College of Health and Human Performance

2020 Rising Star Awardees

2020 Rising Star Awardees

HHP Celebrates it’s 2020 Rising Star Awardees: Amber Emanuel, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Health Education and Behavior, and Diba Mani, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Through their profound dedication to developing creative ways to inspire students and deliver engaging courses, Amber Emanuel, Ph.D., and Diba Mani, Ph.D., have both been awarded the UF Center for Teaching Excellence Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award recognizes faculty for their commitment to ongoing educational improvements and excellence. 

Dr. Emanuel enjoys learning about and implementing universal design learning in her courses to help improve teaching and learning for all types of students. She enjoys learning about how to utilize technology in teaching, especially for online courses. Dr. Emanuel likes to have students read and analyze current health issues, and help students improve their scientific and health literacy skills while understanding local, national and international health problems.

The courses Dr. Mani teaches are typically large enrollment and physiology-based, so she frequently implements learning response systems during lectures and “supplemental learning experiences,” which include virtual simulations, kinesthetic demonstrations and interactive worksheets. Her most recent endeavor in the classroom has been the successful internationalization of her upper division Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise course, which comprises student group presentations on peer-reviewed articles and virtual interviews with researchers from around the globe.

 “Recognition for their work is the furthest thing from Dr. Mani’s and Dr. Emanuel’s minds when they enter a classroom or put together another tremendous online course,” said Chris Janelle, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs. “Their humility makes it that much more wonderful to see their dedicated efforts acknowledged by CTE and their peers.”

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