The Rising Star Awards recognize faculty for their commitment to ongoing educational improvements and excellence. Rising Star faculty participate in professional development of teaching activities through the Center for Teaching Excellence. Nominations for the 2020 awards are open until February 20, 2020! Visit the Rising Star Requirements page to learn more.

2019 Recipients
Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

• Great Teaching Certificate recipient
• Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant recipient
• Completed the Foundations of Great Teaching
• Completed the TBL Workshop and the Creative Video Workshop

Dr. Carolyn Hanson is a Clinical Assistant Professor who returned to the Department of OT in 2018. Carolyn believes that teaching is more than conveying ideas and demystifying difficult concepts. She makes learning a personal experience for her students by engaging them in team activities. In the fall of 2018, Carolyn discovered the Passport to Teaching program and was excited to find a wide variety of topics being offered in a workshop/lecture series. She was able to choose topics that appealed to her. Carolyn now plans to participate in the Passport program as one of her annual goals as it is a measurable outcome of engagement.

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
College of Health & Human Performance

• Completed the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
• Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate recipient
• Great Teaching Certificate recipient
• Faculty Learning Community: Experiential Learning Certificate recipient
• Faculty Learning Community: Active Learning Certificate recipient
• Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant recipient

Dr. Diba Mani is a lecturer in the department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology. Diba has taught classes ranging in size. She values implementing analogies and student engagement to hone in on concepts discussed in lecture material. Diba's course design puts emphasis on recognizing the importance of translating the topics discussed in class to "real life" (#IRL), be it by applying concepts to career and future educational interests, physical activity (sport) engagement, or healthcare experiences.
Diba prioritizes the expansion of student interaction through active learning, having students read, evaluate, discuss, and present scientific articles to their peers, improving their own professional development concurrent to applying course lecture content. Diba also emphasizes the use of analogies to cater to different learning styles and background knowledge students may come into her class with.

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.

Lecturer
Center for Arts in Medicine
College of the Arts

• Completed the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
• Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate recipient
• Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant recipient
• Runner-up for UFIT Exceptional Course Development award

Ferol joined the faculty of the Center for Arts in Medicine in August 2018. She is a lecturer and the Undergraduate Advisor with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. Her passion for education stems from her own teachers and her belief that effective teaching is about taking the time to build relationships and establishing an environment where students feel valued and appreciated. Ferol began teaching the undergraduate course, Music and Health, in Fall 2017. Music and Health was runner-up winner for the UFIT Exceptional Course Development award, and the course received one of the UF International Center’s Internationalizing the Curriculum grants.

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Sports Media and Communication
College of Journalism and Communications

• Completed the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
• New Faculty Passport to Great Teaching Certificate recipient
• Internationalizing the Curriculum grant recipient

Dr. Roxane Coche was an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in broadcast, sports journalism and entrepreneurial media before coming to UF in 2018. She has developed a variety of exercises and activities to help students understand (and acquire) the many skills necessary to make it in today’s media world. Next semester, she will develop a standard-based grading rubric because it creates an environment that is much closer to the professional industry. Roxane and her colleague Eric Esterline won a $6,000 Internationalizing the Curriculum grant to develop the course, which will be offered for the first time in Spring 2020. The course will include a virtual exchange component, which means that students will collaborate with foreign students during a five-week module.

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Physics
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

• Completed the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
• New Faculty Passport to Great Teaching recipient
• Passport to Great Teaching recipient
• Digital Literacy Faculty Learning Community recipient
• Pathways to Teaching Excellence Master Reviewer

Dr. Sujata Krishna joined the University of Florida in Fall 2018 and enjoys interacting with students inside and outside class. She has had the opportunity to teach a variety of classes such as large courses in a traditional auditorium, smaller classes, online lecture and lab courses. Sujata likes to engage students in classroom conversations and encourages students to participate, even when they might only have an educated guess. Student participation keeps the learning active and brings to light any misconceptions. She keeps her course content exciting and current by including hot-off-the-press physics in a simplified way.

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