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Previous Fellows and Scholars, 2020-2021

Faculty Development (FD) Fellows


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Andrea Y. Arikawa, PhD


  Dr. Andrea Y. Arikawa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Brooks College of Health. She holds a PhD in Nutrition (minor in Biostatistics) from the University of Minnesota, where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for eight years. She has been teaching nutrition at the undergraduate and graduate levels for fifteen years, and since joining UNF has designed several online courses for the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program. Dr. Arikawa also holds a Master's degree in Online Teaching from the Online Learning Consortium. She has been serving as a Quality Matters reviewer of online and hybrid courses for several years and, in 2019, she became a master reviewer. Dr. Arikawa is interested in the use of technology to promote higher-level thinking and learner engagement, as well as developing cultural competency to promote diversity among the UNF community.
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Asai Asaithambi, PhD


  Dr. Asai Asaithambi received the PhD in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, and is currently Professor of Computing and Graduate Program Director in the School of Computing at UNF. He previously held academic and administrative positions at several major universities in the United States. His teaching portfolio includes courses ranging from elementary computer programming to courses in high-performance scientific computing. Dr. Asaithambi's research interests include algorithms, artificial intelligence, and computational methods for scientific and engineering problems. He has published more than 50 research papers and an advanced-level scientific computing textbook and has offered national and international professional presentations. A program evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Council since 2012, Dr. Asaithambi is a member of numerous professional societies.
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Kim A. Cheek, PhD


  Dr. Kim A. Cheek is Associate Professor of Science Education and Elementary Education Curriculum Area Director in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, College of Education and Human Services. She has extensive teaching experience in the elementary and middle school environments, as both a classroom teacher and exceptional student education teacher. At UNF, Dr. Cheek teaches graduate and undergraduate STEM courses, and teaches and supervises students in the EdD program. Her research interests focus on improving student understanding of science concepts that occur at unfamiliar spatial and temporal scales and use of the coaching cycle to improve teacher candidates' ability to ask higher order questions in science. Dr. Cheek has led professional development workshops for local elementary science teachers, and has written about professional learning in science.  
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Kristen Hicks-Roof, PhD


  Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof is a Registered Dietitian and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at UNF. Her research interests are focused on developing and analyzing the impact of online nutrition education courses for healthcare professionals and improving communication between practitioner and patient by providing accessible online educational offerings. Dr. Roof founded and currently coordinates a mentorship program which connects registered dietitians and undergraduate dietetics students across the U.S. Her aim is to increase professionalism within the dietitian community while providing hands-on experiences for students to open opportunities post-graduation. Dr. Roof is active within many professional communities, and is passionate about teaching the next generation. She has been recognized for her efforts through such awards as the 2016 Registered Young Dietitian of the Year in Texas.
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Jeffrey E. Michelman, PhD


  Dr. Jeffrey Michelman, Professor of Accounting, is also founding director of the Hicks Honors College, former associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and the Coggin College of Business, and director of the International Business Flagship Program. He has been part of the UNF faculty in accounting and international business for 30 years. Dr. Michelman holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught in universities around the world, including in Poland, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Fiji. He has published articles in many academic journals and is a frequent speaker on, and expert witness in cases related to, accounting fraud, ethics and internal control. Dr. Michelman is a member of numerous professional organizations, has served as an officer and faculty advisor for academic honor societies, and is deeply involved in community service groups such as Leadership Jacksonville and Rotary International.
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Matthew A. Ohlson, PhD


  Dr. Matthew A. Ohlson earned the PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Florida and is Director of the Taylor Leadership Institute and Associate Professor of Leadership. He has served as leadership coach to seven Olympians, ten professional athletes, and more than 400 educational leaders throughout the nation, and he is currently leadership advisor to UNF Athletics and Flagler County Schools. Dr. Ohlson's research and community engagement work focuses on collaborating with rural schools, athletic teams, nonprofits, and businesses to increase recruitment, retention, and achievement using leadership development as a catalyst for increased outcomes. He has received more than 20 external grants and has been awarded the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) Innovator Award, the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, and is an NPR American Graduate Champion.

Faculty Development (FD) Scholars

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Suzanne Ehrlich, EdD


  Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, who serves as the FD Scholar for Instructional Design and Technology, is Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology, Training and Development program at UNF. She has presented nationally and internationally on implementing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework for improved learner engagement, learning design, and leveraging technology for access. Her research focuses on the UDL mindset in post-secondary settings and the workplace. Dr. Ehrlich's publications include "Increasing Learner Engagement in Online Learning through the Use of Interactive Feedback" (co-PI pilot study), a co-authored article, "How a UDL Mindset Can Support Learning in the Workplace," and "The Use of iPads to Bridge Education for Post-Secondary Deaf Students." Among other service commitments, Dr. Ehrlich is a NEFSTEM Fellow, and she is a passionate advocate of faculty enhancement.
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Julie W. Merten, PhD


  Dr. Julie Merten, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, serves as the FD Scholar for Orientation of New Faculty. A Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Dr. Merten directs the undergraduate Public Health Internship program and teaches Applied Social Behavioral Science in the Master of Public Health program. She is director of the Interdisciplinary Health Studies program, and serves as community engagement coordinator for the UNF Brooks College of Health, developing new opportunities for students and acting as the central connecting-and-organizing unit for community-engaged Brooks programs and faculty. Dr. Merten is chair of the Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force in Northeast Florida, seeking to reduce skin cancer through advocacy, policy, and education efforts. Nationally, she is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Health Behavior.