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Transformation Through Teaching

Have you ever had a faculty member transform your life? Did a professor influence you inside and outside the classroom? Which professor encouraged you to be authentic to your own individuality, thoughts or passion?  The Florida State University not only focuses on intellectual development, but as a community of moral discourse it also recognizes the need for the development of the whole person. The Spiritual Life Project fosters students’ search for meaning, purpose, and authenticity in life, deepens their self-understanding, broadens their awareness of diverse perspectives and themselves as global citizens, and develops a sense of commitment to higher ideals.

Transformation Through Teaching is a program established through the Spiritual Life Project to honor full-time faculty that have had an intellectual, inspirational, and integrative impact on the lives of their students.  These Florida State University faculty have been nominated for their transformational role in their students’ academic life and were selected by FSU’s Spiritual Life Project on the basis of the students’ compelling story:

2016

  • Whitney Bendeck, International Affairs 
  • Deborah Ebener, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
  • Ilana Goldman, Dance 
  • Edward Hansen, Psychology 
  • Robinson Herrera, History 
  • Mahsheed Khajavi, Medicine 
  • Sven Kranz, Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science 
  • Rob McDaniel, Emergency Management and Homeland Security 
  • Patrick Merle, Communication 
  • Michael Nair-Collins, Medicine 
  • John Ribó, English 
  • Robert Romanchuk, Modern Languages and Linguistics 
  • Robert Schwartz, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 
  • Theresa Van Lith, Art Education

2015

  • Murray Krantz, Family and Child Sciences
  • Katherine Mooney, History
  • Nathan Stoltzfus, History, Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies
  • MaryKate Haley, Art
  • John Mayo, College of Social Sciences
  • Melissa Gross, Information
  • Kathy Guthrie, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Mary Ziegler, Law
  • Debra Osborn, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
  • Marcia Rosal, Art Education
  • Vanessa Dennen, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

2014

  • David Kirby, English
  • Elizabeth Foster, Medicine
  • P. Bryant Chase, Biological Science
  • Alisha Gaines, English
  • Lara Perez-Felkner, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Jimmy Yu, Religion
  • Deborah Reed, Exceptional Student Education
  • Jeffrey Chanton, Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Larry Giunipero, Marketing
  • Lydia Hanks, Hospitality

2013

  • Tamara Bertrand-Jones, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Susan Brosnan-Maddox, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Arturo Figueroa-Galvez, Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences
  • Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, Emergency Management
  • Alexander Jiménez, College of Music
  • Thomas Joiner, Psychology
  • James P. Jones, History
  • Michelle Kazmer, School of Library and Information Studies
  • MaLynn Kelso, FSU-Teach
  • Christie Koontz, School of Library and Information Studies
  • Ladislav Kubik, Music Composition
  • Joseph Lovins, Military Science
  • Michael Ormsbee, Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences
  • Alan Rowan, Public Health
  • Thomas Smith, Social Work
  • Ruth Stone, Law
  • Gretchen Sunderman, Modern Languages

2012

  • Jonathan Adams, Communication
  • Robert Atkinson, Law
  • Bradley Cox, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Aubteen Darabi, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
  • Petra Doan, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Eric Garland, Social Work
  • Patricia Golay, Academic Center for Excellence
  • Doris Gray, German
  • Anne Hodges, Arts Administration
  • Lora Holcombe, Economics
  • David Johnson, English
  • Mark Kearley, Chemistry
  • Dennis Moore, English
  • Jill Pable, Interior Design
  • Jason Pappas, Sport Management
  • Harrison Prosper, Physics
  • Jose Rodriguez, Family Medicine

2011

During the inaugural Transformation Through Teaching dinner hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and President Eric J. Barron at the President’s House on November 19, 2011, faculty members received insight into the tremendous transformative power they wield in their students lives from the students themselves. 40 FSU faculty were nominated by their students for their transformational role in their students’ academic life and 19 were selected by FSU’s Spiritual Life Project and the Office of Faculty Recognition on the basis of the students’ compelling story. Both the faculty and the student attended the dinner.

  • Joab Corey, Economics 
  • James Dever, Management 
  • Barry Faulk, English 
  • Kristie Fleckenstein, English
  • Ken Goldsby, Chemistry
  • Robert Hart, Meteorology
  • Davis Houck, Communication
  • Sally Karioth, Nursing
  • Leonard  Lapointe, Communication Disorders
  • Rhea Lathan, English
  • Clifford Madsen, Music
  • Arthur Raney, Communication
  • Doug Schrock, Sociology
  • Dale Smith, Political Science
  • Patricia Spears, Biology
  • Curtis Stine, Medicine
  • Tim Stover, Classics
  • Charles Upchurch, History
  • Shelbie Witte, English Education

The discussion at dinner focused on:

  • Who in your academic life encouraged you to be authentic to your own individuality, thoughts or passion?
  • How are you creating a campus culture that encourages meaning and purpose in academic pursuits?
  • How have you come to find/how are you coming to find, your purpose?