Annual Report 2016-17


"As artists, scholars, and educators, we have the opportunity, the ability, and the responsibility to find the interstitial space where chaos and creativity come together, and to use it as an engine for positive change."

-- James S. Moy, Dean

James Moy, Dean of the USF College of The Arts, examining prints inside a student's studio at the USF School of Art & Art History.

Colleagues, Students, Alumni, and Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you this year's Annual Report for the College of The Arts. This report provides an opportunity to formally reflect on our journey together these past months. There have been some significant achievements, and we have made substantial progress. Thank you for contributing your extensive creative energies to help continue to propel the College forward in both excellence and relevance.

The first part of this report is a portfolio prepared by the Office of Decision Support in the Division of Academic Affairs, charting outcomes in a range of strategic areas, including: Student Enrollment, Instructional Productivity, Research Productivity, Effort Distribution, Fundraising, and other categories.

The true measure of our College, however, may be more clearly revealed in the extent of the fulfillment of our mission, as well as in our success in achieving the goals set out in the University's overarching strategic plan. This past year, the fine work of our faculty, staff, and students enabled our College to take great strides in the key areas of student success; research, creative and scholarly endeavors; global initiatives; community engagement; interdisciplinary and community partnerships; and sustainability. The individual achievements of our faculty also continue apace, bringing regional and national recognition to the College and the University.

While there is no way to fully catalog the prodigious work of all our faculty, students, staff, and alumni, I hope you will take the opportunity to review the following pages to explore how our college supports the University of South Florida's Strategic Goals and discover some of the exciting progress we have achieved throughout this academic year.

I also direct your attention to the following links on the College website that will help provide some additional perspectives on our accomplishments in 2016-17:

I again congratulate all our faculty, students, and staff for your ongoing efforts and dedication.

Yours sincerely,

Professor James S. Moy


  • Student George Pennington moved to the interview stage in the Rhodes Scholarship program.


    Music student, George Pennington, singing on stage during Touch: The Love Concert.

  • Conducted semester long and summer versions of the Dance in Paris Program.


    The all-inclusive cost factor for students to participate in the semester-long program was the equivalent of the cost to be at USF for the semester.

USF Strategic Goal One:

Well-educated and highly skilled global citizens through our continuing commitment to student success

College of The Arts Initiatives and Activities:

  • Jennifer Bugos: continued work on cognition and development, both in older adults and in children.


    Her research is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the GRAMMY Foundation.

  • Merry Lynn Morris added a 5th U.S. patent for her wheelchair for dance, presented papers and hosted an international conference on disability and dance.


    Choreographer Merry Lynn Morris and dancer Frank Hull demonstrate her Rolling Dance Chair.

USF Strategic Goal Two:

High-impact research and innovation to change lives, improve health, and foster sustainable development and positive social change

College of The Arts Initiatives and Activities:

Jazz ensemble students performing on stage
The Florida Orchestra rehearsing a USF Music student composition

USF Strategic Goal Three:

Highly-effective, major economic engine, creating new partnerships to build a strong and sustainable future for Florida in the global economy

College of The Arts Initiatives and Activities:

Middle school and high school students performing in the finale of the Drum Line and Color Guard summer music camps.

USF Strategic Goal Four:

Sound financial management to establish a strong and sustainable economic base in support of USF's continued academic advancement

College of The Arts Initiatives and Activities: