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Dr. Kathy Fields, University of Florida alumna, world-renowned Dermatologist, and co-creator of Proactiv, has given the UF Psychology Department a $50,000 gift to launch a pilot implementation of the Sources of Strength Program.

sherriDr. Sherri Jackson, who received her PhD in cognitive psychology has been appointed to the Academic Affairs office as Vice Provost at Jacksonvlle University.

Dr. Jackson will serve as advisor to the Provost, have oversight of Experiential learning activities, the Honors program, Undergraduate research, CTL, ADP strategic planning, manage grievances and appeals and other duties as assigned. Dr. Jackson is committed to fostering an inclusive, positive culture that sustains a diverse faculty and is committed to working with faculty and staff to sustain our University for a successful future. Well qualified for the position, Dr. Jackson has been a member of the Psychology Department at Jacksonville University for the past 30 years, joining the JU family in 1988. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Jackson is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Society. During her tenure at JU, Dr. Jackson has won numerous faculty awards, including Professor of the Year (2004), University Woman of the Year (2005), University Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Professional Activity (2003), University Award for Excellence in University Service (2004) and (2016), University Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009), University Institutional Advancement Award (2008), and the Social Sciences Outstanding Service Award (2009). Dr. Jackson was also a finalist for a prestigious Jacksonville EVE award in 2013. Her service contributions to JU are numerous. Most significantly she has served as Chair of the Faculty, 2002-2005 and 2015-2017, Vice-Chair of the Faculty, 2007-2009, Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts, 2014-2015, and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, 2010-present.
She is the author of four textbooks that have been adopted at colleges and universities around the world including: Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach, now in its fifth edition, Statistics: Plain and Simple now in its fourth edition, Research Methods: A Modular Approach now in its third edition, and the final textbook in her tetralogy, A Concise Guide to Statistical Analyses Using Excel, SPSS, and the Ti84 Calculator. She is presently co-authoring the upcoming sixth edition of the very successful introductory text, Psychology: A Concise Introduction. She has edited or authored four teaching resource books, 16 textbook supplements, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, including 19 in the Teaching of Psychology. Her current research interest is the teaching of psychology, especially the introductory, research methods, and statistics courses.