By Dani Moritz-Long
When the University of Central Florida (UCF) decided to sunset its Radiologic Science program due to state budget cuts, it could have spelled disaster for Susan Gosnell, who then served UCF as the Radiologic Science program chair. Fortunately, however, as one door closed, another opened — this time at Valencia.
Here, Susan, a professor and program chair of radiologic and imaging sciences, developed a new bachelor’s degree to fill the void left by UCF. One of the first bachelor’s degrees Valencia offered, Valencia’s Radiologic and Imaging Sciences degree paved the way for student opportunity and laid the groundwork for future bachelor’s programs.
“It was a lot of hard work,” Susan said, “but I had support from everyone — from Dr. Sandy Shugart and others on the leadership team, my dean and all of my colleagues in Allied Health.”
With Valencia being the only state public college to offer a bachelor’s degree in radiology, Susan, who has a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science, master’s degree in health management and doctor of education in curriculum and instruction, called upon her healthcare experiences and education to carefully design the program to meet student and industry demand and needs. In doing so, she crafted an online program accessible to students across the state looking to pursue advanced clinical practice or develop leadership skills to prepare them for management and supervisor positions within healthcare environments.
“I’m proud that we serve students from all over the state of Florida,” she said. “As the only state college/university with a bachelor’s degree program in Imaging Sciences, we serve a critical role in providing an opportunity to advance into modalities like CT, MRI and Mammography to diagnostic imaging professionals. We have clinical partners as far north as Jacksonville, and, now that we have a new articulation agreement with Palm Beach State College, we have the ability to serve students in south Florida.”
Also proud of Susan’s accomplishments, Respiratory Professor Jamy Chulak noted,”In guiding one of the first bachelor’s degrees at the College, Susan has advanced academic pathways for students. Her work is and has been collaborative, deep and student-centered.”
Outside of Valencia, Susan stays just as busy. You can often find her on the tennis courts or operating her family’s gourmet food store, The Olive Pantry of Lake Mary. Specializing in ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Susan says she spends most weekends in the store teaching customers about the health benefits of cooking with the products.
Always working with an educator’s mindset, Susan says, “The best part is that we [Susan and her husband] are able to work with both of our kids who are learning a lot about how to operate a small business.”
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