ORLANDO—Chipola College Assistant Brain Bowl Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle was recently inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Orlando. He joins Chipola Head Brain Bowl Coach, Stan Young, who was inducted into the hall of fame last year.
Dr. Dunkle taught English and humanities at Chipola College from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate and a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Dr. Dunkle earned his B.A. in English from the University of Florida, his M.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. in humanities from Florida State University. Dr. Dunkle’s doctoral dissertation title was “The Long Goodbye: Raymond Chandler’s Novel and Robert Altman’s Film.”
Dr. Dunkle began serving as a volunteer assistant coach to his former A+ student Chipola Associate Professor of Mathematics Stan Young in 2006. Dr. Dunkle continues to serve in that capacity. Dr. Dunkle has helped professor Young lead Chipola brain bowl teams to a record seven consecutive FCSAA state brain bowl championships from 2008-2014, and three consecutive National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) national championships from 2011-2013.
Dr. Dunkle’s peers at Chipola nominated him for the Kirkland Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and for the Chipola Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award in 2011. Florida’s brain bowl coaches selected him FCSAA Brain Bowl Coach of the Year in 2012.
In August 2006, Dr. Dunkle and his wife Nancy, who served as a Chipola faculty librarian from 1978 to 2006, used the $1,000 Dr. Dunkle received when he won the Kirkland Award and matched it with another $1,000 to establish the Roy Maxwell and Margaret Goff Deloney Memorial College Brain Bowl Endowment. The endowment honors Nancy’s parents who were both life-long educators.
This year’s FCSAA Hall of Fame class also includes: Dr. Rick Gaspar, Productions Division, Hillsborough Community College; Rick Hitt, Athletics Division, South Florida State College; Alexa Kyros, Forensics Division (student), Tallahassee Community College; Gaby Pacheco, Student Government Division (advisor), Seminole State College; and John Bill Todd, Forensics Division (coach), Miami Dade College.