Dr. Jeffrey Skowronek serves as Associate Professor of Psychology; Director-Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry; and Faculty Advisor-Sigma Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma at the University of Tampa. Dr. Skowronek is the recipient of the Louise Loy Hunter Award, which is bestowed annually on a faculty member for cumulative contributions in teaching, service and scholarship. It is the highest official honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member at The University of Tampa.
Prior to coming to UT in Fall 2005, Skowronek completed his doctorate in developmental psychology (2005), Master of Science for Teachers (2005) and Master of Arts (2002) at the University of New Hampshire. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Alumnus in Psychology Award from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2000.
His research focuses on children with learning differences/disorders, exploring memory strengths and also the impact of modifying the traditional school calendar in this population, and collaborations with UT faculty on the effects of creating an iPad application at the Glazer Children’s Museum and the effects of MOSI-based STEAM workshops for Hillsborough County Schools.
Dr. Skowronek has served as the president of the University’s Faculty Senate, and is currently the director of the new Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. In the community, he is the chairperson for both the Board of Directors of Pepin Academies Hillsborough Campuses, a charter school for children with special needs and learning-related disorders, and the Pepin Academies Foundation Board, which ensures support mechanisms are in place for these schools across two counties. Most recently, he joined the advisory board for Florida Tax Watch’s Council on Educational Performance and Accountability.
In addition to the Louise Loy Hunter Award, Dr. Skowronek has also received the J. Richard Piper Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (2011, 2016) for his work with his beloved Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc., the J. Richard Piper Award for Outstanding Service to his college (2013, 2016), the University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2013) and the Unsung Hero Award (2015). His appreciation for each and every person and their role in these honors is never forgotten nor overlooked.