College of Arts & Sciences

A four picture collage of the college of arts and science divisions. Marine Science, Pre-Professional, NROTC and Science.

College Spotlights

Our faculty, students and alumni are active and engaged in research, service, and professional development. Our College Spotlights showcase these achievements and keep you up-to-date on developments in the college.

Dean's Update

Photo of Dr. Christopher Corbo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Christopher Corbo is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Jacksonville University. Before coming to Jacksonville in 2022, Dr. Corbo instructed and researched at Wagner College in New York. He has a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in microbiology from Wagner College and a doctorate in cellular neuroscience from the City University of New York. While at Wagner College, Dr. Corbo was the Director of the Wagner College Electron Microscopy Center, the Director of Wagner College Planetarium, the program director of the microbiology graduate program, the faculty grants coordinator, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and assistant provost and dean of graduate studies. He received academic awards and honors and has attracted grant funding in areas of biological science. His work has been featured in more than 20 publications and journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, Scientific Reports, and NeuroSci.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Dan McCarthy

Dr. Natasha Vanderhoff is a field biologist, educator, and avid birder.  She enjoys sharing her passion for the natural world with her students and is very excited about their new Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation major. Dr. Vanderhoff is a broadly trained biologist with a specialization in behavioral ecology.  Since her discipline is not specific to one type of animal, she is able to mentor students with a variety of interests and most of her projects involve active participation of students.  Dr. Vanderhoff loves figuring out what animals are doing and saying, and her field sites range from JU’s campus to city parks, to the jungles of Ecuador.  Her current research includes population studies of the margay, a near-threatened neotropical cat, vocalizations in urban birds, escape behavior in lizards, and interactive vocalizations in mammals. 

Student Spotlight

Psychology Major Hayleigh Palotti

Hayleigh Palotti is a double major in Psychology and English. As a cross country and track and field athlete, Hayleigh excels on the track and in the classroom.  She loves the community feel at JU, especially the small classes and individual feedback from professors. In 2021, Hayleigh completed an internship with Dr. Lynette Kennison at the Artistic Psychiatric Associates Practice in Jacksonville, FL. The internship, which she combined with job shadowing at other facilities around Jacksonville, helped Hayleigh better understand the ins and outs of being a mental health professional. She plans to go to graduate school and is considering a career in counseling.

Alumni Spotlight

Christopher Horton

From Jacksonville University to Rising Star among Florida’s Super Lawyers, Christopher Horton is quickly ascending as a board-certified construction attorney. Christopher is a cum laude graduate of the Class of 2008 who earned his bachelor’s degree at JU in history and political science, with a minor in business management. Christopher continued his education at the University of Miami School of Law and is currently a partner in the Ft. Lauderdale law office of Smith, Currie & Hancock where he specializes in construction law. Christopher credits his time at JU—and as quarterback of the football team—with honing his leadership skills, and personal and professional growth. He is proud to have been honored as a Top Up & Comer from 2020 to 2021 by the South Florida Legal Guide and is a 2021 recipient of Florida’s Design Build Institute of America’s “Delivering Expertise Award.” 

Prelaw and Preprofessional students sitting on the lawn

The JU Advantage Pre-Professional Programs

We support your professional goals. If you’re interested in attending law school or working in the health professions, we offer you opportunities to join student organizations, gain relevant experience, and personalized advising. Working in cooperation with our academic programs, the pre-law and pre-health programs help you prepare for the step you take after JU.

College of Arts and SciencesIn the Dean's Office

Dr. Christopher Corbo

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Dean Chris Corbo


Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins

 Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Laura Chambers Atkins


ms. Wendy parrish

Executive Assistant, College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7100

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