Emerson Alumni Hall

Learning Beyond 4 Walls

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Emerson Alumni Hall



Thank you for joining us at Interface 2019! If you weren’t able to attend this year, or want to get a refresher on what you learned, presenter PowerPoints and resources are available for download at the bottom of each breakout session description. We hope to see you next year!
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University of Florida International Center

8:00 – 8:30am

Breakfast and Networking, Presidents Ballroom

Breakfast catered by Dos Mamas

8:30 – 8:45am

Welcome, Presidents Ballroom

Riley Freese, Spanish and Economics student

8:45 – 9:00am

UF Quest and Experiential Learning, Presidents Ballroom

Angela Lindner, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

9:10 – 10:00am

Breakout Sessions A

  • Experiential Learning through Virtual Exchange Part I: Global Perspectives, Presidents Ballroom A
    Crystal Marull, Ph.D., Ginny Greenway, Ph.D., Mary Risner, Ed.D., and Sonia San Juan

  • Escape Rooms: Helping Students Find the Key to Real-World Problem Solving, Presidents Ballroom B
    Angelina Vascimini and Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D.

  • Virtual Spaces and Graduate Research Mentoring, Presidents Ballroom C
    Swapna Kumar, Ed.D.

  • Out of Your Seats and into the Streets, Classroom 209
    Kevin Baron, Ph.D.
10:10 – 11:00am

Breakout Sessions B

  • Experiential Learning through Virtual Exchange Part II: Student and Faculty Voices, Presidents Ballroom A
    Crystal Marull, Ph.D., Ginny Greenway, Ph.D., Mary Risner, Ed.D., and Sonia San Juan

  • Augmenting the Curriculum: Pedagogical Possibilities for Augmented Reality, Presidents Ballroom B
    Jason Crider, Madison Jones, Shannon Butts, and Sid Dobrin, Ph.D.

  • Integrating Career Readiness into your Curriculum, Presidents Ballroom C
    Jaysen Williams and Nili Cimand

  • Global Learning Spaces, Classroom 209
    Monika Oli, Ph.D. and Paula Delpech, Ph.D.
11:00 – 11:30am

Break and Resource Fair, Warrington Conference Room

11:40 – 1:10pm

Lunch and Keynote

Lunch catered by Dos Mamas

  • High-Impact Learning Beyond the Classroom, Presidents Ballroom
    Dawn Whitehead, Ph.D.
1:10 – 1:50pm

Exemplary Online Awards and Rising Star Awards, Presidents Ballroom

Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Office of Teaching Excellence
The Exemplary Online Awards recognize quality and innovation in online course design, development, and teaching. The Rising Star Awards recognize ongoing commitment to teaching improvement.
John Jordi, Ph.D., Office of Teaching Excellence
Learn about the new and improved student course evaluation system (GatorEvals).

1:50 – 2:25pm

Break, Resource Fair, and Poster Sessions, Warrington Conference Room

2:35 – 3:25pm

Breakout Sessions C

  • Connecting the Dots with ePortfolios, Presidents Ballroom A
    Andie Cochran, Mutlu Çitim-Kepic, Paloma Rodriguez and Rori Bloom, Ph.D.
  • Excursion Learning: Innovating Curriculum Inside and Outside the Classroom, Presidents Ballroom B
    Meg Leroy, Ph.D. and Rachel Slivon, Ph.D.
  • Experiential Learning among Native Americans: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights for Political Scientists, Presidents Ballroom C
    Richard Conley, Ph.D.

  • Engaging the Self and the Other Through Oral Histories, Classroom 209
    Aida Hozic, Ph.D., Ingrid Kleespies, Ph.D., and Kathryn Dwyer-Navajas
3:35 – 3:55pm

Wrap Up, Presidents Ballroom

Jennifer Smith, Director, Office of Teaching Excellence
iPad Giveaway, Brian Marchman, Ph.D., Distance and Continuing Education
*must be present to win

3:55 – 5:00pm

Networking Reception, Presidents Ballroom

Join us for snacks and mingling. Get your Passport to Great Teaching program booklet stamped! If you’re not a participant yet, and want to learn more, stop by the Passport to Great Teaching table.

Our Sponsors

Speaker Biographies

Dawn Whitehead

Keynote Speaker

Dawn Whitehead, Ph.D.

Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change and Interim Senior Director, Communications, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, AAC&U

Dr. Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning across the undergraduate curriculum. Her work combines an emphasis on thematic local and international experiences to provide students with globalized learning opportunities throughout their educational experiences to prepare them to function and thrive in the modern world. Prior to joining AAC&U, Whitehead served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization with teaching responsibilities in the Global and International Studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Aida Hozic

Aida Hozic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Aida A. Hozic is an Associate Professor of International Relations. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. A Preview Advisor veteran and a former Undergraduate Coordinator for Political Science (2010-2013), she was CLAS Advisor of the Year in 2013 and Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor Term Professor in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.

Andie Cochran

Andie Cochran

Associate Director for Industry Engagement, Career Connections Center

As a former Liberal Arts and Sciences undergrad, Andie was able to translate her degree in Psychology into a ten year career in the hospitality and travel industry. During Andie’s former career at Walt Disney World, she gained a wealth of experience by working in many different job functions. This industry knowledge has assisted her at the UF Career Connections Center, as she now focuses on employer engagement within the center and the University by leading Career and Industry Engagement team members who are embedded into various colleges.

Angelina Vascimini

Angelina Vascimini

College of Pharmacy Student and Teaching Assistant

Angelina is a forth year, University of Florida College of Pharmacy student. She has been interested in pharmacy and teaching since she was in high school. As an undergraduate student, she was a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with Dr. Jason Portmess and as a pharmacy student, she was a teaching assistant for Advanced Topics in Community Pharmacy with Dr. Stacey Curtis. When she graduates she hopes to practice pharmacy clinically and teach future pharmacy students.

Crystal Marull

Crystal Marull, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Coordinator of Online Spanish Program, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Dr. Marull teaches and designs curriculum for Spanish language and linguistics courses in face-to-face, online, hybrid, study abroad, and service learning contexts. In her courses, she capitalizes on the advantages of digital tools and virtual environments to offer a variety of media-rich lesson plans. She is the 2018 recipient of LinguaMeeting’s “Best Integration of Technology” award and UF’s 2018 Online Education Excellence Awards (OEEA) in the category of large enrollments.

Ginny Greenway

Ginny Greenway, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, Entomology and Nematology Department

Ginny Greenway is a postdoctoral researcher and Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) co-ordinator in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. Prior to joining Dr Christine Miller’s lab in 2017, Ginny Greenway received a PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her time has been split between research, co-instructing and helping to develop a series of campus-wide undergraduate courses which bridge the gap between the classroom and the lab.

Ingrid Kleespies

Ingrid Kleespies, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Kleespies areas of interest include Russian Romanticism, Russian intellectual history, eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, and literature of travel and empire more generally. Her recent book, A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature, considers the key role played by the image of the nomad in the pressing literary debates over Russian identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Jason Crider

Jason Crider

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Jason Crider is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. His research focuses on embodiment and mobile media technologies.

Jaysen Williams

Jaysen Williams

Assistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement, Journalism & Communications

As a member of the Career Connections Center, Jaysen servse as the embedded liaison to the College of Journalism and Communications. He works with faculty and staff to assist students in reaching their career goals. Through workshops and personal meetings, Jaysen ensures that students are empowered with the necessary tools to be effective in their future career. He also builds relationships with employers to pursue employment opportunities on behalf of students.

Kathryn Dwyer-Navajas

Kathryn Dwyer-Navajas, M.A.

Senior Lecturer and Co-coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Mrs. Dwyer-Navajas’ work is focused on teaching students to build bridges between people, using language, culture, compassion, and courage. She has taught Spanish at the University of Florida since 1999. Before that she served as a mechanic and a community activist.

Kevin Baron

Kevin Baron, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Bob Graham Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Baron’s interests focus on the American presidency and Congress, paying particular attention the power dynamic between branches. His latest book, Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act due out in April 2019, examines the political power struggles between the White House and Congress over the use of executive privilege that paved the way for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act.

Madison Jones

Madison Jones

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Madison Jones is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. His research focuses on place-based writing and digital rhetoric through emerging digital technologies and ecological methodologies.

Mary Risner

Mary Risner, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Outreach, Center for Latin American Studies

Dr. Risner develops and manages initiatives that integrate world languages and area studies across the K-12 and post-secondary curriculum. Her research interests are in Languages for Specific Purposes and the integration of innovative pedagogies and technologies in the classroom to develop intercultural competence in students and prepare them for personal and professional success in today’s increasingly globalized society.

