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University of Central Florida faculty members are the foundation of the university. They energize students, academic programs, research and service through academic excellence and innovation.

UCF’s John C. Hitt Leaves Legacy of Partnerships and Transforming Lives

President Emeritus John C. Hitt believed education transformed lives. The first in his family to attend college, he greatly expanded opportunities for students to earn UCF degrees while also leading the university through exceptional growth in academic quality and forming partnerships that remain critical to the region’s economic vitality. Hitt, who became UCF’s fourth president…

55 Years at UCF: A Visionary’s Inspiring Legacy

Looking back on 55 years of teaching at UCF, Professor Emeritus Robert Bledsoe has one secret to success: prioritizing the needs of students. That is the lasting legacy of one of UCF’s original founders, who literally helped name the streets that ring UCF’s main campus. UCF celebrates its 60th anniversary this year — and Bledsoe has…

From the CFO: The Fourth Quarter of Year One

Since we came back from the holiday break, we have been working feverishly to continue with the execution on our four Workday “go-live” tenets from July 2022. Part of the rollout of our transformation efforts around Workday, Adaptive Planning and Service Enhancement Transformation (SET) include these “From the CFO” updates, Dollars and $ense campus presentations and forums,…

Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres Reappointed Dean of UCF’s Burnett Honors College

Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres has been reappointed for five years as dean of UCF’s Burnett Honors College. The decision by Michael D. Johnson, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, follows a review committee’s 5-year performance analysis of Amin and the college. The process included feedback from students, faculty, and staff the Dean’s Advisory…

UCF Marketing Chair Named American Council on Education Fellow

Pradeep Bhardwaj, chair of the UCF Department of Marketing, has been named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the 2023-24 academic year. Following nomination by UCF senior administration and a rigorous application process, Bhardwaj is among 36 fellows selected this year. See here for the full list. “I’m pleased to see…

UCF Bone Researcher Receives National Recognition

As a child, Melanie Coathup enjoyed solving puzzles and had a deep fascination with science. Now an internationally recognized biomedical engineer, Coathup has been inducted to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows — one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. As head of…

Celebrating UCF’s Incredible Employees on Founders’ Day 2023

UCF’s annual Employee Honors Celebration thanked and congratulated more than 350 employees for choosing the university as their professional home and advancing UCF’s impact as the University for the Future. UCF honored employees for reaching 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service; recognized recent retirees; and presented the Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards for…

Awardees Announced for 2023 Founders’ Day Faculty Honors Celebration

UCF will showcase more than 200 faculty members for academic excellence and service Wednesday at the Founders’ Day Faculty Honors Celebration in the Student Union’s Pegasus Ballroom. The celebration runs 3-5 p.m. and includes a reception after the formal program. Highlighted are recipients of the Pegasus Professor Award, UCF’s highest faculty honor; recipients of the…

UCF Reach for the Stars 2023 Honorees Are Unleashing the Potential of People, Ideas

This year’s Reach for the Stars honorees are united by their passion to help people and positively change the world. By promoting positive healthcare and helping improve how we respond to survivors of violence to enriching the human experience through space exploration, advanced computing and cultural understanding, the honorees are helping unleash the potential of…

Meet UCF’s 4 Pegasus Professors for 2023

Four UCF professors have been named this year’s Pegasus Professors, UCF’s highest faculty designation. Pegasus Professors are selected by the president and provost and are recognized for excellence in the teaching, research and service. This year’s honorees include innovative researchers who have not only made a difference at UCF, but nationally and internationally. Stephen Fiore’s…

Important News for Faculty on Workday and Summer Supplemental Appointments

Starting with summer 2023 the distribution and signing of supplemental summer agreements for all nine-month faculty will be completed within Workday. Faculty offered a summer assignment will log into Workday to access and sign their supplemental summer agreement, which will be ready for signature during the first week of April. Faculty will be notified when…

American Physical Therapy Association Honors CHPS Associate Professor, Student and Alumni

The College of Health Professions and Sciences’ Division of Physical Therapywas well-represented at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meeting with recognitions presented to a faculty member, a student and two alumni. Clinical Associate Professor Morris “Rick” Beato was honored with the Distinguished Mentor in Residency/Fellowship Education Award. Beato led the development of the UCF and Orlando…

Introducing CAH-nversations: A UCF College of Arts and Humanities Podcast

Looking for a simple way to stay in the loop about arts and humanities news in the UCF community? Look no further than CAH-nversations: A UCF College of Arts and Humanities Podcast, created to bring the voices of creative minds in our community — from faculty to students — straight to your ear. Whether driving, exercising or…

Using Smart Home Technology for Innovative Solutions in Assistive Healthcare

A new “Smart Apartment” equipped with assistive technology is helping individuals with disabilities gain greater independence while preparing students for future roles in rehabilitative care. The room in UCF’s Rehabilitation Innovation Center mimics a residential living space and is equipped with a hospital bed, Hoyer lift, television, Nest thermostat, fan, lamp, and window shutters — all of…

College of Business at UCF Named to The Princeton Review List “Best Business Schools for 2023”

UCF College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review(R). The education services company recently named the College’s Executive and Professional on-campus MBA programs to its list of Best Business Schools for 2023. The list features profiles of 243 schools offering on-campus MBA programs that have been rated by Princeton Review and students in the programs.…

Creating a Path to Success for Black Male Scholars

Historically, Black researchers were not given a platform to discuss topics of importance. This is problematic because there are several economic, political and social issues that require examination. Throughout my career, I have chosen to challenge the systems that limit opportunities for members of the Black community. My passion is centered in my lived experiences…

From Resident to Program Director

Dr. Mustafa Kinaan has shown his dedication to the Central Florida community throughout his graduate medical education journey. In 2014, he was one of UCF’s first 17 residents, when the medical school began its first internal residency program in partnership with HCA Healthcare and the Orlando VA Medical Center. After graduating from the program, he…

Legal Studies Lecturer Offers Students a Life-Changing Spring Break

What started as an immersive spring break experience in 2020 has turned into an award-winning docuseries and annual experience for one UCF professor and some dedicated legal studies students. Irene Pons ’00, senior lecturer in the Department of Legal Studies, will highlight the next group of Knights heading to the Texas-Mexico border this summer through the…

Rising Together

Darryl Gordon has carved one hour out of his wall-to-wall schedule to take this phone call. He doesn’t sound hurried or tired. He sounds … enthused when he says, “This isn’t a job to me. I love pouring into the lives of others. It’s my passion.” He has two full-time passions then: Advisor and coordinator in the College…

2 UCF Professors Honored as Fellows in the World’s Largest Scientific Society

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals. Election as a fellow is a lifetime honor and considered one of the most distinguished recognitions within the scientific community. UCF professors Peter Delfyett and Ronald DeMara are…