Abend-David, Dror

Dr. Dror Abend-David teaches at the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida. His first book was published in 2003 by Peter Lang under the title: ‘Scorned my Nation:’ A Comparison of Translations of The Merchant of Venice into German, Hebrew, and Yiddish. His second book, Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach, was published in 2014 (soft cover 2016) with Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. His third book, Representing Translation: Languages, Translation, and Translators in Contemporary Media is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic in fall 2018. Dror has published articles on Translation in relation to Media, Drama, Literature, and Jewish Culture. His email address is da2137@nyu.edu.

About Faculty

This is a listing of faculty that have taught in our program.  Students are frequently interested in finding out more about their instructors.  It is not an exhaustive list!

Abraham, Chelsea

Chelsea Abraham is a student at the University of Florida. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is majoring in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Communication. She hopes to work in the mental health field someday. Her interests include traveling, researching, and gardening. She is passionate about raising awareness for social justice causes.


Adams, Brittany M.

Brittany Adams is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education. Her research focuses on using children’s and young adult literature to develop classroom curriculum that supports critical literacy for social justice.


Adams, Sean Patrick

Sean Adams is a specialist in the history of capitalism and 19th century United States.  He teaches courses in those subjects, as well as the global history of energy.  He has seen the musical “Hamilton” twice, but cannot yet recite the lyrics by heart. 

Adkins, Lauren

Lauren Adkins, MLIS, is the new University of Florida Health Science Libraries Librarian Liaison to the College of Pharmacy and the departments of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the College of Medicine. She obtained her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2014. Her prior experience includes working as a Medical Librarian for Moffitt Cancer Center Biomedical Library and as a Reference Librarian for the University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library.

Aggarwal, Ashish

Ashish Aggarwal is a Lecturer of Computer Science in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, UF. He has dual Masters in Computer Science and Management from University of Florida. His research focuses on Human Centered Computing and Computer Science Education.

Agnelli, Sara

Sara Agnelli received a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Florida, with a thesis on ancient medicine in May 2016. Her research interests are focusing on: Galen of Pergamum and his impact on medical education, and the History of Italian Science. Sara currently holds a research scholar position at the One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida. Her work forges connections between the humanities and the biosciences, and her goal is to continue to develop new courses that can establish even stronger interdisciplinary connections.

Ahmed, Sophia

Sophia Ahmed is a materials science and engineering major specializing in semiconductors graduating in the spring of 2020. She has a passion for social justice and wants to tackle the disparities found in the engineering world, like the gender gap or the lack of accessibility. Since 2017, Ahmed has been an ambassador for LGBTQ Affairs on campus, working to inspire change on campus and act as a resource for UF’s LGBTQ+ community. Ahmed has also been a writer for Her Campus UFL since 2017, and has written a variety of stories, many of which had to do with social justice and mental health (https://www.hercampus.com/author/sophia-ahmed) . For research, she has been under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Jones since 2016, and Dr. Ruzycki since 2018. She has also been a TA for EMA3010, and from that, she has developed a passion for education and truly care for those under her guidance.

Dr. Cory Alexander is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Florida where he directs the Men's Glee Club and Women’s Chorale, teaches conducting, and teaches in the UF Honors Program. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting (vocal performance cognate) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education from Central College in Pella, Iowa.


Alferez, Fernando

Born and raised in Valencia, Spain, I have been working in Citrus during the past 20 years. I earn my PhD in Plant Biology in 2001 from the University of Valencia, Spain, and then I moved for a postdoc to the CREC in Lake Alfred, where I worked for 6 years. After spending the next 7 years in Valencia with some field trips to South Africa, I moved back to Florida, where I am an Assistant Professor in Citrus Horticulture at SWFREC in Immokalee since February 2017.

Aloia, Therese

Therese Aloia, enjoys facilitating discussions, encouraging respect, collaboration, teamwork and teaching (un)common courses. She holds advanced degrees, is a published author and presents at regional, state and international conferences. Currently, Therese serves as Assistant Director of Donor Relations at the University of Florida Office of Advancement.

Altamirano, Gerry

Gerry Altamirano currently serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the University of Florida. Gerry received his Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. Gerry balances his work at the DRC and his scholarship as a part-time doctoral student in the Curriculum & Instruction-Teachers, Schools, and Society program at the University of Florida. His research interests include the historiographical analysis of disability advocacy in higher education in the mid to late 20th century as well as exploring how heteronormative and Eurocentric curriculum impacts the self-actualization and identity development of LGBTQ+ students

Angerhofer, Alexander

Dr. Alexander Angerhofer (Dr. A) is Professor of Chemistry and currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart/Germany in Physics in 1987 and has been a faculty member in UF’s Dept. of Chemistry since 1995. He teaches general and physical chemistry at the undergraduate level as well as advanced physical chemistry and spectroscopy at the graduate level. His research interests are focused on the understanding of the catalytic mechanisms of metalloenzymes such as oxalate decarboxylase. He employs spectroscopic, analytical, structural, and biophysical/biochemical tools in his work. He is also interested in the history of the sciences, particularly of chemistry and physics.

Ansell, Margaret

Margaret Ansell, MLIS, is the Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian at the Health Science Center Library, providing instruction and research collaboration and support to students, staff, and faculty with an interest in nursing, consumer health, patient education, or health communication topics.  She also provides support for nurses employed at UF Health Shands Hospital, and works with local community organizations to provide consumer health information services to the general public.  She recently was an investigator on a project designed to raise awareness of HIV information resources in the UF community through a graphic novel contest, instruction, social media campaign, and community art exhibition.  Her research interests include health information competency assessment, health information promotion via social media and creative arts, and the professional development of novice researchers. 


Austin, Roger

Roger Austin is a Gainesville, Florida, based political consultant specializing in all areas of state and local campaigns.  A fifth generation Floridian raised in Jacksonville, Austin is a serial graduate of the University of Florida, receiving his Undergraduate, Masters and Law degrees there.  From 1988 to 1993, he served as the Political Director and Legal Counsel for the Republican Party of Florida.  Today, Austin runs his own firm and has consulted candidates all over the state.  Between campaign cycles he completed his Ph.D. in Political Science also at the University of Florida (he really, really likes the Gators and is now officially educated beyond his level of intelligence) and wrote his dissertation on the topic of campaign finance reform, Patterns Of Failure-Rethinking Campaign Finance Reform;  What Went Wrong?  He has also been an adjunct professor in the Political Campaigning Program at the University of Florida since 2001.

Baker, Shirley

Dr. Shirley Baker is a marine scientist whose research focuses on the physiological ecology of economically and ecologically important invertebrates, with a focus on the effects of perturbations such as eutrophication and climate change. Using methods from a range of fields (genetics, pathology, comparative physiology, environmental monitoring), her collaborative research program is working to address management issues. In addition, Dr. Baker teaches a graduate-level course on the interactions of climate change and natural resources. 

Baron, Kevin

Dr. Kevin Baron is a Lecturer and Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center and the Political Science Department. His area of focus is American politics and institutions.

Bartley, Sean

Sean Bartley just received his PhD in Theatre Studies at Florida State. For the 2018-2019 academic year, he will be serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at the University of Florida, teaching Theatre History and Playwriting to undergraduates and a two-semester History, Literature, and Criticism sequence to MFA actors and designers  He holds a BA in Theatre Arts Management from American University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. His research centers on contemporary American site-specific, ambulatory, and immersive theatre practices. His work has been featured in TDR: The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation as well as an upcoming issue of Theatre History Studies. Dramaturgy credits include work with American Repertory Theatre (Julius Caesar, Romance), New Repertory Theatre (BOOM), and Company One (Learn to be Latina).

Bartos, Imre

Professor Bartos studies extreme cosmic explosions related to the formation and evolution of black holes. In particular, he is interested in multimessenger astrophysics, which aims to combine multiple cosmic messengers–gravitational waves, neutrinos, gamma-rays, etc., to learn more about astrophysical phenomena.

Professor Bartos is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, discovering gravitational waves from colliding black holes since 2015 and from colliding neutron stars since 2017. He is a member of the IceCube-Gen2 Collaboration, which is developing the next generation of neutrino observatories to be located deep within the ice of Antarctica. Professor Bartos is also a member of the LISA Consortium, which is working on launching a gravitational-wave satellite to observe the merger of supermassive black holes.

Best, Todd

Todd Best is a returning instructor in the (Un)Common Reading Program. He holds an M.A. in religious studies from UF, is an Academic Advisor in the Dept. of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, and he sees his work and academic interests coming together as applications of the humanities and social sciences. He is interested in the quandaries of human experience and shared cultural life, how various thinkers and traditions respond to those questions, and what resources we might tap for gaining insight into our shared questions and concerns. As a fan of creative non-fiction film (aka documentaries), he considers the arts an ideal arena for thinking about such things.

Bianchi, Thomas S

I am currently a full professor and holder of the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair in Geological Sciences at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida.  Before joining UF I held full professor positions at Tulane University and Texas A&M University. My general areas of expertise are organic geochemistry, chemical oceanography, and global carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems.   I have published over 210 articles in refereed journals and am sole and/or co-author of 7 books, with another book on Chemical Oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico - due out in 2018. I am currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Marine Chemistry, and have served as an Associate Editor for numerous other journals.  I am the recipient of two Fulbright Research Awards, became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012, and in 2017 was named Geochemical Fellow of the Geochemical Society (GS) and The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG), and Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).


Black, Joel

Joel Black, a veteran of the unCommon Reader, teaches and writes on topics related to law, inequality, and urban life. He is the current liaison between the Honors Program and the Levin School of Law.​

Bolen, John W, III

John Bolen is a third-year MFA student in fiction. He is currently working with Camille Bordas on his thesis, and has taught two semesters of Creative Writing 1101 at the University of Florida.

Bona, Miklos

Miklos Bona received his Phd at MIT in 1997, and works at UF since 1999. In 2010, he was inducted in the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He is the author of five books, and the editor of two book series.

Bossart, Jean

Jean Bossart is an environmental engineer with 20 years of experience working in environmental restoration. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from UF and she is a licensed professional engineer in Florida. She worked as a research and development engineer and environmental restoration engineer before joining the Marston Science Library as an engineering librarian. Her research interests include engineering education, Florida environmental issues, and women and underrepresented groups in engineering.


Bourilkov, Dimitri

Dimitri Bourilkov is Associate Scientist in the Department of Physics. For the purposes of this course, though, he is a Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

Mike Braddock obtained his BS and MS in ME from the University of Florida.  After working in industry for a few years, God put in his heart a desire to return to UF and set up an inviting environment in which students could learn practical skills which complement and complete a strong academic education, while discovering their passion and charting the first steps in their career paths.  The results have exceeded Mike’s grandest expectations and he gives all the glory to God, without whom he would not be here today…

Brisotto, Carla

Carla Brisotto is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture at the University of Florida. Her research is the collection of two contemporary microhistories of urban cultivation. Through the analysis of drawings and interviews, the study contributes to unfold the architectural critique to the ecological shift from local to global space and helps to understand how small-scale architecture can be placemaking in the era of globalization. The research conclusion helps to understand how cultivation is a new urban pattern that Carla calls ‘Agro-Urban Islands’. She earned her architectural degree from IUAV and gained the professional license in 2001. Since then, she has been working in Italy and the UK. She has been teaching seminars focused on Urbanization and its problems framed by the theory of Henri Lefebvre. She won competitive grants from the Center for the European Study, UF graduate school, and the UF Office of Research to conduct research in Europe and divulge the results at conferences. She has co-authored the book chapter “Agripoetic Resistance in Urban Architecture and Planning in the European World” in Post Professional Architecture & Planning, edited by Dr. Hossein Sadri, published in May 2018.

Butler, Margaret

Instructor: Dr. Margaret Butler, Associate Professor of Musicology

Dr. Butler is a musicologist whose research centers on European opera and American musical theater. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics in music history including music in the Baroque and Classical periods, opera history, Introduction to Musicology, and the American musical

Bryd, Jason

Dr. Byrd is an Associate Director of the W. R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and a Board-Certified Forensic Entomologist. He is the current President of the North American Forensic Entomology Association and current Vice-Chair of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He has conducted over 100 workshops specializing in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. He has published numerous scientific articles on the subject of forensic entomology, and has also published two books dealing with the use of insects in legal investigations.

Calvert, Clay

Clay Calvert is Professor and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he also directs the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project.  He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on communications and media law issues, and he coordinates the joint JD/MA program for the College of Journalism and Communications.  Professor Calvert has authored or co-authored more than 150 law journal articles on freedom of expression-related topics.  He is co-author, with Dan Kozlowski and Derigan Silver, of the market-leading undergraduate media law textbook, Mass Media Law, 20th Edition (McGraw-Hill 2018), and is author of Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press 2000).  Professor Calvert received his J.D. Order of the Coif from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and later earned a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work in Communication, earning a B.A. with Distinction.  He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Carytsas, Ferol

Ferol is a lecturer and the Undergraduate Advisor with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine.  She began teaching the undergraduate course, Music and Health, in Fall 2017. Music and Health was runner-up winner for the UFIT Exceptional Course Development award and the course received one of the UF International Center’s Internationalizing the Curriculum grants.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a M.M. in music education after receiving an Undergraduate Diploma in viola performance from Longy School of Music and a B.A. in music with a minor in psychology from Florida State University. Prior to attending FSU, she worked in arts administration assisting in the management of youth orchestras, volunteers, and database maintenance for non-profit music organizations. 

Cogle, Christopher

Christopher R. Cogle, M.D., is a professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a physician, scientist, and educator with clinical and research expertise in blood cancers and stem cells. Dr. Cogle earned his medical degree at the University of Florida, where he also subspecialized in medical oncology. Dr. Cogle completed an additional fellowship in stem cell research and blood & bone marrow transplantation at Duke University. Dr. Cogle’s clinic at UF Health Shands Hospital has earned the international designation as a Center of Excellence in Myelodysplastic Syndromes. In medical science, he is credited with several major discoveries and inventions including: 

            • Discovered that hematopoietic stem cells make brain cells in humans (Lancet 2004);

            • Discovered that blood vessels are sanctuary sites for blood cancers and lead to relapsed cancer (Leukemia 2014);

            • Discovered that myocardial infarctions poison the bone marrow through inflammatory cytokine signaling and prevent hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells from repairing the heart (Circulation Research 2014);

            • Invented and patented two new drug classes to treat cancer patients;

            • Invented and patented a new method of using a rabbit virus to kill human cancers and prevent graft versus host disease (Leukemia 2009, Blood 2015);

            • Invented two new methods to accurately count cancer cases in America (Blood 2011, Leukemia Research 2014); and

            • Developed a new DNA sequencing and computational biology method of interpreting the hundreds of DNA mutations inside a cancer cell to tailor treatment for cancer patients (Leukemia Research 2017).

In health policy, Dr. Cogle is the elected State Chairperson of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, and a member of the National Academy of Science's National Cancer Policy Forum. 

Dr. Cogle has published over 92 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written in 3 books, and has been named a Scholar in Clinical Research by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is also active in teaching and has mentored 50 students and invented two new pedagogies for teaching oncology to future doctors.



Cowley, Matthew P.

Matthew Cowley is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida specializing in Teachers, Schools, and Society in the College of Education. Matthew's academic and research interests include the experiences of students of color in higher education and the teaching of critical social justice concepts in higher education.


Cox, Matt

“Matt Cox is Director of Operations for University of Florida Performing Arts, working backstage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at UF. Matt holds an MFA in Theatre Production from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has worked for more than twenty-five years in performing arts: as a technical director and production manager in theatre and opera; as a flying director creating effects with Flying By Foy; and as a presenter and arts administrator working with performing artists from all over the world.”

Crow, Josh

Josh Crow completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a focus on learning and behavior) from Arizona State University in 2006. While teaching English Honors at Bradford High School, he also designed and taught the county’s first psychology courses. After earning his master’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida in 2011, Josh spent two years as a geriatric exercise physiologist and Operation’s Manager for the Fitness Center at Oak Hammock, while serving as the site supervisor for all interns and practicum students. Josh is currently completing his dissertation as a doctoral candidate in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, conducting research in the College of Health and Human Performance’s Sports Medicine Laboratory. 

Josh’s coaching career began at Naples High School in 1998 as a varsity assistant, coaching the Golden Eagles to their first district championship since 1985 before falling in the regional championship. He later assumed head coaching responsibilities, becoming the youngest head coach of any sport in Collier County, while notching a second District Championship and two more regional semi-final appearances. After brief tenures as the JV coach at North Canyon High School (Phoenix, AZ), and head coach at Bradford High School (Starke, FL) Josh lead Gainesville’s Eastside High School to back-to-back district 5A titles on the way to becoming regional semifinalists in 2011 and 2012 for only the 3rd and 4th times in program history. Throughout his high school coaching career, Josh also has coached every USA Junior Volleyball age level from 14U to 18U. He began his club career with USA South VBC before earning his USAV CAP-I certification in 2000 and co-founding the Naples Juniors Volleyball Club. Josh has coached for Phoenix North Valley Juniors, Gainesville Juniors, and was the Associate Director for the Gainesville Athletic Club. He has had a hand in developing athletes from both Arizona and Florida that have continued their playing career in the NAIA and NCAA, including the PAC-10, ACC, and SEC conferences.  Josh assumed head coaching responsibilities of the University of Florida Women’s Club Volleyball team in 2011, amassing a .921 win record over the following 4 seasons, and a 3rd place finish in 2014 NCVF National Championship Tournament, during which he was a finalist for the NCVF National Coach of the Year.

Davis, Jack Emerson

Dr. Jack Davis is a professor of history who teaches courses on the environment and sustainability. He is the author or editor of several books. His most recent, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (2017), is a New York Times Notable Book for 2017, a Library Journal Best Book of 2017 in science and technology, and the winner of the Kirkus Prize.

De Simoni, Alberto

My name is Alberto De Simoni, I am a PhD student in the Classics Department. I am from Italy, where I studied Italian Literature and earned my MA in Italian Literature and Humanistic Philology with a Thesis on the Divine Comedy. I taught High School for 9 years, both in Italy and in Florida. I love languages, poetry, translating, music, and art. And I love teaching. I am currently in the process of shaping my dissertation project on the experience of prison in Antiquity. Teaching Portfolio (https://desimonialberto.weebly.com/)


Delfino, Joe

Joseph J. Delfino, Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engr. Sciences and Adjunct Lecturer, Honors Program. Dr. Delfino was a UF faculty member for 32 years and a Dept. Chairman for 11 years. He taught Honors courses on Environmental Science and Public Health Engineering. He has taught three previous (Un) Common Reading Book Courses. Prior to coming to UF, he was on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Air Force Academy the latter while on active duty as a Captain in the USAF.

Contact: delfino@ufl.edu

Dickrell, Pamela

Dr. Pamela Dickrell is the Associate Director of the Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.  Dr. Dickrell received her bachelors, masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering form the University of Florida.  She has 2 kids, 3 dogs, and loves to build and create to the point her house is way too full of tools, inventions, and spare parts!  She performs research at UF in Engineering Education, looking at ways to improve first and second year courses for UF engineering students.