Megan Leroy

Megan Leroy, Ph.D.

Director, Teaching & Learning Center at the Warrington College of Business

Her interests include digital engagement technologies, online and blended learning, creative course design, and teaching. Megan received her B.A. at the University of Georgia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida. She now resides in Gainesville, FL, where she enjoys teaching writing, designing online course sites, watching college football, and volunteering.

Monika Oli

Monika Oli, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Microbiology & Cell Science

Monika Oli, a native Bavarian, will convince anyone that Microbiology is vital to appreciate and understand personal wellbeing as well as to find solutions for global challenges. Her study abroad program “Medicine, Microbiology and Health” and her online class “Microbes without Borders,” both lead students to unexpected learning places they have never explored. She is a true role model and compassionate mentor for students and just tends to do things a little .…unconventionally!

Mutlu G. Çitim-Kepic

Mutlu G. Çitim-Kepic, M.Ed.

Director, Music Admissions, Undergraduate Advisor, School of Music

Mrs. Çitim-Kepic served as Coordinator of Admissions and Registration at the Office of the University Registrar (1997-2000) prior to her arrival at the School of Music. She received her B.A. in International Human Relations and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. Mrs. Çitim-Kepic is the director of the UF in Salzburg study abroad program. In this capacity, she mentors students in the development of eportfolios to reflect on their experiences abroad.

Nili Cimand

Nili Cimand

Ph.D. Candidate, College of Journalism and Communications

Nili Cimand is a second-year doctoral student at the College of Journalism and Communication. Her research interests focus on how technological advancements, narrative, storytelling, and similar “edutainment” techniques in video can support undergraduate student engagement, learning, and instruction. Her professional experience includes over eight years of working in TV production and post-production industries in Miami, FL.

Paloma Rodriguez

Paloma Rodriguez, M.A.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, University of Florida International Center

Mrs. Rodriguez is part of the Leadership Team for UF’s ongoing Quality Enhancement Plan for internationalization and oversees the International Scholars Program. 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.

Paula Alexander-Delpech

Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., RN, APRN

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Delpech’s research and scholarship interest includes international service-learning, global health and health disparities with an emphasis on the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. Her focus is on developing culturally appropriate breast cancer awareness initiatives to low-and middles-income countries (LMICs) through high-quality, community-based education and contemporary eHealth. Dr. Delpech believes that in order for learning to take place, a synergy must be created in the classroom between the teacher and the student. As such, she utilizes team-based learning in her courses.

Rachel Slivon

Rachel Slivon, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Warrington College of Business

Dr. Slivon has been teaching at the University of Florida for over a decade. She is currently a Lecturer in the Management Communication Center in the Warrington College of Business and teaches business communication to graduate and undergraduate students. Her interests include pedagogy and active learning.

Richard Conley

Richard Conley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Conley’s teaching and research focuses on American and comparative politics, with a particular emphasis on formal institutions (executives and legislatures). He has published 12 books on American politics and 30 peer-reviewed articles on American and comparative politics, and is currently finishing a book with Edinburgh University Press entitled Donald Trump and American Populism. Dr. Conley also developed and led two spring break experiential learning courses with undergraduate students to visit Native American reservations on the Great Plains and Four Corners (2017, 2018).

Riley Freese

Riley Freese

Undergraduate Student, Spanish and Economics, Anderson Scholar Nominee

Riley Freese is a third-year student at the University of Florida. During her time at the University of Florida, she has studied abroad in both Valencia, Spain and Santiago, Dominican Republic on a service-learning trip where she volunteered at a local non-profit to expand education in the rural parts of the country. In her free time, she volunteers at the English Language Institute as part of UF’s Cultural Immersion Program helping to tutor international students in English. Throughout her time at the University of Florida, she has focused on international advocacy and civic engagement, with the hope of attending law school upon graduation.

Rori Bloom, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies

Rori Bloom is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature, but she enjoys teaching courses on a wide variety of topics in French language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include theories and histories of authorship, the libertine novel, and the rococo aesthetic. She is currently working on a project on seventeenth and eighteenth-century French fairy-tales. Dr. Bloom has implemented eportfolios in a course related to the UF in Paris study abroad program she leads every summer.

Shannon Butts

Shannon Butts

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Shannon Butts is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on emerging writing technologies, digital rhetoric, professional communication, and multimodal composition.

