2012 International Educator of the Year Award
Campus Winner– Senior Faculty
Dr. Florin Curta, Professor, Medieval History and Archaeology, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Making of the Slavs. History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, A.D. 500-700, which was named a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association in 2003. The book was translated into Romanian and Bulgarian. His second book, Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250, addresses important themes such as the rise of medieval states, the conversion to Christianity, the monastic movement inspired by developments in Western Europe and in Byzantium, and the role of material in the representation of power. A third book, An Economic and Social History of Greece, c. 500 to c. 1050, further explores the relation between the establishment of trans-Mediterranean trade routes and the rise of a landed aristocracy in early medieval Greece. He has edited four collections of studies: Neglected Barbarians (2009); The Other Europe in the Middle Ages. Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans (2007); Borders, Barriers, and Ethnogenesis; Frontiers in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (2005); and East Central and Eastern Europe in the Early Middle Ages (2005). The latter volume was named a 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He has also published extensively in such journals as Speculum, Early Medieval Europe, Hesperia, Viator, Haskins Society Journal, Ancient West & East, and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the Brill series East Central Europe in the Middle Ages as well as a member of the Medieval Academy of America Publication Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Cursor Mundi series of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the recent recipient of a NEH fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; a senior fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks; membership in the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, in Princeton; and an American Council of Learned Societies postdoctoral fellowship in East European Studies.
Campus Winner- Junior Faculty
Dr. Richard Rheingans, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Global Health , College of Public Health and Health Professions, and Center for African Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Rheingans’ research focuses on the economics of infectious diseases and environmental health hazards in developing countries, with an emphasis on diarrheal disease and its prevention. His applied research on water and sanitation focuses on three areas: 1) alternative strategies for delivering point of use water treatment, 2) the causes and effects of disparities in access to water and sanitation, and 3) identifying practical and sustainable strategies that can effectively reach large numbers of people. In 2006 he began a multi-year project to assess the effectiveness, sustainability and scalability of school-based water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in Kenya. This project will serve as a platform develop multi-disciplinary research with local and international researchers on topics including household decision making regarding water and sanitation, ecology of water and sanitation related pathogens, disease transmission dynamics, and strategies for improving sustainability and equity of interventions and policies. Additional related applied research projects include studies of the mechanism for disparities in peri-urban water and sanitation; multi-country studies of disparities in access to socially marketed health products; and studies of the psychosocial impact of inadequate water and sanitation. He recently completed a series of projects on the economics of rotavirus vaccination in low-income countries. In addition to estimating the cost-effectiveness of vaccination, he is interested in how economic information can be used to support policy decisions at a national level and how disparities in access to immunization can affect the expected benefits.
Campus Winner- Staff Award
Joseph Rojo, Director of International Programs, Warrington College of Business Administration. Mr. Rojo has worked tirelessly to increase the quantity and quality of international opportunities for UF students.
Since 2004, his passion for international education has resulted in a significant increase in study abroad participation on the part of undergraduate business students (from 8% to 25% each of the past four years). During the 2011-2012 academic year, undergraduate business student participation reached an all-time high. He led an effort to provide study abroad opportunities for students in the Innovation Academy. He coordinated logistics with college faculty, the IA Director, and our international partners in London, Madrid, and Rome. He also created a study abroad website for IA students, conducted parent pre-departure sessions and implemented enhanced support services for these freshman students. Based on the success of his study abroad endeavors, he was asked to present at the 2011 AACSB Innovative Programs Conference. He continues to build on a successful 2+1+1 program he co-manages with Chonghua Zhang. In 2011-2012 three new cooperative agreements were established in China. He is entrusted with initiating and enacting international contractual agreements between WCBA and its big four partners (London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome). Last year, these four programs generated $1,250,000. Since 2007, over 2,400 students have studied abroad with assistance from the School of Business International Programs Office. Over 1,400 of those students participated in the sponsored programs in London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Since 2007, he has added nine new exchange programs, increasing the total number of exchange agreements by 38%. The number of students participating in exchange programs has increased 36% over the last three years. The number of host institutions where UF students study has increased 30%. He has significantly improved services for incoming international students by creating student web pages, an online course request system, and a college-specific orientation program. Warrington College of Business Administration accounted for 28% of all UF students who studies abroad in 2010-2011 academic year, quite impressive given that business students are only 11-12% of the total student body. His leadership and passion for study abroad is a tremendous asset for this institution.
