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UWF Rite of Passage Lecture Series Presents Drs. Eman El-Sheikh and Jocelyn Evans

The University of West Florida will honor Drs. Eman El-Sheikh and Jocelyn Evans at the UWF Rite of Passage Lecture Series event on Friday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Argonaut Athletic Club at UWF.

UWF Rite of Passage is a distinguished lecture series celebrating 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.

El-Sheikh, professor of computer science, will present a lecture titled, “From Artificial Intelligence to Administration: A Few of My Favorite Things.” She joined UWF in 2001, and currently serves as Associate Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Health, and Principal Investigator and Director of UWF’s NSF ADVANCE Program. Her contributions to UWF include launch of the Teaching Partners Program, Research Connections Program and leadership of the STEM Steering Committee. In 2014, she received the UWF President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity. El-Sheikh earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the American University of Cairo and a master’s degree and doctorate in computer science from Michigan State University.

Evans, professor of government, will present a lecture titled, “Naked and Afraid: A Survivor’s Tale of Life in the Ivory Tower.” She joined UWF as a faculty member in 2003. Highlights of her teaching career at the University include being awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 and serving as the instructor for the Honors Core 2 freshman seminar. Evans received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Berry College and master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

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