LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff


The UCF Pride Faculty & Staff Association (PFSA) is an organization representative of the University of Central Florida’s goal to be more inclusive and diverse.  PFSA’s mission is to promote an environment which fosters cultural sensibility and enrichment by providing quality programming, networking opportunities, and guidance to UCF’s LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff on all UCF campuses.



To achieve the mission of PFSA, a vision was adopted which includes being a resource to the UCF administration and divides our interests into three categories:   education, advocacy, and outreach.  Below is a brief explanation of each area.  The chairs for each of these interest areas will become members of the Board of Directors.  The chairs of these interest groups will be seeking participants to assist in moving PFSA towards achieving both the vision and the mission of the organization.



Educating others about who we are as a community is a key component of the PFSA vision and may include mentoring, symposiums, designing degree/certificate programs, research, book clubs, and similar activities.



Advocating for inclusion and equality on the UCF campus and working in other areas more political in nature.



Outreach includes social, community constituencies, marketing/communication, and visibility on campus.  This group will also work with benchmarking and will develop partnership with those campuses that already have successful PFSA groups.


Previous Presidents

Boyd Lindsley (2011-2012)

Martin Dupuis (2012-2013)

Martha Brenckle (2013-2014)

Hank Lewis (2014-2015)

Stephanie Preston-Hughes (2015-2016)

Carrie Moran (2016-2017)

David Benjamin, Interim (2017-2018)


The Alliance Mentoring Program (AMP) aims to match LGBTQ+ and ally staff and faculty mentors with LGBTQ+ student mentees. Mentors will serve as a personal role model for the mentee(s) and will provide support and encouragement for mentees. The mission of the AMP is to assist in the successful personal journey of gender and sexual minority student mentees by providing support and guidance that will facilitate the mentee’s journey toward self-acceptance, empowerment, and comfort, while also contributing to a positive overall experience at UCF. The mentorship process includes goal-setting in areas such as personal, educational, academic, and professional.


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Dively-Dupuis LGBTQ+ Leadership Award

The Dively-Dupuis LGBTQ+ Leadership Award is a $1,400 scholarship sponsored by the Pride Faculty & Staff Association at UCF, Inc. and the College of Undergraduate Studies. The scholarship application is announced each Spring semester with a typical deadline in March. The applicant will submit an essay and references.


Application Criteria

Be enrolled at UCF as a full-time student

Preference will be given to students who are rising juniors or seniors when receiving the award

Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5

Demonstrate leadership and/or activism within the LGBTQ community of campus, in Orlando, the state, nationally or internationally


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UCF Research

Interested in UCF faculty research on these topics? Here is a sample:


Mel Stanfill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Texts & Technology / Games and Interactive Media:

Navar-Gill, A., Stanfill, M. (2018). “We shouldn’t have to trend to make you listen”: Queer fan hashtag campaigns as production interventions. Special Issue on Queer Production Studies, Journal of Film and Video. 70 (3-4): 85-100.


Stanfill, M. (2017). “Where the Femslashers are: Media on the Lesbian Continuum.” Transformative Works and Cultures 24 doi: 10.3983/twc.2017.959. <>


Stanfill, M. (Forthcoming 2019) “Fans of color in femslash.” Transformative Works and Cultures 30, “Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color,” guest edited by Abigail De Kosnik and andré carrington.


Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History:


Joanna Mishtal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology:

The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland. Joanna Mishtal. (2015, Ohio University Press)


Winner: 2017 Adele E. Clarke Book Award


A Fragmented Landscape: Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe. De Zordo, Silvia, Joanna Mishtal. and Lorena Anton (Eds). (2017, Berghahn Books)


Latest article: “Reproductive Governance and the (Re)definition of Human Rights in Poland.” Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness (2018)


Anastasia Salter, Interim Assistant Director of Games and Interactive Media’ Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication and Media:

Salter, A.; Blodgett, B.; Sullivan, A. (2018). “‘Just Because It’s Gay’: Transgressive Design in Queer Coming of Age Visual Novels.” In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. ACM. (Peer reviewed)


Tison Pugh, Professor of English: