Faculty Fellows

The Field & Fork Faculty Fellows program is designed to offer support, assistance and networking opportunities to faculty who wish to develop or redesign a course focused around sustainable agriculture or food systems. The Fellows program aims to assist faculty members with the inclusion of experiential learning components as the core of the course.

Fellows receive a stipend, attend a training on experiential learning, and attend meetings and events throughout the semester with their cohort. These teaching resources support course development and collaboration.

Currently, the application period and proposal process for the Field & Fork Faculty Fellows program is closed. For additional information on how to participate in the 2017-2018 program, please email Anna Prizzia.

To learn more about the classes the Field & Fork Faculty Fellows have developed, explore their web page or contact them directly through the email addresses provided below.

2016-2017 Field & Fork Faculty Fellows

Katerie Gladdys – Associate Professor, Fine Arts: Gladdys believes art is a sensorial strategy for germinating, expressing and interpreting ideas. She creates opportunities for students to discover and share their own distinctive voices using available technologies to create art and cultivate an active awareness of the physical and conceptual worlds as well as the larger community. Gladdys invites students to look at how other academic disciplines problem-solve by assigning projects where 3the outcome is a piece of art, but the methodology might be more akin to science and the understanding of systems. As preparation for projects, students read and analyze theoretical texts, learn relevant technical skills, observe technical processes in the “real world” through field trips as well as learn about how other artists employ new technologies in their work. Learn more about Gladdys’ work on her website: http://layoftheland.net. Gladdys can be reached at kgladdys@ufl.edu.

Dr. Kelly Grogan – Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics: Dr. Grogan’s research focuses on increasing adoption of conservation practices in agriculture and improving the economic viability of agricultural disease management strategies. She teaches microeconomics and natural resource economics. Her Field & Fork project will pair hands-on experience with local food systems and the Field & Fork Farm and Gardens with microeconomic modeling exercises. The exercises will challenge students to apply theoretical models to real problems faced by agricultural producers and consumers. Dr. Grogan can be reached at kellyagrogan@ufl.edu.

Dr. William Pelletier, Lecturer, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Dr. Pelletier has been involved in the field of cold chain research and his work focuses mainly on air transportation of perishable products. Through the years, Dr. Pelletier has led and contributed to several projects including studies on environmental conditions during air and road transport of temperature sensitive products, thermal profile analysis and packaging system validation for pharmaceutical products, as well as analysis and design of postharvest operations. For the Field & Fork Fellows program, Dr. Pelletier will implement experiential learning activities through the Postharvest Operations Engineering course (ABE4413C). Based on the needs of the program, students will have the opportunity to work on the design and operation of storage and precooling systems for the Farm and Gardens. Also, learning activities at the Field & Fork’s Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Pantry may include fresh produce retail environment optimization and development of packaging solutions. Dr. Pelletier can be reached at wpelletier@ufl.edu.

Dr. Eric McLamore – Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Dr. McLamore’s research team builds optical and electrochemical tools for investigating biological transport in environmental, agricultural and biomedical research applications, often incorporating biosensors. His team is actively engaged with the UF Art/Science Collective. He teaches courses related to applications of biosensors, how to write grant proposals, and a senior design course for biological engineering students. Dr. McLamore can be reached at emclamore@ufl.edu.

Dr. Kelly Moore – Lecturer, Family, Youth and Community Sciences: Dr. Moore’s teaching responsibilities include the undergraduate community science courses, research methods and ethics. Her research interests focus on social inequalities, particularly those present within the food system. She is also engaged in research related to multiculturalism in higher education. For her Field & Fork Fellows project she will be exploring more experiential and service learning opportunities for her Community Food Systems course, FYC 3521. Dr. Moore can be reached at kmon913@ufl.edu.

Dr. Corwin Nelson – Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences: Dr. Nelson’s research focuses on nutrition, metabolism and genomic actions of vitamins A, D and E in cattle with the goal of improving health and well-being of cattle. Dr. Nelson has a diverse background in cattle farming and currently works with beef and dairy farmers in Florida. For the Field & Fork Fellows project, Dr. Nelson will be developing a hands-on course focused on sustainable livestock production. Dr. Nelson can be reached at cdnelson@ufl.edu.

Dr. Gerardo Nunez – Lecturer, Horticultural Sciences: Dr. Nunez specializes in plant nutrition and soil adaptation, the plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere, and the root physiology of woody plants. He actively seeks undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research and teaches Horticultural Sciences Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (HOS 4911). In addition to his undergraduate research assistance, Dr. Nunez’s courses include Greenhouse and Protected Crop Production (HOS 3222C), Nutrition of Horticultural Crops (HOS 3430C) and Plant Behavior (HOS 4932). For his Fellows project, he incorporated more field techniques, sampling, and production into his Plant Nutrition course.  Dr. Nunez can be reached at g.nunez@ufl.edu.

Dr. Kole Odutola – Lecturer, Languages, Literature and Cultures: Dr. Odutola teaches the Yoruba language and has particular research interests in language, culture, media studies and the participatory use of video. As a Fellow, Dr. Odutola has developed a course that focuses on learning about foods and culture. Students will get hands on experience cooking dishes from around the world, and discussing food’s influence on culture. Dr. Odutola can be reached at kodutola@ufl.edu.

Dr. Celia Suarez – Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education and Communication: Dr. “CC” Suarez specializes in teaching leadership development in the agricultural education and communication department. Her Fellows course, entitled Food, Community, and Justice, explores local food systems with a social justice lens, and has a service learning component that is linked with our local school district.  She can be reached at suarez@ufl.edu.