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Paul Tontz

Academic Success Coach, Director of Academic Development and Outreach Programs

Areas of Interest: 

  • Academic coaching/support
  • Undeclared students
  • First Generation
  • Universal design for learning
  • Students on academic probation
  • Students managing mental health issues and/or other disabilities and ADHD
  • LGBT college Students
  • Student-Athletes
  • Student-Veterans

Year Started at USF: 2014

Hometown: San Diego, CA 


  • BA, Biology, University of San Diego
  • MEd, College Student Affairs, University of South Florida
  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, University of Denver

Professional Memberships: 

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

Fun facts:

1.    I have 7 nieces and nephews and I am very proud of my niece Denyse Tontz, who just won an Emmy for her song on “All My Children”.

2.    I am a lifelong learner and love to be in school. It probably isn’t surprising to my family at all that I work at a college.

3.    I grew up in a family of 10 kids. Two sisters married two brothers and my aunt and uncle have 10 kids too.

4.    I love anything motivational: quotes, books, movies.

5.    While I wouldn’t say I am good at it, I love to decorate apartments and “pull things together”.

6.    I am a huge cross fit nut, and love the adrenaline rush. I also love to swim and play indoor/outdoor volleyball.

7.    Someday I would like to travel the world with my future partner, especially anything Tropical. Fiji is right at the top.

8.    My Myers-Briggs type is INFP last time I took it.

9.    Many nights can be found catching up on the Bachelorette, watching Modern Family or HGTV.

10.  I love chocolate, any.

11.  Love to cook and eat out.

12.  I once studied gray whales as an undergraduate researcher on a small island in Mexico. 

Contact Me: 

Contact me:

Email: Paul Tontz
Phone: (415) 422-2134
Visit me during Office Hours!