University of South Florida Announces New Dean of the Honors College

Fulbright College Professor Charles Adams, from the University of Arkansas, will lead continued innovation and excellence in undergraduate education, research, global engagement and accelerated programs for student success.

TAMPA, Fla. (June 11, 2014) –The University of South Florida announces Charles Adams, currently Senior Director for International Education and Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, as the new dean of the USF Honors College.

A former Fulbright professor of American Studies in Germany, and recipient of awards from the University of Arkansas for distinguished teaching, outstanding student mentoring, and distinguished service to international education, Adams is the author of two books, with a third forthcoming, plus numerous peer-reviewed articles on American literature, world fiction, travel narrative, and transatlantic studies. Adams’ commitment to global engagement has enabled innovative opportunities like the Tanzania Program, which allows Arkansas students to travel overseas and interact meaningfully with the history and culture of East Africa. He begins work at USF on August 4, 2014.

“Dr. Adams is uniquely qualified to enhance USF’s global reach and help our students excel academically,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “His innovative spirit and passion for learning will have a significant impact on our students and our institution.”

As dean of the Honors College, Adams will help prepare students to be successful global citizens and team with other USF colleges to provide students the best learning experiences available. He will also promote undergraduate research and foster collaborative relationships within the surrounding community. Professor Adams’ academic appointment will be in the Department of English.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Adams to the University of South Florida,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “His scholarly accomplishments and academic leadership experience will support USF’s ongoing efforts to enroll and graduate high-achieving students and further strengthen the already highly regarded academic programs delivered in the Honors College.”

Adams will relocate to Tampa with his wife, Rhonda Bedford Adams. He follows founding Dean Stuart Silverman, who retires after 44 years of service to USF.

“It’s a privilege to be part of a university with a vision for both global engagement and cutting-edge teaching, learning and research,” Adams said. “USF’s emphasis on student success is inspiring. I look forward to expanding this commitment by providing students more and better opportunities to engage locally, nationally and internationally.”

The USF Honors College emphasizes the development of critical thinking, reasoning, analytical and writing skills in a small class setting, along with personal advising and individually tailored research activities. There are approximately 1,800 students in the college, with upward of 600 new students expected to join the College this fall – one of the College’s largest entering classes ever.

The USF community and general public are invited to a reception welcoming Adams at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 in the Hall of Fame Room of the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center.