Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, who has served as Palm Beach State College’s interim vice president of academic affairs since January, has been selected for the permanent role.
She was chosen after a nationwide search that drew over 60 applicants and was narrowed to three finalists. Her appointment is effective Dec. 1. Coleman-Ferrell has more than 23 years of varied higher education teaching and administrative experience, as well as a K-12 teaching background. She joined the College in 1998 as a professor of teacher education at the Boca Raton campus and worked her way through the ranks to become department chair, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell named vice president of academic affairs
Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell, provost and dean of student services at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, and Sandi Barrett, program director for trade and industry continuing education, both received AFC Honorary Life Membership Awards, the highest award presented by the Association of Florida Colleges.
The awards were presented during the opening general session of the 70th AFC Annual Meeting and Conference held Nov. 6-8 in Palm Harbor.
Coleman-Ferrell, who served as AFC’s president in 2018 and more than two years on the AFC Executive Board, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell and Barrett receive highest AFC award
When Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell enrolled in summer classes at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens in 1990, she never imagined that she would one day lead the campus.
She was a freshly minted Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate with a full scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College and who had plans to become a medical doctor. However, before packing her bags and leaving her South Florida roots for the private liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes
Nineteen Palm Beach State College faculty ― a record number ― are presenting this week at the Association of Florida Colleges International Conference on Teaching and Learning that is underway in Orlando.
The three-day conference, which ends Friday, brings together leading academic professors, researchers, and instructors to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of college teaching and learning. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, … Continue reading PBSC faculty shine at AFC teaching and learning conference
Dr. Chasity O’Malley, a science professor and department chair with a knack for infusing technology into her classes, has been selected the 2018 winner of the HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award.
The 1,700-member Human Anatomy and Physiology Society presents the annual award in partnership with Thieme, a leading science textbook publisher. It comes with a $1,500 honorarium, as well as a waiver of registration fees and an opportunity to present an excellence in teaching workshop at the society’s annual conference May 26-30 in Columbus, … Continue reading O’Malley wins national award for excellence in teaching
Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, dean of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, will fill an unexpired term as Association of Florida Colleges president-elect this year and take the helm of the 8,000-member organization in January.
She is completing the term vacated by Robert Van Der Velde, J.D., a former associate dean of academic affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens campus who relocated to California this summer. AFC held a special election nomination process to fill Van Der Velde’s president-elect role and his upcoming term as president for 2018. … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell to serve as AFC president-elect
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, was the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Thursday, telling the crowd that “Dr. King’s legacy is so significant that we should all engage in it.”
“The significance of Dr. King’s legacy is not simply to be frozen in an ‘I have a dream moment,’ Dyson said, referring to King’s famous “I have a Dream Speech” delivered on Aug. … Continue reading King celebration draws more than 700, many others online
Two math professors at the Palm Beach State College Boca Raton campus were recognized at a national conference of their peers for their strategies to help students succeed.
Zalmond Abbondanza, department chair for developmental mathematics, and Dr. Eugenia Cox received an Excellence Award during the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. They were the PBSC administration’s top choices from among the full-time faculty to represent the College at this year’s conference held May 28-31 in Austin, … Continue reading PBSC math professors receive Excellence Award from national organization