secondary education and a master’s degree in college student affairs from Eastern Illinois University. He also completed coursework in a sports administration master’s degree at Eastern Illinois. He earned his doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from the University of Alabama in 2020.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Gorman experienced challenges associated with navigating the college experience and is committed to reducing environmental and institutional obstacles to college completion. Before finding his path in higher education and during the summers as a public-school teacher, he worked as a plumber, carpenter, and landscaper. He enjoys the outdoors, camping, mountain biking, and enjoys experiencing new cultures both domestically and abroad.