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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 […]

Top USF St. Petersburg leader ousted in abrupt, mysterious move

Sophia Wisniewska, the university’s regional chancellor since July 2013, has been dismissed in a move that was as abrupt as it was mysterious. Her temporary replacement will be Martin Tadlock, who came to the university 14 months ago as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs. When news of Wisniewska’s ouster broke Friday night, the USF […]

USF opposes adjunct union drive

By Nancy McCann Soon after adjunct faculty members in the USF system got serious about forming a union, university administrators came out swinging. A union seeking to represent adjuncts from USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee submitted a petition to the state Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) on April 20 for approval to […]

Adjuncts: Joy of teaching dampened by poor pay, benefits

One of the last things college students expect to learn is that their instructor is living below the poverty level. Or can’t afford to take a modest vacation. Or is working three jobs. But that is the reality for many of the temporary, part-time teachers around the country known as adjuncts. In the Southeast, they […]

Part-time professors take first step to form union

Adjuncts, the temporary, part-time faculty members who teach many key courses, have taken the first step to form a union at the three campuses of the USF system. A group representing the adjuncts in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee filed a petition last week to hold a union election sometime in the months ahead. If […]