Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) - 2013 Inductees

The Provost announces the 2013 inductees into the University of Florida's Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Each year the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars honors University of Florida’s exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments by inducting into its membership faculty members who have demonstrated sustained innovation and commitment in both areas. Please join Provost Glover in welcoming to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars its 2013 inductees:

These teacher-scholars were selected based on portfolio submissions that provided strong evidence of the integration of superior teaching and research and a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment that has garnered recognition at the national and/or international level.

To assist them in advancing their vision for scholarly excellence and faculty enhancement at UF, these Academy teacher-scholar inductees will serve for three years on the advisory board for Faculty Development. In this capacity they will assist the Associate Provost in developing programs and promoting policies that enhance the professional careers and experiences of faculty. Academy members also promote a university-wide discourse on key issues surrounding the integration of teaching and research at the University.

After completing their three-year terms on the advisory board, members will retain the title of Distinguished Teaching Scholar and continue to be a part of the Academy.



Heather Gibson

Dr. Heather Gibson is a Professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida and an Associate Director of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute. People often ask “does Heather specialize in tourism, sport or leisure”? The answer is all three. She graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in the UK with a Bachelor’s in physical education and a specialization in sport sociology. This focus on the sociology of sport and leisure led her to the University of Connecticut where she earned her Master’s and PhD. and was introduced to tourism as a field of study. Currently, Dr Gibson teaches classes in leisure theory, tourism and research methods. She also leads study abroad programs to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Her research interests include leisure and tourism in later life; women travelers; sport tourism with a particular focus on sport-related travel in later life and small-scale events; and perceived risk in travel. Dr. Gibson’s research appears in such journals as the Annals of Tourism Research, Leisure Sciences, and the Journal of Sport Management. She also edited the book Sport Tourism: Concepts and Theories and Co-edited with Jerome SingletonLeisure and Aging: Theory and Practice.

Judith W. Page is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, where she has also been Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews, and of Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women (which was named an outstanding academic book of 1995 by Choice) and Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Romantic Literature and Culture (2004). Her most recent book, from Cambridge University Press, Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870 (2011), is co-authored with Elise L. Smith. A PhD from the University of Chicago, Dr. Page has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the NEH as well as a Skirball Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2003), and a Visiting Fellowship at the Chawton House Library in the UK (2008), a repository of texts and manuscripts pertaining to early British women writers. Dr. Page has received several awards for her teaching, and she was named the Outstanding Faculty Member for UF for 2012 by the Florida Blue Key Education Celebration. Dr. Page teaches a wide range of courses in British literature and culture, most recently courses in Jane Austen, Romantic poetry, and on gardens in literature and art.