Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at UF and assistant director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, was appointed as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the Warrington College of Business. The UF Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows recognizes interdisciplinary collaboration around creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. It accepts up to five new fellows a year, who are academic entrepreneurs or faculty interested in integrating an entrepreneurial approach into their work. This appointment will fund opportunities for Sonke’s research and cross-disciplinary exchange.
Sonke serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated member with the School of Theatre and Dance, the Center for African Studies and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. She is also a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Global Alliance of Arts and Health. Sonke has over twenty years of experience and leadership in arts and medicine, in which she has been extremely active in research, curriculum and program development and international cultural exchange. Her current research includes dance and Parkinson’s disease, the impact of arts programming on medical-surgical care and nursing retention and the effect of music on cost and quality of care in emergency medicine. Sonke is the recipient of numerous awards and over ninety grants for her programs and research at UF.