What is your current job title and responsibilities (please make sure we know your College, Department, etc.)?
Professor and Dean, College of Education and Human Performance
What is your history at UCF and before UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
I arrived here in June, 2016 as Dean; prior, I was Dean, College of Education at Oklahoma State for three years following 20 years on the faculty and as an administrator in the College of Education at Florida State University
What is your academic background?
I started out as a teacher of English, then became a teacher educator, specializing in adolescent literature and literacy
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Running through the back fields of the arboretum with my husband, Dr. Joe Donoghue, who is a UCF professor of geology in the Department of Physics.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Every student would have a one: one research opportunity with a professor each year
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Keep asking questions!
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
The fountain, because I would like to be associated with something that has such positive energy and provides good memories for our students!
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
A group of our first-generation-in college students
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
My husband, Dr. Joe Donoghue, the ENTIRE faculty and staff in the CEDHP; Dean Michael Johnson and his assistant, Ms Maggie LeClair of COS; and the Provost and his assistant, Ms Dania Suarez
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dr. Terry C. Ley, at Auburn University; he demanded much of his students and supported us as we reached toward his expectations.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
The Italian sequence that I took as an undergrad, and the statistics sequence that I took as a graduate student, since in each, I had to learn to think and demonstrate my learning in ways that were out of my comfort zone…and I grew to really enjoy both immensely.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
I am not much of a foodie, and neither is my husband, thank goodness. Usually a good veggie sandwich suits me just fine.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
I am a major fan of Southern literature from the modern era, so books by Miss Eudora Welty, Mr. William Faulkner, and Miss Flannery O’Connor are favorites. One of my favorite books to reread over and over is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
The southern coast of Ireland; it is brawny, testy, and gorgeous, and generous.