In order to strengthen the core competencies of the University and thus to further the university’s aspiration to become a regional institution of national quality, the President and Provost last fall invited individual faculty members, faculty teams, and directors to submit academic Flagship Program proposals for select undergraduate or graduate programs.
The Department of Music and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics submitted strong flagship applications that were reviewed by the Flagship committee. The committee recommendations were discussed with the Provost and advanced to the President for his approval.
Since President Delaney announced the initiative in 2004, the university has established four such programs. In 2005, the School of Nursing was selected for Flagship status. The next year three were selected—Coastal Biology, International Business, and Transportation and Logistics.
Programs are selected for Flagship status in general because of their excellence in the scholarly accomplishments of their faculty and the demonstrable potential of those faculty to sustain a trajectory toward scholarly distinction; their potential to produce particularly compelling or exceptional educational outcomes for students; and their power to link the quality of education at UNF to a range of civic needs in the region. For this reason, Flagship Programs are selected to receive significant budgetary support for a period of five years (with the possibility of further, albeit reduced, support), during which time they are ideally expected to become self-sustaining or to have generated external funding support.
Jeffrey Cornett, College of Education and Human Services
Sam Kimball, College of Arts and Sciences
Li Loriz, Brooks College of Health
Ken Martin, College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction
Sarah Philips, Library
Jeff Steagall, Coggin College of Business
In Context radio interview
Annual Report 2013
In developing these programs we evaluated existing and potential resources and ensured strong academic leadership in each program, as well as hired faculty and staff who were able to nurture these programs. Flagship programs were identified as candidates with recognized potential involving areas where UNF would have a competitive advantage. The selection process included the input from key stakeholders, inside and outside the University. Flagship program are established with an exceptional faculty both new hires and through faculty development; with significant financial support including funds raised through endowments and funds to support related auxiliary programs and facilities; and through the recruitment of top-quality students to the program, including, when appropriate, international students; and leverage strengths by developing partnerships inside and outside the University.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Council of Deans determined that the committee to draft guidelines for applying for flagship status should include one tenured faculty member from each college. These committee members for 2006-2007 are:
Memo to faculty announcing call for proposals 2006
Click here for the 2006 Request for Proposals and Timeline
Click here for 2006 Flagship Proposal Template
Flagship Contact Information
Established June 2011
Director: Dr. Randy Tinnin
Phone: (904) 620-2961
Director: Drs. Judy Rodriguez and Cathy Christie
Phone: (904) 620-1289
Established: October 2006
Director: Dr. Courtney Hackney
Established: May 2006
Director: Dr. Jeffrey Michelman
Established: July 2005
Director: Dr. Lillia Loriz
Director: Dr. Robert Frankel
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