Category Archives: Faculty Achievements

St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs Wins Award

St Petersburg Conference on World Affairs LogoThe St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs has been awarded the Nikolai Khaladjan International Award from the American Association of University Administrators. The conference is recognized as a model partnership between campus and community.

The Conference itself will be held from February 26-28. Further details are available at

Congratulations are of course due to all involved, and in particular Dr. Thomas Smith of the Department of History and Political Science.


ESPG Faculty Elected to Leadership Positions for FSG

Florida Society of Geographers LogiA number of members of the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography were recently elected to leadership positions for the Florida Society of Geographers. Dr. Dona Stewart was elected to the Executive Board, while Dr. Barnali Dixon was elected assistant treasurer this year and will transition to the post of treasurer next year. In the meantime, Dr. Rebecca Johns Krishnaswami continues her service as Secretary.

Congratulations to all.

Cassill Publishes with Students

Dr Deby CassillDr. Deby Cassill, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently had a peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Bioeconomics. The paper, which is entitled “What can ants tell us about collective behavior during a natural catastrophe?”, was written jointly with, among others, Alexander Casella, an honors student.

Congratulations are of course due to Dr. Cassill and Mr. Casella.

Smoak Awarded Fulbright Specialist Grant

Dr smoakDr Donny Smoak, Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Environmental Science. Dr Smoak will be traveling to Shenyang Agricultural University, China, this summer, where he will be teaching and conducting joint faculty colleagues.

Congratulations to Dr Smoak.

Annual Shakespeare Festival to Debut in March

St Petersburg Shahespeare Festival logoThanks to the efforts of Dr Lisa Starks-Estes, Associate Professor in the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts, and her student Veronica Matthews, and in partnership with the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts and the MLA program in Liberal Studies, USF St Petersburg will hold its first annual Shakespeare festival in March. The 2015 St Petersburg Festival will feature “As You Like It”. The play includes original music composed by Los Angeles music industry veteran Mark Matthews and a cast that includes USFSP students, alumni, and staff.

The performances will be Thursday – Sunday March 12 – 15 and March 19 – 22, at 8pm at USFSP’s Williams House Courtyard. With “Pay What You Can” admission, seating will be first come-first served for about 50 audience members.

More information, is available from the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page at

Brice Invited to South Africa.

Dr Alejandro BriceDr. Alejandro Brice, Professor in the College of Education, has been invited to visit the Health Communication Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa during the Fall 2015 semester. The Health Communication Research Unit is a multidisciplinary research group concerned with the unique challenges of cross-cultural, cross-linguistic communication in health care contexts.

Following his visit, Dr Brice will give an invited presentation on issues related bilingualism at the South African Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference in Durban, South Africa.

This is a recognition of Dr Brice’s research and he deserves our congratulations.

Braunsberger Publishes Paper

Dr Karin BraunsbergerDr Karen Braunsberger, Professor of Marketing in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, that a paper she coauthored with Reto Felix will be published in International Marketing Review. The paper is entitled “I believe therefore I care: The relationship between religiosity, environmental attitudes, and green product purchase in Mexico.”

Congratulations to Dr Braunsberger.