USF is performing well
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.