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Janet Matthews, Ph.D.

Janet Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Scholar, HP & Director, Academics and Research, UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc. (UFHSA)
College of Design, Construction and Planning
461 ARCH
office: P.O. Box 11571
e-mail: jsmatthews@ufl.edu
phone: 352-294-1423
Curriculum Vitae


Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy: American History,Florida State University. Specialization in African-American History
  • Master of Arts: American History,Florida State University. Specialization in United States History to 1865
  • Master of Arts: Education,Ohio State University. Specialization in Guidance and Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science: Education, Kent State University.
Areas of Expertise
  • Local, State and Federal historic preservation practice
  • Historic Preservation law and policy
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • The Evolution of Historic Preservation in St. Augustine
  • African-American History
Teaching
  • DCP 6716 Cultural Resource Management
  • DCP 6711 History of the Built Environment
  • DCP 6730 Historic Preservation Law and Policy
Biography

My professional experience as Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer and Director, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, inform my understanding of the connectivity between grassroots advocacy and the role of effective government response.

My professional experience as Associate Director for Cultural Resources and Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service in Washington, D.C. expanded that understanding through work with historic preservationists across the U.S. States & Territories; Congressional Committees; elected members; Executive Branch agencies; and programs such as the American Folk life Center, Library of Congress; the Architect of the U.S. Capitol, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Prior appointments to local, state and federal historic preservation boards, councils and commissions provide the framework for my appreciation of the critical need for integrated efforts in the field.

Major Research Projects
  • “Transforming the Colonial Quarter”
    Principal Investigator Dr. Michael B. Reid is Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Dan Fesenmaier, Director of UF’s National Laboratory of Tourism & eCommerce and I are Co-Principal Investigators. 2015
  • UFHSA is mandated by Chapter 267.1735 Florida Statutes to “facilitate an educational program within the University responsive to the state’s needs for professionals in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resource management, cultural tourism and museum administration.” My students select semester research topics in St. Augustine and present to subject matter experts. Student work will provide interpretive content for “Transforming the Colonial Quarter.”
  • Review of Colonial Quarter LLC interpretive scripts UFHSA, Inc. Committee on Education, Interpretation and Facilities. 2012-2013