Dinnin, Alec

Alec Dinnin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science. He is currently writing his dissertation on the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), with particular focus on themes of empire, liberal democracy, and fascism. In the past, Alec has taught “Problems of Democracy,” "Propaganda's Genesis," and served as a TA for numerous courses in political theory and the humanities more generally. 

Donnelly, Anne E.

Dr. Anne Donnelly is from Cleveland Ohio and holds a B.A. in Biology, an MBA in Finance and a Ph.D. in Education and Curriculum, the latter from the University of Florida.  She teaches Uncommon Reading courses for a hobby. Her day job is being the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and she will talk to the class about how to get involved in research.    She has worked at UF for 22 years.   In recognition of her efforts encouraging and supporting students from diverse backgrounds, in 2015 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House.

Doss, Hani

Hani Doss is Professor in the Department of Statistics and has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Biostatistics.  He
obtgained his Ph.D. in Statistics at Stanford University in 1982. His areas of research include biostatistics, Bayesian methodology,
and machine learning.  His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health,
the National Security Agency, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Edelmann, Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Edelmann (jonathanedelmann@ufl.edu) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and among the Affiliated Faculty in the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at the University of Florida. Edelmann wrote a Templeton Awarding wining book (Hindu Theology and Biology, 2012), which addresses the relationship between consciousness and brain. He teaches Sanskrit with a special focus on yogic, spiritual, theological, and philosophical texts in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Dr. Edelmann has been interested in yoga, meditation, and consciousness since the mid-1990s.

Edwards, Mary

Mary Edwards, MLIS, EdD is an Associate University Librarian in the UF Health Science Center Library (HSCL), where she has worked since 2004. Mary is a reference and liaison librarian who liaises with a number of clinical and research departments in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions.  As part of her liaison duties Mary collaborates on instruction and research with faculty from her departments as well as pursing her own research interests in instructional design, online teaching and learning, distance education, program evaluation, and new literacies including media, digital, and information. She has taught in UF Health Science Center’s interprofessional education program since 2011 and currently teaches in both the first year course “Putting Families First” and the second year course “Interprofessional Learning in HealthCare”. Her previous Uncommon Reads course focused on graphic medicine in the context of death, dying, and grief.

Ewert, Jeanne Carol

I hold a Masters and a Ph.D. from the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied American and French modernism, with an emphasis on Faulkner. I’ve taught at Penn, Georgia Tech, and Oglethorpe University. I am currently the English and American Literature Librarian in Library West, where I am your resource person for help with research for literature courses.

Fanucci, Gail

Dr. Fanucci is a Professor in the Chemistry Department whose research focus is on using magnetic resonance spectroscopy to understand macromolecular motion related to function and disease. She commonly teaches both biochemistry and physical chemistry based courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. However, she has always had a love for the history of science and was inspired by early readings (while in 5th and 6th grade) on Leonardo DiVinci and M.C.Escher. Her undergraduate studies were performed at a Jesuit Institution where a deep respect and support for a liberal arts education were engrained. Topics taken from "The Disappearing Spoon" and "Napoleon's Buttons" connect the Physical Sciences to the world in which we live and provide insights into the impacts of science on current day political and societal issues.

Folta, Kevin

Dr. Kevin M. Folta is a professor in Horticultural Sciences, with active research in small fruit genomics, controlled environment agriculture, and small molecule discovery.  He also has been recognized for his efforts in teaching scientists and ag professionals how to communicate topics in genetics and agricultural technology. He was recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications in 2016, and hosts the weekly Talking Biotech Podcast.

Elizabeth Garcia is a Visiting Lecturer this year at the University of Florida.  She recently taught at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  She's taught courses in the areas of Latino/a Studies and Women & Gender Studies.  Her new book Healing Memories: Puerto Rican Women's Literature in the U.S. will be published in December, 2018.

Gillen, Martie

Dr. Martie Gillen is an Associate Professor in the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, Accredited Financial Counselor, and a Financial Social Work Educator. Dr. Gillen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of trauma as well as personal finance.  She is a foster and adoptive parent. She has welcomed 11 children in her home over five years and adopted two children. She is also a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.

Gordon, Aaron

Aaron Gordon is a current 3rd year undergraduate, earning a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Sales Engineering. Aaron has been involved with the sport of volleyball for nine years now as a player, coach, and manager. As a manager for Florida’s women’s volleyball team, Aaron has had exposure to the inner-workings of a perennially ranked, NCAA Division I program, and has had the opportunity to learn volleyball strategy from one of the top coaching staffs in NCAA volleyball. He also is a libero and setter for The UF Men’s Club Volleyball Team, while serving as the club’s Vice President. Aaron helped the team earn a 3rd place finish at the NCVF National Championships in 2018.

Granville, Ian

Ian Granville earned a B.S.(Hons) in wildlife ecology and behavior from Canterbury University, New Zealand; an MA in religion and history from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois; and an Ph.D in cultural anthropology from UF.

I worked as a wildlife ecologist for the New Zealand government in the 1970s, taught high school science in NZ for 10 years, and worked as an anthropologist and teacher in Bolivia for 7 years. I teach undergraduate courses in English composition and professional communication specifically tailored for students majoring in biology, engineering, and anthropology.

I am excited at the prospect of teaching this course, will help the students to hone their writing skills, and have an affinity for honors students, having been one myself.

Grundmann, Oliver

Oliver Grundmann, PhD, received his BPharm from the University of Münster in Germany before joining UF as a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy where he studied CNS-active natural products. At the same time, he completed a MS degree in Forensic Toxicology. After his graduate studies he moved to Arizona for a brief stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona but soon returned to his Gator roots and now serves as the director of graduate studies for the Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology program in the College of Pharmacy where he also teaches in the PharmD program as a Clinical Associate Professor. One of his current major research interests is Kratom, a plant and extract that contains a range of pharmacologically active constituents with analgesic and stimulant effects.

Guerra, Lillian

Professor Lillian Guerra is the author of four books of Caribbean history, including the highly acclaimed volume Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971 (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and Heroes, Martyrs and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958 (Yale University Press, 2018). A Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Dr. Guerra has also published four books of poetry and a volume of short stories. Before joining UF, she taught Latin American history at Bates College (2000-2004) and Yale University (2004-2010).

Guralnick, Robert

I am a biodiversity scientist and my work focuses on what causes spatiotemporal changes in genetic and species diversity. I take an  integrative approach to global change biology and continue to discover that the interesting questions are the integrative ones that require multiple lines of evidence.  My work extends broadly to many areas across the globe, often involves collaborations, interdisciplinary approaches, and involvement and participation of volunteers.     

Hackett, David

David Hackett received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 1986. His first book, The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836 (Oxford, 1991), received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church. He has recently published That Religion In Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture (University of California Press). The second edition of his edited reader Religion and American Culture was published in 2003 (Routledge). Dr. Hackett’s personal memoir on the relationship between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism, The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk, was published in 1996 (Continuum). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Protestantism in American Culture, and has been a resident scholar at Princeton’s Center for Theological Inquiry and the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 2011-2012 Dr. Hackett was recognized as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year. He has taught the Good Life course since its inception. During the spring of 2018, Dr. Hackett taught on Semester at Sea.

Harpold, Terry Alan

Terry Harpold <http://users.clas.ufl.edu/tharpold/> is Associate Professor of English, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Florida. His research and teaching interests include science fiction and film, environmental humanities, animal studies, digital humanities, and image-text studies. He is a member of UF’s Digital Humanities Working Group <http://digitalhumanities.group.ufl.edu>, co-founder of the Science Fiction Working Group <http://sciencefiction.group.ufl.edu>, and founder of UF’s “Imagining Climate Change” initiative <http://imagining-climate.clas.ufl.edu>. For 2017–2020 he is University of Florida Term Professor.

Will Hasty is Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of German Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He has published widely on medieval and early modern German literature, particularly on medieval romance narratives.


Heilman, Kenneth

I am a Behavioral Neurologist who provides training for clinicians and researchers, provides clinical care for patients with neurological disorder and performs research. Since joining the faculty at the University of Florida in 1970, I have helped to develop a research program that has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and/or the Veteran Affairs Research Office (Merit Reviewed proposals) for more than 40 years. We perform research in several domains including, neurological basis and disorders of skilled movement programing (apraxia), attention (unilateral neglect), emotions (disorders of emotional communication), language (aphasia, agraphia and alexia), frontal-action-intentional systems (executive disorders), episodic memory (amnesia), and creativity.  I have been an author-co-author of over 600 journal publications, 100 chapters, as well as editor-author of 16 books.  I have helped to train about 80 Behavioral Neurologists and Neuropsychologist, many of whom are now leaders in their fields.

Hershfield, Selman

Selman Hershfield is a professor in the Physics department, where he studies the theory of how electrons move through solids.  He mostly teaches UF Physics classes, but he has taught the Good Life once and also regularly teaches basic physics to middle school science teachers.  He has been both a CLAS teacher of the year and advisor of the year.  As can be seen from the topic of this course, he also loves reading biographies and history.

Homan, Sidney

Professor Homan of UF’s English Department is an actor and director in professional and university theatres, the author of some sixteen books on Shakespeare and the modern playwrights, and was recently named the University’s Teacher/-Scholar of the Year.  For more information, please contact him at: shakes@ufl.edu.


Howick, Tonia

In addition to her teaching work, Tonia Katz Howick develops a series of special projects at the University Writing Program, all of which are designed to help students learn things that they (or others) think students can't learn. Her free time is devoted to yoga, coffee, and her family (not in that order), including a new addition: a three-year-old wholly untrained five-pound dog named John Norman.



