Press Release for Friday, September 12, 2014
UNF Presents Annual 2014 Distinguished Professor Award
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida presented Dr.
Kristine Webb, professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter
Education and former UNF Disability Resource Center director, the 2014
award during the 43rd Annual Fall
Convocation ceremony recently held on campus.
a Southside resident, is the 37th faculty member at UNF to hold the title of
Distinguished Professor, which is an award given to a professor who
demonstrates excellence in teaching,
scholarship and service. This award is the highest honor to be conferred upon a
University faculty member and was presented September 5 in the Fine Arts Center
Lazzara Performance Hall.
Dr. Kris Webb
exemplifies excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Her commitment to
her students and to advocating for individuals with disabilities is
unwavering,” said Dr. Marsha Lupi, interim dean for the College of Education
and Human Services. “She has transformed our campus with programs such as
THRIVE, On-Campus Transition and the work in the Disabilities Resource Center,
all programs which have elevated UNF as a model institution that promotes
inclusion of all students.”
Under Webb’s direction, the
Disability Resource Center experienced tremendous growth in the numbers of
students who use accommodations and services, and the number of successful
graduates increased 10 times the number of students who graduated a decade
earlier. Further, the grade point averages of the graduates who were registered
with the DRC were equal or exceeded the mean GPA of UNF graduates from the
She has written or edited a number
of books about the transition process, including the most recent, “Handbook of
Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities.” Webb is a past-president
of the International Division on Career Development and Transition, an
organization dedicated to improving life for adolescents and adults with
Webb has won numerous awards,
including the 2014 Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award and the 2012 EVE
winner in Education, awarded by The Florida Times Union. She also was awarded
the UNF Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate
Teaching Award and was a nominee for the
2003 CASE Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Prior to UNF, Webb served as the director
of the Florida Network: Information and Services for Adults and Adolescents
with Disabilities, housed at the University of Florida. She also served as the
coordinator of a collaborative special education intern program at the
University of New Mexico. Before transitioning into higher education, Webb was
a high school teacher for 17 years in Colorado and New Mexico.
In addition to her own service
commitments, she has developed several programs for students enrolled in
education classes and registered with the Disability Resource Center at UNF to
highlight the importance of community and professional service. Along with her
interest in teacher preparation, Webb has a long-standing passion for promoting
successful postsecondary education experiences for individuals with
disabilities, family involvement and collaboration, and transition to adult
life for individuals with disabilities.
university located on an
environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.