USF is per­form­ing well

Tampa Bay Times - - OPINION -

I am a de­part­ment head and fac­ulty mem­ber at the Uni­ver­sity of South Florida. Since the start of the COVID-19 pan­demic, I’ve seen uni­ver­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors mo­bi­lize and rally the USF com­mu­nity, in­struc­tors (fac­ulty, grad­u­ate stu­dents and ad­juncts) make a nearly flaw­less tran­si­tion to online classes, staff work­ing above and be­yond the call of duty to sup­port ev­ery­one, and stu­dents ded­i­cat­ing them­selves to their stud­ies in the face of a cri­sis that they could not have imag­ined.

In my own de­part­ment, we have adapted quickly to fur­ther our teach­ing, re­search and ser­vice mission. For ex­am­ple, doc­toral de­fenses are be­ing held vir­tu­ally, in­struc­tors are work­ing overtime pre­par­ing sum­mer online classes, and the de­part­ment will rec­og­nize stu­dent award win­ners at its last re­mote fac­ulty meet­ing of the se­mes­ter. Our re­searchers and schol­ars con­tinue to write grants and win awards to gain knowl­edge and find so­lu­tions to press­ing global prob­lems. And while miss­ing those in-per­son in­ter­ac­tions, we re­cently held a vir­tual baby shower that was at­tended by more than 25 peo­ple.

Although there is much un­cer­tainty and angst at this time for all of us, I have no doubt that USF will per­se­vere in the com­ing months and that the uni­ver­sity will come out at the other end of the pan­demic even stronger and more com­mit­ted to ex­cel­lence and im­prov­ing the lives of those that we serve.

David Him­mel­green, Lutz

The writer is the chair of the De­part­ment of An­thro­pol­ogy at USF.

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