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.

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Amir Behzadan
College of Engineering and Computer Science Amir Behzadan For me, being a teacher is not just what I do; it is who I am. My deep interest and passion for teaching stems from the fact that not too long ago, I was a student in pursuit of learning new ideas and solving the unsolved. I am a st...

Jeff Biddle
College of Education and Human Performance Jeff  Biddle My teaching philosophy is based on my desire to help my students be successful in the classroom, in the program, and most importantly, in life after graduation. I truly believe that “students do not care what you know until they kno...

Mark Calabrese
College of Engineering and Computer Science Mark Calabrese Long before I graduated with my Master's degree, I knew I'd want to teach someday.  I was inspired by previous UCF faculty that included Dr. Martin Wanielista (Environmental Engineering & Dean), Dr. Gary Whitehouse (Dean & P...

Edward Dandrow
College of Arts and Humanities Edward  Dandrow Every course I teach is a shared learning experience, in which I serve as a mentor and guide to help students develop the knowledge, analytical and communication skills, and confidence necessary to succeed both inside the academy an...

Thomas M. Dolan
College of Sciences Thomas M.  Dolan Effective teaching starts, but does not end, in the classroom because student success does not end in the classroom. In addition to clearly communicating contemporary scholarship about international relations to my students, I try t...

Claire Connolly Knox
College of Health and Public Affairs Claire Connolly  Knox I am a passionate facilitator of engaging, reality-based learning that challenges a student’s paradigm. In the fields of public administration and emergency management, the educational challenge of linking a student’s theoretical kn...

Alla Kourova
College of Arts and Humanities Alla  Kourova Teaching is about making some kind of dent in the world so that the world is different than what it was before you practiced your craft. What kind of dent do I want to make? Rather, what effect do I have (or am capable of hav...

Drew Lanier
College of Sciences Drew  Lanier Students retain more of course material when they are active learners. 
Employing a mixture of lecture and the Socratic Method allows me to both communicate the course’s basic concepts and ideas and assess students’ comprehe...

Dan Murphree
College of Arts and Humanities Dan  Murphree Students today, regardless of discipline or major, desire education and training that will enable them to better understand their pasts, contribute during the present, and prosper in the future.  Therefore I emphasize active, exper...

Lindsay Neuberger
College of Sciences Lindsay  Neuberger As an instructor I use four specific pedagogical techniques to encourage an engaged environment: 1) remain organized, 2) develop examples connecting course content to salient student situations, 3) align course concepts with employm...

Leandra Preston-Sidler
College of Arts and Humanities Leandra  Preston-Sidler My teaching philosophy is grounded in my passions—for learning, for teaching, for stimulating interest in women’s and gender issues, for social justice, and for encouraging students to critically engage their own worlds and the info...

Pamela Barton Roush
College of Business Administration Pamela Barton  Roush My philosophy is to inspire students to want to learn by providing interesting, challenging and fair learning opportunities. The university classroom should be a forum for discussion to promote critical thinking and communication th...

William Russell
College of Education and Human Performance William     Russell I became a teacher because I wanted to have a positive impact on students’ lives. To ensure that I positively impact students, I follow three basic beliefs: I believe students have different learning styles which require various i...

Jennifer Sandoval
College of Sciences Jennifer Sandoval The teaching profession is rich with opportunities to contribute in both academic and personal ways to society and individuals. It is critical that, as educators, we employ an ethic of engagement and reflexivity when it comes to our...

William Self
College of Medicine William Self My goal when teaching any course is to highlight the core concepts in lecture so that the most critical aspects of the material are made clear to the students.  Students must read and study the details of the concepts, generally fro...

Ray Sturm
College of Business Administration Ray Sturm As an educator, I am simultaneously on two joint and inseparable missions.  I am on a mission to serve the students by transforming their lives through the imparting of knowledge and the modeling of intellectual curiosity, but I&rsq...

Premila Whitney
College of Rosen Premila Whitney My pedagogical philosophy is the belief that adults learn best when they are able to actively participate in the learning process. I firmly believe everyone can learn more from each other than they can on their own. Because of this ...