Colleges of Distinction

Brooks College of Health

  • The director of the School of Nursing was named Director of the Year by the Florida Student Nurses Association and was elected chair of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing.

  • Three nutrition faculty were elected to national offices in the American Dietetic Association, including president, delegate-at-large for the House of Delegates and president of the Dietetic Educators of Practitioner practice group.

  • Nutrition students received an Achievement Award from the Clinton Global Initiative for their proposal to develop a fruit and vegetable garden in an underserved area of Jacksonville.

  • Nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia students had 100 percent first-time pass rates on national licensure/certification examinations.

  • The Florida Nurses Association recognized 10 School of Nursing faculty members in the Brooks College of Health as among the Great 100 Nurses in the state—and exemplary in administration, practice, community nursing, research, education or advocacy/role models.

Coggin College of Business

  • Coggin College is among the fewer than 7 percent of business schools worldwide that have achieved the distinction of international accreditation by the AACSB.

  • The Princeton Review recognized the Coggin College of Business as among the 300 best business schools in the country for the third year in a row.

  • The Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program boasts a state-of-the-art Logistics Information Technology Solutions Laboratory, providing supply chain simulation training in SAP and Oracle ERP software for students and research opportunities for faculty. It is one of fewer than 10 such labs in the nation.

  • The college began offering the Ibero-AmericanMBA. Students completing this bilingual program earn a master’s in international business from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and an MBA from UNF. Coursework is taken in Spain, Argentina and at UNF.

  • The UNF SIFE team (Students in Free Enterprise) earned its 12th consecutive regional championship and then finished in the “Sweet 16” in the 2009 national competition.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • The college offered a dozen Transformational Learning Opportunity classes, including three outside the United States and another nine in the country.

  • A Department of Music professor received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to plan a yearlong series of jazz concerts, workshops and clinics that focus on big band music and include outreach to underserved schools.

  • A history professor received the Kislak Fellowship in American Studies at the Library of Congress.

  • A psychology professor received a "Fellowship for Experienced Researchers" from the Humboldt Foundation to conduct research at Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg and at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany.

  • A Department of Music voice professor gave solo recitals in Italy and Poland, concerts with North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as an assistant stage director for musical productions at a summer opera program in Czech Republic.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction 

  • The director of the School of Computing is a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System.

  • Four UNF students won a regional robotics competition in Alabama in which the team designed and constructed a semi-autonomous robotic device similar to the Mars rover.

  • Five construction management students and an electrical engineering student designed and constructed a school building for first- and second-graders in the Philippines.

  • Two faculty members in collaboration with a Mayo Clinic researcher received a National Science Foundation grant to develop a brain-computer interface that will control a robotic arm using only brain signals. This technology could potentially help severely disabled people interact with their environments. 

College of Education and Human Services

  • The college’s Urban Professional Development School Partnership with Duval County Public Schools was the inaugural recipient of the National Association of Professional Development Schools Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement. It is the program’s second national award.

  • The college’s master’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting is one of only two programs of its type in the nation.

  • The college collaborates with the Northeast Florida “Call Me Mister” program designed to increase the pool of teachers from diverse backgrounds to work in elementary schools.

  • Each year the college awards four Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence to master teachers in Jacksonville. The awards, funded by Gilchrist Berg, carry a $15,000 cash prize, making them among the nation’s largest teacher awards