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Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards 2021

The University of North Florida is proud of the academic and professional accomplishments of its faculty. The many personal and collaborative achievements noted here illustrate the commitment to teaching, scholarship, outreach, and research among members of the university community.


Distinguished Professor Award

The Distinguished Professor Award is presented annually to a University of North Florida faculty member who has a balanced record of distinction at UNF in all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. The award includes an honorarium of $6,000, a commemorative plaque, the listing of the recipient's name on a permanent University plaque, and an invitation to deliver the Academic Convocation address. This award is made possible through unrestricted gifts to the UNF Foundation, Inc.

Eligibility:

Any regular, full-time member of the UNF faculty who holds the rank of full or associate professor, is eligible for the award except for past recipients of the award and persons serving on the Screening Committee.

Mei Zhao

Distinguished Professor

 Mei Zhao

Department of Health Administration

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Distinguished Professor Runner-Up

Lynne Arriale

School of Music (Jazz Piano Performance)

Community Engaged Scholarship Award

The University of North Florida wants to recognize faculty members who perform meritoriously in the area of Community Engaged Scholarship.

Eligibility:

Any full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty is eligible to be considered for the Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award.  No Community Engaged Scholarship awardee shall be eligible for another Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award until the fifth year following the receipt of the last award.

Claudia Sealey-Potts new

Claudia Sealey-Potts

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Outstanding Faculty Service Award

The University of North Florida recognizes faculty members who perform meritoriously in service to the University, the community, and their profession, with a special emphasis on service to the University. Therefore, two Outstanding Faculty Service Awards are made possible through unrestricted gifts to the University of North Florida Foundation. The award includes an honorarium of $2,500 and a commemorative plaque.

Eligibility:

Any full time member of the University of North Florida faculty who has seven years of full-time regular employment at the University is eligible to be considered for an Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Time served in visiting and adjunct positions does not count toward eligibility.

Caroline Guardino revised

Caroline Guardino
Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

Katherine Hooper new

Katherine Hooper

Department of Psychology

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award

The University of North Florida recognizes faculty members who perform meritoriously in scholarship. Therefore, four Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards are made possible through unrestricted gifts to the University of North Florida Foundation. The award includes an honorarium of $2,500 and a commemorative plaque.

Eligibility:

Any full time member of the University of North Florida faculty who has seven years of full-time regular employment at the University is eligible to be considered for an Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award. Time served in visiting and adjunct positions does not count toward eligibility.

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Jenny Stuber

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Josh Gellers

Josh Gellers

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Laura Heffernan

Laura Heffernan
Department of English

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards (10) are to be given in the Spring in recognition of excellence in teaching achieved during the previous two academic years.

Eligibility:

Any full-time member of the UNF regular teaching faculty, who has held a regular faculty appointment at the rank of Laboratory Lecturer with "instructor-of-record" status, Senior Instructor, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, for the previous two academic years at UNF, and who has taught at least four (4) undergraduate courses during that time is eligible to be nominated for these awards.

Keith Ashley

Keith Ashley
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Grace Bosse

Grace Bosse

Department of Physics

Elizabeth Stotz-Potter new

Elizabeth Stotz-Potter

Department of Biology

Rob Haley

Rob Haley

Department of Health Administration

Quincy Gibson

Quincy Gibson

Department of Biology

Wanyong Choi

Wanyong Choi

Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

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Charles Closmann

Department of History

James Beasley

James Beasley

Department of English

Grant Bevill

Grant Bevill

School of Engineering

Erin Bodnar

Erin Bodnar

School of Music

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award is to be given annually in recognition of excellence in graduate teaching during the previous two academic years.

Eligibility:

Any full-time member of the UNF teaching faculty, who has held an in-rank faculty appointment and has been designated as graduate faculty for the previous two academic years at UNF, and who has taught at least three graduate courses during that time.

Denise Bossy

Denise Bossy

Department of History

Cynthia White-Williams

Cynthia White-Williams

Department of Health Administration

Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award

The University of North Florida recognizes the importance of adjunct faculty who perform meritoriously in teaching. To that end, the university has made appropriations for Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards to be given in the Spring semester in recognition of excellence in teaching achieved during the past three calendar (including summer) terms.

Eligibility:

Any member of the UNF adjunct teaching faculty or clinical adjunct with classroom responsibilities, who has held a faculty appointment as an adjunct instructor or clinical supervisor for at least one semester during each of the three previous calendar years at UNF, and who has taught at least six (6) courses/section during that time is eligible to be nominated for these awards. Clinical Supervision does not equate to course instruction for the purpose of this award. Former Full-time UNF faculty are not eligible for this award. No winner of an Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award shall be eligible to win another Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award until the FIFTH year following receipt of the last award.

Jelena Brezjanovic-Shogren revised

Jelena M Brezjanovic-Shogren
 Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Brittany Fouche Strine new

Brittany Fouche Strine

School of Music

Randi Mitchell new

Randi Mitchell

Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

Dina Barone new

Dina Barone

School of Music

Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award (Individual Winner)

Developed by the UNF Commission on Diversity and Inclusion to acknowledge and honor exemplary efforts that promote, foster and demonstrate understanding and appreciation for advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusion on campus.        

Eligibility:

All UNF faculty, staff and students are eligible.

Nominations may be made by any person and self-nominations are acceptable as long as eligibility criteria are met. Nominators should describe the nominee's commitment, as demonstrated by their exemplary efforts.

 

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Tru Leverette

Department of English

Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award is presented annually by Academic Affairs to undergraduate advisors who have made outstanding contributions to the field of academic advising for the year preceding the award application.

Eligibility:

Recipients may be nominated by university faculty members, academic advisors, or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, a faculty member, students, and a university staff, and receive a $2,000 prize.

Hailey Sackett

Hailey Sackett

College of Education and Human Services

Presidential Professorships

John A. Delaney Presidential Professor Terry Presidential Professor

Application (Closed)

 

Purpose: To recognize and facilitate the scholarly productivity of distinguished faculty.

Eligibility:

Selection Criteria -- Faculty members eligible for such appointment:

  1. must hold tenure at the rank of full Professor at the University of North Florida.
  2. must have a strong record of significant scholarly accomplishment in the form of publications, grants, collaborations, or any discipline-specific index of achievement.
  3. have never held a Presidential Professorship at the University of North Florida.

The Terry Presidential Professorship:

The John A. Delaney Endowed Presidential Professorship: