Source: The Alligator

UF faculty is recognized internationally providing insight on issues such as COVID-19, national elections and Cuba’s humanitarian crises

While growing its ranking to become a top-five public university, UF’s faculty members have become locally, nationally and even internationally recognized for their expertise.

In the past two years, UF’s faculty has been called upon to share their expertise on a variety of current events and topics on respected media outlets such as NPR and the Washington Post. With nearly 5,000 faculty members at UF, some have been recognized for their research and work through notable awards from different organizations like the American Phytopathological Society and the NAACP Image Award.

Major topics faculty members have contributed to include COVID-19’s impact on life expectancy, the virus’ Delta variant, the humanitarian crisis and protests in Cuba and this year’s hurricane season.

Having faculty members speaking on national platforms contributes to the student experience and quality of education at UF, Steve Orlando, UF’s assistant vice president for communications, said.

“Our students know that they're getting a top quality education here with some of the best faculty in the world,” Orlando said. “But it also raises the stature of the university so that people elsewhere in the country know the kind of great work that's going on here at the University of Florida.”

UF’s national media prominence increased by 107% in the past year, according to a June Board of Trustees presentation. In 2020, UF rose to No. 4 in faculty expert share of voice, demonstrating a faster growth than any other top public university.

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