Jennifer K. Smith


Jennifer K. Smith is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online and as manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. Prior to her work at CITT, Jennifer was an Associate Professor with the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department. She has supervised costume construction for performing arts companies such as the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. Her creations have been worn by many performers including opera singers Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves as well as rock musician Prince. Jennifer received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Production from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre Arts came from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


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Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Academic Innovation Specialist

Alexandra joined the Center for Teaching Excellence team in 2015. Since then, she has worked closely to support excellence in teaching and learning across the university. She works on a wide variety of initiatives and projects including Affordable UF, Pathways to Teaching Excellence Online Course Reviews, First Year Faculty Teaching Academy, the Teaching Beyond the Podium Podcast Series, and Interface. Alexandra loves spending time with her family and friends, especially when cooking and sharing a great meal around the kitchen table. She also enjoys spending time soaking in nature while gardening, hiking, kayaking, or doing yoga. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida in Higher Education Administration, She earned her M.A. in Romance Language Linguistics from the University of Florida, her M.S from Florida State University in Information and Library Science, and her B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Florida. For Pathways to Teaching Excellence or Teaching Beyond the Podium podcast questions, contact Alexandra.


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John Jordi, Ph.D.

Instructional Assessment Coordinator

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As a member of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Jordi is responsible for supporting university initiatives by overseeing the GatorRater course evaluations, as well as developing and implementing projects related to learning analytics. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys playing tennis and golf. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida, and his B.A. in History from the Pennsylvania State University. For student evaluation questions, contact John.


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Zaina Sheets


Zaina is responsible for the coordination, creation and delivery of face-to-face and online workshops and materials for faculty and teaching assistant development. During her free time, Zaina enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, or just being around the water. She also loves to dance, read a good novel or attend an athletic event, like Gator Football, Go Gators! Zaina earned her M.A.E. in Educational Technology from the University of Florida, and her B.F.A. in Creative Photography from the University of Florida. For event, workshop, and Passport to Great Teaching questions, contact Zaina.


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Micah Jenkins

e-Text Coordinator

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Micah Jenkins is the eText Coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Since joining the team in 2018, she has worked to facilitate textbook affordability efforts here at UF. Outside of work, Micah enjoys reading mystery novels, listening to podcasts, and exploring Fortean phenomena and haunted places. Micah earned her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida, and her B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida. For UF All Access and Affordable UF questions, contact Micah.


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Nikki Lyons

Trainer & Quality Assurance Coordinator

Nikki assists with Pathways to Teaching Excellence online course reviews, teacher assistant training and development, and instructional design for the team. She spends her free time listening to podcasts, reading, catching up on her Netflix queue, crafting, cooking & eating, and going on field trips. Nikki earned her M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Iowa, and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Albany State University. For Pathways to Teaching Excellence questions, contact Nikki.

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Genavie Cueman

Digital Media Specialist

Genavie is responsible for graphic design, photography, and website management for the Center for Teaching Excellence. In her free time, she likes to play piano and basketball. Genavie earned her A.S. in Graphic Design from the State College of Florida. For website questions, contact Genavie.