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Creating a culture of inquiry from Composition to Capstone at Florida Gulf Coast University

FGCUScholars: Think ~ Discover ~ Write

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, FGCUScholars: Think ~ Discover ~ Write, strengthens undergraduate student learning by assisting students in developing stronger writing, critical thinking, and information literacy skills within their majors, ultimately leading to stronger senior capstone projects. What we have discovered, through learning outcome assessments conducted over the last several years at FGCU and feedback from employers and post-baccalaureate programs, is that while students may be proficient in their disciplinary or content knowledge at the end of their studies, they continue to need improvement in the ability to express that knowledge in a scholarly way. To meet these ends, we will implement and then evaluate our Program Objectives:

  • Program Objective 1: Integration of the QEP vertically (across all four years) and horizontally (in multiple General Education courses and multiple courses in the majors) as it builds towards the capstone experience;
  • Program Objective 2: Identification, refinement, or creation of coursework within each major, such as gateway courses and research methods courses, that allow students to explicitly develop the skills of writing, critical thinking, and information literacy within their disciplines; and
  • Program Objective 3: Development of final scholarly projects in the capstone course that provide evidence of higher levels of writing, critical thinking, and information literacy.


Read Quality Enhancement Plan
Charles (billY) Gunnels
Office: Edwards Hall 214F
Phone: 239-590-7210
Jaclyn Chastain
Office: Edwards Hall 214C
Phone: 239-745-4455
Santiago Luaces
Program Assistant
Office: Edwards Hall 214
Phone: 239-745-4596

Faculty Scholars



Carolyn Culbertson

Reed Hall 204



Judy Wynekoop

Lutgert Hall 2321


Natural & Physical Sciences

Katherine Johnson

Merwin Hall 175


Health & Human Services

Shawn Felton

Marieb Hall 308



Derek Lura

Holmes Hall 214


Social & Behavioral Sciences

Richard Coughlin

Merwin Hall 150


Visual & Performing Arts

Thomas Cimarusti

Music 116



Tunde Szecsi

Merwin Hall 283


Written Communication

Jason Elek

Reed Hall 241


Information Literacy

Anna Carlin

Library 221


Scholarly Activities

Melodie Eichbauer

Merwin Hall 188

Meet the Leadership Team



FGCUScholar Ambassadors

The mission of the FGCUScholar Ambassador program is to empower student leaders to assist peers in developing stronger critical thinking, information literacy, and writing skills as these students mature into scholars within their majors. FGCUScholar Ambassadors help students realize more meaningful and representative experiences within their college, such as engagement in undergraduate research, creative endeavors, and other scholarly and professional development experiences. The Ambassadors act as officers for the FGCUScholars RSO, disseminating scholarly opportunities and acting as a peer mentor to engage other students in scholarly activities. FGCUScholar Ambassadors develop programing and opportunities that align with the Quality Enhancement Plan as well as help define the university experience through the RSO. 



Office of Undergraduate Scholarship

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Edwards Hall 214
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565