College Nominees for the International Educator Award
Staff Award Category
Matthias Fueth, Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Pharmacy.
Mr. Feuth was born in 1977, in Duesseldorf, Germany. He practiced as a pharmacist from 2005 to 2007. After internships in pharmaceutical companies (Schwarz Pharma and Henkel KGaA), in the Department of Pharmaceutics at the University of Florida in 2005 and in a community pharmacy, he joined the PhD program in the Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy of the University of Florida, working under the supervision of Dr Sihong Song in August 2007. Matthias Fueth graduated in December 2011 with a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville. In his current position as a post-doctoral fellow, he supervises junior Ph.D. students in the department of pharmaceutics and helps them with experimental design, protocol optimization and in vivo experimentation.
Thomas Germain, Residence Life Coordinator, Department of Housing and Residence Education. 85% of the graduate students living in Housing are international, representing over 70 different countries.
Mr. Germain’s work focuses on serving as a resource to the residents. The overall objective of this position is to help develop and promote a positive environment for its residents. He is involved with raising awareness of international culture and community by promoting cultural activities. The School Board of Alachua County Adult Education ESOL Program has a collaborative relationship with UF’s Housing Office and he always makes sure the program is given first priority when scheduling classes. He is always kind and helpful to students and responds to class-related requests in a timely manner. He worked with the International Student Research Committee to evaluate the needs of the international graduate students and form a Graduate Student Success Series. He is also a valued member of the International Student Initiatives Team. He published assessment results in an industry journal, the ACUHO-I Talking Stick.
Cheryl Porter, Coordinator, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Ms. Porter is currently the Leader of an international Information Technologies team on a major international project. She organizes and leads the components of AgMip international workshops at UF and abroad. Her main responsibility is developing and maintaining the DSSAT cropping system model. Her personal and professional integrity has led to her being invited to various countries and states to work on new aspects of the crop models. Her staff position has evolved into a highly important part of our department’s research and international reputation, leading to opportunities for our own faculty, staff, and students to also become engaged in international projects, visits, and meetings.
Dr. Eric Segal, Education Curator of Academic Programs, Harn Museum of Art.
Dr. Segal has made significant contributions to internationalization priorities through teaching and service. He regularly reaches out to instructors to offer the Harn Museum of Art as a resource to introduce world arts into their courses, regardless of discipline. He serves on campus-wide committees, supporting larger efforts to internationalize the University. Since July of this year, he has also served as Chair of the Education Dept. of the Museum. For recent internationally themed Museum Nights, he has developed programs that included, multi-lingual poetry readings from many nations of the European Union; African music and dance; storytelling from Africa and Asia; films by or about writers and artists from Cuba, Ecuador and Martinique; and informative gallery talks on international exhibitions. He and his intern from China, Shu Li, recently identified an opportunity to serve international students and their families by contributing to a welcoming environment at UF. Ms. Li pointed out that many international student spouses typically have no work visa but would be interested in pursuing volunteer and internship opportunities. As a result, Dr. Segal has led an initiative to develop targeted outreach materials for international students and families. He places students in internship positions, many of which provide substantial exposure to and engagement with international content. He works with UF faculty to support their international courses, provide international content for non-international courses, and assist in developing or presenting international classes at the museum.
Alison Spannaus, Assistant Director, New Student and Family Programs, Division of Student Affairs.
Ms. Spannaus oversees the university-wide Common Reading Program, serves as the coordinator for First Year Florida, and oversees the Workshop Success Series for first-year students. The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff. She chairs a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students who are charged with selecting a book that is interdisciplinary, global, recently published, and relatable to both first-year students and the UF community. She charges her committee with putting together a curriculum guide that includes questions that are themed by college/major and also by themes of which global diversity and internationalization are included. In addition she also provides interactive class activities that help students explore topics about cultures, societies and parts of the world that they may not have experienced before. She has found a way to engage UF’s huge new student community around the shared experience of learning about a new global topic.
