Student Engagement Faculty Advisory Board

The Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering Student Engagement Faculty Advisory Board (HMCSE SEFAB) was created to formalize and synergize student engagement resources and programs. The goal of SEFAB is to streamline resources and professional development offerings throughout the college.


SEFAB meets once per month to plan semester events, discuss best practices, and asses what worked in the past semester.  In addition to the monthly meetings, SEFAB members participate in two college level student engagement events per semester.  SEFAB has been responsible for events such as the Faculty and Student Panel held in January 2017 and are currently working with Career Services to plan college specific events.  

SEFAB Members

SEFAB Members Contact Information


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Dr. Karen Molek

  • Position: SEFAB Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Administrative Fellow for Student Engagement, Chemistry Scholars Program Director
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 004

Dr. Karen Molek, an award-winning Associate Professor of Chemistry, has helped raise more than $2 million in outside funding since she begin teaching at UWF in 2008.

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Dr. Pamela (Vaughan) Benz

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 3, Room 58

Dr. Pamela Benz, Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, teaches analytical courses and conducts aquatic photochemistry research. Benz has served on college leadership councils and founded the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2010.

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Ms. Chasidy Hobbs

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Office Location:  Building 13, Room 222A

An Instructor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, where she teaches Introduction to Environmental Science along with other courses and was nominated for SGA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

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Dr. Anthony Okafor

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mathematics and Statistics
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 343

Dr. Anthony Okafor, an Assistant Professor, teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Dr. Abayomi Daniel Olaitan

  • Position: Post Doctoral Associate
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 152

Dr. Daniel Olaitan is a post doctorate associate here at UWF that has an PH.D. in Chemistry from Baylor University.

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Dr. Bhuveneswari Ramachandran

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 236

Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, who has more than 15 years experience teaching Power Engineering, is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Lauren Rex

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Mathematics and Statistics
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 335

Mrs. Rex is a proud alumnus of the University of West Florida where she received her BS in Mathematics in Teaching in 2009 and MS in Mathematical Sciences in 2011.

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Dr. Caroline Sangeetha John

  • Position: Lecturer/Instructor
  • Department: Computer Science
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 238

Dr. Caroline John earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in the city of Huntsville.

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Dr. Phillip Schmutz

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Office Location:  Building 13

Dr. Phillip Schmutz, an Assistant Professor, researches coastal/beach and aeolian geomorphology, particularly factors that can build sand dunes.

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Dr. Erica Taylor

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 7

Dr. Erica Taylor is an Instructor in the Biology Department and Director of the NSF S-STEM Scholars Program for the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.

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Dr. Derek Tucker

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 216

Dr. Tucker has a PhD in Biology from Brigham Young University, a MS in Biology from Georgia Southern University and a BS in Applied Biological Sciences from ASU.

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Dr. Chris Varney

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Physics
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 444

Dr. Christopher N. Varney, an Assistant Professor in Physics, has published more than a dozen scholarly articles on such topics as quantum magnetism, ultra-cold atomic gases, topological insulators, and quantum spin liquids.

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Dr. Cheng Zhang

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 436A

Dr. Cheng Zhang's research includes solid fuel gasification, wind turbine flow and noise, diesel/biodiesel-fueled internal combustion engine, microfluidics, computational fluid dynamics, and computational aeroacoustics.

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