Hyde, Melissa

Melissa Hyde, Professor Art History, did her graduate work in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her field of specialization is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, with an emphasis on cultural history, gender studies, feminist theory and the history of art criticism. She teaches courses on European art (especially French); and on gender and the visual arts. Hyde has taught in UF's study abroad programs in Paris and Florence. She has been a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award, and was named the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year in 2005 and 2011. She was awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2008-11, and again for 2016-18. This year she is College of the Arts' Teacher-Scholar of the Year, and is the College's nominee for UF's Distinguished Alumni Professor. Hyde is recognized as a leading authority on gender and visual culture in eighteenth-century France. She has published extensively on these subjects and on women artists, and lectures widely in Europe and the US.

Jackson, Amanda M.

Amanda Jackson is an Assistant Director and Learning Specialist within the Disability Resource Center. Amanda is currently attending UF to obtain her doctorate degree in Special Education.  Amanda received her Bachelors and Masters in Special Education from the University of North Florida. Amanda is very excited to share her love for the wizarding world through teaching this course.

Jacobbe, Tim

Dr. Tim Jacobbe is an Associate Professor of Statistics Education and the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association for his contributions to the field of statistics education. His research focuses on the teaching and learning of statistics at the K-12 and undergraduate level. Dr. Jacobbe also has extensive experience developing assessments including the SAT, AP Statistics, and the GRE.

Jawitz, James W.

Dr. James W Jawitz is a professor in the Soil and Water Sciences Department. He works on sustainability and the relationship of human society to natural resources. In addition to teaching about sustainability and resources at UF, he has also recently taught courses on Renaissance art and engineering at Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy, and water resources and river management at Technical University-Dresden, Germany.

Jefferson, Rebecca

Rebecca Jefferson received a Ph.D. and MPhil in Medieval Hebrew from King’s College, University of Cambridge, and was awarded a BA Hons in Hebrew from University College London. Prior to arriving to the University of Florida as head librarian of the Price Library of Judaica, she worked as a research associate in Cambridge University Library where she was the bibliographer for the Cairo Genizah collections. Jefferson’s published research focuses on the history of the discovery of the Cairo Genizah. 

Johnson, Melissa

Dr. Melissa L. Johnson is the associate director of the Honors Program and an affiliate faculty member with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. She frequently presents and writes on topics related to honors education, technology, and the first year experience. Her hobbies include hanging out with her retired racing greyhound, Kenzie, drinking iced coffee, and taking naps.

Jones, Jennifer Amanda

Dr. Jennifer Amanda Jones is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Her general research interests include philanthropic giving, nonprofit leadership, and nonprofit management. Additionally, she has more than 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Her personal hobbies include running and financial literacy.

Keeler, Jane

Jane Keeler grew up in north central Florida, but earned her BA in Russian and Political Science at the University of the South in Tennessee. After a short stint with the federal government in San Diego, California, she moved to Vladimir, Russia to teach English as a Foreign Language. Since that time, she has earned her MA in TESOL at UCF, and has taught English as a Second or Foreign language in South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Orlando, and at the University of Florida’s English Language Institute, where she has taught since 2014. Jane currently lives in High Springs, Florida.

Keith, Brian

Brian Keith has been a UF faculty member since 2005.  He is the Associate Dean for Administrative Services for the Smathers Libraries.  His research ranges from information dynamics; the role of sociotechnical infrastructure in supporting communities of scholars and learners; diversity, equity, inclusion and awareness in higher education; and the role of research libraries in society.  He is committed to an enjoyable and impactful learning experience as you consider ideas that will inform your experiences at UF and beyond.

Kelley, Carolyn

Carolyn Kelley, a faculty member in the University Writing Center, earned a PhD in English (concentration in Film Studies) from the University of Florida in 2011. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Her interests include teaching writing, women in Hollywood cinema, and American cinema in general.

Kevin Baron

Dr. Kevin Baron is a Lecturer and Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center and the Political Science Department. His area of focus is American politics and institutions.

Kleespies, Ingrid

Ingrid Kleespies is Associate Professor of Russian Studies.  She received her B.A. in Slavic Studies from Harvard University and  M.A. and Ph.D in Slavic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her areas of interest include Russian Romanticism, Russian intellectual history, eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, and Cold War culture.  Her recent book, A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature, considers the key role played by the image of the nomad in the pressing literary debates over Russian identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in particular in seminal works by writers such as Karamzin, Pushkin, Chaadaev, Goncharov, and Dostoevsky.  She is currently working on a book that examines Russian and early Soviet mythologies surrounding Siberia and the eastern “frontier.”  In another book project, she is investigating the outsize (if unsung) place of Russia’s “first philosopher” Petr Chaadaev in the nineteenth-century Russian literary canon.

Klein, Sierra

Sierra Klein is a current undergraduate 4th year student studying Biology and Psychology. She
is currently involved in research in the fields of Developmental Psychology and Applied
Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida. Her goal is to attend medical school and become
a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist so she can combine her passions for science, Psychology,
and children into a career that will help kids through their most trying times. An advocate for
mental health, Klein is the co-founder of the club ‘Integrative Wellness’, which aims to bridge the
gap between mental and physical health at the University of Florida. In addition, she is the
director of the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, aimed to raise awareness for suicide
prevention. Her prior teaching experience includes Developmental Psychology, Organic
Chemistry 1 and 2, and Biochemistry.

Kolaczkowski, Bryan

Dr. Bryan Kolaczkowski is an evolutionary biologist studying how molecular function changes over evolutionary time. He received his PhD under an NSF-funded program in Evolution, Development and Genomics. Dr. Kolaczkowski uses a combination of computational, statistical and biochemical methods to determine how changes in gene sequence impact gene function by altering the structure and dynamics of the encoded protein. He also has an active research program developing and testing new models of the molecular-evolutionary process, in order to better understand the general principles by which biomolecules evolve.

Komanski, Carolynn

Dr. Carolynn Komanski, or Dr. K, is the Director for Youth Conference Services and Associate Director for Housing Operations at the University of Florida (UF). She also has served as Adjunct Faculty within the Leadership Minor. She has facilitated several Honors courses including Mindful Leadership and the Art of Pop Up. Her educational background and personal passion lies within the intersections of art, science and creativity. Dr. K has published and presented internationally on topics related to higher education and leadership. She believes everyone is creative and has the choice to learn.  Dr. K’s Ph.D. was earned at UF with a focus on Leadership. Her MS.Ed., is from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her B.A is from the University of South Florida.

Kopsell, Dean

Dr. Dean Kopsell is professor and chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida.  Dr. Kopsell received a BS degree is in agribusiness – horticulture in 1992 from Illinois State University.  He received his MS degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 1999 in vegetable crop physiology from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Kopsell’s publication record includes over 115 journal articles and 6 book chapters.  He specializes in the areas of plant nutrition and plant improvement of vegetable and specialty crops. 

Dr. Kopsell an identical twin.  His brother, Dave, is also a professor at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  The course will draw on his experience(s) as a twin and use information and material provided by Dr. Nancy Segal (author of the course textbook), a respected twin expert at UC Fullerton.  He and his brother were part of her dissertation research while she was a doctoral student and the University of Illinois at Chicago back in the late 1970s.

Kostopoulos, Chrysostomos

Chrysostomos “Tom” Kostopoulos studied Classics at the University of Ioannina and earned an MA and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests vary from Roman and Ancient Greek Science to Modern Greek linguistics, history and politics. He is currently completing a monograph on the Greek partisan songs of the WWII. He has published articles on Ancient Greek Medicine, John Updike and the Greek Mythology and the poetry of Nikos Kavvadias. At UF, he teaches courses on Modern Greek language and literature as well as Modern Greek history, Greek identity, and the continuity of the Greek civilization from ancient to modern times.​

Kowalewska, Agata

Agata Kowalewska is the Polish language instructor at the University of Florida’s Center for European Studies. She is a native speaker of Polish and received her entire formal education in Poland including the first M.S. in Geology at University of Warsaw (Warszawa, Polska, 1991) and her second M.S. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, 1996). Agata’s Ph.D. in Community Nutrition and her registered dietitian credentials are from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA, 2010). She has been teaching academic courses and developing educational material for diverse populations since 2005. Since her arrival at UF in 2013 Agata has, among other activities, developed a UF summer aboard program in Poland (LET) and contributed to signing a collaborative agreement between UF and Warsaw University of Life Sciences, which includes student exchange between the two institutions.

Kramer, Dennis Allaln

Dennis Kramer is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy and the Director of the Education Policy Research Center at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the use of behavioral insights to understand education-based decision-making, the antecedents and outcomes of federal, state, and local policies, and broadly the economics of education.  His work have been featured in a number of top peer-reviewed journals within higher education, education policy, and public administration.

In addition to this academic role, Kramer is currently a Fellow with the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) within the General Services Administration (GSA) -- formerly the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). With OES, Kramer is supporting a variety of large-scale education-based randomized evaluations within the Department of Education (ED), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

​Kramer earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and the bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.  He also served as the Senior Research and Policy Analyst for the Policy Division of the Georgia Department of Education.


Kresak, Jesse Lee

Jesse Lee Kresak, MD is a practicing Neuropathologist and Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine. In her clinical practice, she routinely diagnoses brain tumors, central nervous system infections, and neurodegenerative diseases (such as ALS) at the microscope and performs weekly brain cutting for the autopsy service. She teaches medical students in their neuroscience course, as well as residents and fellows. Her research focuses on the immune microenvironment of brain tumors.

Kroen, Sheryl

Sheryl Kroen, Associate Professor of History, did her graduate work in modern European History at University of California, Berkeley. Her specialty is intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the eighteenth century. She has taught in study abroad programs in Paris, and currently directs the History Department's UF in Cambridge Program. Two-time recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and a graduate teaching award from the History Department, Kroen regularly offers classes on the History of France, The History of Consumption and Capitalism, the Enlightenment and the History of Women--especially writing women. For her archival research in France, Germany, and Britain she has been supported by many grants (Fulbright, Humboldt, ACLS, German Marshall Fund).

