The promotion of independent thinking is a common thread found in Dr. Flory’s courses. An associate professor in the UF Agronomy Department, Dr. Flory challenges and encourages students to think deeper while reassuring them they have the skills and capabilities to succeed.
A philosophy of helping students to understand how we know what we know, the process of science, and that science is crucial for addressing issues guides Dr. Flory’s teaching. Getting students interested in and excited about what they are learning is key to how Dr. Flory helps his students retain and apply what they learn.
A recent alumna who took a class with Dr. Flory as a freshman said, “[His] level of commitment to a freshman was absolutely critical in building my confidence as a young scientist and furthering my interest in the sciences.”