Junior Faculty Category
Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, Assistant Professor , Undergraduate Coordinator Department of Interior Design, College of Design, Construction and Planning.
Professor Carmel-Gilfilen has made important contributions to the internationalization priorities of the campus. She is a tenure-accruing assistant professor who serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Interior Design. Importantly, her research aligns well with her teaching. Recent studies on thought development trajectories and learning styles in interior design and architecture students have been published in top design journals. Further research and dissemination on design security strategies in retail environments has been presented and published to design and criminology audiences. This research informs her studios on commercial design for healthcare facilities, hospitality and retail projects.
Mohamed DaCosta, Professor, School of Theatre and Dance, Affiliate Faculty, Center for World Arts, College of Fine Arts.
For more than nine years, Mohamed DaCosta has brought a high level of artistry and teaching excellence to the UF School of Theatre and Dance. His courses in West African Dance, World Music, and World Dance and Intercultural Performance have contributed to the cultural diversity and internationalism of the school's curriculum and student body. His hugely popular dance performance, Agbedidi, plays to sell-out audiences in the university's Constans Theatre each fall and is the school's most significant collaboration with the New World School for the Arts in Miami. Each year, he brings to our school exceptional dancers and musicians from Africa to teach and perform alongside our students. Our West African dance program is the envy of dance schools nationally, enhancing the university's international initiatives and routinely providing an important service and outreach function through numerous workshops and performances in local schools.
Dr. Clyde W. Fraisse, Associate Professor, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Fraisse specializes in the development of climate risk mitigation tools for agricultural and natural resources managers. His expertise includes agroclimatology; soil and water engineering; climate risk and decision support systems. His research and extension outreach programs focus on the development of decision aid tools, methods and data products for translating climatology and climate forecasts into information required to support agricultural and natural resources management decision making. As a member of the Southeast Climate Consortium, he has been responsible for developing web-based climate information systems customized to the agricultural industry.
Dr. Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management, College of Health and Human Performance, affiliate faculty member of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute.
Dr. Kaplandiou holds her PhD from Michigan State University and her Master of Science degree from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Her main research interests evolve around mega and small scale sport event image perceptions, sport event consumer behaviors, sport events' impacts on community development via legacy management programs and interactions between event image, destination image and sponsors’ images. She has conducted research for the International Olympic Committee related to the legacy of the Olympic Games and a number of sport related organizations. She has professional experience working with the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She is a member of the North American Society of Sport Management, European Association of Sport management and the Travel and Tourism Research Association. She has numerous presentations in national and international conferences related to the topic of legacy and mega events, sport consumer behaviors, sport tourism and mega events. Her work is published in journals such as Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Sport & Tourism, Event Management, International Journal of Sport Marketing, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Leisure Research and Sponsorship and Leisure Sciences.
Dr. Norm Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, College of Journalism and Communications.
Dr. Lewis joined the faculty in the fall of 2007 after completing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. He has a quarter-century of experience in newspapers, ranging from the Washington Post financial desk to three smaller dailies in the Pacific Northwest where he served as editor for 15 years. He also was a publisher for three of those years. His research involves newsroom culture and ethics, especially plagiarism. His research has appeared in leading mass communication journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, American Journalism and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and historical methods to examine the role of systemic and situational factors on individual behavior. He was named the University of Florida Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 year.
Dr. Robert A. McCleery, Assistant Professor in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. McCleery has made outstanding contributions to international research, instruction and service to Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, IFAS-UF, and several African institutions. He has created and led an extremely popular Swaziland Study abroad program in ecology and culture in southern Africa. He has included students and faculty from the University of Swaziland along with four UF faculty, and is currently developing a research center in Swaziland. He maintains a research program in Swaziland. Since arriving at UF he has authored four peer reviewed articles on African wildlife ecology. He is currently working with UF and Swazi researchers to understand how changes in land cover in a rapidly developing region of Swaziland impact biodiversity, ecosystem services, and diseases. This work has led to an NSF proposal that he co-authored with three UF and five Swazi collaborators. He has sponsored exchanges with Swazi-UF faculty and consults with the Swaziland National Trust Commission to plan research activities for the country's national parks. He serves as a board member of the nation's leading NGO and has brokered new MOUs between UF and African institutions. His significant contributions will have a lasting impact on UF and Africa.
