UCF Faculty Excellence has chosen 31 women to honor during Women’s History Month, which begins today.

The national observance was started in 1981 to recognize women who have shown a commitment to humanity and our planet.

At UCF, these women have helped shape the university from its beginnings until today. For more about the women, visit the Faculty Excellence page, and for the past honorees, check out the archives.

“It’s an honor to work among such amazing and accomplished women faculty,” says Jana L. Jasinski, vice provost for Faculty Excellence. “For this month, let’s remember and celebrate how this group of women are making a difference on this campus and in the community.”

This year’s honorees are:

  • Anastasia Salter
  • Assistant Professor | Games and Interactive Media, Nicholson School of Communication and Media, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Anne Prucha ’11MA
  • Associate Instructor | Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Barbara Sgouraki Kinsey
  • Associate Professor, Assistant Chair | Political Science, College of Sciences

  • Cheryl Briggs
  • Associate Professor | School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Chrysalis Wright
  • Associate Lecturer |Psychology, College of Sciences

  • Deborah Weissberg ’11MS
  • Instructor | Hospitality Services, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

  • Donita Grissom ’14PhD
  • Lecturer | Teacher Education, College of Community Innovation and Education

  • Erin Saitta ’06 ’10PhD
  • Lecturer | Chemistry, College of Sciences

  • Holly McDonald
  • Associate Lecturer | Performing Arts, Theatre, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Jennifer Peck
  • Assistant Professor | Criminal Justice, College of Community Innovation and Education

  • Jessica Wilson
  • Instructor | Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine

  • Joyce DeGennaro ’03 ’09 ’13MS
  • Instructor | Nursing Practice, College of Nursing

  • Judith Levin ’86MEd
  • Associate Lecturer | Teacher Education, College of Community Innovation and Education

  • Kacie Tartt
  • Associate Instructor | Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Karen Cox ’04MA
  • Associate Instructor | Psychology, College of Sciences

  • Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
  • Associate Professor | Chemistry, College of Sciences

  • Kelli King-Morris
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine | College of Medicine

  • Kelly Miller
  • Associate Professor | Performing Arts, Music, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Kourtney Nieves ’99 ’02MS ’05PhD
  • Lecturer | Health Management and Informatics, College of Community Innovation and Education

  • Lana Williams ’99 ’02MA
  • Lecturer | Anthropology, College of Sciences

  • Latarsha Chisholm
  • Assistant Professor | Health Management and Informatics, College of Community Innovation and Education

  • Linda Rosa-Lugo
  • Associate Professor, Interim Assistant Dean | Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions and Sciences

  • Lisa Danker
  • Assistant Professor | Film and Mass Media, Nicholson School of Communication and Media, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Megan Sherod
  • Clinical Associate Professor | Psychology, College of Sciences

  • Melanie Coathup
  • Professor of Medicine | College of Medicine

  • Nicole Dawson 
  • Assistant Professor | Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions and Sciences

  • Nora Lee Garcia
  • Associate Professor | Performing Arts, Music, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Shannon Lindsey
  • Director of UCF Art Gallery/Lecturer | School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Humanities

  • Sharon Woodill
  • Lecturer | Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Undergraduate Studies

  • Tian Tian
  • Associate Lecturer | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Vandy (Mary) Wood
  • Associate Professor | Performing Arts, Theatre, College of Arts and Humanities