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.

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Mostafa Bassiouni
College of Engineering and Computer Science Mostafa    Bassiouni I have a strong passion for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and information technology. For undergraduate courses, I emphasize providing students with a good understanding of current techniques, improv...

Carol Bast
College of Health and Public Affairs Carol  Bast Teaching is a multidimensional activity that focuses on learning outcomes and the best methods for achieving those outcomes while measuring student achievement and providing feedback to students. Learning outcomes are directly r...

Ruey-Hung Chen
College of Engineering and Computer Science Ruey-Hung  Chen Teaching is the most important function of an educational institution. The characteristics of good education consist mainly of inspiration and quality, with approach and methodology to achieve them. • Inspiration - In many ...

Ilenia Colon Mendoza
College of Arts and Humanities Ilenia  Colon Mendoza As an educator I believe learning should be a pleasant and interactive activity; I see learning as an experience in and of itself. For the teaching process to be successful, it must be student centered. The first step in achieving a ...

Elena Flitsiyan
College of Sciences Elena  Flitsiyan Teaching undergraduate physics is the most satisfying aspect of my responsibilities as a faculty member at UCF. I am of the firm opinion that modern society requires a better understanding of the mechanisms governing our universe, at...

Martha Garcia
College of Arts and Humanities Martha   Garcia I consider teaching a vital part of my persona. I am a firm believer in applying teacher-student collaboration through instruction, research, and service. My teaching practice incorporates concepts and premises that I help learners a...

Shari Hodgson
College of Sciences Shari  Hodgson My teaching philosophy has evolved during my 22 years of experience in the university, business, and legal contexts. To be succinct, I am committed to inspiring all persons to become passionate, engaged, lifelong learners who develop...

Erica Hoyt
College of Nursing Erica  Hoyt My teaching philosophy is to inspire lifelong learning by impressing upon my students inquisitiveness, creative thinking, and importance of critically evaluating information. I respect the student as a customer receiving a service, b...

Peter Jacques
College of Sciences Peter  Jacques My teaching philosophy is simple: cultivate what works for students! Executing this philosophy is decidedly more difficult than just saying it, but my goal is to engage students in the classroom in a way that effectively helps them ...

Kelly Jennings
College of Education Kelly  Jennings As a teacher for the Early Childhood Development and Education Program at the University of Central Florida, I mentor students through classroom instruction, advising, seminar placements, and Senior Internship. During this time I con...

Vicki Lavendol
College of Rosen Vicki  Lavendol At Rosen College, my goal is to prepare our students to be successful leaders in hospitality. The Rosen College values of professionalism, leadership, and service are the perfect foundation. We build on that foundation each time we l...

Chiara Mazzucchelli
College of Arts and Humanities Chiara    Mazzucchelli As an Italian instructor, by the book, much of my classroom work focuses on helping students build proficiency in the four language skill areasólistening, speaking, reading, and writing. However, my goal as a teacher goes beyond the ...

Joanna Mishtal
College of Sciences Joanna       Mishtal Having grown up in communist Poland, my memories of school days include intimidating oral exams in front of the class, punitive pop quizzes, severe discipline, and a symbolic barrier between student and teacher. After more than 20 ye...

Adele Richardson
College of Arts and Humanities Adele  Richardson On the first day I stepped into my own Composition classroom, I enthusiastically thought I was going to teach freshmen how to write. By the end of that same day, I came to realize how shortsighted my assumptions were. And so my own e...

William Safranek
College of Medicine William  Safranek I do not know if many educators formally construct their teaching philosophy before they walk into a classroom for the first time; I certainly did not when I started as an adjunct instructor at UCF in 1996 or when I became a full-tim...

Suha Saleh
College of Health and Public Affairs Suha  Saleh As a teacher, I learned that students are motivated not only by enthusiasm but also by organization, clarity, scholarship, and good teaching techniques of classroom conduct. Motivation is as important as intelligence in influencing s...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I have been an educator in several disciplines. However, it is my opinion that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which student...

Ann Marie Whyte
College of Business Administration Ann Marie   Whyte Consistent with my goal of becoming a more effective educator, my teaching style has evolved considerably over the years. I recognize that students learn in a variety of ways, and I seek to create a rich environment that is conducive...

Graham Worthy
College of Sciences Graham  Worthy During my 22 years in academia, I've tried to excel at teaching, research, and service. I love interacting with students and mentoring them to achieve more than they realize they're capable of. As an undergraduate student, ...