Do you have an instructor, professor, or TA that made you want to attend their class, that made an impact on you? Or do you just really appreciate what an instructor has done for you? Most professors may never know the impact they have on your life. Take a few moments and send that professor a Thank You for all their hard work, dedication, and effort. Please fill out the form and a Thank You will be sent to the professor.

Spring 2020 Submissions

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.
LaToya O'Neal, Ph.D

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

"Although you are extremely busy, you always try to give time whenever needed and you are very supportive. You are reliable and give critical feedback which is very helpful for any level of researchers. I think you are a champion in diversity, you give chances to everyone and you know how to get the best from your students/researchers."

- Biswadeep Dhar, Fall 2019

Professor Vivian Gonsalves Ph.D.
Michelle Cardel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
College of Medicine

"I would like to thank you for your time and support during the course. I had surgery mid-semester and the way you helped me in spite of my challenges is worth mentioning. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to give a guest faculty talk in my class, I served as an Instructor in Fall'19. Thanks, Dr.Cardel!"

- Biswadeep Dhar, Spring 2019

Hannah Alarian
Hannah Alarian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

"Thank you for always working hard to make sure that everyone completely understands the material, and for being considerate of all our unique situations at all times. Unlike some other professors, you really care for the needs of your students and how we are interpreting the class. I always look forward to your lectures and you make the material really interesting! Your class has definitely been my favorite so far at UF, and so I just wanted to thank her for that :)"

- Spring 2020 Student

Philip B. Jackson
Philip B. Jackson, Ph.D.

Assistant Engineer
Department of Engineering Education
College of Engineering

"You are the best professor I’ve ever had at this university. Your excitement is contagious, you have youthful energy, and you know how to convey information effectively. Additionally, your class is structured so that you are expected to learn and understand. You aren’t belittling like other professors I’ve had and you make sure to explain your thought process when teaching. Overall, Dr. Jackson you are the pinnacle of excellence when it comes to teaching at this university."


- Spring 2020 Student

Eric Schwartz
Eric Schwartz, Ph.D.

Master Lecturer/ MIL Diector
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

"You can completely annihilate us at any moment, but the struggles faced in this class and digital logic have made me learn more than in most of my classes. Additionally, each lab feels like such an accomplishment. Everything I’ve learned in this class and digital logic has helped me figure out what I can see myself doing as a career because I genuinely enjoy what I learn from your classes."

- Spring 2020 Student

Jamie Foster
Jamie Foster, Ph.D

Professor
Department of Microbiology & Cell Science
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

"You are so inspiring, I mean, you WORK AT NASA! Your class is already interesting, but you make it even more interesting because you’re such a good teacher. I really appreciate how you bring us snacks for our “bio break” every class, and I also really appreciate that you drive to UF from the Kennedy Space Center once a week to teach us. Dr. Foster you are so sweet and so approachable, and are really looking out for your students’ best interests. You really care about your students, and make sure to know each of us by name. I’m grateful that you have us do assignments that are applicable to grad school and our future careers, such as writing a personal statement and a primary literature review, because they’re writing skills that I really need to develop, but didn’t know how to until you taught us. Thank you so much for everything Dr. Foster!"

- Spring 2020 Student

Darlena Cunha
Darlena Cunha

Adjunct Lecturer
College of Journalism and Communications

"Cunha taught me what no other class in the j school has. She taught us how to sign up for healthcare, which is rarely ever talked about in school. She spoke about taxes and budgeting, which I had never been taught before. So much of this common knowledge is overlooked for book knowledge, and I truly respect Cunha for taking the time to teach us this when nobody else ever had. She was extremely kind and approachable and made me feel so comfortable in class. Even though it was only a one credit class, I think it impacted me the most of any class Ive taken. Most of the time we are taught to hide our opinions as journalists, but she showed me that it’s possible to still have values and opinions while being a trusted journalist. She’s a great person, mother and teacher."

- Spring 2020 Student

Jason Portmess
Jason Portmess, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"This class made me realize again why I love chemistry so much. I enjoyed the lectures and solving mechanism and synthesis problems like they were puzzles. I’m really grateful to have had a professor that made me so excited to learn, even when it was challenging."

-Spring 2020 Student

Brian Cain
Brian Cain, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
College of Medicine

"Thank you for instilling a passion for truly understanding biochemistry and giving a great deal of his time to ensure that his students felt confident with the difficult material. Thank you for your dedication to your students."

- Spring 2020 Student

Lynne Clark
Lynne Clark

Senior Lecturer
English Language Institute
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I want to thank you because you have been extremely helpful and understanding through this course, and are doing all that you can to keep us engaged during the transition to online classes. You also told me about other opportunities you think I would be interested in and actually took time to send me the information so that I could learn more about it. You even went as far as offering to be a sponsor or write a recommendation for me, which really meant a lot. You are a big part of this class and the excitement to attend was fostered by you."

- Spring 2020 Student

Vanessa Muhl
Vanessa Muhl

Graduate Student
Department of Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Vanessa is always incredibly helpful and understanding during the lab, and she creates a very healthy and fulfilling learning environment. Though she encourages asking questions whenever needed, she also allows for the student to critically think on their own so that they are confident in the comprehension of the material. I really value the fact that she does not make us feel inferior to her when we may be lost or confused because she knows that we are trying our best and that, at one point, everyone starts their scientific path and will learn more with experience. She is a very kind and intelligent person that anyone would be lucky to learn from."

- Spring 2020 Student

Willard Kesling
Willard Kesling, Ph.D.

