Meet the Team

Jennifer K. Smith

Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence                 Lightbulb_GreatIdea

Mrs. Smith has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online. She was also the Manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training  (CITT) where she coordinated a team of instructional designers and educational technicians to support faculty in the development of pedagogically sound course materials.

Prior to her work at CITT, Mrs. Smith was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department. During her twelve years of teaching, she served as the Design Area Coordinator and the Costume Shop Manager. She taught courses in costume construction, pattern making, tailoring, crafts, and painting and dyeing.

Professionally, Mrs. Smith has created patterns and tutorials for the software company, PatternMaker Software. She has supervised costume construction for performing arts companies such as the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. Her creations have been worn by many performers including opera singers Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves as well as rock musician Prince.

Mrs. Smith received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Production from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre Arts came from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

 

 

Alexandra Bitton-Braddy

Coordinator, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence

Alex_ShockedAlexandra Bitton-Braddy has taught multiple levels and models of French courses. She has taught and developed online, face to face and hybrid courses since 1998 at the secondary and undergraduate levels. She currently teaches French 1, 2, and 3.

Alexandra grew up in Montreal, Canada earning multiple secondary degrees from both the French and Canadian Ministers of Education. She moved to the United States to attend the University of Florida where she earned a B.A. in History and Anthropology and late completed an M.A. in Romance Language Linguistics. She then attended Florida State University to earn an M.S. in Information and Library Science. She has completed the coursework to earn her Ph.D. in higher education administration. During her doctoral studies, she focused on internationalization of the curriculum and campus as well as mentorship programs.

Prior to joining FDTE she taught and worked to help increase opportunities for students to gain cultural competencies through a more comprehensive set of curricular and co-curricular activities such as helping to develop an international certificate program.

In addition to her professional interests, Alexandra loves nature, yoga, cooking and of course eating. She is also an avid reader considering good books as old friends. She loves nothing better than trips to state park with her children and dogs.