Starting this month, a cohort of 25 UF faculty and staff members will call upon their creativity and nurture their best thinking as part of the new Academy of Strategic Creativity. Formed as a partnership between the College of the Arts, the College of Journalism and Communications, and UFHR Training & Organizational Development (T&OD), this new professional development program will help participants unlock their creative potential, generate fresh thinking and implement new and powerful ideas.
“The Academy of Strategic Creativity is a new and groundbreaking opportunity for UF faculty and staff,” said Scott Blades, assistant director for T&OD. “This is the first time UF has ever offered a cohort-based, multi-month professional development program focused on creative thinking. As a top-10 public university, UF is an idea-generating institution focused on creating advances and positive change through teaching, research and service. Through this program, our aim is to set the stage for future improvements and breakthroughs to serve the greater good.”
Featuring the creativity expertise of Amy Bucciarelli, a faculty member in the Center for Arts in Medicine and coordinator of UF Creative Engagement initiatives, and Jim Harrison, senior creative director of The Agency and a faculty member of the College of Journalism and Communications, the program will expose participants to the behaviors, thinking tools and frameworks used by the world’s most creative people and help faculty and staff imagine and formulate multiple solutions to challenging problems.
“UF has no shortage of creative people, but the question becomes, ‘How might we be more strategic with those good ideas?’” said Bucciarelli. “This unique training opportunity is for people who want to amplify their fresh ideas, have more success in advancing valuable ideas and use those ideas to create real and lasting change in their unit, field or community.”
Harrison added: “In an age of constant change, creativity has become a great differentiator. It is increasingly valued by business and higher education as vital fuel for innovation ecosystems. Original, fresh thoughts that inspire improvement and impact lives are always in high demand.”
The members of the inaugural class of the Academy of Strategic Creativity can be found below.
“We’re thrilled about our first cohort and can’t wait to see what this talented group of individuals will produce as a result of this unique opportunity,” said Blades.
|James P. Baer||Sr. Graphic Designer||UF Office of Advancement|
|Richard Blake||Assistant Director, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program||Division of Student Affairs|
|Emma Brady||Assistant Director of Course Production||Center for Online Innovation and Production|
|Rebecca Burton||Communications Manager||UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute|
|Joleen Cannon||Director Online Innovation and Production||Office of the Provost|
|Royce Copeland||Marketing and Communications Specialist||Materials Science & Engineering|
|Sara Dagen||Marketing & Communications Manager||UF Innovate|
|William Fox-Alvarez||Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery||College of Veterinary Medicine – SACS|
|Holly Franklin||Marketing Manager||College of the Arts|
|Scott Heller||Assistant Professor of Neurology/Medicine||Neurology|
|Rachel Inman||Associate Dean for Student Affairs||Levin College Of Law|
|Iske Larkin||Lecturer and Education Coordinator, Interim Director of Aquatic Animal Health Program||Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine|
|Nikki Lyons||Instructional Designer II||Human Resources, Training and Organizational Development|
|Brandon McKinley||Public Relations & Partnerships Specialist||College of the Arts|
|Melissa Naidu||Academic Program Specialist I||Clinical and Health Psychology|
|Ivan Ramos||Graphic Designer II||Office of Research – Publication Services|
|Tom Reno||Director of Web Services||College of the Arts|
|Christine Salama||Innovations Coordinator||Lastinger Center for Learning, College of Education|
|Leah Shelley||Assistant Director, Fitness Programs||Student Affairs|
|Janice Shephard||Administrative Specialist I||IFAS/Dept. of Agricultural Education & Communication|
|April Sibiski||Assistant Director of Human Resources||UF Advancement|
|Brenda Such||Assistant Director of Course Production||Center for Online Innovation and Production|
|Anna Thrombley||Assistant Director, Human Resources||UFIT|
|Charlotte Tupper||Business Relationship Manager II||UFIT|
|Rebecca Younglove||Senior Leadership Development Professional||Human Resources, Training and Organizational Development|