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Upcoming Master’s Degree Information Sessions

Information Session

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective master’s degree students in January 2014.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, information about specific master’s degree programs, the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to a campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates.

January 9, 2014                                                         
Master’s in Social Work*                                         
4:00-5:30 p.m.                                                           
Selby Auditorium

January 25, 2014
All Master’s Degrees
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Selby Auditorium

Master’s degree programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Education (Human Resource Education or Online Teaching and Learning)
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Note: The Master of Social Work degree program has a February 15, 2014 application deadline. It is a cohort, taught as a group over eight consecutive semesters and hosted at USF Sarasota-Manatee. A fall 2014 cohort start date is contingent upon a minimum number of qualified acceptances; without the minimum number, the start date would be delayed to January 2015. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. James Curran, Marketing

Each Tuesday, USF Sarasota-Manatee sits down with a member of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. James Curran.

Dr. James (Jim) Curran was selected by the USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty to serve as president of the Faculty senate for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. Curran has over 35 years of experience working and researching in the field of marketing. Dr. Curran has taught courses on more than twenty different topics in marketing and management and delivered these courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research interests include the use of technologies in marketing, customer loyalty, and customer relationship management.

The results of his research have been presented nationally and internationally and have been cited more than 650 times by other researchers. Dr Curran’s work has been published in theJournal of Service Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, and other journals. Prior to joining the marketing faculty, he held sales and marketing positions with  four large international precious metals firms, spent time consulting, and managed his own manufacturer representative business.

Dr. Curran holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Marketing and an M.B.A from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in Mathematics from Fordham University.

USFSM Launches Collaborative Arts-Integrated Literacy Program


United Way Suncoast is collaborating with the Sarasota Y and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)’s College of Education in launching the Summer Arts-Integration Literacy (SAIL) program. SAIL is part of United Way Suncoast’s Summer Care program, designed to help break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed.

SAIL addresses the disparity of elementary schoolchildren from low-income families in Sarasota who need access to the same resources and opportunities as their peers in higher socioeconomic brackets. The program is an extension of the Sarasota Y’s Camp Incredible wherein a select number of camp participants who are reading below grade level have access to a structured reading curriculum and receive one-on-one literacy tutoring (via two 45-minute sessions a week, eight weeks total) from USFSM students. These undergraduate and graduate-level teacher candidates in the College of Education’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching have received training at The Ringling’s Education Center on how to pair literacy tutoring with arts education.

 Learn more about the USFSM College of Education

“United Way Suncoast is proud to initiate the SAIL program and work with such high-caliber partners on improving early literacy,” said Katie Knight, Sarasota area president of United Way Suncoast. “Eighty-eight percent of first-grade students reading below grade level will continue to do so in the fourth grade without extra support like SAIL. In bringing together an array of Sarasota community resources driven towards a common goal, we’re able to provide a wonderful program like SAIL as a result.”

SAIL’s purpose is two-fold: One, collaborating with Sarasota Y provides a literacy program focused on preventing summer reading loss by embedding reading lessons and tutoring in the Y’s summer camp. Secondly, the USFSM collaboration develops education students’ skills and expertise in literacy, evaluation of teacher-child interaction, and arts integration.Education students will utilize the arts to teach social studies-themed reading material, encouraging the “reading” of art works to help understand historical and cultural contexts.

 Learn more about Sarasota Y

“Playing a vital role in helping more children in Sarasota read at or above their grade level is important to us,” said Kurt Stringfellow, president and CEO of the Sarasota Y. “We are proud to collaborate with United Way Suncoast and USF Sarasota-Manatee in expanding our summer camp program to help children strengthen their literacy skills.”

 Learn more about the United Way Suncoast

A steering committee oversees the program throughout its duration, with periodic meetings to discuss progress, solve problems, and develop changes to the program based on real-time performance data of the youth campers. 30 percent of Sarasota County children are not fully prepared to enter kindergarten or are not reading at grade level by third grade. Summer, when children are out of school, is a particularly vulnerable time. Research data shows:

  • Children living in poverty lose the equivalent of two months of reading skills during the summer. This learning loss is compounded so that at the end of their elementary school experience, they may be three or more years behind peers.
  • Two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summertime learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.

“The generosity of United Way Suncoast in funding this visionary summer arts education program enables vital community resources to collectively impact the learning of our most vulnerable citizens: Our children,” said Terry A. Osborn, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs (formerly dean of the College of Education) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “This one-on-one teaching opportunity will better prepare our teacher candidates for fall internships in area elementary schools. The more experienced they are in the classroom, the better the outcomes for themselves and their students.”

