Jennifer K. Smith

Director

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Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Academic Innovation Specialist

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Alexandra joined the FDTE 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, UF+QM Online Course Reviews, First Year Faculty Teaching Academy, the 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.

 

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John Jordi, Ph.D.

Learning and Organizational Development Specialist

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As a member of FDTE, 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.

 

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Zaina Sheets

Coordinator

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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.

 

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Matt August

Digital Media Coordinator

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Matt leads the charge in managing our website, coordinates FDTE video production, serves as our event photographer, and produces the Beyond the Podium Podcast in collaboration with the show’s host, Alexandra Bitton-Bailey. Outside of work Matt enjoys hiking, camping, and photographing nature. He is also a fan of film photography and develops his own color negatives at home. Matt earned his B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

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