Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Teresa Wilcox serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Science. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, M.S. from the University of California at Davis, and B.A. from Bethel University in Minnesota. Following a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the University of Illinois, Dr. Wilcox joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington for five years and then moved to Texas A&M University where she remained for 17 years. At Texas A&M University she was a faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and also served as Assistant Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Graduate Student Ombuds Officer, and Research Fellow in the Division of Research. She is an internationally recognized expert in infant perception and cognition and a pioneer in the use of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study functional brain development in human infants. Her work has been funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of a number of societies and organizations that focus on the integration of research across the behavioral, brain, and developmental sciences.
Assistant to the Dean, Hannah Cohen, 561-297-3288
Hannah Pilar Cohen
Assistant to the Dean
Hannah's extensive career as an Administrative Assistant has given her a myriad of experiences working for non-profit organizations, news media corporations, the healthcare industry as well as the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, assisting enforcement agents in combating drug trafficking. Hannah taught English as a second language (ESL) at a language institute and at the University of San Buenaventura Cali in Colombia. She is a native Spanish speaker born in Colombia and raised in New Jersey (NJ). Hannah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and the Mass Media and Spanish Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1994.
Evonne Rezler, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Rezler serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Science. She leads the College of Science and Pre-Health advising teams to help students achieve their academic, career, and timely graduation goals. In 2016-17, she also served as Special Assistant to Provost for student success leading the development and promotion of curricular and advising strategies to improve student success FAU-wide. Dr. Rezler received her B.S. with Honors (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees in Chemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2002, she accepted a Postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Laurence Hurley at the Arizona Cancer Center, where she carried out research investigating the formation and structure of G-quadruplexes in the promoter regions of oncogenes and their putative role in the onset and progression of various cancers. In 2004, Dr. Rezler joined the research group of Dr. Gregg Fields at FAU, where her research involved: developing drug delivery systems targeted to cellular receptors in metastatic melanoma cells, and investigating the mechanism of drug delivery by cell selective cell penetrating peptides (CPPs).
For her research in the Fields’ Lab Dr. Rezler was recognized with BioFlorida’s Legacy in Life Science Award. Dr. Rezler joined FAU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2006, teaching Organic and Inorganic Chemistry lab and lecture courses, and conducting Chemical Education research. Her current research focuses on the adaptation and incorporation of novel spectroscopy-based approaches into the undergraduate curriculum to enhance active participation and increases student engagement in the learning process. Dr. Rezler was recently a PI of a NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) grant: “Vertical Integration of Raman Spectroscopy into the Chemistry Curriculum” that successfully incorporated a 'spectroscopy-to-learn' approach in the chemistry curriculum at FAU.
Dr. Rezler is currently co-PI of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation-Catalyst (IT-Catalyst) grant: “Transforming Faculty Gender Diversity at Florida Atlantic University” 2016-2020, ($249,519); the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program GP-IMPACT grant: “A Geopathway Utilizing High-Tech Geoscience Experiences for Recruitment and Retention-A Collaboration between PBSC and FAU” 2019-2022, ($314,841); and the NSF Hispanic Serving Institutions IUSE Program grant: “STEM Articulation and Transfer Collaborative Project” with Palm Beach State College, 2019-2024, ($1,199,259).
John Baldwin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Faculty Development, Interim Director of the Environmental Sciences Program, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. John “Jay” Baldwin serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the Schmidt College of Science and is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition, he serves as FAU’s Interim Director of the Environmental Science Program and Chair of the Diving and Boating Board. He received a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University California at Davis at the U.C. Bodega Marine Lab. Following a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the University of Florida in the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Dr. Baldwin joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University as an Assistant Professor in 1998. Dr. Baldwin runs an active and diverse research program in population genetics and conservation ecology.
