Dr. Denise Callwood-Brathwaite is the Associate Provost with over 35 years of outstanding service as a professional educator. She holds the BA degree in Communication Disorders from Hampton University, the M.S. Ed. in Mild Disabilities from the University of the Virgin Islands, and a Ph.D. Teaching and Learning/Special Education from the University of Miami.
Leading up to her current position, she has worn many different hats at the university and embraced many challenges and opportunities. After developing the Florida Memorial University’s first graduate programs in three areas of education, she became the Director of Graduate Programs. These inaugural degrees were the impetus for Florida Memorial changing its status from College to University. Soon after, she was appointed Dean over the School of Graduate and Continuing Education. As Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, her responsibilities included developing, implementing and enforcing effective policies affecting recruitment, admission, retention and academic achievement of graduate and off-campus students, additionally, collaborating with faculty, deans and other administrators within the university and building alliances with off-campus constituencies, public and private, in order to increase resources for the university. She was later appointed Associate Provost.
As a tenured faculty member, she has garnered the respect of my peers at the university, locally, nationally, and internationally. Her curriculum vitae clearly demonstrate a structured progression of teaching, scholarship, service, and leadership. She has extensive experience teaching at several universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In the area of scholarship, she has written and presented numerous papers in the field of special education. More than fifty papers have been shared with peers in and out of the country. She has conducted research with colleagues at the University of Vermont, University of Miami, FMU, and several school districts in and outside the state of Florida. Over the years, she has been awarded grant funding from both national and state governmental agencies.
Her service to the university, local community, and to her profession has been recognized by many. She has spearheaded the fostering of relationships and negotiations including writing of memorandums of agreements with colleges and schools locally and internationally such as in the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Florida. She has provided leadership, guided or served on numerous committees that have made an impact on the teaching and learning experience of both faculty and students. From serving on several visiting teams for the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), Chairperson for the Educational Programs committee self-study, guiding the writing of the MBA SACS document, including writing the assessment response which got full approval with noted recognition from the review team, Faculty Senate Conference Chairperson, leading the Faculty Development and Document Room Display for NCATE site visits, and the Chaired, developed, conducted, analyzed, and writing the university’s report on the Freshmen Year Experience program evaluation. As an established professional in the field, she is respected and sought out by her colleagues in the field of special education and by others for her leadership skills and knowledge.