Shari v. N. Hodgson has been associated with the University of Central Florida since 1979; she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCF and completed post-graduate studies from Barry University. Hodgson has been a faculty member in the Nicholson School of Communication since 1991, teaching a myriad of different communication classes: Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Business and Professional, Interpersonal, and Organization Communication. Hodgson serves as Nicholson’s General Education Program (GEP) scheduler, assessment coordinator, and conducts Graduate Teaching Associate’s (GTA) instructor training. Hodgson’s responsibilities include the development, measurement and analysis of the annual university’s required assessment report. As the GEP scheduler, Ms. Hodgson coordinates the classrooms and instructor schedules for all sections of GEP classes. As the GTA trainer, Hodgson develops and facilitates a 14-week, curriculum-specific training for instructors. In addition, Hodgson created and facilitates an eight-week group, “BREATHE,” which helps students reduce their public speaking anxiety levels.
Hodgson has received the 2005 and 2009 UCF Teaching Incentive Program awards; the College of Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award; the Florida Communication Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2007 and 2013; the Volunteer of the Year award from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for her development, leadership and training of the Chamber’s Adult and Youth Leadership programs; and the Community Involvement award from the Center for Drug-Free Living.
Hodgson consults in the private sector, conducting worldwide seminars called “Insight,” which focuses on improving the quality of personal and professional relationships, success in the fields of personal growth, public-speaking, interpersonal relations and organizational communications. Hodgson works with the Federal Bureau of Prison, facilitating an experiential, three-day weekend seminar with inmates, which has significantly reduced their recidivism rates.
Hodgson has been a resident of Winter Park since 1954. She is active in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Council and Autumn Art Festival, serves on the executive Board of Directors of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, the Center for Drug-Free Living, Park Aire Condominiums, and as the chairperson of the Chamber’s Youth Leadership program.
The Nicholson School of Communication has four faculty members serving on the UCF Faculty Senate, an important legislative body, to provide academic oversight by reviewing and approving policies, new...