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Council of Chairs

The Council of Chairs consists of all Department Chairs and School Directors. The Council serves as a forum for Chairs and Directors to discuss issues and concerns that affect them, their departments/schools, faculty and students. In addition, the Council utilizes its collective wisdom and experience to inform policy-making at various levels at UNF.


The University of North Florida Chair's Manual, drafted by the Council of Chairs and accessed by clicking on the links below, is intended to provide a quick resource and reference guide for new and returning department chairs. The manual does not represent official university policy, but refers to policies throughout the text. 


**** Chair's Academic Year Calendar****


Chair Manual (in progress) May 2022

Chair's Manual Appendix

Members, 2021-2022

Chair: Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Brooks College of Health:

  • Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Director, School of Nursing 
  • Dr. Lauri Wright: Chair, Nutrition and Dietetics (incoming: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, August, 2022)
  • Dr. Michele Moore: Chair, Public Health
  • Dr. Mei Zhao: Chair, Health Administration
  • Dr. Joel Beam: Chair, Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
  • Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff: Chair, Physical Therapy

Coggin College of Business:

  • Dr. David Jaeger: Chair, Dept. of Accounting & Finance
  • Dr. Russell Triplett: Chair, Dept. of Economics and Geography
  • Dr. Pingying Zhang: Chair, Dept. of Management
  • Dr. Reham Eltantawy: Chair, Dept. of Marketing and Logistics

College of Arts & Sciences:

  • Mr. David Begley: Chair, Department of Art, Art History, and Design
  • Dr. Cliff Ross: Chair, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Bryan Knuckley: Chair, Dept. of Chemistry
  • Dr. John Parmelee: Director, School of Communication
  • Dr. Brenda Vose: Chair, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Keith Cartwright: Chair, Dept. of English
  • Dr. David Sheffler: Chair, Dept. of History
  • Dr. Richard Patterson: Chair, Dept of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Dr. Clarence Hines: Director, School of Music
  • Dr. Mitchell Haney: Chair, Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies (incoming: Dr. Sarah Mattice, August 2022)
  • Dr. Greg Wurtz: Chair, Dept of Physics
  • Dr. Nicholas Seabrook, Chair, Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Dr. Lori Lange: Chair, Dept. of Psychology (incoming Interim: Dr. Juliana Leding, August 2022)
  • Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens: Chair, Dept of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
  • Dr. Gregory Helmick: Chair, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

College of Education & Human Services:

  • Dr. Paul Parkison: Chair, Dept. of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (incoming: Dr. Christian Winterbottom, May, 2022)
  • Dr. Amanda Pascale: Chair, Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management
  • Dr. Pamela Williamson: Chair, Dept. of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction:

  • Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy: Director, School of Computing
  • Dr. Maged Malek: Chair, Dept of Construction Management
  • Dr. Osama Jadaan: Director, School of Engineering (incoming August, 2022, Dr. Alan Harris)