Congratulations to mentors who received awards at convocation

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Mary Jo Trepka, Department or Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Mary Jo Trepka is a forerunner in researching the social determinants of infectious diseases. A 5-year R01 grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities supports her study. Her study investigates the role of poverty, racial residential segregation, and rural/urban residence in racial disparities in AIDS survival. Nominated by the NIH, her groundbreaking work has been recognized by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, an extraordinary honor bestowed upon her by the United States government.

Bianca Premo, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Bianca Premo, a prominent historian of Latin America, received praise for this award from recommenders at universities such as Cambridge and Harvard. Her output of prize-winning publications includes one monographic book; a second near completion; a third in the research stage; and an edited volume; thirteen peer-reviewed articles in top-ranked journals and six book chapters. She has also received 6 major competitive fellowships over the past 8 years including one from the National Science Foundation— a rare accomplishment in the field of history.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Elizabeth Cramer, College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Liz Cramer is the Program Leader of Special Education and her service record spans from serving as President-Elect, President, and currently, Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Diverse Exceptional Learners. This is the premiere international organization in her field for, reviewing USDOE grant proposals. She actively engages with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Board for Students with Disabilities. At FIU, she chairs the Special Education Community Advisory Board and is the faculty sponsor for the Student Organization for Exceptional Children.  

Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Advising

Sherry Johnson, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Sherry Johnson is knowledgeable, connected in her field, tough with high expectations, generous with her time, and deeply committed to her students’ success. During a research trip, she took two doctoral students to Cuba to connect them to key individuals for their research. She has graduated six Ph.Ds. and co-chaired a seventh, served as chair for five successful master’s theses and was on the committee of ten successful Ph.D. defenses. She still managed to edit two collections, publish two books and more than 20 articles and book chapters.