Kroen, Sheryl T.

Professor Sheryl Kroen is a specialist in modern European cultural and intellectual history. Her first book, Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830, considers the legacy of the French Revolution from the perspective of the Bourbon Restoration of the Monarchy; she is currently completing a second book (from which this course is derived) about the legacy of the Enlightenment and Age of Revolution after WWII. A recipient of multiple awards for research (Fulbright, Humboldt, German Marshall Fund, ACLS Burkhardt) and teaching (CLAS Teaching awards, departmental teaching award), Professor Kroen regularly offers courses in the history of democracy, of capitalism, and gender. She also directs the UF in Cambridge program.

Lauzardo, Michael

The Course Director is Michael Lauzardo, MD MSc. Dr. Lauzardo is the former Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine in the College of Medicine and is now the Deputy Director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. His career and research are focused on tuberculosis and global health and he has conducted research and training in numerous countries around the globe. He directs the Biosafety Level 3 UF infectious disease diagnostic laboratory in Gressier, Haiti, near the epicenter of the earthquake.

Lee, Yoonseok

The instructor is a Professor of Physics.  He has taught many different undergraduate level physics courses including  Thermal Physics, Statistical Physics, Honors Introduction to Modern Physics, and Advanced Laboratory courses.  He received Physics Teacher of Year and CLAS Advisor of the Year awards.  His research focuses on understanding quantum phenomena in condensed matter systems at extremely low temperature and is mainly funded by National Science Foundation.  He a fellow of American Physical Society.


Leonard, Michelle

Michelle Leonard is a tenured associate university librarian in the Marston Science Library. She regularly teaches workshops for science graduate students, post docs and faculty on responsible conduct of research, including ethics of authorship, peer review, conflicts of interest, dual-use technology, plagiarism, and data management.  From 2010-2012, Michelle served as the Principal Investigator for the $298,000 National Science Foundation (NSF)grant project "Gaming Against Plagiarism," an interactive online game about ethics in the STEM disciplines, and has served as a grant review panelist for NSF. In April 2017 Michelle received a travel award to attend the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Research Integrity Short Course on RCR Instruction (SCoRCRI). She is the co-coordinator for the UF RCR Stakeholders Group, a campus-wide initiative to bring together faculty who teach RCR in their curriculum, and serves on the UF Academic Integrity Task Force.

Li, Ziming

Ziming Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida. She also received her doctorate in Economics at Wuhan University in China in 2013. She was trained in the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in 2011. Her major research interests are urban economics, development economics, and public policy. 

Little, William

William Little has a PhD in romance languages from Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught and published on Latin American literature and humanities at several major universities and colleges for four decades. At the University of Florida he has taught the contemporary Latin American novel and the contemporary Cuban novel. He has published an online textbook on Latin American humanities, and he has published articles on several Latin American writers. Recently, he gave a paper at a major international conference on Cervantes at the University of Calgary. Currently, he has given many academic papers on Padura and he is working on a book on Padura’s novel The Man Who Loved Dogs (2009).    

Logan, William

William Logan is the author of eleven books of poems, most recently Rift pf ight (Penguin, 2017).  His criticism has been collected in seven books, most recently Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods (Columbia University Press, 2018).  The Undiscovered Country (2005) was winner of the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism.  He has also won the Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, the Allen Tate Prize, and the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry.

Mai, Volker

Volker Mai (PhD, MPH) is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology, PHHP/COM. His research program, housed in the Emerging Pathogens Institute, is focused on exploring the potential of modifying host associated commensal microbiota to maintain/improve human health. Dr. Mai currently teaches two graduate level courses in PHHP, “Cancer epidemiology” and “Grant writing in Public Health Sciences”. He came to the US in 1990 from the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) during the year following the fall of the Berlin wall. After studying medicine part time in the GDR he moved to the US on an athletic scholarship at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA where he earned a B.S. in Biochemistry (1992) and a PhD in Microbiology (1999). He received a “Cancer Prevention” postdoctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute and earned an MPH from Harvard University (2000). After his first faculty position at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (2003) he moved to UF in 2007. He previously taught the (Un)Common reads course during fall 2017 on the book “The end of faith” by Sam Harris.     

Maniaci, Stephanie R.

Stephanie Maniaci has taught various courses at the University of Florida, including courses in the English Department, the University Writing Program, and the Warren College of Business. Originally a studio artist from Cleveland, Ohio, Stephanie is now a third-year MFA candidate at the University of Florida.

Marinas, Naibi

Naibi Marinas, PhD, is a faculty member in the Astronomy Department at the University of Florida. Her research focuses in the formation of stars and planets. She teaches Discover the Universe, Life in the Universe, and History of Astronomy. She received the 2014 UF Online Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 CLAS Teaching Award.

Martinez, Michael

Michael Martinez is Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.  His research interests fall broadly into the field of electoral behavior and public opinion and his research on ambivalence, voter turnout, partisanship, voting behavior, and ideology has appeared in several scholarly journals, including Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, The Forum,  Political Analysis, Social Science Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Political Science, State and Local Government Review, Polity, and American Politics Research.  He teaches graduate seminars and undergraduate courses in political behavior, research methods, and American Politics.  As a Louisiana native, he enjoys a good bowl of gumbo and watching the New Orleans Saints win.

McCrea, Brian

I am a Professor Emeritus of English at UF, where I taught for 36 years. My Ph. D. is from the University of Virginia. I am (our families really can mess us up) a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers.

Metzler, Amanda

Amanda Metzler is an Assistant Director and Learning Specialist at the Disability Resource Center. She is a double Gator grad with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Special Education. This is her second time teaching for (un)common Reads and enjoys getting to re-read one of her favorite books with UF students!

Miller, Cody

Cody Miller teachers ninth grade English language arts at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, the K-12 public lab school affiliated with the College of Education. Additionally, he is completing a PhD in English Education at the University of Florida. Joey McGinn (student advisor) will be the co-teacher.

Miller, Jacqueline Y.

Dr. Jacqueline Y. Miller, Curator, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, Adjunct professor, UF Department of Biology and The Department of Entomology and Nematology. One of my research projects includes studies on the Castniidae (butterfly moths), which have some orchid-eating larvae. I am an American Orchid Society Judge.  My research focuses on the systematics. biogeography, biodiversity,  and life history of the Lepidoptera worldwide, but currently I am focused on the biodiversity and biogeography of species present in the Caribbean basin and comparative studies of species present to Florida.  These investigations provide clues and/or supportive data for our understanding of the evolutionary history of the Lepidoptera, and other studies relating to geographical distribution and potential climate change.   



Morgan-Daniel, Jane

Jane Morgan-Daniel, MLIS, is the Community Engagement and Health Literacy Liaison Librarian at the Health Science Center Library. She is also the Liaison Librarian to the College of Medicine's School of Physician Assistant Studies, and the College of Public Health and Health Profession's Rehabilitation Science Program and Departments of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Her primary research interest is the health information needs of underrepresented and underserved communities.  

Mounce, Gardner

Gardner Mounce is an MFA fiction candidate at University of Florida. He writes speculative fiction and reads anything. 

Mulligan, Connie

Connie Mulligan is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Genetics Institute. Her lab studies human genetic variation in order to reconstruct the evolutionary history of human populations and to investigate the genetic and sociocultural risk factors for complex diseases. She has traveled around the world, conducting research and collecting valuable samples, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Mongolia and Panamá. Dr. Mulligan received her PhD from Yale University in 1990 in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health before coming to UF in 2000.

Nation, James

Dr. James L. Nation is currently Professor Emeritus in the Entomology & Nematology Department, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Florida. He taught graduate courses in the Department of Entomology & Nematology, conducted research, and taught Global Environmental Issues in the Honors Program before retiring in June 2003 after 43 years teaching and research at the University of Florida.  He holds a BS degree (1957) from Mississippi State University and a PhD (1960) from Cornell University. He was voted Teacher of the Year by the graduate students in the Entomology & Nematology Dept. in 1989-90, Dr. James L. Nation is currently Professor Emeritus in the Entomology & Nematology Department, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Florida. He taught graduate courses in the Department of Entomology & Nematology, conducted research, and taught Global Environmental Issues in the Honors Program before retiring in June 2003 after 43 years teaching and research at the University of Florida.  He holds a BS degree (1957) from Mississippi State University and a PhD (1960) from Cornell University. He was voted Teacher of the Year by the graduate students in the Entomology & Nematology Dept. in 1989-90, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-99, and 2000-2001.  In 2001 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Florida Blue Key for outstanding service to the University of Florida. In 2006 he received an award from the Florida Entomological Society in recognition of Achievement for Teaching in Higher Education. He taught a graduate course in Insect Physiology for entomology students at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL in the fall term, 2006. The course was taught principally by interactive TV from Gainesville. At the annual HONORS BANQUET on April 15, 2010, he was selected as the 2010/2011 Honors Professor of the Year at the University of Florida. He edited the international Journal of Chemical Ecology from 1995-2000, and the Florida Entomologist, An International Journal for the Americas from 2004-2010. In the summer of 2011 he received an award from the Florida Entomological Society in recognition of Editorial Services to the Society in editing the Florida Entomologist. He has authored or co-authored more than 85 scientific publications in refereed journals, and a number of short articles in the Encyclopedia of Entomology. He is the sole author of Insect Physiology and Biochemistry (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2002), a textbook for graduate and undergraduate studies. The first edition was published in 2002, a revised 2nd  edition of the book was published in April 2008, and a 3rd revised edition was published in August 2015. His e-mail address is JLN@ufl.edu

Nguyen, Cuong

Dr. Cuong Nguyen is an immunologist studying the pathogenesis of the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s syndrome.  His research focuses on the role of B and T cells in modulating the autoimmune process.  Dr. Nguyen’s laboratory develops vaccines and gene therapy to treat patients inflicted with the disease.  Lastly, utilizing the single-cell analysis technology developed in his laboratory, he has initiated research to identify therapeutic antibodies for Zika and Dengue viruses for prevention and treatment. 

Norton, Hannah

Hannah Norton, MS, is an Associate University Librarian at the UF Health Science Center Libraries, where she has worked since 2009.  As a reference and liaison librarian, she provides literature searching, reference, collection development, and information instruction services to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Medical Honors Program.  Hannah’s research interests include health information outreach, teaching of evidence-based practice, library support for e-science and data curation, and library as place.

O'Donnell, Bernard

I have attended the following schools:

University of Mary Washington (BA English)
Loyola University Chicago (MA English)
Florida State University (JD (graduated third in my class of 225))
University of Florida (PhD English expected 2019)

I have previously clerked for Chief Justice Major Harding of the Supreme Court of Florida and served as legal counsel for Governor Charlie Crist.  I have been a member of the Florida Bar Association since 2000 and have practiced in federal and Florida courts as a civil trial and appellate attorney for over 18 years.

Odutola, Kole

Dr Kole Odutola’s interests span the areas of journalism, culture, photography, environment, arts, and language teaching. He has worked as a production assistant/script writer in television and a few radio stations in Nigeria. His recently published book is "Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood", published by Carolina Academic Press.  The book focuses on how the concept of nationalism is discussed by geographically displaced Nigerians across the World Wide Web. Dr.Odutola is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, University of Florida. His PhD from Rutgers University, NJ is in media studies.

Pagan-Wolpert, Victoria Emma

Victoria Pagán, PhD, is Professor of Classics. She has been teaching at UF for fourteen years. In addition to courses in the Latin language and Roman history, she also teaches courses on gardens in literature and on conspiracy theory in the ancient and modern world. She has regularly taught “What is the Good Life?” This is her fourth time teaching an “Uncommon Reader.”

Pantazopoulou, Anastasia

Anastasia Pantazopoulou is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the Department of Classics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philology majoring in Classics, and a Master’s Degree in Ancient Greek Philology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her master’s thesis focused on the metatheatrical dimension of Euripides’ Medea and Seneca’s Medea. Her research interests include ancient Greek and Roman drama, metatheater, classical texts and visual arts, literary reception, intertextuality and digital humanities in ancient Greek and Latin poetry, gender studies, as well as film studies. She is also a member of the organizing committee of the UF Classics Annual Graduate Symposium. Anastasia is a UF Graduate Student Teaching Award winner for the 2017-8 academic year, a Langadas Graduate Fellowship winner, and a UF Graduate School Fellowship Top-off Award recipient.  

Parks, Robert

While earning his Ph.D. in comparative religion, Bob Parks had every intention of becoming a scholar of religion.  Soon after completing his doctorate at Boston University, though, he discovered that his passion for teaching was steering him in a new direction—toward helping people work better and develop the skills they need to be successful in their jobs.  He moved to Gainesville, Florida, and began work doing technical training.  After a couple of years in technical training he was hired at the University of Florida as a trainer on the HR Training and Development team.  His passion for teaching people the skills they need to succeed became even stronger when he began teaching management and leadership.  Through his own experiences as an unprepared (and very beleaguered!) manager, he realized that great leadership can make a significant difference for individual leaders, their teams, and their organizations.  Today, he serves as the director for Training and Organizational Development at UF.  In this role, he leads an awesome team, coaches leaders, conducts leadership workshops and year-long leadership development programs for faculty and staff across the university, and facilitates strategic planning processes for departments and colleges at UF.

Patrick, Erin

Erin Patrick received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from the University of Florida (UF) in 2002 and 2010, respectively.  She is currently a Research Assistant Professor at UF in the ECE department and specializes in multiphysics modeling and simulation of electronic devices and bioelectric phenomena.

Pedota, Jacqueline O.

Jackie Pedota is Assistant Director for Career and Industry Engagement at the Career Connections Center and specifically works with students, staff, and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and is a graduate from the University of Florida. She was the first in her family to leave home, and the first to graduate college. Her experience as a first-generation college student has shaped her career path, leading her to pursue opportunities with Teach for America, Breakthrough, and Duke TIP. She most recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy, and her research focuses on Latinx student success and college access.

Phataralaoha, Anchalee

Anchalee’s professional career spans over two decades.  Her experiences range from marketing professional for a local industry to IT workforce for a non-profit and higher education. Currently she serves as a training developer for Academic Technology, a UFIT unit.  She received a BA degree in English from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1989 and a MAMC degree in Advertising from University of Florida in 1994.

Leticia Pollo de Oliveira graduated in Pharmacy-Biochemistry in 2005 and obtained her PhD in Biosciences applied to Pharmacy in 2013, both from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Since 2015 she has been performing research as a Postdoc Associate at the UF Microbiology and Cell Sciences Department.


Polvadore, Taylor

Ms. Polvadore is currently a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department of the University of Florida (UF). She completed her master’s degree in Anthropology at UF in 2016 under Dr. David Daegling. Her master’s degree focused on the skeletal biomechanics of bounding locomotor behaviors in African Colobine monkeys. Her current research interests include skeletal biomechanics, morphometrics, human variation, and forensic anthropology.

Pomputius and Edwards

Ariel Pomputius and Mary Edwards are liaison librarians at the Health Science Center Library.  They each work with several departments in the College of Medicine, a few departments in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the medical students. Their research interests include medical education and graphic medicine.


Pomputius, Ariel

Ariel Pomputius is a Health Sciences Liaison Librarian at the UF Health Science Center Libraries, and works with several departments in the College of Medicine, as well as the medical students and the Bachelor of Health Science students.  She has experience teaching graphic medicine materials in the past and brought a small collection of graphic medicine materials to the library in 2016, but is always excited to share the emerging field with a new audience.  

Potsdam, Eric

Eric Potsdam is professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics. His research focuses on the grammar of languages spoken in and around the Pacific Ocean region, including Malagasy, the native language of Madagascar. He has a wide range of interests, with degrees in linguistics, aeronautics & astronautics, mechanical engineering, and English. He does not speak High Valyrian.

Prins, Cindy A.

Dr. Cindy Prins earned her PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. She trained as a virologist and studied transcription elongation in vaccinia virus, the smallpox vaccine strain, as a post-doctoral researcher at UF. She then earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and worked in Infection Prevention and Control at UF Health Shands before joining the Epidemiology faculty in 2010. She is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, and Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.


Pufahl, Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a Lecturer and theater practitioner in the Center for Arts in Medicine with over 25 years of international theatre experience. Jeffrey develops applied theatre and video programs that support patient populations, address health and social issues, and educate and engage the public in critical dialogue. His research looks at how innovative applications of theater and video can effectively conduct, translate, and communicate research in educational, community, and clinical settings

Pufahl, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Pufahl is a faculty member in the Center for Arts in Medicine, where he is currently directing a robust theatre outreach program. Jeffrey holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Victoria, an MFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory, and a Licentiate of Music from McGill University. He has been a professional director and musical theatre performer for 25 years and his work has been seen across Canada, the US, and the UK. His work spans the genres of film, documentary film, musical theatre, traditional theatre, applied theatre, opera, and dance.

Rac, Katalin Franciska

Katalin Franciska Rac, library coordinator at the Price Library, is a historian of modern Europe. She earned her doctorate at the University in Florida and was a post-doctoral fellow and the University of Pennsylvania. She was also awarded an archival fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Her research interests include the history of European Orientalism and Jewish intellectual and cultural history. She works on topics related to culinary history as well.

Restrepo Ramos, Falcon D.

Falcon Restrepo is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He has taught courses at varying undergraduate levels, including online courses and study abroad programs, and ranging from beginning Spanish to 4000-level classes. He is currently the president of Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Beta Rho Chapter at the University of Florida. You can find more about him, his research interests, and the courses he is teaching here: https://people.clas.ufl.edu/frestrepo/

Reynolds, Alison

Dr. Reynolds teaches many types of writing courses, such as Writing for Law and Science Stories, for the University Writing Program and for the Honors Program. She is interested in both how narrative structures work in law and in the way we tell stories in science.  She also teaches a Why Tell Stories course for the Quest program. 

Reynolds, Alison

Alison Reynolds is the Associate Director of the University Writing Program.  Along with teaching different writing courses, she teaches innovation-focused courses both on campus and on study abroad programs.  She participated in a Design Thinking Workshop at Stanford University’s d.school and has hosted design thinking workshops for campus groups and in the community. 

Ritz, Lou

Dr. Lou Ritz (lritz@ufl.edu) is an emeritus faculty of the Department of Neuroscience in the McKnight Brain Institute, former course director of Clinical Neuroscience which is taken by second year medical students, and director of the UF Center for Spirituality and Health (www.spiritualityandhealth.ufl.edu). Dr. Ritz, who has had a long-time interest in meditation and spirituality, was selected as the 2017-18 Honors Professor of the Year.


Roberts, Kellie

Kellie Roberts, Director for the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at UF.  She also holds degrees in Communication Studies. She coaches the nationally competitive UF Speech & Debate Team and her research interests are in the area of instructional practices with a focus on curriculum and faculty development, postsecondary education, mentoring, and qualitative research.

Robinson, Paul

Professor Paul Robinson received his B.A. in 1980 from the University of Oxford and his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Warwick. After having held positions at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, he joined the Department of Mathematics at UF in 1987. Among his mathematical interests are geometry (both symplectic - a part of geometry that relates to classical mechanics - and projective) and analysis (both operator algebras - related to quantum field theory - and function theory). This partial accounting of his interests notwithstanding, he considers himself to be a mathematician, pure and simple.

