The newly created USF System Faculty Advisory Council has elected Elizabeth Larkin, professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, as its first president. In her new role, Larkin will serve as faculty representative on the USF Board of Trustees.
As the Faculty Advisory Council president, Larkin will join the USF Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees includes six members appointed by Florida’s governor, five members appointed by the Board of Governors, as well as the student body president and the Faculty Advisory Council president.
During the council’s first meeting at USF St Petersburg, its 18 voting members also elected Elizabeth Bird, professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF’s Tampa campus, as vice president.
The Faculty Advisory Council, which includes representation from the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Polytechnic faculty, is the principal faculty academic advisory body to USF System President Judy Genshaft and System Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox. The council was established earlier this year to establish a faculty governance structure and to coordinate communications across the USF system. Previously, the Faculty Senate president from the Tampa campus served as the faculty representative on the Board of Trustees.
“This brand new USF System Faculty Advisory Council is the first of its kind, and I hope we can be a model for other universities statewide,” said Larkin. “Better representation of the regional USF campuses will ensure that every campus is equally heard. I look forward to what the system-wide faculty can accomplish as a collaborative team.”
Larkin is a professor of childhood education and literacy studies. She holds an Ed.D. and a M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include the professional development of educators and studying intergenerational initiatives that bring older adults and younger populations together for mutual benefit. In 2001 and 2004, she received awards for her intergenerational research from the National Intergenerational Caucus of Early Childhood Professionals and Big Brothers Big Sisters respectively. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.