Crary receives UF’s first Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Award

Dr. Crary frequently lectures internationally. In March Dr. Crary spoke at Showa University in Japan at the invitation of Dr. Koji Takahashi (left), chief professor in the department of oral rehabilitation. The lecture recognized the Japanese release of the textbook “Dysphagia Management in Adults and Children,” written by Dr. Crary and Dr. Michael Groher. Dr. Takahashi and his staff completed the Japanese translation.

Michael Crary, Ph.D., a professor in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, and director of the Swallowing Research Laboratory, has received UF’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Award.

The award recognizes an employee who fosters full participation by diverse faculty, students and staff, creates a climate of inclusion on campus or in the community and promotes diversity to enhance educational, research or other workplace outcomes. Crary was recognized at the university-wide 2012 Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony April 19. He receives an honorarium, a commemorative trophy and two tickets to attend a home football game in the President’s Box as a guest of UF President J. Bernard Machen.   

“Racial and ethnic diversity for Dr. Crary does not just include mentoring students of different backgrounds and teaching them research and English,” wrote an award nominator. “Diversity also includes taking the next step and embracing these different cultures by creating a family-like atmosphere among his students. In a sense he is trying to create a home away from home that eases culture shock and helps students learn about other parts of the world.”