Rogers, Katie

Katie Rogers, M.A., is a Talent Management Specialist for the University of Florida’s College of Medicine HR team. Katie obtained her MA and BS from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As a Student Affairs professional for the past ten years, she has diverse experiences including career, academic, and student organization advising, housing and residence life administration, teaching and facilitating, event and crowd management, program development, leadership development, and program assessment and evaluation. She is very passionate about working with students on their growth and development as they navigate their college experience. 

Roland, Beth L.

Beth Roland, M.A. C.A.G.S

Beth Roland is an Assistant Director/Learning Specialist in the Disability Resource Center at the University of Florida. She studied psychology ad school psychology for her bachelors, masters and specialist degrees. She was a school psychologist in Massachusetts for 6 years, before moving to Florida three years ago. Through a social justice lens, she works on outreach and assessment efforts at the DRC, and strives to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Romeyn, Esther

Esther Romeyn is a senior lecturer in the center for European Studies. The focus of her research and teaching is migration, the refugee crisis, Holocaust memory and urban cultures in Europe. 


Rowland, Neil

Dr. Neil Rowland is a professor in the Department of Psychology and has worked here for almost 40 years. He teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels primarily regarding the neuroscience of eating. He conducts research through UF's Center for Smell and Taste and studies physiological bases of ingestive behavior, neural mechanisms of ingestion, and the effects of brain damage on eating behaviors. 

Russo Ray

Dr. Ray Russo, Assistant Professor geophysics at the University of Florida, works on the flow of the Earth's mantle and its relation to global surface tectonics. To figure out how the Earth's mantle flows in situ, he uses temporary field deployments of seismometers (most recently in southern Chile and the Romanian Carpathians), freely-distributed seismic data, and computer modeling of large-scale tectonics. He also studies seismicity and seismic hazard in South America and the Caribbean region, especially the Greater and Lesser Antilles and Panama, and has worked in Chile, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. Russo has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in physical geology, structural geology, tectonophysics, terrestrial gravity and magnetism, time series analysis, and seismology. He also developed and taught a course aimed at examining connections between physical sciences and the arts, called Science and Art in the Western World. Prior to working at University of Florida, Russo was on the faculty at Northwestern University, where he got his MS and PhD, and was the Harry Oscar Wood Fellow at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and an NSF-NATO Fellow at the Université de Montpellier in France.

Ruzycki, Nancy

Nancy Ruzycki is the Faculty Lecturer and Director of the Undergraduate Laboratory within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. She holds a PhD in Solid State Physics from Tulane University. She has worked on equity issues in the STEM pipeline for over twenty years creating after school programs for youth, creating curriculum to support diverse learners, and working as a Bridge Mentor for APS. She has taken advanced training from ASEE LGBTQ+ Safe Zone ally.  Additionally, she has worked to broaden participation of under represented groups in the STEM pipeline through teacher professional development to support diverse learners. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and mentoring of students.

Rylkova, Galina

Galina Rylkova is Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She has published articles on a wide range of topics, including cultural memory about the Russian Silver Age, and the writings of Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Akhmatova, and Pasternak. She is the author ofThe Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacypublished by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2007. Her current research interests include: Psychology of Creative Personality; Chekhov, Cultural Memory; Biography; and Russian Theater. She is working on her second book, “Created Lives: The Art of Being a Successful Russian Writer.”

Sahin, Emrah

Dr. Emrah Sahin is a senior lecturer at the University of Florida. Based on his innovative, interactive, and experiential teaching methods, he received a 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. His research transcends the traditional boundaries of history, literature, sociology, and religion, and his 2018 monograph, Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire, has been published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Sams, Kelley

Kelley Sams is a medical anthropologist with a background in fine art photography and public health. She was a Fulbright-Hays scholar and Peace Corps volunteer in Niger where her work focused on communication and the circulation of perceptions related to health. During the eight years that she spent with the Norbert Elias Center/EHESS/CNRS in Marseille, France, she helped develop La Fabrique, a center that broadens the audience for social science research through collaborations between artists and investigators. Her current work supports the national ArtPlace America’s Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health initiative being led by the University of Florida with the goal of expanding the intersections of arts, community development and public health through cross-sector collaborations, discovery, translation, and dissemination. 

Schaefer, Nancy

Nancy Schaefer, MLIS, has served as the liaison librarian to various departments in UF’s colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions since 2000. She taught English as a Second Language in various college and university programs for twelve years between that and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Shmalberg, Justin

Justin Shmalberg DVM, DACVN, DACVSMR, CVA, CVFT, CVCH; Clinical Associate Professor, Integrative Medicine Service, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida. I presently serve as a lecture- and clinical-based instructor of veterinary modalities which include rehabilitation, acupuncture, nutrition, and other related therapies for a range of species. I maintain strong interests in owner-animal interactions, both domestically and internationally, as they relate to agriculture, medicine, environmental sustainability, and human psychology.

Selby, Molly

Molly Selba is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department. Her research is in biological anthropology, specifically focusing on comparative anatomy and cranial morphology. She received her master's degree from UF in 2015. Her master's thesis research focused on the selection for facial reduction in brachycephalic dogs. Molly also spends her time working on science communication through her outreach initiative called The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project, which provides resources for middle and high school educators to facilitate the inclusion of human evolution into existing science curricula.  

Selfe, Terry Kit

Terry Kit Selfe, DC, PhD, is an experienced librarian and clinical investigator with specific expertise in planning and conducting clinical trials involving mind-body therapies for chronic conditions related to aging and stress. She received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, a PhD in Educational Research from the University of Virginia, and completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in clinical research at UVA’s Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies. Dr. Selfe’s research background serves her well in her current position as library liaison to the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Shehan, Constance

Constance L. Shehan, Ph.D., is a sociologist who teaches in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has received local and national awards for teaching excellence and a mentoring award from the Graduate School. Much of Dr. Shehan’s research and teaching focuses on gender, work, and families. She previously taught an honors section of SYG2430 (Marriages and Families) and has taught HUM1000 twice. She used Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in a graduate seminar that focused on families, food, and globalization.

Silverman, Kenneth

Kenneth Silverman is a fourth-year PhD student and Latin Instructor in the Department of Classics, and he is currently writing his dissertation on the Homeric poems (title: “Sense Experience in the Homeric Poems;” advisor, Prof. Robert Wagman). He received his BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan in 2010, and an MA in Classics from the University of Maryland in 2013

Simpson, Martin

Dr. Martin Simpson received his MA in English from Illinois State and his PhD in English from the University of Florida, and is the Director of UF's Writing Studio, in Turlington Hall.  He teaches a variety of writing courses, as well as workshops on various writing topics for a variety of UF departments.    

Sjoberg, Laura

Laura Sjoberg is Associate Professor of Political Science whose research focuses on gender in global politics. For the purposes of this course, though, she is a Bronze Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. She learned to play bridge as a college student, and it has become a lifelong interest.

Smith, Christopher

Christopher Smith is an Assistant Professor of modern Japanese literature in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He received his PhD from the University of Hawai’i, and was previously a Visiting Researcher at the National Institute for Japanese Literature in Tokyo.

Smith, Craig

Dr. Craig Smith is an Associate Professor in the College of the Arts and the author of Training Manual for Relational Art CEPA/Big Orbit, USA) and the forthcoming Relational Art: A Guided Tour (I.B. Tauris, London). Dr. Smith has been a faculty member at UF since 2010, and previously taught at New York University and the University of London.

Smith, Jennifer K.

 Jennifer K. Smith is the Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence. She has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online and as manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. Prior to her work at CITT, Jennifer was an Associate Professor with the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department.

Smith, Matthew C.

Matthew Smith received his PhD from the UF Dept. of Geological Sciences in 1999, and after a 2 year postdoc at the University of Hawaii and 2 years as the American Geosciences Institute Education Programs Manager joined the UF Geological Sciences faculty in 2003 where he is currently a senior lecturer and undergraduate advisor.   His areas of specialization are igneous petrology and geochemistry of volcanic/magmatic systems at mid-ocean ridges and geoscience education at all grade levels.   He has participated in 12 oceanographic expeditions utilizing a variety of research tools including deep manned submersibles, remotely operated deep submergence vehicles and fully autonomous submersibles.  Additionally since coming to UF he has collaborated the UF College of Education on numerous teacher professional development projects.

Smith, Stephanie Ann

Stephanie A. Smith is a UF Term Professor (2018-20) in the English Department, who took her PhD at UC Berkeley in 1990. She is both a novelist and a scholar of 19th century American literature, and is the author of six books, numerous essays, short-stories and reviews. See also: www.stephanieasmith.net.

Smocovitis, Vassiliki Betty

Professor Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis is a broadly trained historian of science. For fifteen years, she taught the popular course titled The History of Science from the Renaissance to the Present (HIS 3464) in the UF History Department. She is currently convener of the UF Intersection Mellon Grant titled “Imagineering and the Technosphere” where she is exploring the intersecting themes of innovation, creativity and imagination in the figures of Leonardo, Tesla, and Jobs. She has taught a range of courses in the history of science for the Honors Program, served as Dunlevie Professor, and was Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar as well as the 16th Distinguished Alumni Professor at UF. She holds a joint appointment at UF in the Biology department and in the History department. Her last (Un)common Reading course focused on Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures.

ANDREI SOURAKOV developed a strong interest for insects at the age of 10. He currently works at the home of one of the largest butterfly and moth collections in the world – the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. Dr. Sourakov is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific and popular articles. Last year, he co-authored his first book, The Book of Caterpillars, that was published by the Chicago University Press. He has been teaching “Insects and Plants” since 2015.


