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Christopher Brown, PhD - Associate Professor, School of Engineering

Dr. Christopher Brown earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and practiced in the profession for 22 years before joining UNF as a full-time faculty member in 2009. In his time at UNF, Dr. Brown has used community-based transformational learning (CBTL) in several of his courses including Senior Design Capstone 1 & 2 and Sustainable Engineering Design and Field Camp.

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Georgina "Gigi" David, EdD - Assistant Professor, Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL

Dr. Gigi David knows Jacksonville better than most. She was born and raised in Jacksonville and has over 25 years of educational experiences including classroom teaching, school administration, curriculum development and university teaching.  She earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida, an EdS  in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida and a MEd in Educational Leadership also from the University of North Florida.
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Christopher Johnson, PhD - Assistant Professor, Economics; Chair, Commission on Diversity Inclusion

Christopher Johnson earned his BS and his PhD, both in Economics, from the University of Alabama. He had such a powerful experience in Tuscaloosa that he decided to become a professor. “I want my students to have as enjoyable and rich an experience as I had.”

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Barb Kruger, PhD, MPH, RN - Associate Professor, Nursing

Barbara Kruger graduated with a PhD in nursing from the University of Florida after studying at the University of South Florida, Boston College and St. Anslem’s College. She spent several years in the nursing and public health fields before joining the faculty in UNF’s School of Nursing in 2001.

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Kate Mattingly Learch, MBA - Director of Study Abroad, International Business Flagship

Kate Mattingly Learch knows first-hand how transformational cultural immersion programs can be. She spent a summer living with a family and studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and, after earning a BA in Linguistics from the University of Florida in 2001, she joined the Peace Corps and spent 2 years volunteering in Aktobe, Kazakhstan. Her service with the Peace Corps included a 6-week home-stay during an intensive language, culture and practical training. Her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer deepened her appreciation for cultural and language immersion and made her more compassionate toward non-US citizens living in the US.   

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Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, PhD, MSW - Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Spaulding-Givens earned a BA in Anthropology, a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social policy and analysis, and a PhD in Social Work from Florida State University. She joined UNF as an Instructor and the Social Welfare Program Director in 2006 and was promoted to a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in 2011. She served as the inaugural Program Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program from 2011 to 2017.