Faculty Owl Leader Program
The Division of Student Affairs at Florida Atlantic University is proud to announce the Faculty OWL Leader Program. This program is designed to engage and involve faculty members in the development of students as future exemplary leaders within and beyond the campus community. Faculty are selected through an application and interview process, participate in training, and then facilitate several out-of-class leadership workshops/experiences for students during the course of the academic year in which they are selected. In exchange for facilitating these leadership experiences, faculty members are awarded an honorarium of $1000.
- Present at the Annual Fall Student Leadership Conference
- Facilitate a Leadership Reading Circle
- Present at two Student Leadership Institutes
- Attend an orientation for Faculty OWL Leaders
Honorarium: Faculty OWL Leaders will receive a $1,000 honorarium for participation in the program. This honorarium will be provided in four $250 increments (August, November, February, & April). Faculty OWL Leaders serve a one year term.
Selection: Faculty OWL Leaders will be selected through an application process every March/April for the upcoming academic year.
Questions: If you have questions or want to know more about the Faculty OWL Leader Program, please contact Alicia Keating, Director of Student Involvement & Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 297.3735.
Faculty Owls 2012-2013
Dr. Mauricio J. Almonte is an award-winning instructor of Spanish and academic service-learning coordinator in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature who has been at Florida Atlantic University since 2010. He holds a Master of Arts in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and a Ph.D./ABD in Hispanic Studies from Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the history of ideas and language use within the Hispanic Caribbean and its diaspora; current projects include a history of the letters-to-the-editor column in the newspapers of the Dominican Republic. When not engaged in the classroom, working on research, or strengthening the university’s relationship with its institutional neighbors in the community, Mr. Almonte enjoys listening to Latin jazz, travelling, reading and writing letters.
Dr. Lori Dassa is a Core Teaching Instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at FAU, where she has been teaching courses in Effective Teaching Practices and Beginning Reading for over 7 years. Her areas of interest are teacher retention, developmentally appropriate practices for young children and critical literacy. She has published two books related to helping elementary school teachers pass state exams and how to be successful professionals once they become a teacher. She has earned a Master of Education in PreK/Primary education and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She also was an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in their primary education department. This semester she accepted the role as Co-Counselor of FAU’s Chapter of the Honor Society of Kappa Delta Phi.
Renee de Roche, C.P.A. is an Instructor in the School of Accounting and an alumna of FAU’s Master of Accounting program. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified eLearning Designer for online courses. Her areas of interest include corporate accounting, accounting information systems, internal controls, and professional ethics. She has been involved in student orientation and mentoring programs since her days as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California’s School of Business, and she believes that making lasting connections with students and faculty is essential to the university experience. Her favorite things to do when she is not teaching include hiking, camping, kayaking, and traveling.
Dr. Charles Dukes is an associate professor in the College of Education; he teaches courses in classroom management, inclusive education, disability studies, and behavior change interventions. Dr. Dukes enjoys teaching, working with students, and the social connections that accompany working in an urban university. His research focuses on understanding the social relationships of individuals with intellectual disabilities, including intimate relationships. Dr. Dukes has a passion for baseball and all kinds of music. Different music can be found on his iPod, but he is partial to reggae dancehall, electric blues, and classic hip-hop.
Dr. Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín, a native of Puerto Rico, is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature and has been at Florida Atlantic University since 1991. Her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature is from Yale University, and her research focuses on Caribbean literature, especially from the French- and the Spanish-speaking countries. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She is an ardent supporter of study abroad programs. At present, she is the President of FAU’s Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Bill Trapani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. His work and teaching focuses on problems of democracy and civic participation, particularly for disenfranchised citizens. As a rhetorical studies scholar and critic he engages discourses of national and cultural identity to understand personal and political trauma as well as to identify possibilities for changing our social formations. Most recently his work considers the ways in which new technologies have altered traditional practices of activism and social protest movements.
Past Faculty OWL Leaders
Dr. Patricia Darlington
Dr. Charles Dukes
Dr. Barbara Ganson
Dr. Myriam Ruthenberg
Dr. Allen Smith
Dr. Justin P. White