Dr. Stephen A. Miller, Associate Professor, Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In 1994 Dr. Miller received coterminal B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Stanford University, where Robert M. Waymouth served as his undergraduate and M.S. Thesis advisor. He then earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1999 with John E. Bercaw before conducting postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Richard R. Schrock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2000-2001. He held the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University from 2001 until 2007, when he accepted his current positions of Associate Professor of Chemistry and Member of the Butler Polymer Research Laboratory at the University of Florida. His primary research efforts include olefin polymerization with single-site catalysts and the synthesis of biorenewable and degradable polymers that mimic petroleum-based plastics. He is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Florida Sustainables (http://floridasustainables.com) and notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER grant (2005–2011) and the 2011 Cade Prize for Innovation.
Dr. Juliet Pulliam, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biology, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Juliet Pulliam’s research focuses on quantitative approaches to understanding the determinants and dynamics of viral host jumps and also the interactions between human, domestic animal, and wildlife health. She received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2007 and also has formal training in Applied Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Much of her research has focused on the processes driving Nipah virus emergence in Malaysia. At EPI she continues to work on Nipah virus, quantifying human-to-human transmission and epidemic risk for Nipah virus in Bangladesh. She also continues her work on developing conceptual frameworks for the study of viral host jumps and develops new projects on the epidemiology and control of zoonotic viruses in resource-limited settings. She also teaches annual courses on data-driven modeling and infectious disease dynamics at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in South Africa.
Dr. Karen Reed, Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult and Elderly Nursing, College of Nursing.
Dr. Reed teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at UF. Undergraduate coursework is primarily taught in the simulated lab as well as in a variety of hospital units. She teaches health promotion to graduate students and coursework in the CNL curriculum. She holds professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau and the Association for Rehabilitation Nurses. She has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association as a CPR Instructor since 1982. Internationally, she serves as a volunteer mentor to the nursing students at the Technical School for Medical Care in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and volunteers her time and resources to teach in their undergraduate nursing program and to provide continuing education programs to the staff nurses at Jeremiah’s Hope and the Sihanouk Hospital of Hope in Phnom Penh. She was the recipient of the Association for Rehabilitation Nurses’ 2011 Educator Role Award. She also won the Association for Rehabilitation Nursing National Writer’s Contest for her article “Bags and Blogs: Creating an Ostomy Experience for Undergraduate Nursing Students.”
Daniel Sokol, Associate Professor, Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
Professor Sokol has provided technical assistance and capacity building to antitrust agencies and utilities regulators from around the world. He serves as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, and has presented to the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, Swedish Competition Authority, ABA Antitrust Section, ABA International Section, and International Competition Network Member Hispanic National Bar Association, Advisory Board of Hispanic Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy. He has authored and co-authored major pieces of scholarship for academic publications and has been invited to lecture at academic institutions and legal conferences throughout the world. At the law school he has significantly raised the level of international involvement among both faculty and students through course offerings and international conference organizations and has hosted visiting foreign scholars that have been attracted to the University of Florida because of his work and reputation.
Senior Faculty Category
Dr. Akintunde Akinyemi, Associate Professor, Department of Languages. Literatures and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Akinyemi is an associate professor of Yoruba Language and Literature in the Africa section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and an affiliate faculty at the Center for African Studies where he directs the yearly Fulbright-Hays summer intensive Yoruba Group Project Abroad in Nigeria funded by the US Department of Education in Washington. His research interests include Yoruba language, literature, and culture as well as African literature, popular culture, and the Yoruba Diaspora in the New World. He is the author of the book on the oral historical tradition of the famous Yoruba city of Oyo, Yoruba Royal Poetry: A Socio-historical Exposition and Annotated Translation (Bayreuth African Studies Series (BASS), 71, 2004); co-author of a French-Yoruba dictionary, Dictionnaire usual Yoruba-français (Karthala-IFRA, 1997); and co-editor of 2 volumes of essays, Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Emerging Perspectives on Akinwumi Isola (Africa World Press, 2008) and another volume of the Emerging Perspectives on Femi Osofisan (Africa World Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Contemporary African Dramatists and the Question of Orality and guest co-editing 2 volumes for the journal Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions on Neo-Yoruba religion.
