Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Theodorea Regina Berry is UCF’s newly appointed Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies. In her new role, she drives efforts to offer students in her college robust programs while supporting university-wide initiatives to advance undergraduate education, take learning beyond the classroom, and promote greater student success. Dr. Berry works closely with the university’s Provost, the Deans of UCF’s 13 colleges, and leaders of academic units to create and sustain a learning environment that enables students to thrive academically, professionally, and civically.
Sharon Woodill, Ph.D.
Dr. Woodill joined the University of Central Florida as lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies in Fall 2016. Dr. Woodill is an interdisciplinary scholar with an eclectic academic background. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She holds an MA in Gender and Women’s Studies and a BA (honors) in Music (jazz piano). Her research interests include religion, gender and sexuality, science and religion, feminist theory, atheism and secularism, and interdisciplinary methodologies.
Richard Plate, Ph.D.
Dr. Plate joined the University of Central Florida in August 2016 as lecturer in Environmental Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. A central Florida native, Dr. Plate holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida and degrees in English and Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. He has taught courses in environmental science, environmental ethics and politics, marine resource management, and writing. He has authored numerous articles on the human dimensions of natural resource management and co-authored a textbook on sustainability. Dr. Plate’s research focuses on how people learn and make decisions about complex social-ecological systems.
Danielle Eadens, Ph.D.
Dr. Danielle Eadens joined the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty at UCF in Fall 2019 as lead faculty for the Integrative General Studies program and has taught in Higher Education since 2005. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education (foci: Criminology, Special Education, & Mass Communications) from the University of South Florida (USF). Her other graduate work includes two Master’s degrees, one in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and one in Special Education from USF. She holds a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from USF. After working in public schools as a special education teacher, she served as a Professor of Special Education and the Coordinator of a dual major (Special & Elementary Education) program at NAU and in a similar role at St. Petersburg College. Dr. Eadens is a national speaker, published author, and currently researches changing paradigms within education and beyond.
Devon Cadwell Bazata
Dr. Cadwell Bazata joined UCF in 2008, and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013. She has a Doctorate in Education (Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in College Teaching & Leadership) from UCF, a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from UCF, a Master’s in Journalism-News/Editorial from the University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in math from the University of Kansas. Her work at UCF includes the development of the Integrative General Studies (BGS) degree program, Institutional Effectiveness assessment plans for the IDS and BGS degree programs, and a strategic communication plan based on the university’s dimensions of organizational culture. Dr. Cadwell Bazata’s research interests include the intersection of organizational culture and strategic communication as it relates to equity in opportunity in higher education; and interdisciplinary/ integrative teaching, learning, and assessment.
Dr. Amanda Pacheco
Dr. Pacheco joined the IDS faculty in 2012 and has taught at the university level since 1999. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Prior to her role with Interdisciplinary Studies, she served as the Interim Associate Director and instructor for UCF Experiential Learning, the Assistant Director of Career Services at Stetson University, and the coordinator of a National Science Foundation grant held jointly between Seminole State University and Daytona State College. Outside academia, she has founded and led both a consulting company and a nonprofit organization, served as a corporate recruiter, and organized a multitude of community organizations and events.
Dr. Harrison Ntabo Oonge
Dr. Oonge joined UCF in 2016 as an assistant dean for academic planning in the College of Undergraduate Studies. Harrison oversees the Pegasus Path (degree planning tool) project, curriculum alignment, and articulation agreements. Prior to joining UCF, Harrison worked for three years at West Virginia University (WVU) as a project specialist in Undergraduate Academic Affairs and an adjunct professor in WVU’s College of Education and Human Services where he taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Harrison holds a B.A. in Education (Kenyatta University, Kenya), a M.A. in Special Education (WVU), and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (WVU).
Mrs. Baxter first taught Interdisciplinary Studies Cornerstone and Capstone courses in 2015 in partnership with Global UCF. She has been teaching university-level English and related courses in the United States and Asia for more than 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of the Philippines. While living in Asia, Mrs. Baxter also served on the Board of Trustees of an international school while conducting research on effective English acquisition for non-native speakers in an international school environment.
Dr. Michael GilbrookDr. Gilbrook joined the faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies in August 2003 to teach two courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Environmental Studies program. He has 30 years of experience using GIS for a variety of environmental planning, facility siting, and environmental impact analyses for both the public and private sector. He holds a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida, and is both an AICP-certified planner and a GISCI-certified GIS Professional. Starting in Fall 2019, Dr. Gilbrook is also teaching an online section of the IDS 3150 “Foundations in Environmental Studies” developed by Dr. Richard Plate. Dr. Gilbrook says he gets tremendous satisfaction from the many former students who have found success in their academic or professional careers using the GIS skills they learned in the UCF Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies program.
Francis SalmonMr. Salmon joined the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in 2008. Frank has a B.S. in Geography from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He teaches two courses in GIS for Environmental Studies and he strives to teach students an applied approach to the discipline. Mr. Salmon is a GISCI-certified professional with close to 20 years of Geospatial consultant experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in the environmental, utility, transportation, and IT industries.
Mira BourovaMs. Bourova, GISP joined the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in 2017. She has a Masters Degree in Physics and Meteorology from Sofia University, an Associate’s degree in computer programming and was awarded GIS Professional certification in 2007. Ms Bourova is GIS Coordinator for LYNX Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority since 2002 and a Board Member and Vice-Chair of Central Florida GIS Workshop, educational nonprofit organization established in 2005.