Predrag Cudic, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Predrag Cudic earned his Ph.D., a degree in Chemistry from the University of Zagreb, College of Science, Croatia, in 1996. He then joined a group of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, at the Collège de France in Paris, France, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1998 Dr. Cudic moved to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA, where he had further postdoctoral training. Starting in August 2003, Dr. Cudic began his independent research and teaching career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). In August 2009 he was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. In August 2010, Dr. Cudic joined Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Florida and in 2016 he came back to FAU as a tenured Full Professor. His research interests are in the field of peptide-based drug discovery and he was funded by the American Heart Association, NIH and DoD throughout his career.
William Kalies, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
William Kalies, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Before joining FAU in 1998, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research is in dynamical systems and differential equations with a focus on computational methods, including computational topology and topological data analysis. Dr. Kalies' research has been funded through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and currently the Army Research Office.
Yanmei Li, Ph.D., AICP
Director of Assesment, Administrative Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Yanmei Li, Ph.D., AICP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Regional Economics from Beijing Normal University. Dr. Li has taught various courses in research methods, geography, and urban planning. She has actively participated in the plan-making process of local communities, served on multiple advisory committees on planning, and served as a board member for local planning organizations and boards. She is actively involved in the planning profession and served as a conference track chair, and a member to various committees in national planning organizations.
Dr. Li’s research interests focus on housing and community development, research methods, and real estate and urban economics. She is very interested in policies related to affordable housing, sustainable community development, housing programs for people with special needs, historic preservation, and housing rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in the relationship between housing market, neighborhoods, racial minorities, and immigrants.
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
Dr. Perry currently serves as Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and is a tenured Professor of Neuroscience in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science,. He joined the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the Department of Psychology at FAU in 1989. He has taught extensively in the graduate and undergraduate programs at FAU and he has been involved in the development of several interdisciplinary graduate programs, initially the Ph.D. program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, as well as the joint graduate Ph.D. program in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. His research interests have included molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural development, neural regeneration, and neuroplasticity; and more recently the evolving field of Educational Neuroscience. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (1977) and B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of London (1973) in the UK.
Previously, Dr. Perry served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at FAU (2014 - 2018) following nine months as Interim Provost (2013-2014), as well as Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science (2006-2013), FAU's Interim Graduate Dean (2004-2006), and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College (1998-2004).
Steven C. Bourassa, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Stephen Locke, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Stephen C. Locke serves as the Chair of Mathematical Sciences. He earned his B.Math. and M.Math. from the University of Waterloo in Canada. As an undergraduate at UW, he was a member of the 1974 winning team on the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. His Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization in 1982 was also earned at the University of Waterloo. In 1981, Dr. Locke was hired by FAU as an Assistant Professor, and in 1993 he was promoted to Professor. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2000 to 2003 and as Associate Chair for a total of 20 years or more. Dr. Locke has over 40 publications in Graph Theory and has recently published in Combinatorial Game Theory. He has had three Ph.D. students graduate. He is a regular member of the department's problem-solving group. Dr. Locke is a Rokudan in Judo, a Godan in Ju-Jitsu, and plays tournament bridge.
Sarah Milton, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Sarah L. Milton is the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Milton previously served as the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Integrative Biology at FAU, and is co-director of the Master’s Program in Marine Science and Oceanography. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology (1988) and earned her doctoral degree in Biological Oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1994.
Dr. Milton initially worked at FAU as a Research Assistant Professor prior to her appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and to Full Professor in 2019. Her research interests lie in environmental physiology, investigating the effects of environmental stressors on animal physiology and adaptive mechanisms of survival. This includes two main branches: (1) survival of the brain in the absence of oxygen, and (2) sea turtle physiology and conservation. She has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications covering a broad range of topics in these areas.
Andrew Terentis, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dr. Andrew Terentis is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and currently serves as Chair of the department. Prior to joining FAU in 2004 he received Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. degrees in physical Chemistry from the University of Sydney and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Heart Research Institute in Sydney and at the University of Arizona. Dr. Terentis’ research is aimed at developing laser-based techniques for the detection and treatment of skin cancers, as well studying structure-function relationships in cancer-related enzymes and cell-penetrating peptides. While at FAU he has received funding from the NIH, NSF and the American chemical society and in 2020 he received a U.S. Fulbright Scholar award.
