The Office of Academic Affairs

Division of Academic Affairs
USF St. Petersburg Bay 204
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4260

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Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs

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Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs
The Division of Academic Affairs comprises the activities and personnel central to USF St. Petersburg's mission of teaching, research, and service. It includes the three academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education), the Nelson Poynter Library, Academic Advising, Academic Success Center, Registration and Records, Campus Computing, The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Research, Graduate Studies, and International Affairs.

The University's academic programs are delivered by 160 full-time faculty through three colleges. Programs are offered at St. Petersburg and at various sites in Pinellas County. USF St. Petersburg serves over 3,500 students and awards degrees through almost 40 degree programs at the bachelor's, and master's levels.

USF St. Petersburg is committed to teaching excellence in a student-centered environment; relevant research that will contribute to the public good; and partnerships that will enhance the social, economic, and intellectual growth of our community.

The Poynter Library houses some 230,000 volumes, as well as computer links to thousands of databases and the World Wide Web through a partnership with the USF Tampa Library.

General Education Course Proposal (2013)
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Announcement: Distance Learning Course Development Program, Refinement Awards & Course Assistance (UDPATED 7/19/13)
Higher education is undergoing major transformations and changes in the initial decades of the twenty-first century. One such change is the expanding role of online education. It is vital that USFSP provides its students a robust pathway to online programs and courses appropriate to their increasingly complex learning needs and lifestyles. Additionally, our Faculty is our institution’s most valuable asset. They must be afforded appropriate, quality professional development opportunities to advance their teaching acumen and technological skill set.

Accordingly, the Office of Academic Affairs, with the support of the Deans, established a multi-pronged award program for the development and support of distance/online learning courses and course development. To date, this program has produced remarkable results with over 40 faculty members receiving course development awards and over 20 faculty members receiving course refinement awards. As a result three courses have been certified by Quality Matters and several more are in the certification process.

In Fall 2013, though, the USFSP Distance Learning Department must focus its attention on migrating learning management systems from Blackboard to Canvas. Currently only 35% percent of USFSP faculty has made the migration to Canvas and the deadline for the transition is December 31, 2013. Migrating courses is a time-intensive process aimed at insuring the integrity of course content for our Faculty.

Therefore, there will be a temporary postponement of course development and refinement awards for Fall 2013/Spring 2014. All current course awards that have already been submitted and approved will proceed with development and will be funded as planned. Despite the postponement of new course development and refinement, Faculty should feel free to continue to contact the Distance Learning Department for assistance with lecture capture, video production, and instructional design consultations. To book the recording studio or make an appointment with an instructional designer, please contact David Brodosi at or at ext. 3-4126. Also, when the process resumes, please be advised that associated paperwork will now be handled directly through the Distance Learning Department. Finally, please extend a welcome to our new Assistant Director of Distance & Distributed Learning, Kim Garvey. Ms. Garvey will be working with Dean Carol Hixson and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to review the course development program and associated distance learning initiatives. She encourages your input and can be contacted at or at ext. 3-4408. For more information about the program please visit the USFSP Online Learning and Support Services.


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