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UNF COEHS receives record-setting $7 Million U.S. Education Dept. grant to renew educator pipeline

September 22, 2022

The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services has been awarded an over $7 Million partnership grant, Project PREP (Partnering to Renew the Educator Pipeline), alongside Clay County District Schools and UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences to address the critical teacher shortage and create equitable teaching outcomes for every student.
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UNF Preschool and College of Education team up to offer new learning experiences

August 30, 2022

The University of North Florida Preschool and College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) are working together to increase experiential learning opportunities for UNF education students as well as continue to foster the nurturing learning environment for children that the Preschool has been well known for since 1975.
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Dr. Rowe Publishes Paper about UNF THRIVE

March 23, 2022

Dr. Tara Rowe, associate director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and director of THRIVE, has recently published a paper in the Journal of College Reading and Learning detailing how the University of North Florida’s THRIVE program has helped students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) successfully navigate their college careers through peer mentoring and other specialized accommodations.

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Michelle Drinks named a 40 under 40 Honoree by Jacksonville Business Journal

March 16, 2022

Michelle Drinks, director of development for UNF’s College of Education and Human Services, has been named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Jacksonville Business Journal for her business success, leadership skills and outstanding professional achievement.

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School Counseling receives $1.6M GEAR UP grant

February 7, 2022

The College of Education and Human Services' school counseling “SOAR” program has been awarded a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Partnership grant with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) to help students from low-income backgrounds better prepare for postsecondary education.


This 2021-27 GEAR UP grant is the sixth award for the SOAR program since 1999 and builds upon the rich legacy of collaboration between UNF COEHS and DCPS to increase college access for local students while nurturing the leadership talent of future educators.


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Painting Osprey pride for UNF’s 50th

February 4, 2022

In celebration of UNF's 50th Anniversary, the College of Education & Human Services invited students, faculty, staff and alumni to create paintings to express our UNF pride. The completed paintings will be displayed throughout the year at MOCA Jacksonville at 333 N. Laura St. and the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery in the John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E, Suite 2401.
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U.S. News and World Report 2022 Best Online Programs

January 25, 2022

The University of North Florida has earned high rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs list, landing in the top 50 in the nation for its online bachelor’s programs as well as earning recognition for the online master’s in education programs.

UNF ranked in the top schools in the nation for its master’s in education program. The program is recognized for its strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates and instructor credentials as well as for excelling at educating distance learners while offering robust career and financial support. This is the second year in a row that UNF College of Education and Human Services’ Master of Education in Educational Leadership has landed in the top 100 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs, joining SUS schools including UF, FSU and UCF. The program ranked No. 53 in the nation.


  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Early Childhood Educational Leadership 
  • Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology, Training and Development


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Education Students Volunteer in honor of MLK Day

January 21, 2022

College of Education and Human Services’ Jacksonville Teacher Residency program teamed up with the Arc of Jacksonville's On Campus Transition AmeriCorps members and volunteers to give back to a local high school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Sport Data Analytics Lab now home to PGA Tour golfer K.H. Lee

January 3, 2022

The College of Education and Human Services' Sport Data Analytics Lab is now PGA TOUR player K.H. Lee's official performance data analytics manager. The lab will help Lee optimize his performance to improve skills and strategies as well as predict and prevent inquiries.
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UNF receives $3.5M US Dept. of Education grant to prepare rural special education administrators

December 14, 2021

The UNF College of Education and Human Services, in a collaboration with the University of Oklahoma and the University of Louisville, has been awarded a $3.5M grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the critical shortages of special education administrators to serve in rural districts.
Project SPIDERS (School-university Partnerships Influencing aDvocating and Engaging Rural Special Educators) will kick off Spring 2022. The funding will support 18 doctoral students (six at UNF) through doctoral programs that prepare special education personnel who are well-qualified for and can act effectively in leadership positions in rural school systems.
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Jacksonville Public Education Fund awards UNF education students’ scholarships

December 6, 2021

At a recent men’s basketball game the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), in partnership with the CEM Foundation, announced a new scholarship to support and encourage diverse male student athletes who are considering teaching careers in Duval County Public Schools. Over the course of three years, multiple diverse male student athletes in the UNF College of Education and Human Services will receive a $2,500 annual scholarship as well as membership, sponsored by the CEM Foundation, into JPEF’s IGNITE Young Professionals Group. These partnerships and scholarships are a small part of JPEF’s commitment to help recruit and retain 1,000 diverse male teachers by 2025.