Stanfield-Mazzi, Maya

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi is Associate Professor of Art History. She teaches art of ancient, colonial, and modern Latin America, and focuses on themes of indigeneity and globalization. Much of her research is centered on indigenous textiles and their makers, and she is currently finishing a book on church textiles from the colonial era.

Stewart, Gregory

Professor Stewart, a physicist, likes to read science fiction and has read almost every book ever published by Robert Heinlein. If pressed, he would admit that Stranger in a Strange Land is better suited (more to discuss) to (un)common read, but that Moon is a Harsh Mistress was faster paced.

Stonecipher, Jessica-Jean

Jessica-Jean Stonecipher completed her PhD in Medical & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida and her Postdoc in Health Services Research & Design at the VA's Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation. She is currently engaged in three active research projects and loves working with students to identify and develop their own research programs and interests. Her course exposes students to a wide array of ethnographic writing and narratives. Dr. Stonecipher's courses explore the social and cultural roles of medical narratives, as well as the use of narratives within research, storytelling, public policy, and institutions.

Svraka, Dragana

Dragana Svraka is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. She studies comparative politics and political theory, with regional focus on Europe. She is currently working on a dissertation that examines the ways that different European states deal with ethnic diversity, looking at the effects of policies that give collective rights to members of different ethnic groups.

Tennant, Michele R.

Michele R. Tennant, PhD, MLIS has a great love of the tropics, the desert, and coral reefs. Aside from hiking the wilds of Madagascar to see chameleons and lemurs, her favorite wildlife experiences have included walking the streams of Costa Rica searching for glass frogs, seeing her first anaconda in the Ecuadorian Amazon, experiencing the giant tortoises of the Galapagos, and snorkeling amongst the corals and sponges of Bonaire and Belize. Dr. Tennant is co-instructor for the study abroad course ZOO4956: Madagascar – Biodiversity & Conservation in a Developing Country, and the new International Scholars Program course Global Biodiversity and Culture: Integrating Conservation and Human Well-being.

Thiele, Leslie Paul

Dr. Leslie Paul Thiele is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, where he teaches political theory and sustainability studies.  His interdisciplinary research focuses on political thought, sustainability, technology, and the intersection of political philosophy and the natural sciences.  His central concerns are the responsibilities of citizenship and the opportunities for leadership in a world of rapid technological, social, and ecological change. 

Recent publications include: Sustainability (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2nd Edition, 2016) and “Against our Better Judgment: Decision Making in an Age of Smart(er) Machines,” (in The Political Economy of Robots: Prospects for Prosperity and Security in the Automated 21st Century, Palgrave, 2017).  Each summer, Dr. Thiele teaches two UF in Europe Study Abroad courses, “Environmental Ethics” and “Sustainability Politics” in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Tingum, Jenna L.

Jenna is a current undergraduate student studying Statistics with a minor in Public Leadership. She has a background in studying Psychology and Neuroscience before she moved majors and is highly interested in the brain and neuropsychological disorders, as well as in the psychology of political behavior. 

Triplett, Eric

Dr. Eric Triplett is Professor and Chair of the UF/IFAS Microbiology and Cell Science Department.  His research interests include the drivers of microbial diversity in the environment, plant-microbe interactions, and the role host genetics plays in microbiome composition.  He enjoys curriculum development and improvement for the purpose of increasing access and retention in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.  His teaching responsibilities include a microbiome course each spring semester, a journal colloquy every semester, and training of graduate students.

Vaught, Krista E.

Krista Vaught serves as director of academic strategic initiatives and compliance at UF Law, where she oversees projects related to accreditation, reporting, and new initiatives. Essentially, her role revolves around data – collecting it, analyzing it, reconciling it, etc. In 2018, Krista read 26 books, and ranks Everybody Lies as one of the most interesting and fun books of the year. (Why do we lie on surveys but give up so much information elsewhere online?!)

After completing a B.S. in journalism at UF, Krista earned a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and served as legal support manager at Rosetta Stone. While in D.C., Krista served on the board of the D.C. Gator Club, as a varsity tennis coach, and as public relations chair of the Junior League of Northern Virginia.  In 2013, she returned to Gainesville for a position at UF Law. Krista participated in the 2015-2016 UF Academy for emerging leaders and Leadership Gainesville 43; she serves as a mentor for Leadership Gainesville class 45 and as a board member of the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association. A double gator, Krista holds an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. and is pursuing an Ed.D. in educational technology. In addition, Krista serves as president of the Academic & Professional Assembly, the HR-sponsored organization that represents more than 3,500 professional staff across campus. Fun random facts: Krista has seen Hamilton twice, has been skydiving six times, and would fly to Austin for good barbeque.


Vigilante, Amy

Amy Vigilante has been Director/Chief Curator for the three University Galleries located in the College of the Arts since 2002. She also serves as the University of Florida’s Director for Florida’s Art in State Buildings program, overseeing committees formed for the selection of artists for the public art acquisitions program (% for art) at the University of Florida.  Vigilante is a practicing artist (textiles and painting) and an arts consultant with expertise in grant-writing, strategic planning, museum administration, as well as city, county and statewide cultural programs.

Waddell, T. Franklin

Dr. T. Franklin Waddell is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. His research examines trends at the intersection of journalism and storytelling such as automated news and virtual storytelling.

Walters, Rachel

Dr. Walters has been teaching in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida for three years. She has taught many courses using TBL with great success including Principles of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Historical Geology and, of course, Physical Geology. Dr. Walters has a true passion for teaching and is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for her students. This course will be interesting, engaging, enriching, awe inspiring and a lot of fun.

Wang, Kevin K.

Kevin K. Wang, PhD is Director of the Program for Neurotrauma, Neuroproteomics & Biomarkers Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida and Health Research Neuroscientist at the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville, FL).  In addition of being a undergraduate and graduate scholar educator,  Dr. Wang is a neurotrauma researcher since the late 1990’s with a focus in translational neurotrauma research. He has served as President and Council Member of the National Neurotrauma Society (USA).  Two acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) blood-based protein biomarkers (called UCH-L1 and GFAP) he co-discovered at University of Florida had been adopted in a TBI blood test developed by Banyan Biomarkers – a biotechnology company he co-founded .   In 2018, this blood test – called Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator - has obtained FDA approval as the first-in class in vitro diagnostic test for detecting cranial pathoanatomical abnormality among mild TBI patients. His current research interest include neurotrauma biomarkers, Tauopathy and chronic traumatic encephalopathy following TBI and new therapeutics development to treat  TBI.

Watt, Mary A.

Dr. Watt holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies and a J.D., both from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture, with on how Dante’s Divine Comedy reflects medieval perceptions of the cosmos and how Boccaccio’s Decameron holds up a mirror to medieval society.

Willmott, Keith

KEITH WILLMOTT received his undergraduate degree in Geology from the Cambridge University, England, and his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida. He has focused his studies on the butterfly fauna of South America with the focus on the country of Ecuador. During his carrier, Dr. Willmott described over a hundred news species of butterflies and authored many research article on the subjects of biogeography, mimicry, and ecology.



Wise, Benjamin

Associate Professor Ben Wise (Ph.D. Rice University, 2008) is a historian of modern America, and specializes in southern history, gender and sexuality, and cultural history. He joined the History Department at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor after teaching at Harvard University and holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His first book, William Alexander Percy: The Curious Life of a Mississippi Planter and Sexual Freethinker, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Dr. Wise teaches courses on gender and sexuality, modern America, southern history, the Jazz Age, and American culture. In 2010, he was named a teacher of the year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and in 2013 he was awarded the history department’s John Mahon Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Wysocki, Allen

Allen Wysocki is an Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. As of September 3, 2012 he assumed the position of Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

He was born and raised on an 11,000-acre family potato farm in Central Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1984, and his Master’s (1997) and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1998. Dr. Wysocki gained industry experience as a co-owner and manager of Cousin’s Produce Farm, a food distribution company serving Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 1984 until 1992.

Dr. Wysocki has devoted his career to helping students and university clientele understand the trends driving change in the food system. The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of firm and industry-level strategic planning, vertical coordination, economics, marketing, and management, to solve problems and to show clientele how to adopt successful approaches and practices that will allow them to flourish in this dynamic food system. Dr Wysocki is the author or co-author of one book, two book chapters, and over 135 articles and other publications. He was named as the CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year for 2001-2002.

Leading a team of five faculty as part of a USAID grant in Haiti was a life changing experience for Dr. Wysocki. This grant was active during the earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. This particular international experience fueled a desire to work internationally.

Current responsibilities include; overseeing the college’s distance (including UF Online and PACE) and statewide education efforts, assisting faculty and students with study abroad opportunities, facilitating international agreements between IFAS faculty and international institutions, and directing the CALS Honors Scholars Certificate program.

Yost, Richard

The instructor for CHM 2051 will be Professor Rick Yost, who has extensive experience teaching Chemistry courses all the way from “Chemistry for Poets” (CHM 1083) to senior-level Instrumental Analysis (CHM 4031) to 6000-level graduate courses in Chemistry. Dr. Yost is head of Analytical Chemistry and co-director of the NIH Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics. He recently completed terms on the Florida Board of Governors and the UF Board of Trustees. He has supervised the research of over 100 graduate students, graduating 75 PhDs and 17 MSs, with 15 more PhD candidates in his current group. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of analytical chemistry, particularly mass spectrometry, and its application to biomedical, clinical, environmental, and forensic studies. His first love is still the teaching and mentoring of undergraduates and graduates, and he is thrilled to be teaching Honors General Chemistry! For more info on Dr. Yost, see http://www.chem.ufl.edu/research/facultypage.shtml?photo=yost