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College Welcomes New Faculty Members

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The College of Health and Public Affairs has welcomed more than
20 new full-time permanent faculty members this year, most of whom began this semester. In addition, several faculty members already with the college have assumed a leadership role* or new appointment** in the college.

Congratulations to the faculty members listed below on their new appointments. Most are pictured below at the college's new faculty orientation Aug. 28. 

Giselle Carnaby, Professor
Janel Cosby, Clinical Lecturer
Michael Crary, Professor
Jacqueline Towson, Assistant Professor
Joshua Troche, Assistant Professor


Thomas Baker, Assistant Professor
Catherine Kaukinen, Professor and Chair
Jennifer Peck, Assistant Professor

Michelle Chandler, Lecturer
Shannon Elswick, Lecturer, Executive-in-Residence
Meghan Gabriel, Assistant Professor
Su-I Ho, Professor
Reid Oetjen, Associate Professor and Chair*
Jessica Sapp, Instructor, Health Services Administration Internship Director
Steven Ton, Instructor, Health Care Informatics Internship Director
Melissa Whetstone, Lecturer

Morris Beato, Clinical Assistant Professor
Nicole Dawson, Assistant Professor


Jason Fiesta, Lecturer
Eric Merriam, Associate Professor

Roberta Fennessey, Instructor
Naim Kapucu, Professor and Director*
Chia-Yuan Yu, Assistant Professor
Staci Zavattaro, Associate Professor

Kim Anderson, Professor - Social Work Track
Thomas Bryer, Professor - Public Administration Track**, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Director
Su-I Ho, Professor - Health Services Management and Research Track
Matt Nobles, Professor - Criminal Justice Track

Tameca Harris-Jackson, Lecturer
Chris Stewart, Associate Professor

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 New Faculty Fall 2015

(Front row, left to right) Carlos Gual, Joshua Troche, Jackie Towsen, Theresa Coleman (Visiting Instructor), Janel Cosby, Stacy Zavattaro, Jennifer Peck

(Back row, left to right) Eric Merriam, Thomas Baker, Matt Nobles, Melinda Whetstone, Su-I Ho, Chia-Yuan, Joshua Steinfeld, Rick Beato, Nicole Dawson, Shannon Elswick, Roberta Fennessey, Jessica Sapp

Not pictured are Meghan Gabriel, Kim Anderson, Michael Crary, Giselle Carnaby, Steven Ton and Tameca Jackson.

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The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
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