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April 15-21, 2024

Social work assistant professor awarded for outstanding research efforts

Jeongsuk Kim

Jeongsuk Kim, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was selected as the recipient of the 2024 USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Excellence Award for her outstanding contributions in researching gender violence and suicide risk. The award, which is presented by USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, recognizes faculty whose research and scholarly efforts focus on issues impacting women.

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Sign up to be a commencement marshal!

Rocky at graduation

The Office of the President is seeking faculty and staff to serve as marshals for the spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5 at 6 p.m. as behavioral and community sciences, education, and undergraduate studies undergraduates cross the stage. Regalia will be provided to volunteers.

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Updated 2024 USNWR rankings

Two CBCS programs move up in US News & World Report rankings

Two programs, social work and speech-language pathology, jumped multiple spots in the US News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Social work moved up 11 spots in the rankings, from 94 to 83, and speech-language pathology moved up three spots, from 55 to 52. Read more.

Bill Haley speaks to conference attendees

School of Aging Studies hosts free conference to educate caregivers

The School of Aging Studies welcomed caregivers and professionals to the Caring for the Caregivers to Provide Better Care conference last Friday. The conference included sessions on coping strategies, advance care planning, medical and health issues in caregiving, and caregiver resilience and advocacy, as well as a panel on resources from area agencies on aging and other community expert providers. Free chair massages were offered by Moffitt Cancer Center to caregivers in attendance. Read more.

TAC presentation

USF CJMHSA TAC leads training on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

The USF Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center (CJMHSA TAC) convened a training in Palm Coast, FL. The purpose of this engagement was to present to local community providers regarding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, otherwise known as the federal parity law. Abby Shockley, MPH, CPH, director of the center, was one of the facilitators of the training. Read more.

New AI and research resources available for USF faculty

Two new AI resources are now available to faculty through Innovative Education: Course Enhancement with Generative AI workshop, which consists of modules on course preparation, assessment, content development, and optimizing feedback, and a USF pilot initiative to incorporate generative AI elements into student assignments and projects in online courses. You can join the summer committee for the pilot initiative by contacting Christine Brown.

A new generative AI website is also now live, and a new research administration system called Bulls iResearch is going live on May 6. Sign up for trainings on Bulls iResearch here.


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to your

USF Council on Technology for Instruction and Research representative, Jack Drobisz.

CBCS in the News

$3M will provide new anti-trafficking tools

USF Magazine

"USF's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Risk to Resilience Research Lab will develop a statewide database to assist in investigations and expand an online platform that..."


Rigg, K. K. (2024). Attitudes toward extended-release naltrexone treatment for opioid use disorder among African Americans. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 257, 111260. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2024.111260 

Rhodes, D.J., Ost, J.H., & Gandarilla-Javier, S. (2024). A qualitative exploration of social workers’ job preparedness in law enforcement agencies. Social Work Research. doi:10.1093/swr/svae005  

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

MHWW Course Cover Photo

Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace Course

Learn to attract and retain talent by creating a workplace culture that fosters wellness and allows for the free expression of issues related to employee's mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. Start the course today.

Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards

School of Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards Reception

April 19 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Join the School of Aging Studies in recognizing internship preceptors, supervisors, and recipients of awards and scholarships.

Prison Pod Flyer

Prison Cell Immersive Experience

April 24 | noon - 3 p.m.

Tampa campus, parking lot E (next to SOC)

Did you know that 75% of Florida’s state prison housing

lacks air-conditioning? Step inside a model prison cell to feel the conditions inmates in most Florida prisons experience. Questions? Contact

2024 Spring Assembly Save the date

Spring 2024 CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly

April 26 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams (New link)

Hear updates about the college from CBCS leadership. All CBCS faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in person.

CBCS center aligned logo in green

CBCS Research & Data Center Open House

April 26 | 2:45 - 3 p.m.

MHC Atrium

The CBCS Research & Data Center (RDC) will host an open house and discussion titled "Research Challenges & Changing Requirements: What can RDC do for you?" The event will cover RDC structure and processes, funding agency requirements, and new developments.

Fiesta by the Bay 2024

Fiesta by the Bay for Autism

April 27 | 6 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center

The funds raised at Fiesta by the Bay help the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties. There are many ways you can help make this year’s event a huge success. Contact Christine Rover at to find out ways you can help!

Computational Methods Workshop

Computational Methods for Social Sciences & Humanities Scholars

May 8 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ISA 5020 & Microsoft Teams

This workshop for graduate students and faculty will cover the benefits and pitfalls of using computational methods for social sciences and humanities research and introducing diverse methods through research examples.

This free workshop will be available for the first 25

applicants. RSVP here.

Florida Mental Health Institute 50th Anniversary Reception & Awards

May 16 | 5 - 7 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall

Join us for a night of fun, memories, and celebration. This in-person event will be a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and honor the legacy of FMHI. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event to commemorate 50 years of excellence in mental health research and education. RSVP here.

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