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The Quality Enhancement Plan Director and Liaisons work together to help faculty and staff develop and implement QEP projects.

QEP Director

Dr. Josh Schutts, QEP Director
Dr. Josh Schutts
Assistant to the Dean for the Quality Enhancement Plan

Dr. Joshua Schutts received a BSBA in marketing, an MEd in college student personnel, and a PhD in research, evaluation, statistics and assessment from the University of Southern Mississippi. His research interests are fraternal societies, organizational behavior, and moral disengagement.


UWF has selected a dynamic group of individuals to champion the QEP throughout campus. Each Liaison was selected by their respective Dean or VP of student affairs, and serves a 12-month renewable appointment.

Liaison Expectations and Responsibilities

The role of QEP Liaison carries with it several important responsibilities and expectations. Generally, the expectations include mentoring and coaching faculty, assisting with professional development experiences, evaluating project proposals, reporting, and being an advocate and champion for the goals of the QEP.

Each year, the Liaisons agree to accept these responsibilities and devote a portion of their time and energy to seeing the QEP succeed. At the end of the year, the Liaisons document their activities and submit them to the QEP director. These reports provide additional insight and data to improve our QEP.

Meet the Liaisons

Dr. Heather Donofrio, QEP liaison to the College of Business

Dr. Heather Donofrio

College of Business Liaison

Dr. Heather Donofrio received a BSBA in marketing, and an MA in communication arts from UWF; and a PhD in communication theory and research (quantitative methods & marketing) from Florida State University. Her instructional assignments have included the areas of research, theory, writing and communication at UWF and FSU. Her current research interests are in the pedagogical aspects of online teaching and learning. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Graceland University. 

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Dr. Daniel Drost, QEP liaison for the College of Health

Dr. Daniel Drost

College of Health Liaison

Daniel Drost graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.  His master's and doctorate degrees were earned at the University of West Florida.  He teaches bachelor's and master's level courses in the Exercise Science and Community Health department that target training skills, teaching strategies, and research methods.   Dr. Drost's research focuses on physical activity participation and performance, motivation towards physical activity and sport, and teaching and training behaviors.

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Dr. Sara Evans, QEP liaison to the College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Sara Evans

College of Education and Professional Studies Liaison

Dr. Sara Evans earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Georgia. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology (from Emory University and Georgia Southern University, respectively). Her research interest include how children fare when raised by grandparents rather than parents, fear of crime in novel contexts other than neighborhoods, and the impact of siblings on recidivism. Evans is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Lauren Loeffler, QEP Co-curriculum liaison

Mrs. Lauren Loeffler

Co-curriculum Liaison

Lauren Loeffler received a BS in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a MEd in Counseling from Old Dominion University, and a EdS in Education from UWF. She is presently ABD toward an EdD in curriculum and instruction (diversity studies) from UWF. Her research interests include career choice and first generation college student experiences. Lauren is the Director of Career Services and also assisted with UWF’s re-accreditation efforts by co-chairing the development phase of the QEP.

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Dr. David Ramsey, QEP Liaison for the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Dr. David Ramsey

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Liaison

Dr. David Ramsey received his bachelor’s degree in government and English from Berry College, his master’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College and his doctorate degree in political science from Baylor University. Ramsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government, where he teaches constitutional law and political philosophy.

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Dr. Matthew Schwartz, QEP Liaison for Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering

Dr. Matthew Schwartz

Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering Liaison

Dr. Matthew Schwartz received a BS in Geology from College of William and Mary and a PhD in Marine Studies-Oceanography from University of Delaware. He is Associate Dean in the Hal Marcus College of Science of Engineering and chair of Earth and Environmental Science. Schwartz supported UWF's SACSCOC re-accreditation efforts by co-chairing the development phase of the QEP.

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Team-Based Approach

From the start, UWF has utilized numerous working groups to select, develop, and implement its QEP. Learn more about the individuals involved in the selection, development, and implementation process.