Larkin Elected Faculty Advisory Council President

USF professors elect first USF System-wide faculty president, Elizabeth Larkin of USF Sarasota-Manatee, who will represent faculty on USF Board of Trustees.

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2010) – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bird received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on practices around the media in everyday life, with particular interests in the role of news and journalism in framing cultural issues, and the relationship of media texts and audience practices.

The University of South Florida system (USF System) is comprised of two separately accredited, academically and fiscally autonomous institutions, USF and USF St. Petersburg. USF consists of the main campus in Tampa, which includes USF Health, its College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, and two regional campuses - USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic, located in Lakeland. The USF System was awarded $394.1 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2009/2010. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion and serves more than 47,000 students. The mission of the USF System is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities for residents of the Tampa Bay region and the State of Florida.