USFSM Announces Interim Regional Chancellor

Dr. Terry Osborn, USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student AffairsTerry A. Osborn, USF Sarasota-Manatee regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, will serve as interim regional chancellor effective August 1. Arthur M. Guilford will be stepping down from his position as regional chancellor effective July 31 and retiring as of January, 2015. A national search is currently underway for Guilford’s successor, chaired by Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

Osborn’s interim position will ensure a smooth transition for USF Sarasota-Manatee when the new regional chancellor is named by USF System President Judy Genshaft and takes office at a date yet-to-be-determined. “We are excited about welcoming back our faculty and students to the fall semester beginning August 25 and are committed to providing all of our stakeholders with a seamless changeover to our new administration,” said Osborn. “Until that time, it is my honor to serve as Dr. Guilford steps down at the end of July.”

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Richard Reich, Psychology

Each Tuesday, USF Sarasota-Manatee sits down with a member of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Richard Reich.

Dr. Richard Reich is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. During the summer of 2014, Dr. Reich earned tenure as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty. Dr. Reich is also affiliated with USF’s Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute (ASURI) located on the Tampa campus where he was a graduate student in clinical psychology from 1997-2002 and conducted post-doctoral research from 2002-2005. Dr. Reich received a B.S. in psychology from the College of Charleston in 1994. Dr. Reich’s teaching philosophy is to train students to be synthesizers of information, not simply memorizers—students should be thinkers.

Dr. Reich’s research has been studying the cognitions that contribute to problematic drinking. Specifically, Dr. Reich has studied how what people expect will happen from drinking alcohol contributes to how much they drink, and how they behave under the influence of alcohol. Dr. Reich lives in Temple Terrace Florida with his wife Julie, and sons Zachary, Nathan, Eliot, Julian, and Francis. When not working and not playing with his family, he loves playing just about any sport and reading literature.

Bryan Jacobs Cooks Up a Career

Bryan Jacobs USF Sarasota-Manatee Hospitality

As a child, Bryan Jacobs spent the summers with his grandparents, spending most of his spare time in the kitchen. “While most kids were making mud pies, I was making roast beef,” he recalls.

Jacobs, currently a senior in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, began his culinary exploits at the age of 8 alongside his grandfather, a World War II chef. For the past two years, he has held jobs as a personal chef for two high profile clients: both former president George W. Bush and the Anheuser-Busch family (no relation).

 Learn more about the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership

This heady job experience came about after Jacobs began cooking at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida, where, after working his way through the tiers of training, he was promoted to sous chef at the Pink Elephant. The Anheuser-Busch clan eats regularly at the popular restaurant and they became acquainted. Through conversations, the Anheuser-Busches learned of Jacobs’ experience as a combat veteran and his difficult re-entry into civilian life.

Jacobs followed his grandfather’s footsteps into the military. After service as a Marine Corps paramedic in both

Bryan Jacobs USF Sarasota-Manatee George Bush Chef Hospitality Jobs

Jacobs (right) serves as the personal chef for former president George W. Bush.

Iraq and Afghanistan, he returned to the United States but found the readjustment very stressful.  He became homeless, lived in his car and worked as a personal trainer, all while struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  “As a lot of vets often do, you lose your focus,” said Jacobs. “You’re so used to being told what to do and how to do it that it becomes hard to fold back into society.”

Jacobs cycled through 16 jobs and knew something had to change. The turning point came when he was sitting on a park bench and someone mentioned to him, “You need to get your life together”.  He began staying with a friend and upon seeing a TV commercial for culinary school, realized becoming a chef was his calling.

Cooking turned Jacobs’ life around, and meeting the Anheuser-Busches brought out his best.  “I would always go the extra mile, especially for them, because of how pleasant, nice and grateful they were towards me being a veteran,” said Jacobs. “I put in my notice to Gasparilla Inn to return to school and pursue my degree at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  When the family learned of my resignation, they sent someone to speak to me about becoming the family’s private chef, and the rest is history!”

Through his position with the Anheuser-Busch family, Jacobs met many distinguished guests, including 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush. After speaking at a dinner party hosted in his honor, President Bush offered Jacobs a job to serve as a personal chef for the Bush family in addition to his other catering responsibilities. This turned out to be a wonderful relationship, including opportunities to cook side-by-side with family members such as matriarch Barbara Bush.  “The Anheuser-Busch family allows me to attend school, better myself and they understand that my education comes first, even before working for them,” explained Jacobs. “They’re flexible with my school schedule and fly me wherever they need me to be.”

