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. 


Vivianne Vincenty
Fall 2022 Intern
English '23

Faculty Advisory Board

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.



Kristin Allukian English
Aaron Augsburger School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
Andrew Berish  Humanities & Cultural Studies
Karla Davis-Salazar  Anthropology
Aisha Durham Communication
Matt Knight History
Natalie Scenters-Zapico English
Catherine Wilkins Honors College


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