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February 2014


An Update from the 

Office of the Dean of Faculty


Dear Eckerd Parents,


Now well into the first month of Spring semester, I'm pleased to share with you a few updates on our academic programs and faculty:


297 students participated in Winter Term study abroad courses this January! Study abroad for spring semester 2014, through affiliates and exchange partners, includes 34 students studying in 18 countries. In addition, 8 students will study at the London Study Center with Professor Zachary Dobbins; 23 will study at the United Nations in Geneva with Professor Bill Felice; and 14 will study in Greece with Professor Heather Vincent. Read more about Winter Term 2014, including blogs on France, London, Spain and Japan, here.


9 faculty were tenured and/or promoted at this month's Board of Trustees meeting: Nicholas P. Dempsey (sociology), tenured; Paige Dickinson (human development), tenured; Gregory L. Gerdeman (biology), tenured; Trevor M. Cickovski (computer science), tenured and promoted; Lauren E. Highfill (psychology), tenured and promoted; Paul R. Hindsley (environmental studies), tenured and promoted; Alexis E. Ramsey-Tobienne (rhetoric), tenured and promoted; Polina Maciejczyk (chemistry), promoted; and Alison Ormsby (environmental studies), promoted.


More than 20 grant applications have been submitted by faculty due to the hire of John Johnson, associate director of grant development, who has dramatically increased grant activity, including the College's first submission to the National Institutes of Health. We look forward to reporting on the outcomes of these grants.


Professor and Associate Dean Margie Sanfilippo appeared in the 20/20 episode, "Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special" on January 31. If you missed it, you may read the College's article here and view the episode here.


Best wishes to you and your students in this final semester of the 2013-2014 academic year!






Suzan Harrison

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty


Greetings from Honduras!
Last month, Eckerd students explored Roatan, Honduras, including its coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones. Talk about hands-on! Here they are at Copán, saying thanks to the donors who helped make this trip possible. Copán was the capital city of a Mayan kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD.

65% of Eckerd students go abroad at least once during their time here. Our goal is 100%!
Support for this goal is always welcome at
Academic Help for Students

The Center for Innovative Learning is located in Brown Hall (next to the Service-Learning office and across the way from Fox Hall). There, students can find the Academic Coaching Program and Academic Success Workshops for assistance in time management, test preparation and taking, organization, writing, and other skills. The Center collaborates with academic departments and faculty to provide a centralized location for information and resources students need to foster learning and improve academic functioning. 

For more information, v
isit their website; follow them on Facebook for workshop announcements and tips; and contact Kelly Douglass, academic success coach, at or 727-864-7723.
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Important Dates and Deadlines 

Spring Semester Begins

January 28


Spring Recess

March 22-30


Fall Semester 2014 Registration 

April 5 at 10:00 p.m.


Comprehensive Exams Period

April 24-25

Last Day of Classes

May 9



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