At the College of Community Innovation and Education, we believe in performing research with a purpose — to advance groundbreaking ideas that result in social impact. Through our innovative, interdisciplinary research teams, partnerships with private and public organizations and community engagement, we work together to develop solutions to complex social issues that affect our local, national and global communities.
The College of Community Innovation and Education Office of Research provides a safe, diverse and inclusive space for UCF faculty members to brainstorm disruptive ideas capable of challenging the status quo of the academic enterprise, advancing scholarship within our diverse disciplines and directly impacting our community.
Yara Asi, a lecturer in the health management and informatics department, received a Fulbright US Scholar award. Starting in January 2021, she will travel to the West Bank to study the effects of movement restrictions on healthcare delivery and outcomes.
Jill Viglione, assistant professor of criminal justice, secured $105,467 (FY 2020-2021) from the National Science Foundation for her project titled, “RAPID: Examining Community Corrections Agencies During COVID-19.” This is the college's first NSF RAPID grant on COVID-19 related research.
Laurie Campbell, assistant professor of instructional design and technology, and Florencio “Eloy” Hernandez, interim associate dean of research, were recently awarded, as co-PIs and in collaboration with lead principal investigator Ronald DeMara from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the first Hispanic Serving Institution-related grant ($1.8 million for four years) from the National Science Foundation through its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (NSF IUSE) program. This interdisciplinary research project aims to develop, evaluate, and refine a novel, scalable, and transportable educational ecosystem for building STEM capacity at Hispanic Serving Institutions.
The American Academy of Health Behavior unanimously voted Samuel Towne, assistant professor of health management and informatics, as a new fellow due to his academic record of publications, grants and presentations.
Original research by Barbara Andraka-Christou, assistant professor of health management and informatics, was cited by the US Government Accountability Office in a January 2020 report to the US Congress.