Flagship Programs

Flagship Program Overview 2011


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 previously 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. 

Congratulations to the Departments of Music and Nutrition and Dietetics on being designated UNF'S 5th and 6th Flagship Programs


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.


Process (Past)

 2010 Request for Proposals and Timeline

Committee Members (2010):

    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


UNF Designated Flagship Programs

Department of Music
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Coastal Biology
International Business
School of Nursing
Transportation and Logistics


History of Flagship Program

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.

Press Releases
  • A fourth Flagship Program is announced in Coastal Biology - see press release
  • Two new Flagship Programs announced in Business: International Business and Transportation & Logistics - see press release
  • Nursing selected as first Flagship - see press release
Flagship Committee 2006-2007

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:

  • Earle Traynham and Yemisi Bolumole, Coggin College of Business
  • Jason Mauro and Lev Gasparov, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathaleen Bloom and Catherine Christie, College of Health
  • Janice Seabrooks and Dennis Holt, College of Education and Human Services
  • Charles Winton and Joseph Campbell, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

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