Better Together: Student Teams that Work
Emerson Alumni Hall
The Interface Teaching Conference provides faculty, staff, TAs, GAs, and post-docs with new strategies for great teaching and learning through interactive breakout sessions. This year’s theme is Better Together: Student Teams that Work. Do your students grumble and roll their eyes when they hear “group work”? Despite aversion to group work, collaborative learning techniques are highly effective for facilitating student learning. Diverse student groups help students tackle challenges and problems creatively while enhancing their comprehension.
Raegan L. Burden, MMC
Lecturer of Cultural Engagement, Department of Advertising
As the first “Lecturer of Cultural Engagement” with the University of Florida’s Department of Advertising in the College of Journalism and Communications, Raegan thrives on bridging the gap between theory and real-world application. She specializes in monitoring trends and opportunities for advertising’s role in shaping the cultural, social, political, and ethical trust between institutions and audiences. Her teaching and research areas of interest are focused on the intersections of culture, brands, and psychology. In particular, how these segments affect/effect diverse populations and women across the lifespan.
Kevin L. MacPherson
Clinical Lecturer, Assistant Director of Clinical Education & Physical Therapist
Dr. MacPherson is an accomplished physical therapist, graduating from the University of Florida, achieving both a clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification with the University of Saint Augustine, and fellowship with Regis University. He provides instruction to students in the UF Physical Therapy program. His hope is to assist students in surpassing the standard level of critical thinking seen within his profession.
Associate Director and Associate Professor, Digital Worlds Institute
Marko’s experience includes a range of digital startups and educational projects from artificial Intelligence-intensive video game titles for major corporate clients to co-founding 5 of his own startups. Marko was the founder of the Computer Arts Department at the Academy of Art in Serbia, and serves as the CEO of the multi-national game studio O2D, Inc. He has lectured internationally at schools and conferences in the U.S.A., U.K., India, Serbia, China, and Norway.
Nereida (Neddy) Perez
Global Chief Diversity Officer for McCormick & Company
In her role at McCormick she leads the development and implementation of a global diversity & inclusion strategy for the 130 + year old spice and flavor company. Neddy has worked in various industries in the Human Resources, talent acquisition and diversity space for more than 24 years in various countries like the UK, Netherlands, U.S. Mexico, China and India. She is an internationally recognized leader in the design of STEM and Women’s Leadership development initiatives.
Sofia C. Forwood
Student, Combined M.S. in Management and B.A. in Economics
Sofia is in her third year at UF pursuing a combined M.S. in Management and B.A. in Economics with minors in French and Geography. Beyond academics, Sofia has served as Operating Director of CLAS Student Council, Site Leader to the Brown Center for Leadership and Service, Vice President of Kappa Alpha Theta and mentor to two first-generation students.
Dr. Vascimini is a recent graduate from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She is currently a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residents at UF College of Pharmacy. She has been interested in teaching since her undergraduate education and has been a teaching assistant for undergraduate and pharmacy school courses. As a pharmacy resident, she has had the opportunity to teach Professional Practice Skills Lab, as well as give a few lectures throughout the pharmacy curriculum. Her goal moving forward is to become a clinical associate professor at a college of pharmacy.
Anna Peterson is professor in the Department of Religion. Her teaching and research address social and environmental ethics and religion’s role in social change and the public sphere. Her recent books include Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics (2013), Religion and Ecological Crisis, co-edited with Todd LeVasseur (2016), and two forthcoming books: Cats and Conservationists: The Debate over who Owns the Outdoors, co-authored with Dara Wald, and Works Righteousness: Material Practice in Ethical Theory.
Ariel Gunn is a higher-education professional with twenty years’ experience in teaching, writing/learning center administration, and instructional design. Her research and instructional design interests include writing assignments and digital tools that promote equitable collaboration and critical thinking. Ariel received her MA in English from UF and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology.
Anthony Auletta is a lecturer in the Entomology & Nematology Department at the University of Florida. At the heart of his teaching program are course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), which bridge the gap between the classroom and laboratory by engaging students in authentic research projects as part of their curriculum. Through this and his other teaching efforts, he hopes to help students foster a lifelong interest in science and appreciation for insects.
Barbara Mennel is the Rothman Chair and Director for the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. She is Professor of Film Studies with a joint affiliation in the Departments of English and of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her recent books include Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema (University of Illinois Press, 2019) and the second and revised edition of Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2019).
The scope of Dr. Lazarevic's research interest encompasses the intersection of online teaching methods, emerging technologies, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling/printing, cognition, and immersive multimedia development. Currently, he is a principal researcher for the following two projects: a) Facilitating Community of Inquiry through Screencasting and Video Announcements and b) VR Across Disciplines. To date, Dr. Lazarevic has published two books and a number of papers in both peer review journals and conference proceedings. He is finalizing his third book entitled Presentation Media for K-12 Teachers.
Brenda Such, Ph.D., is an assistant director of course production at the Center for Online Innovation and Production. She and her team focus on the building of online courses particularly for the social sciences, humanities, and digital arts. She also oversees multimedia production, and treasures the opportunities to innovate with new technologies for online education.
Dr. Cecilia E. Suarez is the Assistant Professor of Leadership and Intercultural Communication for the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. She also serves as faculty affiliate for the Center for Latin American Studies, the Education Policy Research Center, faculty-in-residence for Hispanic Latino Affairs, and on the executive board for Café Latino in IFAS. Her research focuses on access and equity of education through culturally relevant teaching and leadership practices.
