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.

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Kelly Allred
College of Nursing Kelly Allred My main objective as an educator is to present students with opportunities that will allow them to learn. My vision of teaching includes presenting a motivated learner with information, ideas, and activities that are carefully designed...

Farrah Cato
College of Arts & Humanities Farrah Cato In 2011, I was asked to work in the CAH Dean's Office as Coordinator of Scheduling and Undergraduate Curriculum. I took the opportunity, but refused to give up teaching. Every time I'm in the classroom or working with students, I engag...

Enrique del Barco
College of Sciences Enrique del Barco Teaching at all levels is the most satisfying consequence of my responsibilities as a faculty member at UCF. I am strongly dedicated to the education of young men and women in all aspects related to my scientific background. I am of th...

Dennis Filler
College of Engineering & Computer Science Dennis Filler Since the Industrial Revolution U.S. universities have been producing assembly-line engineers, technically astute but weak in management skills. Traditionally, engineers have not been good managers and business owners. Then, in the lat...

Jill Fjelstul
College of Hospitality Management Jill Fjelstul My goal has been to build an academic program and reputation that would resonate throughout the golf and private club industry, for the promotion of our program, to prepare our graduates for successful career placement, and to expand m...

Constance Goodman
College of Education & Human Performance Constance Goodman Each semester I approach my classroom in the spirit of the late James Baldwin, "For these are all of our children. We either profit by or pay for whatever they become." Education is a life or death situation for many children in our pu...

Arup Guha
College of Engineering & Computer Science Arup   Guha The ultimate goal of any educator should be to enable his/her students to achieve their potential, not only in a specific class, but in life in general. I attempt to attain this goal through four major techniques: providing a friendly ...

Aubrey Jewett
College of Sciences Aubrey Jewett Active learning fosters academic success and critical thinking. When students take part in the learning process they learn more, retain more, and think more than when operating in the passive mode. Thus whether analyzing pressing publi...

Robin Kohn
College of Health & Public Affairs Robin Kohn The profession of social work requires commitment and compassion for all we serve, and for many students, the passion they feel to help others is a "calling." The profession of social work has standards, principles, and core values, ex...

Karen Mottarella
College of Sciences Karen Mottarella Carl Rogers' Humanistic model inspires my teaching philosophy. The university classroom provides the perfect environment for students to develop their potential to grow positively. The university classroom is also a perfect forum to ch...

Gary Nichols
College of Business Administration Gary Nichols I have always maintained that it is my role to facilitate the learning of "my students." I use the term "my students" to indicate the ownership I take in the process of learning. The old adage that you can lead a horse to water, but yo...

Tison Pugh
College of Arts & Humanities Tison   Pugh The common feature of all medieval literature, despite differences in authors, cultures, and genres, is that it is very, very old. When beginning my courses, I often face resistant students who have predetermined that, due to its age, ...

Amanda Raffenaud
College of Health & Public Affairs Amanda  Raffenaud To teach, to mentor, to instruct is an honor. But in addition to these roles, I teach in order to develop students for success, I am a developer. I see potential in all students and know that they are destined for greatness. Their time...

Beatriz Reyes-Foster
College of Sciences Beatriz  Reyes-Foster Making the Normal Strange: Cultivating Critical Thinking President Hitt's goal of offering the best undergraduate education in Florida goes hand in hand with the goal of making UCF more inclusive and diverse; the very foundations of a...

Charlotte Trinquet du Lys
College of Arts & Humanities Charlotte Trinquet du Lys Like organisms, institutions and their instructors must adjust in order to thrive, while maintaining a certain degree of continuity with past practices so as not to abandon their accumulated knowledge. Consequently, my pedagogical meth...

Carlos Valdez
College of Business Administration Carlos  Valdez I believe about teaching that it is a way to change the world. A course can be a small action but with great impact in students' lives if the course creates the appropriate learning environment where the students learn not only the the...

Stephanie Vie
College of Arts & Humanities Stephanie  Vie No matter the class I teach, rhetoric serves as our foundation. Rhetorical literacy - which I define as an individual's ability to critically analyze a communication situation and best select from the available communicative strategies...

Taylar Wenzel
College of Education & Human Performance Taylar Wenzel Creating the most impactful learning experiences for my students is my primary responsibility and has long been my goal. I bring my experience, research, knowledge from the field, and passion to each and every class meeting and course ...

Sandra Wheeler
College of Sciences Sandra Wheeler As an anthropologist and educator, I engage students in the exploration of human difference and understand it as a strength rather than weakness. In the current political climate where human difference is commonly feared and vilified, ...