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UNF Alumni and COEHS LLC celebrate Deck the Chairs

December 1, 2021

Through a social media voting campaign, the Make a Difference in Education (M.A.D.E.) LLC chair won a contest to have their "tiny chair" come to life at the annual Deck the Chairs event in Jacksonville Beach. All M.A.D.E. LLC students are first-year students in teacher education majors, and their chair has a colorful blend of UNF pride and education symbols like books and primary colors.

COEHS joins ElevatED Challenge

November 22, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services joined eight other education colleges around the state in the first-ever ElevatED Challenge—a donor participation competition aimed at raising money in support of education. The challenge ran from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30.
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Jacksonville Teacher Residency program focuses on preparing Black male educators

November 15, 2021

The UNF College of Education and Human Services (COEHS)’s Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program is working on two new initiatives to prepare Black as well as diverse male educators for the workforce.
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Director of UNF THRIVE program honored with NASPA’s outstanding service award

October 28, 2021

Dr. Rowe, Director of COEHS' THRIVE program was honored with the “Outstanding Service to Students Award” by the Florida chapter of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) during the NASPA-FL Virtual Drive-In Conference on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 15.
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COEHS receives significant DOE grant to prepare ASL/English interpreters for K-12 schools

October 26, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services' ASL/English Interpreting Program has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to increase the number of highly qualified, academically prepared ASL/English interpreters ready to work in the K-12 educational setting.
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Graduate student receives fellowship from the American Association of University Women

October 19, 2021

Katoria Carter, a University of North Florida graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Science in ASL/English Interpreting program, has recently been awarded a 2021-22 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Recipients of this award are dedicated to pursuing academic work and leading innovative community projects to empower women and girls.
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NEFSTEM joins the Scratch Education Collaborative

August 26, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services’ Northeast Florida Center for STEM Education (NEFSTEM) recently joined the Scratch Education Collaborative, an international network of organizations focused on supporting learners from historically marginalized communities in developing their confidence with creative computing using the Scratch computer programming platform.
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UNF STEP Lab provides space for hands-on learning across disciplines

August 10, 2021

Dr. Nicholas Eastham, UNF STEP Lab supervisor and faculty administrator, came up with a one-of-a-kind lesson plan and demonstration for Rebekah Wallis, adjunct COEHS faculty member, and her students studying to be special education educators. The class constructed accessible “breadboards” that can be made and used by people of various age levels and abilities with materials found around the house.
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THRIVE program director discusses peer mentoring programs with the Disability Compliance for Higher Education journal

July 28, 2021

Dr. Tara Rowe, associate director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and director of THRIVE, was recently featured in an interview for the July 2021 issue of Disability Compliance for Higher Education to discuss the peer mentoring programs offered to students registered with SAS at UNF. 
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Taylor Leadership Institute partners with First Tee

July 26, 2021

The Taylor Leadership Institute is partnering with First Tee to serve as leadership mentors for the First Tee Scholars as part of a Pre-College Retreat. This partnership will serve as a model of collaboration between UNF’s Taylor Leadership Institute and First Tee as they work together to help equip the First Tee Scholars with the leadership skills that will help them thrive both now and in the future.
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Professor presents at International Congress on the Education of the Deaf

July 19, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick, assistant professor of deaf education, recently presented her research, “Written Language Inventory for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Identification and expansion of students' writing repertoires,” at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf. Her presentation summarized the work she and her colleagues have done to develop a Written Language Inventory (WLI) and supplemental materials for teachers of the deaf throughout the past eight years.
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UNITE Design Lab for inclusive workplace training unveiled

July 7, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services has unveiled a new virtual lab focused on Universal Design for Learning. The Universal Design for Inclusion in Training and Education (UNITE) Design Lab will serve as a virtual space for corporations, companies, and organizations to engage in research, collaboration, training and development for today’s workforce aimed at promoting innovation and inclusivity.
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CUEP's Hope and History Mural voted Jacksonville's Best Public Art

July 2, 2021

The COEHS'  Hope and History Mural Project was recently voted “Jacksonville’s best public art” in the JaxBest list, a guide compiled by News4Jax WJXT Ch.4 viewer votes that showcases the local things that make Jacksonville so unique. Local h igh school students worked with CUEP staff, UNF volunteers and local artists including lead muralist Nicole Holderbaum to bring their vision to life. Alongside local history-makers and Civil Rights activists, over 25 area youth studied Jacksonville’s Civil Rights history and realized their own capacity to create changes today.

Read the UNF News Story.

