Dr. Pam Northrup, Executive Director and Associate Provost, Academic Innovation

Dr. Pam Northrup is Associate Provost of Academic Innovation and the inaugural Executive Director of the University of West Florida’s new Innovation Institute. Dr. Northrup has spent her career engaged in transformative educational projects with the goal of solving some of education’s toughest challenges. Most recently, Dr. Northrup is leading Florida’s legislatively funded degree completion initiative for the state where policy and best practice will emerge regarding competency-based education, prior learning assessment and reducing the cost of education. Dr. Northrup serves on the Florida Board of Governors Task Force for Postsecondary Online Education representing the academic and student needs for Florida. Dr. Northrup also has engaged in many other transformative projects including the development of a fully immersive curriculum in partnership with TEQGames at Universal Studios for the National Flight Academy. Dr. Northrup also has worked with the military on developing language and culture training for deployed service members. Dr. Northrup publishes and speaks extensively with her most recent efforts focused on the development of systems that support transformational change. Dr. Northrup served as the Dean of the College of Professional Studies for many years and prior to that, developed the University of West Florida’s distance learning model that now serves over 30% of the university’s student population. Dr. Northrup received her B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Florida, masters in Instructional Systems at Florida State University and PhD at Florida State University in Instructional Systems/Educational Research.

Dr. Karen Rasmussen, Associate Director

Dr. Karen Rasmussen is a Professor at the University of West Florida, teaching courses in instructional and performance technology. She has been involved with technology related education and training for over 25 years. Her research interests include performance improvement through technology innovation. She has been involved with projects related to distance learning, web-based learning environments, school improvement, and performance improvement. She co-led the 1st completely online program in Instructional Technology at UWF. Dr. Rasmussen is the past Chair of Engineering and Computer Technology and Applied Science, Technology, and Administration. She has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies, focusing on Graduate and Research-related issues. Dr. Rasmussen has also led the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction as Director of the Ed.D.

Dr. Rasmussen holds a Social Science (History) bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, a Legal Administration degree from the University of West Florida, a M.Ed. in Vocational Education from UWF and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama.

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Dr. Vance Burgess, Director of Distance and Continuing Education

Dr. Burgess provides direct management and oversight of both the Academic Technology Center (ATC) and Division of Continuing Education. Through collaboration with his colleagues, Vance develops strategies, procedures and resources to achieve ATC, Online Campus and Continuing Education goals and objectives. Dr. Burgess is the primary point of contact for the UWF Online Campus and monitors all of the data for online student growth, retention, and support services satisfaction as well as designing and implementing a coordinated online marketing and student support system that attracts prospective students and improves satisfaction for UWF’s fully online students. Dr. Burgess received his B.S. in Biology, Oklahoma State University; M.Ed. Educational Leadership, UWF, 1991 and Ed.D. Instructional Technology, UWF, 2006.

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Mr. Marc Churchwell, Director of Complete Florida and Director of Military and Veterans Support Center

A Navy veteran, Marc served on active duty from 1976 - 2004. He retired from the US Navy Submarine Force as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Marc is the founding director of the University’s first resource center dedicated to supporting military and veteran students. Opened in October 2011, The Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is one of only a few in the country, truly “one-stop shop” centers. The MVRC serves as the hub for all military and veteran student support services on campus. As the primary advocate for more than 3000 military, veteran and dependents, Marc focuses support on assisting students with their GI Bill education benefits. Additionally, he coordinates with various offices on the UWF campus (including Emerald Coast) such as enrollment, academic advising, counseling, tutoring, and disability accommodations ensuring these unique student needs are met. Marc has built the excellent service reputation of the MVRC on the concierge advising model of customer service. Doctor of Education (in progress - currently in second year of 4 year cohort, anticipate graduating Fall, 2016). Mr. Churchwell received his Bachelors in Educational Studies at University of West Florida, a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at the University of West Florida and is currently working on his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Instructional and Performance Technology at the University of West Florida.

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Mrs. Janice Gilley, Associate Vice President of Community and Governmental Relations

Janice Gilley is the Associate Vice President of Community and Governmental Relations and Special Assistant to the President at the University of West Florida, responsible for advocating the legislative priorities at the local, state, and federal levels, and a liaison to all government officials and staff as well as any agency necessary to acquire university funding and program approval. With more than 20 years of Governmental experience, she is proficient in all aspects of Public Policy and Budget from development to passage to implementation.