Yariv Brauner, Professor of Law, Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
Professor Brauner joined the Florida faculty in 2006, after teaching at NYU, Northwestern and ASU. Professor Brauner's record of scholarship is recognized around the globe for its excellence. The extent of demand on him for international speaking engagements underscores the international impact Professor Brauner is having. His leadership with UF's own International Tax Symposium has significantly raised the already quite high profile of our international tax program, as this symposium brings some of the world's leading tax scholars to Gainesville. He has also organized UF-sponsored symposia in other countries in collaboration with some of the world's leading tax organizations. He is an author of several articles published in professional journals and law reviews, and a co-author of U.S. International Taxation – Cases and Materials now in its 3rd. ed.
Dr. Brian J. Boman, Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Boman has demonstrated a wide breadth of international activities related to irrigation, drainage, and water management in many countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. Activities have ranged from rehabilitation of irrigation canals, reservoirs, and structures in Kyrgyzstan to soil moisture measurement and irrigation management in Egypt, and from introducing micro-irrigation for fruit crops in Tajikistan to developing supply chains for irrigation materials in Haiti. He has worked with the social issues of forming and operating water users associations as a means to improve livelihoods of constituents. He has succeeded not only in assisting agricultural producers but also has enhanced the lives of those he has encountered. A village and school in rural eastern Guyana now has water because he was appalled that villagers were still traveling six miles to get water several years after floods had destroyed the system that served their village. Working with others he was able to get the materials to rehabilitate the system and provide the village with water.
Anna Calluori Holcombe, Professor, School of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts.
Professor Calluori Holcombe has dedicated herself to the importance of international education as an administrator, teacher and researcher. Her recent international accomplishments are extensive and impressive including being invited in November 2011to be a "Worldly Prestigious Scientist (Artist)" to Hubei Province, China. She was recently a visiting artist and scholar at the Wuhan Textile University in China, where she spent two weeks teaching, lecturing and meeting with the faculty and administration. While in China she presented at the Hubei Art Institute. In June 2012, she again traveled to China as an artist in residence at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, funded by a UF Scholarship Enhancement Fund award. She met with the UF Beijing Office to further develop and foster contacts made during previous trips to China. She is dedicated to the internationalization of her research practice, her teaching and expanding the programs here at UF.
Dr. Arthur S. Edison, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine.
Dr. Edison completed his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed and applied NMR methods for protein structural studies under the supervision of John Markley and Frank Weinhold. In 1993, he joined the laboratory of Antony O. W. Stretton at the University of Wisconsin as a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow, where he investigated the role of neuropeptides in the nervous system of the parasitic nematode Ascaris suum. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1996. He is the recipient of the 1997 American Heart Association Robert J. Boucek Award and of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 1999. The Edison laboratory is interested in chemical signaling and communication. Most research involves NMR spectroscopy, natural products chemistry, Caenorhabditis elegans, and molecular biology. They have developed very high-sensitivity NMR methods to analyze small amounts of material and are developing approaches to analyze complex biological mixtures of small molecules like metabolites and pheromones. They are expanding work in nematodes with a newly funded NIH grant to discover additional pheromones in species related to C. elegans. The major goal of the C. elegans project is to isolate and identify small molecules that the nematodes use for communication.
Dr. Jacob L. Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering.
Dr. Jones’ research focuses on the development of quantitative structure-property relationships in a wide variety of electroceramic materials. He uses a variety of in situ techniques to characterize the time, temperature, and electric-field-dependence of the structure and its influence on macroscopic properties. Currently, his research group is investigating the mechanisms contributing to electromechanical phenomena in a variety of piezoelectric ceramic materials used in actuators and transducers such as ultrasound and sonar. Using this knowledge, they modify the composition or synthesis route to control these mechanisms and ultimately guide the macroscopic properties. He is a member of the American Ceramic Society and Materials Research Society and has received numerous research and teaching awards throughout his career including an NSF International Research Fellowship. He has over 25 publications in the field of ferroelectric ceramics since 2004, has delivered over 7 invited talks, and is a regular reviewer for journals including Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters.