Dr. Pracht is an Associate Professor Community Based Organizational Systems, and 4-H Youth Development Specialist for UF/IFAS and has been a faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences since 2007. His appointment is 55% Extension work, 10% research, and 35% teaching. He uses transformational leadership, experiential learning, and service-learning to facilitate collaboration and organizational change in youth programs in rural and urban communities. Dr. Pracht co-leads a Service-Learning Study Abroad in Youth Development and teaches risk management and community issues courses.
Diba Mani earned her degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, after which she directly moved to Gainesville to teach in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Diba most enjoys the human component of any work she is engaging in, be it research in the field of geriatrics or teaching college students in the classroom. Diba is an internationally-certified judo referee, assistant coach and faculty advisor of the Gator Judo Team, and also a regular vinyasa yoga practitioner. She is passionate about diversity and cultural promotion through involvement in groups such as the Iranian American Academics & Professionals and the Cultural Awareness Team of the UF College of Health and Human Performance.
Dylan King is an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, primarily working with distance students in the UF Online Program, as well as students in the Intersections Scholars Program. Dylan received his degrees in flute performance from the University of Florida, and Stetson University, and performs with the Gainesville Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and conducts the Gainesville Flute Ensemble.
Dr. Maness is a triple Gator grad and has worked at UF in various capacities for over 15 years. She has a passion for leveraging technology, especially learning analytics, to solve education challenges that improve student learning. Her research focuses on stakeholder (employers and students) evaluation for curriculum development and continuous quality improvement.
Jaime Ahlberg has been a member of the UF Philosophy Department for nine years. Her research interests lie in ethics and political philosophy, and in the relationship between theory and practice. She has taught courses in these and related areas, and a new Quest 1 course on Ethics in the Public Sphere. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences awarded her a Teacher of the Year award in 2016. She is co-convener of the Ethics in the Public Sphere Intersections group.
Jarred Shellhouse is a marketing and communication specialist and master’s student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, specializing in leadership development. His research focuses on mentorship and identity development within young adults. He hopes to better understand and facilitate leadership and mentorship with individuals that have contrasting identities, especially as they relate to gender, sexuality, and religion.
Joleen Cannon, M.Ed., is the director of the Center for Online Innovation and Production. In the past 20+ years, she has labored and overseen multiple teams focused on IT support, network services, and instructional design within the private sector and higher education institutions. She has coordinated with UF Online to create programs and to manage the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of online courses.
Kate Fogarty is an associate professor and youth development/4-H specialist with UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She has served for 15 years as a faculty advisor to UF’s Collegiate 4-H club and taught undergraduate and graduate FYC courses in youth development for as long. Kate’s research specializes in youth mentoring programs and ways to prevent adolescent risk and promote resiliency.
Dr. Smith’s teaching and educational scholarship interests include ambulatory care practice, the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, and Personal and Professional Development. She is the Leadership Professional Certificate Director and teaches leadership concepts in required and elective courses. She was recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2018 with the Innovation in Teaching Award.
Kellie Goughnour, M.Ed., is an instructional designer for the online STEM production team at the Center for Online Innovation and Production. Her primary responsibility is to foster collaborative working relationships with faculty, creating engaging learning experiences. Most recently, her focus has been to test and evaluate student interactions within online video content.
Dr. Mary Kay Carodine
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
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Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Florida in the Educational Technology program. As an applied researcher in the field of Instructional Design and Technology, his work focuses on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative educational courseware and computer software using learner experience design methods, and with a particular focus on individuals with disabilities and their families. His research specifically investigates three-dimensional virtual learning environments, mobile learning, and online learning environments.
Megan Podsiad, Ed.D., is a senior instructional designer for the online STEM production team at the Center for Online Innovation and Production. She primarily focuses on adaptive learning in online education, assisting with student learning and experiences within online science courses.
Dr. Farland’s educational research focuses on outcomes of team-based learning and personal and professional development. She has been recognized by the Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) as a TBL consultant-trainer, by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as an Emerging Teaching Scholar and an honorable mention for the Innovations in Teaching Award. Dr. Farland is president of the TBLC and has served as a national speaker in the areas of diabetes, team-based learning, collaborative learning teams, and situational judgement tests.
Paloma Rodríguez is the Director of the Office of Global Learning at the UF International Center. Her research interests include eportfolio pedagogy, career integration, faculty professional development, and on-campus opportunities to promote global learning. Her publications explore the use of eportfolio pedagogy in international programming and the role of global certificate programs for the advancement of comprehensive internationalization.
Dr. Patel is the Director of Personal and Professional Development curriculum for the College of Pharmacy. She completed and ASHP-accredited drug information residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals in Fort Washington, PA. Prior to joining UF, she was an associate clinical professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and co-director of the St. John’s University drug information service at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Shaddock graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is now completing her PGY-1 residency year with the College. She is currently completing a Teaching Certificate program where she has had the opportunity to facilitate active learning sessions, deliver didactic lectures, and precept pharmacy students on their ambulatory care APPE rotations. Prior to her pharmacy career, Dr. Shaddock worked as an Academic Tutor for student athletes with the University Athletic Association.
Timothy Brophy is the Director of Institutional Assessment at UF. Dr. Brophy holds national and international leadership roles in assessment and has designed and implements UF’s Assessment System. He has extensive experience with test development and data collection processes for standards-based assessments and knows large-scale assessment structures and processes, policy, and state and national assessment issues. Dr. Brophy is the SACSCOC liaison for the University of Florida and served on the SACSCOC Board of Trustees from 2011-2017.
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