The Committee for Excellence in Online Learning is comprised of faculty and staff who are experienced online educators, well-versed in best practices for online education, and active participants in the online course review process at UF. The committee advises the Center for Teaching Excellence, conducts peer reviews of online courses, and evaluates the UF + Quality Matters rubric to ensure it is in sync with current standards. During their 2-year terms, members also serve as ambassadors for the online course review process and participate in the annual Exemplary Online Awards (EOA) selection process.
Alyson Adams, Ph.D.
Alyson Adams is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director for Teaching & Teacher Education in the School of Teaching and Learning in the University of Florida’s College of Education. She works with several online graduate programs for full-time working professionals focused on social-justice and advocacy in education.
Brian Marchman, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian K. Marchman serves as UF Assistant Provost and Director of the Office of Distance Learning (ODL). As the director of ODL, a unit in the Office for Teaching & Technology, Dr. Marchman is responsible for the centrally-supported Distance Learning unit, distance student support services, UF Flexible Learning, UF Dual Enrollment, and online academic integrity.
Harrison Hove is a Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Florida. He was named the 2020 Teacher of the Year for the College of Journalism and Communications and teaches courses focused on television news. Harrison also produces special projects with student journalists for WUFT-TV.
Jason Byrd, Ph.D.
Dr. Byrd is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He is a Board-Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology.
Joleen Cannon is the Director of the Center for Online Innovation and Production (COIP) where she directs a team of 20 instructional designers and multimedia specialist in online course production. Joleen served for 13 years as the IT Manager of Enterprise systems for Broward Health Systems where she focused on system administration and training.
Karen Aul, Ph.D.
Karen Aul is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Florida’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate nursing students, and serves as a co-coordinator of the simulation lab. Karen’s background includes undergraduate, graduate, and online course instruction in nursing academia.
Kimberly (Kim) Moore, Ph.D.
Kimberly Moore is a professor of Environmental Horticulture and the Associate Center Director for the University of Florida, IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education center. Her research focus is on nutritional management strategies for greenhouse crops to reduce fertilizer run-off and improve fertilization management.
Marina Klimenko, Ph.D.
Marina Klimenko is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department, at the University of Florida. She holds a Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology. She regularly teaches large online psychology courses, such as Developmental Psychology and Research Methods Lab.
Melanie Veige is a Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, and the Director of General Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from University of British Columbia, and her BSc from McGill University. She oversees the General Chemistry program at UF, both lecture and lab.
Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D.
Over the past 14 years my primary engagement with academic students was in an online format. First as a teaching assistant, then gradually as an instructor, academic advisor, and over the past seven years as the program director of two graduate online programs in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology with a per semester enrollment of more than 400 graduate students located all over the US and in more than 50 international locations.
Sonia San Juan
Sonia San Juan earned B.A.s in both International Studies and Spanish Languages, Literatures and Cultures from the University of North Florida. She graduated with a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida and teaches in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.
Stacey Fox-Alvarez is a veterinary medical oncologist and clinical assistant professor in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. She holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Public Health, both from UF. Prior to joining UF as faculty, she completed internships in in Emergency and Critical Care and Medical Oncology as well as a Medical Oncology residency.
Stefanie Gazda, Ph.D.
Stefanie Gazda is a Lecturer and the Biology Department Online Coordinator. Originally from New Hampshire, she earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She teaches courses in Introductory Biology, General Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Marine Mammal Biology.
Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.
Sujata Krishna is a lecturer in the Department of Physics. She has been teaching face-to-face and online courses for over 5 years now. She has taught large courses with over 500 students and medium courses with 100 students and small course with 10 students. This is her second year serving on the Committee for Excellence in Online Learning.
Thomas Hawkins is a lecturer in the University of Florida’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is program director of the department’s online master’s degree program. Prior to joining the university faculty, Thomas provided legislative, legal, and planning analysis for 1000 Friends of Florida.