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UNF hosts 'Seven Bridges Writing Project' as part of the NWP Summer Institute

June 3, 2021

The National Writing Project (NWP) at the University of North Florida, also known as the Seven Bridges Writing Project, will hold the second annual Summer Institute on the UNF campus from June 14 to June 18, 2021. As the only NWP site in the region, the Seven Bridges Writing Project serves students and teachers across a 100-mile radius throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia focusing on research-based ways to engage students in empowerment through writing.
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COEHS professor co-authors 'Nine Essentials' national professional development school guidelines

June 2, 2021

Dr. Rebecca West Burns, director of clinical practice and educational partnerships for UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) and a Bill Herrold Endowed Professor, co-authored the recently released National Association for Professional Development Schools’ second edition of the “Nine Essentials,” the national guidelines that set the standard for high quality school-university partnerships.
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UNF faculty/staff create “Teaching Innovations and Exemplars” website

May 7, 2021

University of North Florida launched the “ Teaching Innovations and Exemplars ” website that shares the imaginative teaching innovations developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by UNF faculty including Dr. Jen Kilpatrick,  deaf education assistant professor, and  Dr. Hope (Bess) Wilson, teaching, learning & curriculum associate professor.  The featured innovations are intended to help spark curiosity and inspire fellow educators to adopt creative teaching methods and practices – not just during COVID, but beyond.

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COEHS Alumna, Jennifer Pryor Halter, named FL Principal of the Year

May 5, 2021

The Florida Department of Education named Jennifer Pryor Halter, principal at Green Cove Springs Junior High School in Clay County, the 2021 Principal of the Year for the State of Florida.

Halter graduated with a master's degree in educational leadership and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services in Educational Leadership. 

Read the UNF News Article

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UNF College of Education and Human Services announces 2021 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence recipients

April 29, 2021

In an effort to surprise the teachers with the good news, principals in the Duval County Public School district invited faculty and staff to join for a special Zoom meeting where the winning teachers were announced in front of their peers. Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF COEHS Dean, was also in attendance to make the special announcement.

Read the UNF News Article

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UNF presents ‘THRIVE-ing in Postsecondary Education’ seminar with Dr. Temple Grandin

April 22, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Transition to Healthiness, Resourcefulness, Independence, Vocation, and Education (THRIVE) program is hosting a “THRIVE-ing in Postsecondary Education” seminar featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, author, professor and autism activist.
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Explore social justice and education at UNF’s Bridges Summer Camp

April 21, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP) will host the annual free Bridges Summer Camp for high schoolers who want to learn about education and community building from racial equity, social justice and activist perspectives. The two-week virtual camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays from Monday, July 5, through Friday, July 16. 

Read the UNF News Story.

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UNF alumna receives NAPDS 'Outstanding Dissertation Award'

April 9, 2021

Dr. Catherine Wade was awarded for her dissertation on educator perspectives on Professional Development School partnerships
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UNF and DCPS receive VOYA Foundation grant for STEM educator training

April 6, 2021

The University of North Florida’s College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education & Human Services recently received a VOYA Foundation grant for their Quantum Physics Secondary Professional Development project, a collaboration with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)
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UNF’s College of Education unites programs that serve students with disabilities

March 26, 2021

The Department for Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education (EDIE), located within UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), is uniting the University’s services and programs that support individuals with disabilities, as well as the faculty, staff and students who work in these programs.
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College of Education and Human Services continues to impact Duval County Schools

March 19, 2021

Eight teachers, a third of Kings Trail Elementary School’s total faculty, received their Master’s in Education from UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) this fall 2020.
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UNF Women’s Center presents Susan B. Anthony Award to Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan

March 17, 2021

Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan, University of North Florida Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum associate professor, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Susan B. Anthony Award.
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UNF Sport Management Program receives COSMA Hall of Fame awards

March 4, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Sport Management program recently received awards at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Virtual Conference including the Hall of Fame “Biz Connectors Award” in recognition of innovative partnerships within the sport industry that mutually benefit both students and sport industry partners.
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C.A.M.P. Osprey program receives LEAD Award

February 17, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program, better known as C.A.M.P. Osprey, has been awarded the grand prize honor for Leadership and Organizational Development by the LEAD Awards. The C.A.M.P. Osprey program award is under the education category for its innovation and superior practices in the leadership space.

