UCF Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

UCF sponsors the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, an annual college-level award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. For eligibility, required materials, a complete list of winners, and a description of the process, visit the Office of the Provost.

2016-2017 Award Recipients

Robert Borgon
College of Medicine Robert  Borgon Teaching is a learning experience, and effectively engaging and inspiring students is a skill that must be continuously developed. An effective educator must be passionate about their field, as the energy brought into the classroom ...

Scott Bukstein
College of Business Administration Scott  Bukstein My teaching philosophy is centered on challenging undergraduate students intellectually to enable students to develop personally, academically, and professionally. I fully understand that there is a difference between an instructor ...

Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
College of Sciences Karin  Chumbimuni-Torres My driving force in teaching is to foster the best undergraduate education for my students. To accomplish this, I make sure to be involved with my students in and out of the classroom. I have observed that by caring, supporting them...

Josh Colwell
College of Sciences Josh  Colwell I joined UCF after 17 years at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I was a Research Scientist. There, I took every opportunity to teach, though teaching was outside my normal duties. My love of teaching was my primary motivat...

Ronald F. Demara
College of Engineering and Computer Science Ronald F.  Demara Effective teaching spans much more than conveying facts; it empowers the learner with intellectual inspiration, keen insights, and career-long skills. My enthusiasm for teaching has codified those objectives within my own discipline...

Sasan Fathpour
College of Optics and Photonics Sasan       Fathpour I can profess my teaching philosophy in four core tenets:1) All students can succeed, and a failed student implies a failed instructor2) One cannot claim to know a subject, unless s/he can successfully teach it3) Teachers are ironic...

Melissa Frye
College of Business Administration Melissa  Frye Today’s workplace offers new challenges to students – the options are wider, the demands are greater, and the workplace is less structured. To be successful, students will need to meet the challenges of this type of working envi...

Martha Garcia
College of Arts and Humanities Martha   Garcia I believe in applying teacher-student collaboration through instruction, research, and service. My teaching and learning practice incorporates concepts and premises that I help learners apply pragmatically. I also believe my teachin...

Ann Gleig
College of Arts and Humanities Ann  Gleig At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the conviction that teaching is a vocation in the original sense of its Latin root, vocare, a summoning to a particular type of service; in this ins...

Amanda Groff
College of Sciences Amanda  Groff With differing learning styles, varied background knowledge, and biases, but that these diverse perspectives can actually enrich the learning environment. As such, my role is to create a virtual classroom in which this sharing of le...

Amanda Koontz Anthony
College of Sciences Amanda  Koontz Anthony I base my teaching philosophy on the core values and structure of mentoring. I consequently define my role to be that of developing students’ abilities as independent scholars and engaged citizens. I share my enthusiasm and expert...

Iryna Malendevych
College of Health and Public Affairs Iryna  Malendevych My teaching philosophy is predicated on the basis that regardless of the type of personality, learning style, or level of pre-existing knowledge, each student can master a reasonable understanding of any concept. Motivation and pers...

Susan Quelly
College of Nursing Susan  Quelly There are many people who are experts in their specific profession or discipline. Some of these people impart knowledge and wisdom while facilitating others to critically think, learn, and achieve great intellectual, psychomotor, an...

Adele Richardson
College of Arts and Humanities Adele  Richardson Writing is everywhere in this 24/7 world we live in, but how and when it is produced is constantly changing. Students come into the university already doing a lot of writing and, for the most part, are keeping up with the evolving n...

Manuel Rivera
College of Hospitality Management Manuel  Rivera My life as an academician is driven by the principles of scholarship of teaching and learning. My work as a teacher positions me at the intersection of teaching, scholarly teaching, research, and creative activities. This unique int...

Tian Tian
College of Engineering and Computer Science Tian  Tian I believe the chief responsibility of schooling is to encourage students’ intellectual and personal development, rather than to certify or to pick the best and brightest. I understand learning is a developmental process rather tha...

Keri Watson
College of Arts and Humanities Keri  Watson An integral part of a liberal arts education, art history provides students with a visual narrative of historical styles, demonstrates how different styles operate within the socio-political atmosphere of their making, and teaches s...

Danielle Webster
College of Health and Public Affairs Danielle  Webster Making a positive impact on my students’ lives has been at the center of my teaching philosophy and I look forward to the opportunity to continue doing so. Promoting collaborative learning-centered environments is the cornerstone ...

Chrysalis Wright
College of Sciences Chrysalis  Wright My main focus as a lecturer is to get students to view psychology as both a science and an art that requires knowledge and creativity, as well as evaluating problems from a new perspective. My goals for each class include to: (1) ha...