Dr. Yong Jae Ko, Associate Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, College of Health and Human Performance.
Dr. Ko’s primary research interests are service marketing and sport consumer behavior. A particular research interest includes consumer socio-psychological constructs such as attitude, perception, and belief about sport organizations and their product brands, sport participation motivation/involvement, and commitment/identification of sport consumers. The overriding goal of this line of research is to develop an improved understanding of sport consumers’ decision-making processes and provide sport organizations with managerial implications. His scholarly efforts will help communities improve quality of life for individuals and families through sport participation, with the added benefit of also improving their psychological and physical health. Many of his studies have been published in peer-reviewed sport management and marketing journals and other relevant premier journals related to these lines of research. He is a member of the Sport Marketing Association (SMA) and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).
Dr. Cynthia Morton, Associate Professor, Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications.
Dr. Morton’s research focuses on issues associated with the theories of source effects and message persuasion, particularly in the context of social issue advocacy, health communications, and cross-cultural audience influences. Her primary teaching responsibility over the past five years has been International and Cross Cultural Advertising at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has presented her work at several academic conferences -- both domestic and international -- including the Association for Educators in Journalism & Mass Communications, the American Academy of Advertising, the American Marketing Association, and the International Communication Association. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, Journal of Promotion Management, the Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, and the Proceedings of the American Academy of Advertising. She also maintains active membership in the American Academy of Advertising and the Association for Educator in Journalism & Mass Communication and is a visiting lecturer to the Masters of International Advertising program in the Warrington College of Business.
Dr. Nan-Yao Su, Professor, Entomology, Ft Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Su’s early interests in the foraging behavior of subterranean termites in cryptic underground colonies led to the development of the first commercial bait product, the Sentricon system. The laboratory screening criteria and field procedures that he designed for the Sentricon system have been used worldwide for development of new bait products as well as confirmation of field efficacy. The Sentricon system has been marketed in 18 countries and protects over three million houses; its use has reduced pesticide use by more than 9,000 metric tons. The technology was used by foreign governments and researchers in projects to deal with difficult-to-control termite problems, such as the eradication of isolated termite infestation in New Zealand, and an area wide project in Chile. He formulated the conceptual framework of termite IPM by taking advantage of the baits' ability to eliminate a termite colony with reduced pesticide use. The concept was adopted by the Chinese termite IPM project as part of the Stockholm Convention. Dr. Su served as the Chief Technical Advisor to this project between 2007 and 2011, during which time pesticide use has been reduced by 240 metric tons in China.
William L. Tilson, Assistant Dean, International Studies and Service Learning, Professor Architecture, College of Design, Construction and Planning.
Since 1992, Mr. Tilson has been the Director of the Preservation Institute: Caribbean (PI:C), the College’s off-campus program in the Caribbean Basin and Latin America, which sponsors research, public awareness, professional and academic programs in preservation and design. He has been lead researcher and consultant on numerous documentation and planning projects for historic sites and communities throughout the region including locations in Antigua, Barbados, Yucatán, Jamaica, Miami and Fernandina. He teaches design studios at all levels, design theory seminars, preservation coursework, and mentors students on masters’ research projects and Ph.D. dissertations. He is a member of the United States International Council on Monuments and Sites sub-committees on Historic Towns and Historic Landscapes and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Amelia Island History Museum. His research focuses on the impact of new architecture and public space in historic rural and seacoast towns particularly the role codes and the media play in constructing the identity of these communities
Dr. Jinhong Xie, JC Penney Eminent Scholar Chair, Professor, Marketing, Warrington College of Business Administration.
Dr. Xie's research, teaching, and service have extensive international dimensions. Her research includes many investigations of cross-cultural effects and marketing phenomenon in developing countries. In developing her research portfolio in marketing, she has teamed with many foreign scholars and institutions. Publishing extensively in international journals, her research is well recognized globally. She is frequently invited to present her work at international conferences and seminars. She has developed and taught International Marketing at UF and graduate courses at business schools in China, Japan, and Italy. For over a decade, she has helped key Chinese business schools understand and adopt world-class standards for teaching, research, and academic administration.