Suha Saleh is an assistant dean for undergraduate affairs at the University of Central Florida. Saleh obtained her undergraduate degree in medical technology (currently known as clinical laboratory science) and her Ph.D. in physiology from Kansas State University. She completed postdoctoral training at the Neuroscience Department at Georgetown University Medical Center. Saleh also completed several academic leadership trainings, including programs at Harvard University and UCF. Her research focuses on college student success and health, health education and eye disorders and diabetes.
Saleh has held several academic positions, including the director of the health sciences undergraduate program at UCF, a position that she has held from 2010-2020. During this time, she transformed the curriculum into a well-constructed combination of core and applied health science courses supporting students seeking advanced degrees and careers in medicine and health-related professions. Her exceptional leadership in developing the health sciences major and creating learning opportunities for UCF undergraduate students was recognized in 2019 by UCF’s president and the chairman of UCF’s Board of Trustees. In 2017-2018, she served on the UCF taskforce that proposed the founding structures for UCF’s Academic Health Sciences Center and the College of Health Professions and Sciences. Within these new structures, Saleh led the creation and served as interim chair of the newly formed Department of Health Sciences.
Saleh’s contributions to teaching and learning are exhibited through her innovative use of active learning methods and her engagement in presentations on teaching and learning. Saleh has taught many subjects within her area of expertise, including pathophysiology, clinical immunodiagnostics, clinical chemistry, clinical research, and serology. Her most recent teaching endeavors the creation of an integrative-learning capstone course for the Health Sciences major, and most recently the development of a college wide service-learning course that allow health professions students to work in collaborative interdisciplinary teams and develop hands on projects to improve the health of local community. Saleh also developed several student success programs and initiatives, oversees student advising, and mentors student research in the Honors in the Major program. Her contributions to undergraduate education was recognized by receiving The Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award in 2013 and 2020, and the Teaching Incentive Program Award in 2015 and 2020.
- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Physiology, Kansas State University
- Postdoctoral Training, Neuroscience, Georgetown University Medical Center
Areas of Specialty
- Health education
- College student health
- Eye disorders and diabetes