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.

2003-2004 Award Recipients

Melissa B. Frye
College of Business Administration Melissa     B. 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 environment....

Melody Bowdon
College of Arts and Sciences Melody    Bowdon I have taught undergraduate writing classes for over twelve years, and the most gratifying aspect of my experience has always been seeing students make ethical use of the concepts and techniques that they learn from my classes in their...

Dorilyn Hitchcock
College of Health and Public Affairs Dorilyn   Hitchcock First and foremost, I truly enjoy teaching. I hope that I will be most thought of for my enthusiasm for the subject matter and my love of the classroom. It is most important to be current and knowledgeable in the subject are...

Cynthia Hutchinson
College of Education Cynthia      Hutchinson I am a follower of Leo Buscaglia who prefers the term "educator" to "teacher." He explains that "educator" comes from the Latin term, "educare," which means to tend or support the growth of another. That is the role I hope to play ...

Aubrey Jewett
College of Arts and Sciences Aubrey   Jewett Active learning fosters academic success. When students take part in the learning process they learn more and retain more than when operating in the passive mode. Thus whether attending a local council meeting, perfor...

Tison Pugh
College of Arts and Sciences Tison   Pugh The one 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, becau...

Alizera Rahrooh
College of Engineering and Computer Science Alizera   Rahrooh A "teaching philosophy" is a set of general principles used to guide practice. Mine is mostly second hand; some of it is gained by the many good teachers that I encountered in my education and some of it shaped by the insistent and ...

Ernest Smith
College of Arts and Sciences Ernest  Smith When I began my full-time teaching career, the first text I taught was from Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, where the Brazilian educator contrasts "problem-posing education" and "the banking concept of education." According ...

Karl Sooder
College of Business Administration Karl  Sooder Respect is a simple, but a very powerful and dynamic, life change-agent. Ideally, we demonstrate respect for our students, faculty /administration colleagues and community citizens through our personal demeanor, conduct and by our pers...

Kristina Tollefson
College of Arts and Sciences Kristina   Tollefson I demonstrate a humanistic approach to teaching by modeling how to be a productive member of a learning community as I teach content, a lifelong aesthetic appreciation of art and theatre, and communication skills. My goal in exh...

Jane Waterman
College of Arts and Sciences Jane    Waterman Science is like a mystery novel; one looks for the solutions to puzzles. I try to bring science alive to my classes, to show them that science is always a work in progress and that it is exciting. I think it is important to inte...

Bruce Wilson
College of Arts and Sciences Bruce  Wilson My role as a teacher is to provide students with excellent training in Political Science and to equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in their careers and to become lifelong learners. I emphasize critical thinking and writin...