UWF in the Community

UWF Rite of Passage lecture series presents Drs. Matthew Crow and Melanie Sutton

The University of West Florida will honor Drs. Matthew Crow and Melanie Sutton in the first session of the 2015-16 Rite of Passage lecture series on Friday, Nov. 6 in the Argonaut Athletic Club at 2 p.m.

The Rite of Passage lecture series celebrates UWF faculty who were recently promoted to full professor. The series gives professors the opportunity to share life lessons outside of the classroom with colleagues, students, friends and community members.

Crow, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will present, “From there to here, here to there… and the worm that got away.” He joined UWF after earning his doctorate and master’s degree from Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Today, he teaches courses focusing on the courts, policing, criminal justice theory and criminological theory. In 2012, Crow was identified as a University of West Florida Faculty Distinguished Research and Creative Activities Scholar. His research has appeared in many scholarly journals and has been recognized by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.


Sutton, a professor of informatics in the Department of Public Health, Clinical and Health Sciences, will present “The Summer of the Crab: Engaging Citizen Scientists in Informatics Research.” She joined UWF after earning her doctorate in computer science and engineering from the University of South Florida. At UWF, Sutton teaches bioinformatics, health information systems and GIS applications in public health. During her time as an associate professor, Sutton led the committee that achieved accreditation of the online Master of Public Health program from the Council on Education for Public Health, a significant accomplishment for the University.

A reception will immediately follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.