A typical day for this multi-tasking student/chef begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends around 11:30 p.m., not including homework and school projects. Occasionally, Jacobs must coordinate with professors about homework or exams to guarantee he does not miss materials while he is preparing for a catering event on the same day. He has many clients now and creates custom seasonal menus and shops for ingredients before preparing the meals from scratch in their homes.

In addition to acting as a personal chef for both the Anheuser-Busch and Bush families, Jacobs is very active in a new pilot program just underway at the USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch. Via a van donated by restaurateur and businessman Burton M. “Skip” Sack, Jacobs transports veterans to a culinary “boot camp” specially designed for them to gain kitchen skills that will get them hired in local restaurants. The purpose of the program is to bridge the gap between what students learn in culinary schools and real world techniques used in restaurants day-to-day. Jacobs is hoping to develop sponsorships with restaurants and others in the community to make veterans job-ready.

Bryan Jacobs wants all vets to taste the success he has found in the hospitality field.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Susan Fulton, Communications Sciences & Disorders

Each Tuesday, USF Sarasota-Manatee sits down with a member of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Susan Fulton.

Dr. Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at USFSM, where she teaches in the post-baccalaureate, online course sequence in Language, Speech, & Hearing Science. Dr. Fulton holds both a Florida license and national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in the field of Audiology.

Dr. Fulton earned the Master of Science in Communicology, with a concentration in Audiology, from the University of South Florida in 1987. She earned the Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders, with a concentration in Hearing Sciences, from the University of South Florida in 2010.

Her research focuses in the area of psychoacoustics, specifically in the areas of temporal processing and speech-in-noise perception.

Dr. Fulton was recently appointed to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (SLPAC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

E-Learning Blog: Teaching With Tweeting

USF Sarasota-Manatee Twitter Tweet Social Media

 Teaching With Tweeting

(And Other Forms of Social Media)

by Kendi Judy

Social media is a multifaceted entity that is playing a part in our everyday lives. If you don’t participate and engage in social media, chances are you know someone who does. According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2013, 73% of online adults use social networking sites.

What does this mean for online education?

Social media is a great way to engage in collaboration. Social media can be used to interact with individuals and communities. There are many ways to effectively integrate social media into the classroom while still achieving course objectives and outcomes.

Here are some examples of how you could teach with Twitter:

  • Tweet upcoming due dates and course assignments
  • Follow local news channels and government politicians
  • Virtually attend conferences through a conference hashtag (#)
  • Share online resources and internet sites

The great news about social media is that it integrates with Canvas. Faculty and students can sync their Facebook and Twitter accounts with Canvas in the notification preferences section. This means that your students may already be receiving course announcements and updates via social media, allowing students to customize their learning experience.

As with all technology applications, there is a degree of uncertainty when it comes to successful integration; however, engaging in an environment where students feel comfortable can only increase student conversation and participation.

Not sure you want to use Twitter?

There are plenty of other social media applications worth exploring …

Vintage Social Networking

Cartoons by John Atkinson © 2011-2013 (by Wrong Hands)

As always, happy Tweeting …


For more on this subject view the resources below:

Access Canvas Announcements on Twitter
PewResearch Internet Project
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

BLOG: Classroom Success Leads to National Recognition

John Stewart, Visiting Instructor of Professional and Technical Communication, will be presenting his paper on “Implementing an XML Authoring Project in a New Media Course” at the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference at Carnegie Mellon University this October. This conference brings together a wide range of technical communicators, engineers, and educators to discuss innovative ways to bring real-world technology projects to the classroom. John’s paper documents his experiences in creating a virtual technical communications lab here at USF for online students and using it to implement a module within his new media course, which successfully introduced students to the basics of XML authoring in a month. This is part of a larger effort to make high-end software available to the online PTC students and train them in practical workplace applications. Learn more about the IEEE Conference here.

USF Sarasota-Manatee John Stewart

My interest in this project goes back to a technical writing contract I worked on in 2008, when I was asked to learn XML authoring and the Oxygen application on the job. This was a short-term contract involving a lot of different document types and applications, so it was necessary to learn all this quickly. I was able to become a productive XML author within a couple of weeks, and I realized this was the direction in which all serious technical publishing had to go; this was the cutting edge and the future for technical communications. I started teaching technical communications shortly after that and it was from this experience that I drew the ideas that advanced technical communications students should be exposed to this technology, and it should be possible to do this within a fairly short time frame–say, a month-long module within a course. This involved a couple of challenges: How to get students access to XML authoring tools, what most-important principles to include in a short module, and how to get these principles across to the students. Compounding these basic challenges was the fact that all my courses are online, so all this had to be accomplished in a way that would serve our online Professional and Technical Communication students.

