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Adjunct profs’ union vote to begin Feb. 16

By Nancy McCann Adjunct faculty on the three campuses of the USF system can finally stop chanting “let us vote.” On Monday, it was announced that they were victorious in their campaign to hold a union election. From Feb. 16 to March 13, the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission will run an election allowing adjuncts […]

Legislative bill would end USFSP’s separate accreditation

By Nancy McCann Buried in a 52 page bill awaiting action in the Legislature is a proposal that would abolish the independent accreditation of USF St. Petersburg. If adopted, the bill would end the independence that the St. Petersburg campus won from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2006.  The bill, HB 423, […]

Adjuncts win state approval in union election; administration opposes

Above photo: At a Nov. 29 rally on the Tampa campus, adjuncts rebuked USF System President Judy Genshaft and the university for fighting their efforts to hold a union election to form a collective bargaining unit. Nancy McCann | The Crow’s Nest By Nancy McCann After years of struggling to be heard, adjunct faculty in the […]

Adjunct faculty members rally to rebuke Genshaft, call for vote on proposed union

By Nancy McCann After months of describing their individual struggles with low income and financial hardships, adjunct faculty from the three USF campuses have one, simple message: Let us vote. At a Nov. 29 rally on the Tampa campus, adjuncts rebuked USF System President Judy Genshaft and the university for fighting their efforts to hold […]

University: hearing officer is biased, adjunct profs not entitled to union

By Nancy McCann Although USF St. Petersburg relies heavily on adjunct professors, the university system says they are just temporary employees who fill “unexpected holes” in the teaching schedule and therefore are not entitled to form a union. In a 37-page document submitted to the Public Employees Relations Commission on Oct. 27, the USF administration doubles […]

Adjuncts’ union drive gets key approval

By Nancy McCann Friday the 13th was a lucky day for adjunct faculty members in the USF system who are seeking approval to hold a union election. In a 29-page order, a state hearing officer recommended that the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) approve “a secret ballot election” for the proposed bargaining unit – which […]

Surprise, questions abound

Pictured Above: In a happier moment, former Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska (third from left) and USF System President Judy Genshaft (center, in green dress) posed in 2013 with (left to right) Roy Binger, USFSP Campus Board; Judy Mitchell, USFSP Campus Board; Bob Churuti, USFSP Campus Board; Stephanie Goforth, USF System Trustee; Debbie Sembler, former USFSP Campus […]

Grading the regional chancellor: A string of A’s – and then an F

By Nancy McCann For four years, the president of the USF system applauded the performance of Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska with positive evaluations and pay raises. President Judy Genshaft praised Wisniewska for building a senior leadership team, meeting goals and working hard for “the success of USFSP.” Documents in Wisniewska’s personnel file also show that […]

Reflective but emphatic, ousted chancellor says she would never jeopardize students’ safety

By Nancy McCann Confident that all students had evacuated and campus preparations for Hurricane Irma were complete, Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska left St. Petersburg on Saturday, Sept. 9, to escape the potential fury of the storm. She returned three days later to the wrath of USF system President Judy Genshaft. In a scorching letter that […]

Wisniewska forced out over handling of Irma evacuations

By Timothy Fanning and Nancy McCann Sophia Wisniewska, who was abruptly ousted as regional chancellor, was pushed out for her handling of the evacuation of the university in the days before Hurricane Irma. In a three-page draft letter from Judy Genshaft, the USF system president expressed her “profound disappointment” with Wisniewska’s “lack of leadership in […]