Sid Dobrin

Sid Dobrin, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English

Dr. Dobrin’s research specializes in composition theory, visual rhetoric, digital rhetoric, posthumanism, and environmental rhetoric. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on those subjects.

Sonia San Juan

Sonia San Juan

Lecturer, Adjuct Instructor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Sonia San Juan is a lecturer and adjunct instructor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. Her research interests include Spanish acquisition through interactive technology and Spanish for the professions.

Stacey Curtis

Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Curtis has been a community pharmacist for 20 years where she has worked as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, pharmacist recruiter, pharmacist trainer, and pharmacy intern coordinator. She serves as the Course Coordinator for Professional Practice Skills Lab, Pharmacy Practice Management, Principles of Systems Based Practice and Advanced Topics in Community Pharmacy. Outside of the classroom, she was appointed by Dean Julie Johnson to serve on the Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention Task Force and is a member of the Admissions Committee. Dr. Curtis was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award for the College of Pharmacy in 2016 and 2017.

Swapna Kumar

Swapna Kumar, Ed.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Technology, School of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kumar’s teaching and research focus on online and blended learning in higher education and she directs the online doctorate in Educational Technology at the College of Education. Her interests include 1) the design, implementation, facilitation and evaluation of online professional programs 2) online mentoring and 3) open online education.

Past Interface Resources

Select a year to view recordings, handouts, and presentations.

Interface 2018

Interface 2018 “Student Voices Transform Teaching”


Interface 2018 is your ticket to making good use of the formative and summative information that students can provide. Learn how UF faculty collect and integrate student feedback into their courses.

Handouts and Presentations


Platinum: ProctorU
Silver: Adobe, 3PlayMedia, iClicker, Canvas, turnitin


Interface 2017

Interface 2017 “Beyond Multiple Choice: Creative Assessment”

Presentation Teasers

Recordings, Handouts & Presentations


UF: Office of Teaching Excellence, UF Conference Department, UF Distance & Continuing Education
Platinum and Gold: Adobe, ProctorU, Turnitin, Capsim

Interface 2016

Interface 2016 “Lessons Learned by Instructors: Combining Active Learning with Technology.”


The Spring 2016 Interface will be an interactive event highlighting low- and high-technology learning tools. Faculty presenters will share experiences and time-saving tips from their use of technology in teaching to support active learning methods. Try out the tools others have used to transform the teaching and learning experience. Be inspired by your colleagues from different disciplines across campus!

Handouts and Presentations


UF: Office of Teaching Excellence, UF Conference Department, UF College of Medicine, UF Distance & Continuing Education
Other: Adobe

Interface 2015

Interface 2015 “Critical Reflection in Action”


The reflective practitioner values the “bigger picture” and the relationship between learning activities, courses, academic programs, and past and future life experiences and plans. The purpose of Interface is to look through the lenses of quantitative and qualitative methods and use these perspectives for reflection on practice. This process has a great deal of ambiguity; there is often no one right answer or solution for everyone. Rather, the intent of Interface is to spark ideas and foster discussion and conversation. Together, we will critically reflect on our own beliefs and actions, and create opportunities for growth, in teaching.


Sponsors for the Spring 2015 Program:

Interface 2013

Interface 2013


Explore and examine pedagogy, the science of teaching, and the teaching practice itself in blended learning environments as they relate to “reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing” in our disciplines.



Interface 2012

Interface 2012 “Open Resources, Open Possibilities”


For ten years, MIT has made all of its educational content available for anyone wanting to use it. During the same time period, Stanford has championed Creative Commons, which has defined and made available a form of open intellectual property attribution. Many other institutions and organizations are moving in the direction of open content and resources. At the University of Florida, we are exploring the implications of “Open Resources, Open Possibilities” and the impact on teaching and learning in higher education by focusing our Interface Faculty Seminar on the use of open and free resources on our own campus.




Interface 2011

Interface 2011


The Fall 2011 Interface program will feature a series of “lightning rounds” – short demonstrations of technology use and instructional practices – presented by selected UF instructors identified for their innovative and effective use of technology in teaching. In addition to viewing these demonstrations, Interface participants will have opportunities for face-to-face discussion with both presenters and peers.


College of Journalism and Communications

Interface 2010

Interface 2010


Interface is an opportunity to recognize innovative faculty, provide a forum for professors to share their work with other disciplines and foster interdisciplinary collaborations on future projects.