Professor and Program Director
School of Music
College of the Arts

"I want to thank Dr. Kesling because he allowed me to be part of such an incredible and talented group of people and for providing such valuable teaching/directing input that I can use to improve as a musician. He is so passionate about music and he fosters this greater appreciation for it among his students. Another quality that I am so appreciative of is that Dr. Kesling is real with us. He is upfront with his expectations for us (because he wants us to grow and develop to be better musicians), and he also is extremely understanding and down to earth during his class. He has inspiring messages that he will sprinkle into class that provide us with perspective and a greater appreciation of our lives and how music impacts them. Again, I just want to thank him for giving me the chance to be part of this choir this semester. If given the opportunity to be in the choir next semester (and every other semester), I look forward to the growth and development I will undergo as a musician along with the joy that accompanies it. This class showed my that I want to immerse myself in the study of music and will most likely be pursuing it in some type of way. Also, his crocs are pretty incredible!"

- Spring 2020 Student

Stefanie Habenicht
Stefanie Habenicht, Sc.D.

Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I was fortunate to have Dr. Habenicht for two semesters now, and I have always appreciated her constant support for students. She tries her hardest to provide many resources for us to use and continually gives us updates on our class. Organic chemistry is, no doubt, a difficult course, but without her help, I don't think I would have made it this far. Thank you, Dr. Habenicht. I cannot imagine the stress you have endured in the past month, but you truly did a fantastic job with everything. Miss seeing you in lectures!"

- Spring 2020 Student

Laura K. Guyer
Laura K. Guyer, Ph.D.

Faculty
Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Dr. Guyer taught for her students to LEARN! She didn't teach for us to pass a 20 question exam, she taught us so we understand an in depth look into women's health and well being. Dr. Guyer wanted her students to understand themselves and others. Her class worked around her students, if all of her students expressed that it was a tough week, she would lighten up the workload so the students were still able to attend class and not feel stressed about yet another class."

- Fall 2019 Student

Anil Rao
Anil Rao, Ph.D.

Professor and Erich Farber Faculty Fellow
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

"Dr. Rao, thank you for being there for your students and having a passion for teaching. I learned the most I ever have in dynamics and I am so grateful for it. You are so knowledgeable about the subject and passionate about it, as well. Lastly, thank you for reaching out to past students, like myself, to ensure that we are on the path to success. I hope you continue teaching, especially at UF, because future students need instructors like you."

- Fall 2018 Student

Sean Niemi
Sean Niemi, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

"Thank you for really challenging and making your students think as engineers. All of your seniors need that, as we move into the real world. You really care about all of your students and want to see us succeed, thank you for that. I am sad that this semester didn't end how we all would have liked, but you're ongoing efforts to keep us engaged is extremely great. Please continue to develop Mech 3 into the vision you have. Seniors NEED you to enhance their skills in their last semester. Thank you for being great and providing amazing advice."

- Spring 2020 Student

Andres Rubiano
Andres Rubiano, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

"Dr. Rubiano is great. He's a tough professor but it's because this field is hard. He gives you all the resources you need to succeed but he definitely makes sure you understand the material above anything else. He's a genius who knows how to teach SO well and is so understanding with every question or confusion students have. He just wants his students to succeed."

- Fall 2019 Student


"Thank you Dr. Rubiano for giving your students wonderful advice for technical problems, as well as, advice for life after college. I really appreciate how you really care about your students and help them whenever is necessary. I am sad our time was cut short this semester, but I hope to keep in touch."

- Spring 2020 Student

Jing Pan
Jing Pan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

"Dr. Pan is AMAZING. SO knowledgeable, so engaging. We cover so much material and everyone is so engaged. The class is not easy but he provides so many resources and is always available to ask questions. He never just gives you the answer, he makes you think and make sure you understand the concept before moving on to the question. He is very very kind! He also relates current situations or things he knows we have familiarized ourselves with to heat transfer so well and it makes it that much more engaging. It is his first time teaching at UF and he is the best professor. I am so happy I have him as a professor especially because as a Mechanical Engineering student who wants to pursue a more aerospace kind of career after I graduate, I know how important heat transfer is so I am so happy I am actually learning and enjoying this material. THANK YOU PROFESSOR, for being so kind and knowing how to teach so well."

- Spring 2020 Student

Gregory Sawyer
Gregory Sawyer, Ph.D.

Ebaugh Professor
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

"He had great lectures before classes ended, and has continued to make the class a learning environment while keeping it low stress. I also want to thank him and his colleagues for shifting gears and putting time and effort into understanding covid-19."

- Spring 2020 Student

Lori Altmann
Lori Altmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
College of Public Health & Health Professions

"Neuroplasticity & Rehabilitation with Dr. Altmann transformed the way I view myself and the organ that is the source of our every thought and action: the brain. Neuroplasticity is the most fascinating topic I've ever studied and this class fueled my current research interests. Dr. Altmann's passion for the topic was contagious; she was consistently kind and encouraging in her feedback to me and I believe that it is this kind of support that transforms the interested into passionate experts. Thank you Dr. Altmann, I'm truly grateful for your support!"

- Nneka W., Spring 2019

Stephanie Stine
Stephanie Stine

Lecturer
Department of Statistics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Professor Stine teaches the material in a way that is very similar to the exam and easy to understand. She also adapted to this new learning environment very quickly and has done such a great job during this time. She puts out a multitude of practice resources for us and really does her best to see us succeed!! She hosted numerous reviews for our exams that were all super helpful and when there was a problem with exam two due to coronavirus switching it to online, she dealt with the problem in a timely manner. One of my very favorite professors, thank you!"

- Spring 2020 Student

Justin Ortagus
Justin Ortagus

Assistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
College of Education

"Prior to taking this class, I had limited interaction with you. Taking the class allowed me to see how incredible you are as an instructor and researcher. The class was very engaging with discussions, guest speakers and your infamous theory talks. I would highly recommend you as an instructor."

- Fall 2019 Student

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