In addition to her professional experience in the Governor's office and the Florida Legislature, Janice has committed herself to serving the public and held the positions of Santa Rosa Island Authority Board Member from December 2012 to present, Commissioner on the Escambia County Board of Commissioners from May 2002 to November 2004, Escambia County School Board Member in 1999 as well as a Member and Vice Chair for the Three Rivers, Conservation and Development Council from 1993 to 2007. Her volunteer services include working with the American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Children's Home Society, and Trinitas Christian School.

Janice earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Public Relations, and Communications from the University of Southern Miss. A lifelong learner, she enjoys farming, hunting, and baking as well as spending time with her family.

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Dr. Bob Shaw, Assistant Dean, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Shaw serves as the primary point of contact in the college for curriculum issues, student concerns and articulation. Prior to coming to the college, he served as Director, Student Academic Support System in Enrollment Affairs where he was responsible for University’s degree audit program, curriculum change process, and the degree and course inventory. A retired Naval Aviator, Captain Shaw’s last tour of duty was as Director of Naval ROTC/JROTC Program Support on the staff of the Naval Education and Training Command. He has earned a doctor of education degree from the University of West Florida, a master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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Admiral Hoewing, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives

Vice Admiral Gerald L. Hoewing (ret) served as a naval aviator in the United States Navy for 35 years. As a carrier pilot he commanded a F/A-18 squadron, a Fast Combat Logistics Support ship, the aircraft carrier JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) and the JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Group (CSG-7). His final assignment on active duty was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education/Chief of Naval Personnel where he was responsible for recruitment, training, education, assignment and career development of all active and reserve navy men and women. Following transition from active duty VADM Hoewing continued to serve as President/CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, FL where he was instrumental in creating the world's best aviation inspired learning program, the National Flight Academy (NFA). As NFA President he was responsible and accountable for the design, development, construction, outfitting and initial operations of this $45M program. Key to success of the NFA was the concept of immersive education blending the excitement of aviation missions, the creativity of the entertainment community and the ultimate of innovative education techniques into a single integrated educational experience. VADM Hoewing was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education degree from Purdue University for his leadership in developing this innovative program. VADM Hoewing is currently serving as a consultant and advisor to the University of West Florida's Innovation Institute to help expand immersive education programs across the nation.

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Dr. Dave Dawson, Research Scientist

Dr. Dawson develops working methods for integrating emerging technologies into collaborative instructional design and development processes for online professional development, performance support, and learning projects. He coordinates two Information Technology undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Applied Science Technology and Administration at UWF. In addition to directing the fully immersive STEM programs delivered through the UWF-National Flight Academy Partnership, Dr. Dawson is currently engaged in the Next Exit History location-based services application project, serves on the University’s STEM Steering Committee, and on UWF’s IT Strategic Planning advisory committee.

Dr. Dawson earned a Bachelor of Arts at Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida.

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Mr. Preston Obray

Preston Obray is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and navigator with over 3,300 flight hours. As an instructor in the College of Professional Studies, he teaches Career and Technical Education classes online through the Department of Applied Science, Technology and Administration. Preston also serves as a key member of the UWF curriculum development team for both the National Flight Academy (NFA) and Aviation Classroom Experience (ACE) programs. He is Florida Department of Education certified to teach Middle Grades Science (5-9) and Technology Education (6-12). He taught 7th grade science at Ferry Pass Middle School and was the initial instructor for the first-ever ACE classroom at the Warrington Middle School Flight Academy in Pensacola. Preston received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Utah State University and his Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Sihka Bagui

Donna Bare

Danice Boland

Cathi Churchwell

Robin Colson

Jonathan Delevoe

Kathy Denkler

  • Assistant Director, Industry and Community Partnerships
  • kdenkler@uwf.edu
  • 850-474-2372

Heather Dietzold

Jennifer Edge

Stephanie Ellis

Tanya Gilkerson

Pete Goldsberry

Amy Huggins

Amy Sinkus

Searcy Sledge

Wanda Wade

Diana Williams

Rachel Zampino