Juan Aceros, PhD - Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Juan Aceros is a native of Colombia,
South America. Dr. Aceros completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
at the University of New Hampshire, and his master’s degree in Mechanical,
Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Electrical and
Computer Engineering, both at Northeastern University.
For his graduate studies,
Aceros worked on the development of
Systems (MEMS), Micro/Nano
Nanotechnology, Materials Characterization, Thin Films, Scanning Electron
Microscopy (SEM), and Semiconductor processing
held a postdoctoral position at the NSF Center for High-rate
prior to joining UNF, he was a Senior Research Associate with the
Laboratory at Brown University, Providence, RI. During his time at Brown, Dr
the development of advanced neural interface technology for clinical and
research applications such as fully-implantable, wireless neural interface
devices for recording and transmitting cortical signals from the brain.
Emma Apatu, DrPH - Assistant Professor, Public Health
Dr. Emma Apatu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of North Florida (UNF). Apatu completed her Doctor of Public Health in Community Health at East Tennessee University and Master of Public Health in Health Education and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. Dr. Apatu actively tries to engage her students in real life learning experiences.
Linda K. Connelly
is a native of
Pensacola, Florida. She graduated from the Mobile Infirmary Hospital School of
Nursing with a diploma in nursing in 1973. She was commissioned as a first lieutenant in
the Army Nurse Corps in 1988. COL
Connelly earned her Bachelor of Health Education in 1978 from the University of
Heather Kenney, Ed. D - Director of Brooks College of Health Advising
Heather Kenney earned her BA in Psychology from West Chester University of
Pennsylvania, M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University, and Ed.D
in Education Leadership from UNF. Her
research and programming interests revolve around college student retention and
engagement pertaining to student success.
Stephen Stagon, PhD - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Stephen (Steve) Stagon joined the University of North Florida in
academic year 14/15 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior,
Steve earned a BS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Connecticut. His research interests center around synthesis, processing, and
application of nanostructured materials. He is advisor to the UNF student
chapters of the Florida Engineering Society, American Society of
Mechanical Engineers, and Osprey Robotics. Steve entered the Community Scholars program as a blank slate, but left with a plan to expand his involvement in Jacksonville.
Kristi Sweeney, PhD - Assistant Professor, Sports Management
Kristi Sweeney, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor of Sport
Management at the University of North Florida (UNF), where she also serves as
the Chair of the UNF Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Dr. Sweeney teachers both graduate and
undergraduate courses in sport finance.
In addition, she instructs resource development for non-profit organizations,
sport facility management, and supervises internships at the undergraduate
level. Her research interests include
sport philanthropy, community-based learning, diversity in sport, and consumer
behavior and decision making in professional sport.
Susan Syverud, PhD - Associate Professor, Exceptional Education
Susan M. Syverud is an associate professor in the Department of Exceptional,
Deaf and Interpreter Education in the College of Education and Human Services
at the University of North Florida. She served 12 years as Professor in
Residence at the Urban Professional Development School Woodland Acres
Elementary, Jacksonville, Florida and is currently developing an International
Professional Development School in Belmopan, Belize. She primarily teaches
literacy methods for exceptional learners courses where her students tutor
struggling readers under her guidance and supervision. Her research interests
include preventing reading failures, remediating poor academic achievement of
struggling learners, preparing highly qualified educators within a professional
development school model, and developing university-school partnerships.