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2021-2022 Faculty Excellence Fellows and Scholars

Faculty Excellence (FE) Fellows

Linda Howell, Ph.D.


     Linda Howell is a native New Yorker who has adopted Florida as her home for many years now. When she is not directing the Writing Program and Center or offering workshops as a 2021-2022 Faculty Excellence Fellow, she teaches and researches writing pedagogy, first year writing, and fan and media studies. Her area of research is plagiarism and digital literacies. On her down time, Linda likes to watch food competition shows, movies, and produce fan fiction and fan videos. She is the momma to two beautiful orange tabbies, Sam and Dean. And yes, those names are inspired by Supernatural. 
W. Brian Lane, Ph.D.
  W. Brian Lane has enjoyed the study of physics since his junior year of high school at Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Holding a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Florida, Brian works in Physics Education Research, in which he studies how students think, learn, and feel about physics to improve the physics education experience. He has used this research approach in program assessment and development in various STEM programs. His 14 years of higher education experience include leadership roles at Jacksonville University, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics, and now the Department of Physics at the University of North Florida. Brian has published in The Physics Teacher, Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, and the PICUP Collection of Exercise Sets. He also publishes weekly computational physics tutorials on his YouTube channel, Let’s Code Physics.
Amanda B. Pascale, Ph.D.
  Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management, College of Education and Human Services. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Higher Education Administration with a graduate certificate in Quantitative Methods in Education. Dr. Pascale brings extensive administrative experience informing her research and scholarship, having previously served as UNF’s Director of the Graduate School and Associate Director of Admissions. Her areas of research include higher education leadership, with a focus on praxis relating to faculty issues, gender equity, and building STEM-identity within higher education contexts. Her work has received national and international attention through numerous conference presentations and publications in well-known academic journals in the field of higher education. An avid encourager of connection between thoughts, ideas, and people, Dr. Pascale is currently highly involved in a number of interdisciplinary faculty research teams bridging their disciplinary perspectives to produce innovative and informational research.
Tes Tuason, Ph.D.
  Dr. Tes Tuason, Professor, Clinical Director of the CMHC program, and Licensed Psychologist, earned her Ph.D. from the University at Albany and did her postdoc at the University of Utah. Born and raised in the Philippines, she learned resilience of spirit and using one’s personal power for transformative teaching and social justice research. Tes has received several awards: Outstanding International Leadership 2008, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award 2009 and 2019, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award 2012, Susan B. Anthony Award 2011 -- all affirming deep connection and a wealth of mentoring experiences with her students, and solid advocacy for their counseling training. Her research, over 50 publications, focuses on economic inequality, minority identity as it relates to counseling, child/adolescent issues utilizing family systems perspective, and evidence-based intervention in community mental health. An external reviewer for her promotion letter once wrote, “Tes is a faculty member you not only want to promote, but to clone.”
Bart Welling, Ph.D.
  Bart Welling, a graduate of the University of California, Davis (B.A., English and Spanish) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D., American Literature) is an Associate Professor of English who has taught at UNF since 2003. His research focuses on literary texts and media that explore humanity's relationships with places, nonhuman beings, and energy. Recent articles include “Petronarratology: A Bioregional Approach to Oil Stories” and “Beyond Doom and Gloom in Petroaesthetics: Facing Oil, Making Energy Matter.” In addition to general writing and literature classes, Bart regularly teaches courses on U.S. environmental literature and Earth-oriented criticism (ecocriticism), human-animal relationships, and the ecological and social crises facing humanity in the so-called Anthropocene. In 2020, Bart was one of the organizers of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) online symposium Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency. His current book project is titled The Emergency Humanities.
Robert J. Zeglin, Ph.D.
   Dr. Robert J. Zeglin, a Ravenclaw, is the Program Director for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program in the Brooks College of Health. He has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field as a clinician, administrator, clinical supervisor, instructor, and researcher. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Sex Therapist. Since coming to UNF in 2017, has published 20 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of sexual health and mental health. Dr. Zeglin is Co-Founder and Past-President of the Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness. Dr. Zeglin also continues to maintain a small caseload of clients in his sex therapy practice in Jacksonville. His general approach to teaching is constructivism, whereby students create personal knowledge by wrestling with and solving real-world problems faced by professional counselors.

Faculty Excellence (FE) Research Fellow


Stephanie F. Race
     Stephanie F. Race is a University Librarian and the Head of Research and Outreach at UNF’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. She received an MLS in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Previously she worked for the USF Library, at a non-profit multitype library cooperative, and as a consultant at the State Library of Florida. She served as an adjunct faculty member at the USF School of Library and Information Science for over 10 years. At UNF, Ms. Race serves as library liaison for the STEM programs and the College of Health, supporting research and teaching needs of faculty and providing academic support to students. Ms. Race has been an advocate for faculty enhancement since arriving at UNF. She is interested in helping faculty tell the story of their scholarship as well as evaluate the quality of the sources in which they publish. Ms. Race is a member of numerous professional organizations and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of professional librarians.

Faculty Excellence (FE) Scholars


Kristen Hicks-Roof, Ph.D.

FE Scholar for the Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring Program

Kristen Roof is a Registered Dietitian and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of North Florida. Her major research interest is focused on education in relation to interprofessional collaboration among healthcare providers. Dr. Roof also founded and currently coordinates a mentorship program, which connected Registered Dietitians and undergraduate dietetics students across the US. Her aim is to increase professionalism within the dietitian community whilst providing hands-on nutrition experiences for students, with expectations to open opportunities post-graduation (see: ). Dr. Roof is active within many professional communities and is passionate about teaching the next generation. She has been recognized for many of her efforts such as being awarded the Registered Young Dietitian of the Year of Texas in 2016.
Sarah A. Mattice, Ph.D.

FE Scholar for Faculty Wellbeing

Sarah Mattice, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a specialist in the philosophical and religious traditions of East Asia, including Confucianism/Ruism, Daoism, and Buddhism. She is also a certified meditation teacher, and has had a meditation practice for more than twenty years. As the Faculty Excellence Scholar for Faculty Wellbeing, she aims to introduce faculty and staff to the personal and professional benefits of various secular and evidence-based mindfulness and meditation practices.
Julie Merten, Ph.D.

FE Scholar for the Orientation of New Faculty

Julie Merten, Ph.D., MCHES is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health. She directs the undergraduate Public Health Internship program and teaches Applied Social Behavioral Science in the Master of Public Health program. She is the Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Health Studies program and serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Brooks College of Health to develop new opportunities for student engagement and serve as the central connecting and organizing unit for community-engaged Brooks College of Health programs and faculty. Dr. Merten serves as the Chair of the Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force in Northeast Florida to reduce skin cancer through advocacy, policy, and education efforts. Nationally, she is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Health Behavior.