On May 1, 2014, Carl E. Creasman, Jr., professor of history, East Campus, assumed leadership of the Collegewide Faculty Association after an April 2013 election by his peers. His term will run through April 30, 2015.
Prior to his election, Carl served the Collegewide Faculty Association over the years in the East Campus Senate from 2009 to 2012, as East Campus Senate president in 2012, on the Faculty Council from 2012 to 2014 and as the Collegewide Association vice president from 2013 to 2014.
As president, Carl will focus on enhancing faculty engagement and providing multi-faceted communication with visits to campuses for meet-and-greets and attendance at division meetings, while continuing to use existing communications channels like mailings, email and The Grove. Monthly gatherings to celebrate faculty achievements and the good work of the Association will also be held.
These are lofty plans that require collegewide collaboration, and in the year ahead, Carl, alongside fellow members of the Faculty Association Leadership Team, will be working together to ensure you are well-informed.
The Faculty Association Leadership Team is comprised of faculty presidents on each campus:
- Suzette Dohany, professor of speech, Winter Park Campus (who also serves as Collegewide Association vice president);
- Stanton Reed, professor of business accounting, Osceola Campus;
- Debra Hollister, professor of psychology, Lake Nona Campus;
- Karen Cowden, professor of reading, West Campus; and
- Jolene Rhodes, professor of mathematics, East Campus.
Carl looks forward to partnering with this group to continue to advance matters of faculty-related interest and faculty welfare.
Carl joined Valencia as an adjunct professor of history in 2002, was hired as a four-month faculty member in 2004 and received tenure in 2009. He shares that he has “a caring spirit that infuses the classroom with both a pursuit of excellence and nurturing community.”
“Teaching, counseling and communication are at the heart of almost every position I have held. My love of learning is deep, and I bring that passion to my classes in an attempt to transmit a similar desire to students,” Carl shares.
In 2012, Carl was named one of three finalists in the Association of Florida Colleges “Professor of the Year Award,” after being nominated by two Valencia AFC members.
Carl earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and psychology and a Master of Arts in history, both from Auburn University. He received a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Interested in learning more about the Faculty Association? Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month and rotate between campuses.
You may reach Carl via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at extension 2009, if you have questions or wish to congratulate him on this new endeavor.
The Valencia Collegewide Faculty Association exists to advise the president of the College on matters of faculty-related interest and faculty welfare, promote communication and mutual understanding within the faculty and between the faculty and other groups and provide a collaborative means of formulating questions, articulating problems and contributing solutions