Elizabeth “Buffy” Bondy, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, was recently appointed to serve on the esteemed University of Florida Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars an advisory group dedicated to enhancing the policies that maintain the university’s high-quality of academic excellence.
Members of the Academy are selected across UF colleges and academic disciplines based on “applications that provide strong evidence of the integration of superior teaching and research and a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment that has garnered recognition at the national and/or international level.” Bondy, a professor in the College of Education for nearly 30 years, was encouraged to apply to the Academy by Dean Glenn Good, Senior Associate Dean Tom Dana and Director of the School of Teaching and Learning Ester de Jong.

“That, in itself, was an honor to be asked,” Bondy said.

Bondy will serve a three-year term on the board for the Provost’s Office and have the opportunity to play an integral role in defining the future of the university by collaborating with fellow members to advance programs and develop policies that forward scholarly excellence, strengthen the faculty experience and raise the bar on teaching practices at UF.

“Buffy has established herself as a leader in teaching within the College, and I’m pleased that she will represent us in the Academy,” said Dean Good. “I have no doubt she will serve as a great asset on the board and work diligently to ensure high-quality teaching scholarship remains a priority on our campus.”

This is not the first time Bondy has been recognized for distinguished teaching scholarship — she was also a recipient of the UF Graduate School 2016-2017 Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award, which recognizes faculty who provide exemplary mentorship to doctoral students.

I really am grateful that the deans and some colleagues and my director appreciate me as a teacher and mentor and scholar,” she said.

Bondy shared she is most looking forward to connecting with teacher-leaders from diverse specialties and the opportunity to learn and grow from one another while collaborating to raise the quality, commitment and resources dedicated to high-quality teaching scholarship on campus.

“I’m interested to be able to chat with people who really value their teaching and are working hard at their scholarship, and who see strong connections between those two things,” she said.

After serving her term on the board, Bondy will maintain the title of Distinguished Teaching Scholar and continue to be a part of the Academy guiding the future of UF.