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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Cory Alexander is Lecturer of Music and Director of the Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorale at The University of Florida where he also teaches choral conducting and teaches courses on music and J. R. R. Tolkien for the UF Honors Program. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with a cognate in vocal performance 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.
A recent finalist for the American Prize in choral conducting, Dr. Alexander was previously Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. He was also Artistic Director of the Allegro Chorale & Orchestra in Midland, TX. Dr. Alexander has conducted numerous high school, university, church, and community choral ensembles, and has received many invitations to appear as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has prepared choirs for performances with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Central Florida, Greensboro (NC), and Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestras, and served as Chorusmaster for the Greensboro Opera. Choirs under Dr. Alexander’s direction have made several demonstration recordings for Hinshaw and Walton Music.
Dr. Alexander has been active in choral and vocal music throughout his life and has sung under several notable conductors, including Robert Shaw. He has appeared many times as a baritone soloist, including a 1998 performance of Schubert’s Mass in G recorded in Carmarthen, Wales and broadcast on Welsh television. More recently he has appeared as a soloist with the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, UNCG Opera Theatre, Bel Canto Company (a professional chorus in Greensboro, NC), and Musica Sacra (a professional chorus in Midland, TX).
Dr. Alexander and his wife, Dr. Bethany McKee-Alexander, who holds an EdD in Education Administration, and also a Master’s degree in choral conducting, live in McIntosh with their daughter, Emma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Todd Best is a returning instructor in the (Un)Common Reading Program. He is an Academic Advisor in Computer & Information Science & Engineering, received an M.A. in religious studies, and 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 shared questions. 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).
Joel Black researches and teaches topics on law, inequality, and city life. He has taught at the University of Oregonand the University of Florida.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
Ferol Carytsas 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. She is currently the Undergraduate Certificate Advisor and an adjunct lecturer with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. In addition, she is the Volunteer Coordinator at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and remains an active musician. She has completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Arts in Healthcare and has co-authored the article, The effects of arts-in-medicine programming on the medical-surgical work environment. She is also on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH).
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.
“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.”
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 working on a professor of Rhetoric in 4th century Antioch. Teaching Portfolio (https://desimonialberto.weebly.com/)
Dr. Delfino was an active UF faculty member for 32 years, served as a Department Chairman for 11 years, and taught Honors courses covering Environmental Science and Public Health Engineering. He taught previous (Un)Common Reading Book courses in Fall 2016 and 2017. Before UF, he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Contact: email@example.com
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.
Dr. Jonathan Edelmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Department of Agricultural Education and Communication instructing Leadership courses for the Leadership Minor. She has facilitated several Honors courses including Mindful Leadership, offered Fall 2017. Her educational background and personal passion lies within the intersections of art, science and creativity. Dr. K has had professional art exhibits displayed in Paris, France; Indiana; Texas, and Florida. Her research interests focus on leadership with the intersections of creative problem solving and change. She has published and presented internationally on topics related to higher education and leadership. She believes everyone is creative in their own right and looks forward to what the students in the Art of Pop-Up Books will create for themselves. Dr. K’s Ph.D. was earned at the UF in Agricultural Education and Communications with a focus on Leadership. Her MS.Ed., is in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her B.A was earned at the University of South Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Michelle is currently writing a book on integrating research integrity into the curriculum.
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.
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. Currently, he is working on a book on the novels of Leonardo Padura.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, I am Amanda Metzler and I am an Assistant Director and Learning Specialist at the Disability Resource Center. I am a UF Alumni and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education. I was an elementary school teacher for several years before transitioning to my current role. I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. Aside from that, I enjoy playing board games, running, and reading. The Harry Potter series is one that I have read for years and find that it has a lot to teach for people of all ages. I hope you come join us!
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 develop the skills they need to be successful in their jobs. He moved to Gainesville, Florida, and began work doing computer software training. After a couple of years in technical training he was hired at the University of Florida. Through his own experiences as an unprepared (and very beleaguered!) manager, he realized that leadership isn’t always easy, but it can be learned. He’s been teaching courses in management and leadership development at UF for more than a decade. Today, he serves as the director for Training and Organizational Development at UF. In this role, he leads a fantastic team, 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.
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 Miami, 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 where she focused on Latinx student success and college access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dr. Lou Ritz (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Kellie Roberts, an advisor for the Honors Program and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
ANDREI SOURAKOV developed a strong interest for insects at the age of 10. In 1997, he obtained his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida, and 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 on the taxonomy and biology of butterflies and moths. Last year, he co-authored The Book of Caterpillars published by the Chicago University Press. He has been teaching “Insects and Plants” every Spring and Fall since 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Before re-inventing herself as a bioinformatics librarian, Michele Tennant completed her PhD thesis on the phylogenetic systematics of woodpeckers. She 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 UF in Madagascar – Biodiversity & Conservation in a Developing Country; the International Scholars Program class Global Biodiversity and Culture: Integrating Conservation and Human Well-being; and (Un)Common Read courses on the books Thank You, Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly and Madagascar: The Eighth Continent: Life, Death and Discovery in a Lost World.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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