Mrs. Vanessa Blackmon


Assistant Director

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Vanessa Blackmon (formerly Cogswell) is an Academic Coordinator in the Office of Student Services primarily working with the probation and readmission student population. She joined Rosen College in July 2011 and her responsibilities include planning, developing and implementing assessment tools to increase retention rates. She has created programming such as the Peer Outreach Mentoring Program (POMP), the Early Engagement of Transfer Students at UCF and the Leadership & Student Engagement Initiative.

In August of 2011, Mrs. Blackmon created the first mentoring program at the Rosen College. She utilizes a coaching framework to motivate, lead, and empower all of the members in POMP. The program finished the Fall 2015 semester with a 100% success rate with all active mentees improving their UCF Cumulative GPAs which consequentially improved the overall success rate of the program to 95% in its four years of existence. She has also partnered with other university departments to provide training for POMP participants and increase awareness of the resources available to Rosen College students.

Mrs. Blackmon’s success prompted recognition from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as she has represented the Rosen College at multiple Conferences. She facilitated a concurrent session at the NACADA 36th National Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Her presentation, entitled “Peer Outreach Mentoring Program – Building Empowerment through a Coaching Framework in the Era of the ‘Millennial Student’” was chosen from 300 presentations by NACADA’s highly esteemed Peer Advising and Mentoring Commission. She has also been selected to facilitate Pre-Conference Workshops at each NACADA Region 4 Conferences since 2013 and has also presented concurrent sessions at the 2014 and 2015 Florida Academic Advising Association Conference (FLACADA). Mrs. Blackmon was selected to receive a 2017 NACADA Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit in the Academic Advising—Primary Role as part of the 2017 Global Awards Program for Academic Advising. This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. The Academic Advising—Primary Role category includes those individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.

Mrs. Blackmon received the 2014 NACADA Region 4 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award, the Rosen College Staff 2013 Member of the Year Award, and the Judy Boyte Innovative Academic Advising Award in 2012. She graduated from the revered UCF Leadership Enhancement Program in 2015 and serves on various committees as a representative for the Rosen College.

Prior to joining Rosen College, Mrs. Blackmon was a Head Coach at Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) from 2004-2011 where she directed their Division I Volleyball Program, leading the team to the Conference Tournament for seven seasons and the Conference Championship Semi-Finals on three occasions, making school history. She graduated 18 student-athletes; 17 of those 18 graduated with a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 while six graduated with a 3.5+ cumulative GPA during her tenure. The Volleyball Program had a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1000 in 2007-2009 while earning the highest multi-year rate for any of the 17 sports programs sponsored at BCU with a score of 985.

Mrs. Blackmon holds a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), a Bachelor of Arts from BCU and an Associate of Arts from Brevard Community College.