Promotes quality leadership and professional service and seeks solutions on matters relating to faculty.


The Faculty Commission strives to maintain and promote the standards and ideals of the profession. The Commission provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and as well as the discussion of academic and professional issues among faculty around the state.  Commission members provide leadership within the 28 institutions as well as working with the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) to promote legislative awareness in areas of particular concern to faculty.


  1. Executive Board
  2. Bylaws
  3. Awards and Recognition
  4. Announcements
  5. Newsletter
  6. Previous Award Winners


Chair: Dr. Kimberlie Massnick, Indian River State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 772-462-7966

Chair-Elect: Jean Scheppers, College of Central Florida, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 352-299-5146

Vice Chair: Lori Bufka, College of Central Florida, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 909-747-7331

Secretary: Mia Tignor, Indian River State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 772-462-7124

Treasurer: Dr. John Donohue, Indian River State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 772-462-7077

Past Chair: Dr. Xiao Wang, Broward College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 754-422-9990

Region Representatives:

Region I: Randey Burnette, Tallahassee Community College,eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 850-201-8194

Region II: Manisha Ranade, Santa Fe College; eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 352-395-3669

Region III: 

Region IV: John Frank, Hillsborough Community College, [email protected]; Phone: (813) 253-7760

Region V: Kate Bradford, Indian River State College, [email protected]; Phone: (772) 462-7984


Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Faculty Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:  Under review by the 2017 Bylaw Committee.


2019 Professor of the Year Nominations are due by March 1, 2019. Click HERE for more information. (revised 2/18/19)

2/18/19 Update!

Hello Everyone: There are some exciting updates to announce regarding this year’s Professor of the Year competition.

First, the format for the competition has been changed to allow for the competition to be completed entirely at the AFC Conference on Teaching and Learning in St. Petersburg April 3 - 5 (click HERE for more conference info). The initial round of presentations will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 4/3, and the final round with the three finalists will be held on Friday morning, 4/5. Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Friday.

We are also pleased to announce that there will again be cash awards associated with the competition for the winner and runner up finalists. The amounts will be announced soon.

Please remember that the deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 1st. I am attaching the revised nomination form here that includes the updated information (highlighted in blue). Please use this revised form for submission because the nominator’s signature line was omitted on the previous form.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and seeing you at the conference!

Lori Bufka

1/21/19 POY Announcement

This year the first round of presentations for the competition will be presented at the AFC Conference on College Teaching and Learning on April 3-5 in St. Petersburg. This is an outstanding opportunity to allow for even greater attendance and participation for the Professor of the Year presentations. We hope to have submissions from all five regions. If you know an outstanding professor at your institution or in your region help make sure he or she is recognized.

Region representatives, as well as nominees, need to be sure to register and secure travel funding for this event as soon as possible. Conference information including registration, hotel and other details are available HERE. If you need help with funding, you may want to talk with your AFC chapter president and/or academic dean and department chair.

Faculty Board Report - April 2018



Interested in helping develop the next Faculty Commission Newsletter? Contact Charlene Latimer at [email protected]


Vivian M. Dellinger Award

1998    Vivian M. Dellinger (posthumously)
1999    Jack Motta (Santa Fe Community College)
2000    Irene Lipof (Miami Dade Community College)
2001    Rhonda Allison (Tallahassee Community College)
2002    James Lansing (Broward Community College)
2003    Not Awarded
2004    Jane Howard (Indian River Community College)
2005    Not Awarded
2006    Beverly Grundset (St. Petersburg College)
2007    Will Benedicks (Tallahassee Community College)
2008    Dr. Ana Ciereszko (Miami Dade College)
2009    Byron Todd (Tallahassee Community College)
2010    Margie Robertson (State College of Florida - Manatee~Sarasota)
2011    Not Awarded
2012    Not Awarded
2013    Xiao Wang (Broward College)
2014    Not Awarded
2015    Not Awarded
2016    Not Awarded

Professor of the Year

2019    TBD
2018    Brenda Skoczelas (Lake-Sumter State College)
2017    Amber Karlins (Lake-Sumter State College)
2016    Angel Rodriquez (Broward College)
2015    John Gardner (Chipola College)
2014    Barry Silber, (Hillsborough Community College)
2013    Thom Kieft (Lake-Sumter State College)
2012    Jerry Shawver (Florida State College at Jacksonville)
2011    Gerald Johnston (Santa Fe College)
2010    James May (Valencia College)
2009    Sybil Brown (Lake-Sumter State College)
2008    Susan Taylor (North Florida Community College)


AFC Connections Get plugged in to FACULTY on AFC Connections!

AFC Connections is our private interactive forum. Within this forum, we have the Faculty Commission Circle. Please join the circle and connect with us today!

How to Join the Faculty Commission Circle:

Visit and click the login button.
Click on the 'My Profile' link.
Click on 'My Features' and select "Circles" - All Circles.
Choose the Commissions category to isolate only commissions.
Scroll down to the faculty commission circle and select it.
Look to the upper right corner of the page and select 'join circle.'

Click on the plug (AFC Connections) to be taken to the Faculty Commission Circle, enter your login credentials, and click Join Circle once the circle opens.

If you have an issue logging on to the site, first try clicking on the forgot my username AND forgot my password links. Forgot my username will send you an email with your correct username. Forgot my password will send you a link to reset your password.

If your email address is not found on file, please send a message to [email protected] and a staff member will contact you.