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New Dean Named for UCF’s College of Sciences

Maggy Tomova will become the next dean of UCF’s College of Sciences on Oct. 18. She joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she currently serves as the associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her appointment by Michael D. Johnson, interim provost and…

6 Trustee Chairs Named For 2021-2026

The University of Central Florida has many outstanding faculty members, and to continue to recruit and retain faculty who have world renown accomplishments, the UCF Trustee Chair Professorship exists. Created by former UCF President John C. Hitt in 2003, the Trustee Chair title is a prestigious one, and only held by a handful of faculty.…

UCF Recognized as Leader in Innovation and Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges’ Rankings

The University of Central Florida is one of America’s most innovative schools and a rising leader in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges Rankings. Within the publication’s Most Innovative Schools category, UCF is the top-ranked public university in Florida. The university is eighth among the nation’s public colleges and universities and…

Ingersoll Named to ASAHP Board of Directors

Christopher D. Ingersoll, founding dean of the College of Health Professions and Sciences, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions. His 3-year term will commence October 1, 2021. ASAHP is a nonprofit national association established in 1967 and brings together deans and other leaders from allied health professions colleges and programs to enhance interdisciplinary education and improve the quality and quantity of needed…

New Course Teaches Students About Electronic Medical Documentation

Class Name: HSC (4703) – Clinical Documentation for Health Care Professions   Instructor: Christine Stapell, adjunct faculty, Department of Health Sciences  Course Offered: Online in the Fall, Spring, Summer Number of Seats: 50  Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Completion of HSC 3147 (Introduction to Pharmacology) and HSC 4555 or HSC 4558 (Pathophysiology I or II)  What do students learn in this course?   Stapell: Electronic healthcare records are now the standard…

The College of Arts and Humanities Welcomes New Faculty Members

English Rebecca Fox, Visiting LecturerRebecca Fox earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UCF where she was also an MFA Provost Fellow. Before arriving in Orlando, she earned her bachelor’s in English from Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs and later worked in Central Iowa. She writes and studies fiction with a particular interest in…

UCF Offers High-Demand Kurdish Language Courses

Thanks to a collaboration between the UCF Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs initiated by assistant professor Haidar Khezri, students have a unique opportunity to pursue a high-demand language not offered to many. UCF is now one of only two universities in the nation to regularly…

Student Converts Research, Lab Experience to Faculty Position

Josh Kaufman’s journey to full-time faculty member this fall begins as a self-described “nerdy kid” reading engineering magazines. Kaufman, Ph.D., ’14, chose CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, for his terminal degree based on those magazines, and it’s proved a prescient choice. It’s given him not only an education and training, but the opportunity…

SVAD Professor Featured in Exhibition by the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Associate professor of studio art Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz was featured in a story from The Washington Post about “Reclamation: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals”, an online exhibition by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The exhibition “examines food as a creative medium for visual art and a connective tool for exploring intergenerational and intercultural experiences.”…

Peter Larson Reappointed Chair of the History Department

Peter Larson, chair of the Department of History since 2016, has been reappointed. The decision follows an assessment of Larson and the department under his leadership. The process included feedback from faculty and staff from inside and outside the department. The committee that oversaw Larson’s five-year assessment found him to be a fair and even-handed leader…

Geri Smith Reappointed Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Geri Smith, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures since 2016, has been reappointed. The decision follows an assessment of Smith and the department under her leadership. The process included feedback from faculty and staff from inside and outside the department. Jeff Moore, dean of the UCF College of Arts and Humanities, said: “The Department of Modern Languages and…

UCF Professor Retires After 52 Years in Education

If one word could encapsulate the journey that Martha Lue Stewart has had at UCF, it’s grateful. As the professor submitted grades for her final course last week and packed up the books, photos and other mementos in her office, she reminisced on countless stories. As the first Black woman promoted to the rank of…

James Campbell Appointed Chair of the English Department

The Department of English welcomes James Campbell as department chair. Campbell has been on the faculty of the English department since 1996 and previously served as the department’s director of graduate programs. In this role, he oversaw the MA tracks in Technical Communication and Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies, as well as the MFA in Creative Writing. He also served as interim chair…

The Impact of Innovation in the New Era of Space Exploration

Every once in a while, a confluence of discoveries, events and initiatives results in a breakthrough so significant that it propels the entire world to a higher level, redefining what is possible in so many different fields. This breakthrough is taking centerstage now, as the new era of space exploration — catalyzed by increasing launch…

UCF Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Announces New Director

Maritza Concha, a lecturer in the School of Public Administration, has been named the next director of the UCF Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM). Prior to joining UCF full-time in 2019, Concha worked as an evaluator for more than 15 years, primarily supporting nonprofits serving Latin American immigrants, and taught undergraduate students as…

Rudy McDaniel Reappointed Director of the School of Visual Arts and Design

Rudy McDaniel ’99,’01MA,’03,’04PhD, director of the School of Visual Arts and Design for five years, has been reappointed. The decision follows an assessment of McDaniel and the school under his leadership. The process included feedback from faculty and staff from inside and outside the school. The committee that oversaw McDaniel’s five-year assessment found him to be a steadfast leader and an academic role model, noting that…

Med School Names Two Faculty Affairs Leaders

Two recent leadership promotions will support and develop M.D. and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences faculty. Dr. Jane Gibson is the College of Medicine’s new associate dean for faculty affairs and Dr. Annette Khaled is the new assistant dean for faculty affairs. “Together, these leaders will serve as a team resource for faculty training the…

Faculty  and Staff Gym Opens After Year-long Renovation

Faculty and staff members have a newly renovated space on campus dedicated to their health and wellness. The Wellness Research Center, also known as the employee gym, is located in the Education Complex and has undergone major renovations and equipment enhancements over the past year. The facility will reopen Aug. 23 with the start of the fall 2021 semester. The facility is free to all faculty and staff at UCF and will be…

Staff Spotlight – Eduardo Ortiz

Eduardo Ortiz’s impact spans across the college through his support of the research process. As a Contracts and Grants Specialist III in the College of Health Professions and Sciences, he has been instrumental in providing support to faculty member’s research endeavors at every stage of the research process, taking the heavy lifting off their shoulders.…