The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired a USF alumna to the university staff. Dr. Senapati will work as the Faculty Coordinator for Learning Support Services while also teaching as an English Instructor with the College of Arts and Sciences. Learning Support Services provides tutoring services and workshops for students and is funded by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association.
“I am a graduate of USF and had absolutely the best learning experience as a doctoral student at USF Tampa,” Dr. Senapati said. “The professors were challenging, demanding and nurturing all at the same time, so it has been a dream of mine to work for my alma mater.”
Dr. Senapati joins USF Sarasota-Manatee after serving as a faculty member and writing center coordinator at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at in Georgia. Prior to her time at Baldwin Agricultural College, Senapati taught in the English and Women’s Studies Departments at USF Tampa where she also earned her Ph. D. in English.
“Although as an English professor I taught all kinds of interesting courses, my most rewarding experiences were ones where I helped students revise their work over and over again until they wrote the perfect piece of writing that got them into schools, or jobs, or publications they wanted,” Dr. Senapati said.
Senapati hopes to use her classroom experience to assist students in other areas, as well.
“I wish to create a safe haven where students at all stages of the learning process can collaborate and learn to improve their skills in all subject areas, as they conquer personal challenges and meet high academic standards set forth in each course, at speeds that are most conducive to their learning process,” Dr. Senapati said. “As an educator, I believe anyone can learn anything as long as he or she keeps trying and doesn’t quit. I visualize Learning Support Services as a place where students keep trying and never quit.”