Academic Initiatives are programs, services, facilities, and learning communities that support the academic needs and goals of the University of South Florida students. In Housing & Residential Education, we promote the academic success and intellectual development of our residents and strive to enhance their ability to graduate within 4-6 years. The Academic Initiatives Team is committed to establishing relationships with faculty and staff in order to maximize the flow of academic resources for our residents. Most initiatives provide learning experiences and opportunities to interact with faculty outside of the classroom.
The Academic Initiatives team at the University of South Florida offers year-round academic engagement opportunities. Below are descriptions of our current programs and initiatives, including those in which we partner with other offices.
The goal of this workshop is to enhance academic success skills and study strategies that will lead to improved academic performance in the spring semester. Achieve-a-Bull is a one day workshop offered in early January, before spring classes begin, to any first year student who received below a 2.5 GPA in the fall semester. The workshop is a partnership between Housing & Residential Education and the Academic Success Center. Occurs in the spring.
The goal of this program is for residents to mix and mingle with their academic advisors from various academic colleges. Attendees will be able to discuss any questions they have regarding coursework, research, or academic major over a cup of coffee. Occurs in the summer.
COMMON THEME EXPERIENCE PANEL
The goal of this program is to engage students and faculty fellows in a conversation about the Common Theme for the academic year. The Common Theme for this year is Identity and Community. Occurs in the fall.
The goal of this program is to provide students with added opportunities to prepare for their finals exams. Professors from various departments are invited to give large-scale review sessions in subjects recommend by residents. Each semester students attend these review sessions in the residence hall areas and the Marshall Student Center. Occurs every semester during finals week.
The goal of this event is to provide first-time in college students the opportunity to interact with USF faculty, staff, advisors, and other Student Affairs and Student Success professionals in the residence halls in which they live. Residents will experience organic interactions with USF professionals that will serve as venues for continued communication, mentoring, and added support throughout their time in college. Occurs in the fall.
IN-HALL ACADEMIC ADVISING
The goal of this program is to provide in-house academic advising and career planning appointments to students living in Housing and Residential Education during the peak of course registration. Occurs in the fall.
The goal of this event is to celebrate residents who earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher in the fall semester. Just Desserts is a dessert reception where faculty and administrators are invited to celebrate residents' academic achievements and provide motivation for continued success. Occurs in the spring.
LAST LECTURE SERIES
The goal of this program is to provide a venue for a distinguished faculty member to present a message as though it were their last lecture. Students, faculty, and other USF constituents are invited to hear the inspirational and engaging message from a respected member of the USF community. Occurs every year.
Four full-time faculty members reside within the residence halls on campus. The Faculty
in Residence (FIR) professors foster habits of curiosity about and involvement in
educational, cultural and service activities beyond the formal confines of the classroom.
The FIRs help plan and implement social as well as educational programs while serving as a role model, teacher and leader within the residential community in which they reside.
- Dr. Justin Brown - Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications Resides in Beta Hall
- Dr. Kevin Mackay - Department of Physics Resides in Maple Hall
- Dr. Jennifer Cainas – College of Business Resides in Juniper-Poplar Hall
- Dr. Michael Cross – Office of Undergraduate Research/Honors College in Summit Hall
In addition to the Faculty-in-Residence program, many additional faculty members serve as role models and mentors to residents as Faculty Fellows (FF). The Faculty Fellows are faculty members who engage with students outside of the classroom to broaden the academic experience of students and to enhance the work environment of the faculty member. The FF provides a bridge between formal academic programs and the out of classroom developmental activities of residents.
Resource-A-Bull Academic Initiatives Newsletter
The goal of this quarterly newsletter is to highlight upcoming academic initiative events, high achieving students, and on-campus academic resources. Occurs twice a semester. Read the latest Resource-A-Bull newsletter!