Associate instructor of public administration and former associate dean of the college, Mel Rogers, was presented with the first Career Inclusion Impact Award during UCF’s 25th Diversity Week. The award, in honor of Dr. Valarie Greene King, recognizes a UCF faculty or staff member who has shown career-long commitment to improving UCF’s culture of inclusion. The award was presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion during the annual breakfast Monday morning in the Pegasus Ballroom.
Three faculty members from the college were among those 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. The 2017 recipients include Naim Kapucu, professor and director of the School of Public Administration; Jennifer Kent-Walsh, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder; and Jennifer Tucker, lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Read the full story.
The Center for Success of Women Faculty has named Associate Professor Mary Ann Feldheim a recipient of the 2017 Women of Distinction Award. This award is given out annually to three women faculty who have demonstrated excellence in a particular area. This year’s theme is Excellence in Mentoring.
Feldheim’s award recognizes her more than 10 years of service to the university. She was the first female chair of the Department of Public Administration and the founding director of the School of Public Administration. She said that her greatest accomplishment as a leader has been creating a culture of respect and fairness, where students, faculty and staff alike are supported and can thrive.
The Health Sciences Program will host four panel discussions on careers in health during the month of October. The panel discussions are open to any student interested in learning more about future health-related careers. Discussions can be viewed on Facebook live as well. Read more information about the panel discussions, including dates, times and locations, here.
Three of the eight members selected for UCF’s 2017–18 Chairs and Directors Leadership Circle are from the College of Health and Public Affairs: Naim Kapucu, director of the School of Public Administration; Reid Oetjen, chair of the Department of Health Management and Informatics; and Richard Zraick, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Center for Faculty Excellence selected this year’s members based on their applications.
The 2018 UCF Taiwan Study Abroad Program is now open for students interested in health or related fields. This three-credit program will introduce students to issues related to Asian culture, health care and aging society, while exposing them to the island’s cuisine and culture. There will be an informational session from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in HPA I, room 213. Register for the program here.
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Ross Wolf has formed a new partnership with the Institute for Public Safety and Criminal Justice in England and has been named an associate of the organization. Wolf will work directly on the institute’s international study on leadership and strategic management of volunteers in policing. Read more about Wolf’s appointment here and read more about his work here.
Four students from the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program joined a team of 29 student and faculty volunteers from the UCF College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for a week-long trip to provide medical services to Yantaló, a rural and underserved district in Peru. Adjunct faculty member Chris Doerger participated in the interprofessional health team trip, which took place from July 29 to August 4. Read the full story here.
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.