Welcome East Region Faculty Assembly and Senate Presidents

Left to right: Professor of Chemistry Angelica Vagle and Professor of Humanities Paul Chapman

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Please join me in congratulating our new East Region Faculty Assembly and Senate Presidents for 2020-2021.

East Campus Faculty Senate President Angelica Vagle

Professor of Chemistry Angelica Vagle is the president of the East Campus Faculty Senate for the 2020-2021 academic year. She has more than 16 years of combined teaching experience in higher education. She earned tenure in 2009 at Hillsborough Community College and subsequently at Valencia College in 2014.

Prior to joining academia, Angelica was a forensic chemist at the National Center for Forensic Science and worked on a post 9/11 federal grant project aimed to reduce nuisance alarms of illicit substances detection devices commonly found at the ports of entry.

In addition to teaching chemistry at Valencia, Angelica has been a scholar, researcher and author of an Action Research Project in 2013, which was subsequently presented at an East Campus Science Division meeting and earned poster award winner at Valencia’s Welcome Back in 2015. In 2016, she was invited to present at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition on the “Strategies Promoting Success of Two-Year College Students” within the Division of Chemical Education on the presentation topic: improving understanding on limiting reagent in Chemistry I students through an inquiry-based lab.

Angelica began her participation in the East Campus Faculty Senate in 2015 as a science senator and served two consecutive terms prior to serving as the vice-president last year.

“Through these experiences, I have valued the importance of being the echo of the faculty in matters that impact them while maintaining clear shared communication and transparency,” Angelica shared. “I look forward to supporting all faculty in our continued development and shared governance.”

Winter Park Faculty Assembly President Paul Chapman

Professor of Humanities Paul Chapman is the Winter Park Campus Faculty Assembly President for the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to teaching at Valencia, Paul worked at Capital City Youth Services in Tallahassee as a youth care manager. Paul broadened his understanding of larger social issues and their impact on young people while working there.

Family is important for Paul. In addition to having five sisters, two brothers and parents who were married for 65 years, Paul has the honor of being an uncle to 13 nieces and nephews and 14 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Paul knows Valencia College extremely well because he spent two years on the East Campus as a student, graduating in 1991. After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State University, Paul began teaching humanities part-time in fall 1998 on East Campus. He then moved to the Osceola Campus in 2002 for a tenured position and remained there until transferring to the Winter Park Campus in spring 2017.

Working at Valencia, Paul has sought to create a balance between teaching humanities courses and participating in the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI). Valencia’s 2007 National Endowment for Humanities Grant award allowed him to take several Humanities and English Department faculty to Brazil to help students learn more about that country’s culture and history. Paul has taken students to places like Poland, Italy and Washington D.C. to study history, culture and do service learning. He also used the 2013 Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah to attend a month-long education program at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. This experience helped bring greater knowledge of Holocaust history, world religions and human rights back to our students. To further his work with PJI, Paul used his Fall 2018 sabbatical to engage with Civil Rights history by visiting important museums and historic sites in seven Southern states, including Florida.

“I’m happy to serve the Winter Park Campus as its Faculty Assembly President,” Paul said of his new role. “I plan to listen closely to the concerns of faculty and collaborate with my Valencia colleagues on solutions. The bigger goal will be to do my part to serve our students and our community with compassion and flexibility during these challenging times.”

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