2021 News

College of Education staff, faculty members recognized for ‘Excellence in Undergraduate Education’

TAMPA, Fla. (May 6, 2021) — Six faculty and staff members in the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education were awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award by the College’s Undergraduate Program Committee.

The Undergraduate Program Committee advises on policy matters and acts for the College’s faculty on matters related to undergraduate education. The Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award celebrates College of Education faculty members who strive for excellence in teaching undergraduate students both within the College and throughout the USF community.

Learn more about each of the recipients below.


Deanna Bullard

Deanna Bullard, PhD
Dr. Bullard is the assistant director of academic advising in the College of Education at USF’s St. Petersburg campus. In addition to providing advising services to students at the St. Petersburg campus, she teaches “University Success,” which serves as an introductory course designed to develop skills required for success in university courses and campus life.


Paula Cate

Paula Cate
Paula Cate is an instructor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. She is best known for teaching the course “Introduction to the Teaching Profession,” which is one of the first courses students take as part of their undergraduate studies in the College of Education. A multi-state professionally certified educator, Professor Cate served as a teacher in Pasco County School District prior to joining the College of Education in 2005. 


Mandie B. Dunn

Mandie B. Dunn, PhD
Mandie B. Dunn, PhD is an assistant professor of English Education. Her research investigates the lived experiences of teachers to better understand the complexity of their roles as professionals responding to multiple and competing stakeholders. She teaches courses including “English Education Methods,” “Methods of Teaching English in High School,” and “Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts.”


Sophia Han

Sophia Han, PhD
Dr. Han is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education at USF and the program coordinator for the Early Childhood Education undergraduate program. Her research centers around the theme of socio-culturally responsive teaching and learning in early childhood. She teaches courses including “Teaching Literature and Writing in Early Childhood” and “Guidance of Young Children.”


Cindy Lovell

Cindy Lovell, PhD
Dr. Lovell is an adjunct instructor at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus where she teaches courses including “Curriculum and Pedagogy of ESOL” and “Consultation, Counseling, and Guidance Skills for Gifted Students.” Outside of her work at USF, Dr. Lovell also serves as the director of education at Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach and works with the state of Florida to develop test questions for the teacher certificate exam in ESOL.


Alexandra Panos

Alexandra Panos, PhD
Dr. Panos is an Assistant Professor in the Literacy Studies Program. Dr. Panos’s research interests include critical, disciplinary, and media literacy, children’s' literature, spatial and geographic dimensions of education, and the complex interdependencies of schools and their communities. She teaches courses including “Disciplinary Literacies,” “Content Area Reading,” and “Qualitative Research Pedagogy.”