Introducing Our Honors Faculty Coordinators

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

The Office of Strategic Learning Initiatives selected three faculty coordinators to work in collaboration with the Seneff Honors College and our campus regions to find opportunities to enhance the services that are provided to faculty and students engaged in the Honors College. Faculty coordinators are an integral part of the redesign of the Honors College and for scaling opportunities throughout the Valencia College community.

Each campus region is assigned one faculty coordinator, who reports to the director of strategic learning initiatives. Additionally, coordinators are expected to work closely with the campus dean of academic affairs for their region to communicate, plan and execute the responsibilities outlined below.

Learn about our new coordinators below.

West Region: Rebecca Toole, professor, English

Rebecca was born and raised by a long line of English majors and librarians, so it was no surprise when she started teaching English Composition at Valencia College in 2011. Her passion for pursuing honors education initiatives began with her role as a co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, continued with her tenure work in honors inclusivity, and has progressed through her work as an English Honors instructor. Becca absolutely loves her career here at Valencia. She is a tenured professor who teaches both online and in-person at our West Campus. Aside from her dedication to work, she is fully committed to her faith and to her family. Becca and her husband have two girls: Briar (2015) and Charlotte (2018). They also have a three-year-old dog named Georgia (named after Curious George).

East Region: Dan Mullins, professor, mathematics

Dan Mullins, a former Valencia student, began teaching high school honors students in 1996 and started as a Valencia adjunct in 1999. Dan stepped away from Valencia for a few years while serving multiple administrative roles in secondary education but came back in 2017, having missed the Valencia Mathematics classroom. Dan has been married to Heather since 1998; and together they have five children: Daniel (2000), Bethany (2001), Hope (2004), Anna (2007) and Lily (2013). Dan enjoys spending time with his family, is active in church, and, in addition to mathematics, has many interests including aviation, World War II and billiards. When not teaching mathematics at the East Campus, Dan serves as a mentor, facilitates faculty development, collaborates with colleagues, continues to be a lifelong learner and is ever excited to be part of Valencia’s Seneff Honors College team.

Osceola Region: Ryan Tullis, professor, English

A novelist, poet and former gaming journalist, Ryan Tullis has written and published a variety of genres and styles. Regardless of the form, he is captivated by the ability for words to enthrall readers with snapshots of the human experience and imagination. He began teaching at Valencia College in 2014 and currently serves as a tenured English professor and faculty coordinator for the Honors program’s Osceola region. He lives in Winter Park with his wife, artist Amanda Tullis, and two children. He holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University.

For questions, contact Robyn Brighton, director, strategic learning initiatives, at rbrighton1@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299- 3895.

2 Comments

  • Upasana Santra said:

    That's a perfect team of Honors Faculty Coordinators. Congratulations Becca, Dan, and Ryan!

    PMThu, 18 Nov 2021 16:43:12 +0000Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:43:12 +0000pm21,4:43 pm

  • Michelle Foster said:

    Congratulations to Dan, Becca, and Ryan!

    We are so happy to have you starting as Faculty Honors Coordinators in the Spring 2022. Welcome aboard. Michelle

    PMFri, 19 Nov 2021 13:09:09 +0000Fri, 19 Nov 2021 13:09:09 +0000pm21,1:09 pm

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