Who We Are


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Liz Kicak
Associate Professor of Instruction, English
CPR 474D
(813) 974-3657



Liz Kicak completed her M.F.A. in creative writing at USF in 2011 and immediately joined the staff of the USF Humanities Institute. She was named the Director in 2016. In addition to her work at HI, Liz teaches creative writing and literature courses in the Department of English. She continues to write and publish her own poetry and has a special interest in the intersection of visual art and poetics (called ekphrastic poetry). Sharing her love of the humanities with students and encouraging them on their academic journeys is her favorite aspect of working at USF.


Jade von Werder

Jade von Werder
Administrative Specialist
CPR 474C
(813) 974-2913



Jade graduated from USF in 2019 with her B.A. in Humanities & Cultural Studies. She also completed a minor in Leadership Studies and a General Business Certificate. Jade interned at the Humanities Institute during her final semester at USF and stayed with the Institute after graduating. If she is not in the office, you can likely find her outside watching the ducks and squirrels on campus.

Rachel Hudson

Rachel Hudson
Staff Assistant


Meredith Johnson

Meredith Johnson
Professor, English
CPR 478D


Jennifer Knight
Associate Professor of Instruction, History

Matthew Knight
Associate Librarian, USF Libraries

Elizabeth Ricketts-Jones
Assistant Professor of Instruction, English

Jerry Rumph
Graduate Intern for Irish Studies Fellowship
English Literature PhD Student

CPR 478F


The Humanities Institute Faculty Advisory Board advise the Director in all areas of the Institute's planning and management. Faculty volunteer to serve a 2 - 3 year appointment and help set and monitor the long-term directional goals of the Institute, develop and evaluate applications for grants and fellowships, and deepen relationships between HI and the academic units it serves. Faculty interested in serving on the advisory board can contact Liz Kicak.

Name Department
Kristin Allukian English
Aaron Augsburger School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
Andrew Berish Humanities & Cultural Studies
Deborah Bowen Advertising
Jessica Cook English
Karla Davis-Salazar Anthropology
Aisha Durham Communication
Adib Farhadi Religious Studies
Roberto Jimenez Arroyo World Languages
Matt Knight History
Deborah Kochman Humanities & Cultural Studies
Anne Latowsky World Languages
Richard Manning Philosophy
Adriana Novoa History
David Ponton III School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
Natalie Scenters-Zapico English
Alaina Tackitt English
Catherine Wilkins Honors College