Three faculty members will be recognized Oct. 18 with the inaugural UCF Luminary award, designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose work is advancing their discipline and making a difference. This year’s recipients are Naim Kapucu, professor and director of the School of Public Administration; Jennifer Kent-Walsh, professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department; and Jennifer Tucker, lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Lloyd Duran, a Master of Social Work graduate and a current student in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs – Social Work Track, was recognized by members of the music group KISS for his work with veterans during a luncheon to honor military veterans and Fisher House, at the Rock & Brew on Aug. 9, in Oviedo, Florida. Duran is a U.S. Marines veteran.
The new Master of Athletic Training degree has been approved by the Board of Trustees at UCF. The new degree will begin in summer 2019. Spring 2018 applicants for the Bachelor of Science in athletic training will be the final cohort in the original program. Applicants for spring 2019 will become the first class for the MAT degree.
Stephen Holmes, associate professor of criminal justice at UCF, was recently interviewed and featured in an article in USA Today about “Unconcluded,” the latest podcast in a series of true-crime podcasts that explores old, unsolved cases, including the case of Jennifer Kesse, who vanished from her Orlando condo 11 years ago. Read the full USA Today story here.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Staci Zavattaro on her selection as the new editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis, a leading quarterly journal in public administration published by Talylor & Francis. Zavatarro will oversee an editorial board of international scholars that is responsible for the content of each issue. UCF adjunct instructor and dual public affairs Ph.D. + MPA student Esteban Santis will serve as an editorial assistant.
Students and faculty members represented the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders well at the 2017 Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Convention in May in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. They returned to campus with a first-place win in the Praxis Bowl student competition and awards for three research posters. Learn more
Christopher Blackwell, a 2005 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs and current associate professor at the College of Nursing, recently won the 2017 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Blackwell was recognized for his significant contributions to the advancement of nurse practitioners through outstanding teaching, as well as the development of creative and effective teaching techniques and innovative curriculum design. He is also a national expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health.
A collaborative effort between UCF social work, physical therapy, medical and nursing programs, along with the University of Florida’s pharmacy program, recently earned the inaugural Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. The award, presented by the U.S. Public Health Service and Interprofessional Education Collaborative, recognizes and honors interdisciplinary healthcare teams that significantly impact their local communities. Read more about the partnership and award here.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has granted 10 years of continuing accreditation to the Atheltic Training Program at UCF. “The CAATE appreciates the work and dedication required to obtain accreditation for your Athletic Training Program and the significant achievement it represents,” CAATE president Mark Merrick wrote to Athletic Training Program Director Kristen Schellhase.
The National Association of Social Workers’ Florida Chapter – Central Unit recently selected Professor Ana Leon as Social Work Educator of the Year and alumna Katherine Payares (BSW ’12, MSW ’13) as Social Worker of the Year. Congratulations!