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UNF College of Education receives $1.35 million gift to prepare future teachers through the Lastinger Endowed Scholarship

February 11, 2021

The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has received a $1.35 million gift from the Lastinger Family Foundation, Inc. to provide scholarship funds to students pursuing teaching careers with the newly-created Lastinger Endowed Scholarship.
Read the UNF News Article.
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COEHS Alumna named FL Superintendent of the Year

December 3, 2020

Congratulations Dr. Diana Greene, COEHS alumna, for being named Florida's 2021 Superintendent of the Year. 
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UNF ranked one of the most affordable colleges to earn an early childhood education degree

December 3, 2020

Of 85 national universities ranked as "Most Affordable” for earning an Early Childhood Education Degree, UNF has landed at No. 37, as listed by  Discover Early Childhood EDU , a resource to help students plan their teaching career path. The organization said the listed universities were inexpensive, but high-quality, offering students a “lower price tag from a great college program.” 

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SportsMEDIA Technology and UNF’s Sport Data Analytics Lab Announce Partnership

November 24, 2020

SportsMEDIA Technology in Jacksonville has agreed to be an official supporter of the Sport Data Analytics Lab, which opened this fall and is led by Dr. Wanyong Choi. In addition to a donation to the lab, SMT is investing in the refurbishment of the tennis courts at the Fountains Residence Hall, bringing them to USTA standards, so the company can accurately test their data analysis tools and software. 

Read the UNF News Article.

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Guest Column: Jacksonville deserves a STEM Pipeline

November 22, 2020

Dean Yendol-Hoppey explains how COEHS partnerships with Duval County Public Schools, local organizations like Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub and 5C Academy, and with the support of our own Northeast Florida Center for STEM Education, we are providing unlimited possibilities for teachers and students across all grade levels to experience high-quality STEM learning opportunities in Jacksonville.
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UNF Leadership Institute and Women’s Tennis support Ronald McDonald House Charities

November 19, 2020

Taylor Leadership Institute has formed a unique partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, Inc. to engage University students in education outreach, leadership and service by mentoring pediatric patients in the local Jacksonville community. As a part of this ongoing partnership, UNF Women's Tennis hosted a "Be Strong" virtual Zoom meetup and paint event with a group of RMHC Jax children.

Read the UNF News Article 

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UNF hosts artistic expression event to support first generation students

October 23, 2020

UNF first-generation students took part in “Destress Through Art” painting and discussion experience. Hosted by UNF Undergraduate Studies and UNF College of Education and Human Services, students discussed challenges from the pandemic then expressed those feelings using art.
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UNF THRIVE program director recognized with National Innovative Practices in Transition Award

October 21, 2020

Congrats to Dr. Tara Rowe, UNF THRIVE program director and COEHS adjunct instructor, who received the Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition award for her work in THRIVE to support UNF students with autism spectrum disorders.


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UNF instructor appointed to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind BOT

October 9, 2020

June Ann is an instructor in our Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education program, and was recently appointed to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) Board of Trustees by Governor Ron DeSantis.
She is also a freelance deaf interpreter and ASL translator, an appointed member of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee for the Florida Department of Health.
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UNF College of Education and Human Services awarded $4.4M grant to prepare PK-2 teachers in STEM Curriculum

October 8, 2020

The College of Education and Human Services has been awarded a $4.4 million three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare teachers in pre-kindergarten through second grade (PK-2) classrooms to integrate STEM and computational thinking in teaching models.This supporting effective educator development grant, Project InTERSECT, will expand existing partnerships with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and Northeast Florida Regional STEM2Hub to provide teachers with professional development activities that address the need of DCPS students.
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Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education (EDIE) Deptartment Celebrates International Week of the Deaf

September 21, 2020

The Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education (EDIE) in the College of Education and Human Services celebrated with a week of special videos on the UNF EDIE Facebook page that feature demonstrations of basic American Sign Language including how to say helpful phrases like “hello” and “my name is.” The department shared a host of information around the International Week of the Deaf themes that highlighted many of the majors, minors, and foreign language classes that are offered in relation to American Sign Language.
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C.A.M.P. Osprey named a Multiplying Good "One in a Million Award" Recipient

August 21, 2020

The University of North Florida's Collegiate Achievement Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.Osprey) is a recipient of the Multiplying Good "One in a Million Award" in recognition of the program's generous and giving service to the community. C.A.M.P.Osprey is a mutually beneficial partnership under the leadership of Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Taylor Leadership Institute director and leadership associate professor, where UNF students serve as mentors to children in the local community. Read the Multiplying Good announcement.