Robin Vallacher, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Psychology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Robin Vallacher is a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychology. He is also a Research Associate in the Center for Complex Systems, University of Warsaw, Poland, and a Research Affiliate in the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia University. His research spans a wide range of topics, from intrapersonal processes to interpersonal dynamics and societal issues, all centered on principles of complexity science. Dr. Vallacher has authored or edited 9 professional books, written over 150 book chapters and journal articles, and presented the results of his research in over 150 national and international conferences.
Luc T. Wille, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physics, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Luc T. Wille is the Chair of the Physics Department. He holds a B.S. (1980) and Ph. D. (1983) in Physics from Ghent University (Belgium). He subsequently earned an M.S. in Computer Science (1985). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Daresbury Laboratory (UK) and the University of California at Berkeley. He came to FAU in 1989 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, and to Professor in 1995. He has won three awards for excellence in teaching, including the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award (1996), and one award for excellence in undergraduate advising. His research covers a wide range of topics, all centered around the collective behavior of complex systems. Some recent examples include synchronization of oscillators, protein folding, DNA denaturation, and magnetic nano structures. He has published over 160 papers and edited 11 books.
Zhixiao Xie, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geosciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Michael Zourdos, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Charles E. Schmidt College of Scienc
Mike received his Ph.D. (2012) in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, studying under Dr. Jeong-Su Kim, then began at FAU in the Fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Mike received early promotion and tenure to Associate Professor in 2017 and again received early promotion Full Professor in 2021.
Mike is the Director of FAU’s Muscle Physiology Research Lab (research: Google Scholar and PubMed) which, has three main focuses: 1) Configuring resistance training programs to enhance muscle hypertrophy and strength, 2) Examining the role of resistance training to induce responses in biomarkers associated with neuroprotection, and 3) Investigating novel resistance training program designs to improve health-related quality of life and combat muscle wasting in cancer patients undergoing curative treatments.
Mike is proud to have mentored many students, and he and his students host the Muscle Lab Podcast, which is aimed at helping undergraduate and graduate students navigate research and academia.
Dominique Blanchard, MBA
Business Manager, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Dominique Blanchard is the Business Manager of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Before joining the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Dominique was the Associate Director of Research Accounting and served the Division of Research for 13 years. She received her MBA at Florida Atlantic University in 2014
Zachary Greathouse, MBA
Director of Communications, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Zach joins the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science after six years at FAU’s Graduate College, where he served as Director of Marketing and Communications. In that role, he has been instrumental in the development of the Pathways to Graduate Education initiative, the University’s Three Minute Thesis Competition, the Graduate Fellowship Awards, and other initiatives. He earned his B.S. in Marketing from UCF and his MBA from FAU.
Director of Development, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Kelly is the Director of Development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. She is passionate about furthering opportunities for students, faculty and researchers in the college through engagement of the community and College of Science stakeholders. Prior to joining Florida Atlantic University, Kelly was a Senior Director of Development at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. During her time at the University of Miami, she was instrumental in connecting friends in the community to research and projects of interest within the medical school. Prior to moving to Florida in 2015, Kelly was the Director of Development and Marketing at the Methodist Children’s Home Society in Detroit, Michigan, a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected youth. Working to raise resources and awareness for the young children that suffered at the hands of others, she developed a keen awareness of the struggles that many of today’s youth endure. She also worked at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she was the Director of Development in the School of Health Sciences and in the School of Engineering. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Teaching Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Child Development and Teaching.
Director of Information Technology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Jay Paredes has served as the Director of Information Technology for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science since November 2006. Prior to joining FAU, he spent more than a decade in Healthcare Information Technology helping to implement the new HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) guidelines. Earlier in his career, Mr. Paredes worked for the Design and Human Factors division of IBM; designing operating system user interfaces and testing assistive computer technologies for people with disabilities.
He is also a nature photographer and has provided images for conservation and governmental agencies such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and FAU research.