Announcing Our Newly Tenured Professors

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Congratulations to our professors who earned tenure in 2022 and who were celebrated during the Tenure Candidate Reception on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the West Campus Special Events Center.

For the past two years, we have hosted the tenure celebration virtually and this year, we were able to honor all of them in person.

The Teaching/ Learning Academy would like to commend this group for successfully completing the tenure-track process during the unprecedented time of COVID-19 and overcoming many challenges. We celebrate your accomplishment and future achievements at Valencia.

East and Winter Park Campuses

  • Jason Balserait, professor, English
  • Tanya Bizon, professor, EAP
  • Shea Faulkner, professor, English
  • Nicole Hill, professor, humanities
  • Kirsten Holt, professor, English
  • Alycia LaFavor, professor, speech
  • Donna Matthews, professor, mathematics
  • Mollie McLaughlin, professor, speech
  • Rebecca Newman, professor, mass communications and journalism
  • Amanda Norbutus, professor, chemistry
  • AnnMarie O’Neil, professor, mathematics
  • Sanika Paranjape, professor, computer programming and analysis
  • Steve Purtee, professor, mathematics
  • Andrea Rediske, professor, biology
  • Melissa Sierra, professor, sociology
  • Susan Yawn, professor, criminal justice technology

Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

West and Downtown Campuses

  • Tiffany Baggs, professor, dental hygience
  • Ronda Bailey, professor, speech
  • Precious Cristwell, professor, mathematics
  • Laura D’Alessio, professor, biology
  • Sandra Draper, professor, mathematics
  • Ashley Evans, professor, electronic engineering technology
  • Mukesh George, professor, radiologic and imaging sciences
  • Heather Johnson, professor, nursing
  • Matthew Kenney, professor, business
  • Alyce Miller, professor, history
  • Katie Pridemore, professor, mathematics
  • Devika Ramsingh, librarian
  • Sarah Rosario, professor, biology
  • Bryan Spangler, professor, emergency medical services
  • Kat Wells, professor, English

Also, congratulations to the award winners:

Portfolio Awards

  • Action Research Project: Kirsten Holt
  • Inclusion and Diversity: Kathryn Wells
  • LifeMap: Ashley Evans
  • Model Portfolio: Laura D’Alessio

Campus Innovation Awards

  • East Campus: Kirsten Holt
  • Osceola Campus: Jay Perez
  • West Campus: Tiffany Baggs

You may congratulate faculty in the comments below.


  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations tenured class of 2022!!!

    AMFri, 01 Jul 2022 06:21:01 +0000Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:21:01 +0000am22,6:21 am

  • Miranda Rublaitus said:

    Congratulations to all! Special congratulations to Emily Buckley and Jorge Valladares. Based on my experiences with both of you, this honor is truly deserved!

    AMFri, 08 Jul 2022 10:44:23 +0000Fri, 08 Jul 2022 10:44:23 +0000am22,10:44 am

  • Jennifer Grason said:


    AMFri, 08 Jul 2022 11:59:43 +0000Fri, 08 Jul 2022 11:59:43 +0000am22,11:59 am

  • Dr. Orlando Cssado said:

    Valencia College is making a positive difference for students in our communities, you are the difference! Congratulations and thank you!

    PMSun, 10 Jul 2022 23:31:04 +0000Sun, 10 Jul 2022 23:31:04 +0000pm22,11:31 pm

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