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COEHS Dean named a 2020 Women of Influence

August 20, 2020

Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF professor and dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been named a 2020 Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The award recognizes women leaders in Northeast Florida whose leadership has helped their organizations grow and has shaped the next generation by providing a model for the community. Read the Jacksonville Business Journal's article.
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An Education Strategy: The Power of Partnership

August 13, 2020

The Summer 2020 UNF Journal article highlights Sanethette Shubert's, UNF alumna and principal of Kings Trail Elementary School, work with her staff and faculty from the College of Education and Human Services to raise the literacy of the students. The article also features Dr. Tia Kimball, UNF alumna, the Professor in Residence at Kings Trail and UNF Instructor, highlighting her work bridging the gap between theory and practice.
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UNF Names Ana Roman-Dominguez as the 2020 Women in Leadership Award Winner

August 7, 2020

Ana Roman-Dominguez, assistant coach of the UNF Women’s Tennis team and a graduate student, is the recipient of the UNF Taylor Leadership Institute’s (TLI) Women in Leadership Award for 2020.
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Sport Management Steps Up Their Game

August 1, 2020

Two new initiatives ― a Sport Data Analytics Lab and an Executive in Residence program ― just might be a game changer for students in UNF’s sport management program. Both programs have been designed with input from industry professionals to add skills that will better prepare graduates for the workforce.
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UNF Alumni Association Honors Summer Graduate with Senior Service Award

July 28, 2020

Sydnie Steele, A C.A.M.P. Osprey alumna, was named the Summer 2020 Senior Service Award Recipient. With C.A.M.P. Osprey and Taylor Leadership Institute partnerships she volunteered with the River City Science Academy and the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville.
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Students host Sport Management Industry Webinar Series

July 16, 2020

Sport Management students participated in a new virtual learning experience where they could interact directly with sport industry professionals. As part of the course, student teams designed and will deliver a virtual sport-industry expert webinar series.

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UNF sport management unveils executive-mentoring program and data lab to address employable skills for students

June 29, 2020

The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services Sport Management Program is unveiling an Executive-in-Residence program and Sport Data Analytics Lab available beginning Fall 2020. These programs, directed by Dr. Wanyong Choi, sport management assistant professor, will help students develop skills that employers are currently looking for and be better prepared to enter the workforce.
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First Cohort of Doctoral Holmes Scholars Announced

May 28, 2020

The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has announced the first cohort of doctoral students to receive the Holmes Program Fellowship in partnership with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The 2020 inaugural cohort includes Charles McWhite, second year doctoral student and principal of Tiger Academy Elementary, a UNF Professional Development School; Brooke Cobbin, a fourth-year doctoral student and local mentor to aspiring educators; and Dione Webber, doctoral candidate and administrator at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville.
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COEHS Alumna, Sarajean McDaniel named FL Principal of the Year

May 26, 2020

The Florida Department of Education named Sarajean McDaniel, principal at William D. Moseley Elementary School in Putnam County, the 2020 Principal of the Year for the State of Florida.

McDaniel graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1996 and received her master's degree in educational leadership in 2003. 

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COEHS Student, Kaitlynn Himmelreich Receives Fulbright

May 14, 2020

Kaitlynn Himmelreich, COEHS recent graduate, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in Education for the 2020-21 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. For her Fulbright project, Himmelreich will travel to Cambodia to conduct her research titled “Cambodian Sign Language: Development Process and Impacts on Deaf Cambodians.”
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COEHS professor interviewed about pro sports reopening in Florida

May 13, 2020

COEHS Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Dr. Kristi Sweeney, spoke to Action News about the possibility of pro sports reopening in Florida.
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COEHS Alumna, Tammie Talley named Florida Athletic Director of the Year

May 7, 2020

Team Duval Athletic Director Tammie Talley '92, a UNF Alumna from the College of Education and Human Services, was recently honored as the Athletic Director of the Year by the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA).
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New Summer Graduate Course: Teaching, Training, Learning in COVID-19 Era

May 6, 2020

Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, assistant professor of educational technology, training and development in UNF’s College of Education & Human Services, realized that her academic expertise could be very useful for others during this remote learning period caused by the pandemic.
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UNF College of Education and Human Services announces 2020 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence recipients

April 15, 2020

In an effort to surprise the teachers with the good news, principals in the Duval County Public School district invited faculty and staff to join for a special Zoom meeting where the winning teachers were announced in front of their peers. Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF COEHS dean, was also in attendance to make the special announcement.
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Sport Management students donate earnings to UNF Scholarship

April 7, 2020

UNF sport management students worked for four days at The Players Championship this year before it was canceled due to the coronavirus. When they received the check for their work, the students generously donated all $7,800 of their earnings to the Emanuel “Manny” Hernandez, Jr. Scholarship.
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Educators to launch Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children

