College of Health and Human Performance

Congratulations, Diba Mani – 2022 University of Florida Teacher of the Year

Congratulations, Diba Mani – 2022 University of Florida Teacher of the Year

April 8, 2022

The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) is proud to announce that Diba Mani, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, is this year's University of Florida Teacher of the Year.

DIBA MANI, Ph.D. | University of Florida Teacher of the Year
Dr. Mani teaches small- and large-enrollment undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in-person, hybrid and fully online. This broad range of course formats requires Dr. Mani to incorporate different types of activities in her classroom to provide her students with the most effective and efficient methods of learning.

Amid the changes in higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mani completed many workshops and seminars offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Instructional Technology & Training, which offered an opportunity to learn and incorporate different teaching techniques and opportunities for her students. Mani is passionate about integrating internationalization in her courses, course accessibility and authentic assessments.

Mani serves as faculty advisor for several student organizations, including Gator Judo Club and UF Global Medical Brigades.

"Selection from among 5,000 faculty for this singular award is an exceptional achievement.," said Michael Reid, Ph.D., dean. "The college is honored to have her on the HHP faculty. We celebrate her award and are grateful for her outstanding contributions to our educational enterprise."

HHP has had a long tradition of faculty earning University of Florida Teacher of the Year. Dr. Mani is the fifth college faculty member recognized for this university-wide honor in the past 15 years joining Julia Varnes, Ph.D. (2017-2018); Joslyn Ahlgren, Ph.D. (2015-2016), John L. Dobson, Ph.D. (2010-2011); and Christine Stopka, Ph.D. (2007-2008).

Congratulations, Dr. Mani!

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