I kept practicing my elevator speech for the project on anybody who would listen, and during one of these informal conversations Dr. Jane Rose mentioned that there might be some unused server space in the Culinary Innovation Lab, which is primarily for the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership; someone else put me in touch with the lab manager, Lewis Litchfield; we got together and I explained the idea and requirements to him; and within a couple of weeks Lewis had a virtual lab set up that would allow 25 students plus myself to log onto virtual machines and have access to some very sophisticated software. I put a lot of time and thought into designing the module and incorporating it into my new media course, including recording about eight or ten video tutorials to explain the project and the software, and I tried it with my Spring 2014 new media course.

 Learn more about a degree in Professional and Technical Communications

The whole project was pretty much like jumping off a cliff. I didn’t know how the lab would perform under the pressure of multiple students working on multiple virtual machines, didn’t know whether or not they would be able to make sense of it given the short time frame and the online environment, and didn’t know how the students would perceive the project. I felt the potential benefits far outweighed these uncertainties. In the end, the lab held up, the students were almost all able to learn the basics of XML and related technologies in a short time, and in their post-project blog commentary indicated that they felt it was a worthwhile project. My greatest hope was that they would not only produce creditable work, but would see the real-world connections and potential for these technologies, and their commentary seems to show that they did.

While I was in the midst of creating the XML module for the course, the IPCC had come to my attention via the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing, and it seemed like a perfect showcase for the project. When I submitted the abstract, the reviewers confirmed what I already suspected; that virtually no one has published any models or case studies like this, which connect real-world, cutting-edge technical communications projects and practices directly with the classroom. So I felt this was a niche that I could occupy, given my background. This conference, which is intended to share innovative ideas about teaching technical communications, offers an ideal forum for presenting and discussing these ideas with colleagues from all over the world, generating some enthusiasm for this tools-based approach, and sharing some methods and materials. And of course, talking up our bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Communication here at USFSM!

Business Students Provide Consultation to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Business Students at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Provide Consultation to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Photo: From left to right:
USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business students Broc Fernandez, Nina Mortazavi, Phat Nguyen, and Tim Lim, part of the team that provided consultation for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.

Students in the strategic management and entrepreneurship class of College of Business assistant professor  Jean Kabongo recently performed a consultation project for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (NHAR) in Lakewood Ranch, a local nonprofit organization. Staffed 99 percent by volunteers, this no-kill shelter is dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats and helping families adopt animals. NHAR is named in honor of the late developer and animal-loving philanthropist, Nathan Benderson.

During USFSM’s 2014 spring semester, two teams of students conducted an analysis of NHAR’s overall operations, judging opportunities, threats, strengths, weaknesses and competition from similar organizations in the area, followed by recommendations in support of the organization’s growth initiative. The students were able to apply classroom principles such as developing a mission and vision statement, internal and external auditing, as well as generating, implementing and evaluating strategies into real-world business practice.

Based upon the students’ research, NHAR’s Board of Directors determined that while donations and volunteers remain absolutely crucial to the viability and development for their organization, they need to adopt more business oriented practices to ensure sustainability. Students reached the conclusion that NHAR has opportunities to grow and meet demand, but it must develop more sources of steady income independent from its adoption fees as they can be a barrier to achieving its primary mission of finding good homes for its shelter animals. They also recommended redesigning NHAR’s welcome center, a project currently underway, and establishing a relationship with USF Sarasota-Manatee to begin an internship program with the university’s career services department.

“As undergraduate business students we are often completing case studies on large multinational corporations that will never be used,” said Broc Fernandez, student from the strategic management and entrepreneurship course. “This opportunity incorporated the human element and truly motivated our team because we knew we could make a difference.”

Professor Kabongo said the project proved to be a good learning experience for his students. “It brought real-world business and challenges into the classroom and offered students the opportunity to understand how a local nonprofit organization is managed and how managers there strive to find solutions to situational challenges with the emphasis on organizational performance,” said Kabongo.

From NHAR’s point of view, the insights gained proved practical and instructive. “It is always good to have someone else look at a situation for you,” said Rob Oglesby, NHAR president. “With different perspectives and different sets of eyes, there was a lot of what we already knew and some good ideas and suggestions. It was valuable and inspiring to see the students’ passion and energy.”