March 31, 2020

The Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children launched Wednesday, April 1. The tool is a collaboration by the Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida,  Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Alliance for Jacksonville Early Learning and the Crawford Early Childhood Research and Education Distinguished Professor Fund. The FIE resource can be found on the FIE homepage .  
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Local students creating affordable prosthetic limbs at UNF camp

June 21, 2019

Dozens of high school students tinkered away on robotic hands with the help of University of North Florida students and professors. Their goal was to translate the technology to affordable prosthetics for the community. Doctor Betina Malhotra is the associate director of curriculum and programs for NEF STEM and the STEP Lab at UNF. She said during the second week of the STEM2Hub-funded summer camps, students will see the impact their creations can have on others in Northeast Florida

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UNF addresses lack of minority teachers with scholarships

June 10, 2019

Hoping to increase the number of minority teachers, the University of North Florida is offering scholarships.


Nine students were awarded full scholarships from the university through the Holmes Scholar Program. The students are beginning a challenging and promising path to becoming future educators. They are committed to becoming teachers in Northeast Florida.

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp hosting event Saturday to benefit late employee

June 7, 2019

Emanuel "Manny" Hernandez, Jr. earned a degree at UNF and was an employee with the Jumbo Shrimp until he died in a car accident in 2017. Now, UNF and the Jumbo Shrimp are teaming up to create a scholarship fund in his memory.

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Four teachers awarded $15K for career excellence Gladys Prior Awards

April 15, 2019

Four Jacksonville teachers got a big surprise in their classrooms Monday: $15,000 checks courtesy of the 2019 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence.


The awards were established by Gilchrist Berg, founder and president of Water Street Capital, to honor teachers who have had lifelong careers in teaching and inspiring students.


To date, Berg has given more than $1 million to honor Jacksonville teachers with an award named after his fourth-grade teacher, Gladys Prior, at Ortega Elementary School.


The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services manages the gift and coordinates the annual award competition.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering

April 10, 2019

The College of Education and Human Services is proud to be hosting this event in our STEP Lab and other locations within our College.

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Guest Column: Let’s help more educators shape, influence their students

April 2, 2019

The University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services was recently selected for inclusion in the national Holmes Scholars Network. This network allows us to offer students full scholarships, tailored support and mentoring, as well as networking opportunities with others in the Holmes Scholars community.

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UNF students raising money to help 6-year-old with muscular dystrophy

April 1, 2019

Dr. Kristi Sweeney's Sport Management Fundraising class is raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. One team, Belle's Dwarfs, has raised over $5,400. Their goal is to raise as much money as possible by April 27. Action News Jax covered the team's fundraiser.

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Jacksonville Science Festival opens up experiences for deaf children and collegians training to teach them

March 8, 2019

About 20 students and faculty from interpreting or deaf education programs at UNF, FSCJ, Flagler College and Ponte Vedra High School's dual education program with FSCJ manned booths about a variety of STEAM topics for about 110 deaf children from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Central Riverside Elementary in Jacksonville and Clay County Public Schools' deaf program.


Jacksonville educators working to address critical teacher shortage

January 24, 2019

The buzz of a 3D printer and hum of a robot on wheels are common sounds inside the Solve, Tinker, Explore and Play Lab at the University of North Florida.


They're among many pieces of technology at the new lab that aim to bolster interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields -- in both students and future teachers.

Teaching Interns

Opinion: UNF's teaching interns are in big demand

January 20, 2019

As Florida's population continues to grow, an increasing demand for teachers exists. Numbers compiled by the Florida Education Association show there were 4,063 teacher vacancies statewide as the 2018-19 school year started.


Research indicates the positive impact that a quality public education has on income levels, economic growth and quality of life in a community.


UNF's College of Education and Human Services is a part of the solution. We are partnering with urban and rural districts in Northeast Florida to create high school teacher academies to encourage high school student exploration of the teaching profession. These include a virtual teaching academy designed to provide greater access.

STEP lab wide angle of robots in the foreground and STEP lab wall decal in the background

Solve, Tinker, Explore, Play: STEP Lab Open for Learning

January 1, 2019

The Winter 2019 UNF Journal article shares the recent opening of the new STEP Lab in the College of Education and Human Services. STEP stands for solve, tinker, explore and play, and the lab is a place where regional preK-12 students and teachers, University faculty and students, and community partners can go to learn and gain hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math.