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Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars adds two UF/IFAS members

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members are among the three named this year to UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, which honors exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments.

The program inducts faculty members who have demonstrated sustained innovation and commitment in both areas.

The 2014 inductees are:

Emilio M. Bruna, professor of tropical biology and Latin American Studies, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Center for Latin American Studies;

Kimberly A. Moore, professor, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, environmental horticulture, Fort Lauderdale REC; and

Marsha Carol Bryant, professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English.

Bruna and Moore are UF/IFAS faculty members.

The teacher-scholars were selected based on portfolio submissions that provided strong evidence of the integration of superior teaching and research and a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment that has garnered recognition at the national and/or international level.

To assist them in advancing their vision for scholarly excellence and faculty enhancement at UF, the Academy of Distinguished Scholars inductees will serve for three years on an advisory board for the Provost’s Office. In this capacity they assist in developing programs and promoting policies that enhance the professional careers and experiences of faculty. Academy members also promote a universitywide discourse on key issues surrounding the integration of teaching and research at the University.

After completing their three-year terms on the advisory board, members will retain the title of Distinguished Teaching Scholar and continue to be a part of the academy.