COS Women Making History

2016 - Womens history MonthSince March of 1981, Americans everywhere have helped pay tribute to women whose commitment to humanity and to our planet have proved to be invaluable for society. Each year during March – Women’s History Month, the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty honors and shares the stories of 31 outstanding UCF women that have been instrumental in shaping the university from its origins into the amazing institution it is today. This year, the College of Sciences has many incredible women being recognized and honored.

All the honorees were interviewed and asked questions about their work, their time at UCF, and other fun, get-to-know-you questions.


Amanda Anthony - Florida HighwaymenAmanda Anthony, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

What is your favorite UCF memory? “One weekday, on a walk across campus to a meeting, I passed a student dressed up in costume and then passed Knightro, who gave me a high-five. I then had a great interdisciplinary meeting with colleagues and thought, “This is why my job is great.” How many other people get a high-five from a mascot and then can have a stimulating academic conversation with their colleagues in the course of a random work day?”

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alisha janowskyAlisha Janowsky, Assistant Chair and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Psychology

If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be ($ and time no object)? “Besides parking? Seriously, it would be class size. I do love teaching large classes but I wish students had additional opportunities for smaller sections that would allow more engagement opportunities.”



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Cherie YestrebskyCherie Yestrebsky, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues? “Be perpetually positive and pleasant to everyone. It brings more success and satisfaction to everyone in your workplace.”



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elizabeth mustaine - RESIZEDElizabeth Mustaine, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology

If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF, who would you choose and why? “Per A Danielsson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music. He is a jazz pianist, who has played with a lot of jazz greats. I would love to hear him play, then pick his brain about the life of a jazz musician, the lives of some of the people with whom he’s played, the history of the jazz songs he plays on the piano.”

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candice bridge - Womens history month 2016Candice Bridge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and National Center for Forensic Science

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues? “… to take the time and make it a priority to find balance between your professional and private aspects of yourself. You never want to miss the events that can be truly important or inspirational as you make your way through this life.”

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shannon carter - womens faculty 2016Shannon Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why? “… I would like it to be the campus lactation rooms because my research and outreach work focus on supporting breastfeeding. I believe that supporting mothers to have the ability to make real parenting choices is fundamental to women’s empowerment.”

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tosha Dupras - womens history month 2016Tosha Dupras, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology

What is your favorite UCF memory? “This is a tough question! Having been here for 16 years, I have many good memories. Probably what stands out to me most is the major change that has happened in the institution over the past 16 years, and most definitely the creation of the College of Sciences, our department separating from Sociology, and the development of our graduate program.”

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To keep up with the 2016 Women’s History Month honorees, click here.

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