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!
Adams, Brittany M.
Brittany Adams is a 3rd year PhD student in the College of Education, specializing in literacy and reading. Her research interests include the intersection of identity and literacy, particularly related to equity and social justice, and using children’s and young adult literature to foster critical literacy for social justice.
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.
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. 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.
Todd Best is an Academic Advisor in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering and a returning instructor in the (Un)Common Reading Program. He has taught a variety of courses and topics in the (Un)Common Reading program that explore shared human questions in the paradoxes, promises, and perils of the human experience. His academic background is in the humanities, specifically in religious studies where he has worked on issues pertaining to the reappearance of the human in higher education. He is interested in the puzzles and quandaries of human experience, how various thinkers and traditions respond to those questions, and what resources we might tap for gaining insight into shared questions. Other interests include religious thought and practice in late-modernity, sustainability issues, technology and society, aesthetics, and civil discourse. 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. Most recently, he taught at the University of Oregon’s Honors College and School of Law. He returned to the University of Florida in Fall 2016.
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.
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. 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 Schools, Society, & Culture 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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 elitism. In the past, Alec has taught “Problems of Democracy” and TAed 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.
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. Books such as this connect the Physical Sciences to the world in which we live and provide insights into the impacts of science on current day political, cultural and societal issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 second-year 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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Turkish Studies Lecturer at the University of Florida. His teaching and research transcend the traditional boundaries of history, literature, sociology, and religion. His current book, titled Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in September 2018. Dr. Sahin has recently received important prizes including the 2016 International Research Award in Turkish Studies and the 2018 Teaching Award at the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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.
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.
Mrs. Smith has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online. She was also the Manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) where she coordinated a team of instructional designers and educational technicians to support faculty in the development of pedagogically sound course materials.
Prior to her work at CITT, Mrs. Smith was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department. During her twelve years of teaching, she served as the Design Area Coordinator and the Costume Shop Manager. She taught courses in costume construction, pattern making, tailoring, crafts, and painting and dyeing.
Professionally, Mrs. Smith has created patterns and tutorials for the software company, PatternMaker Software. She has supervised costume construction for performing arts companies such as the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. Her creations have been worn by many performers including opera singers Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves as well as rock musician Prince.
Mrs. Smith received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Production from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre Arts came from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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.
Michele R. Tennant, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Health Science Center Libraries. Before re-inventing herself as a bioinformatics librarian, she completed her 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 ZOO4956: Madagascar – Biodiversity & Conservation in a Developing Country.
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.
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.
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