By Wendy Sarubbi | December 10, 2012 3:43 pm

Collection drives for the Second Harvest Food Bank and the SPCA of Central Florida are just some of the ways the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs/M.D. Program staff members are putting their leadership skills to work at the UCF College of Medicine.

The department is among eight recognized by UCF with the Order of the Baton, which honors university leaders and groups that demonstrate a commitment to employee development.  The Organization Development and Training and Human Resources teams hosted a recognition ceremony on October 12.

“We’re very honored to receive this award. It’s important to make time to come together as a team,” said director Geovanna Abreu of Faculty and Academic Affairs. “Collaboration is a way to understand what others are doing and how we can better work together.”

Geovanna said her team has grown stronger through collaboration, training and development workshops on topics such as leadership skills and discussions on subjects such as “How Do We Deal with the Students of 2012.” The department is responsible for curriculum and faculty development, as well as graduate and continuing medical education.

As examples of how team members work together, Geovanna pointed to the holiday drives for Second Harvest and the SPCA, and plans for the department to select and support a different charity each year. She also said the department will tour Nemours Children’s Hospital in January as part of a growing partnership between the hospital and the College of Medicine.

“I am very proud of the staff members in the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs.  They are professionals who take great pride in the support they provide to our faculty and students with respect to the educational program.  Recognition for their teamwork, dedication and collective efforts was well deserved,” said Dr. Richard Peppler, associate dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

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