Dr. Jean Battle, the first dean of the USF College of Education hired the first faculty member, Dr. William Bott, in 1960 as the first faculty member in the College. Dr. Bott was a former assistant dean from Florida Southern College and obtained his Ph.D. from Duke University. At the time, President John Allen prohibited USF from hiring faculty members who were employed with the University of Tampa or Florida Southern College. Dean Battle said he was able to hire Dr. Bott, who he had worked with at Florida Southern, because he was an expert in counselor education and the College needed a person to advise incoming students as they enrolled in the College of Education. Dr. Bott performed his advising duties until 1965 and also developed and served as the first director of the Counselor Education Program in the College.
Other early faculty members hired in 1960 included Dr. Harris Dean from Florida State University, where he was a professor and chair of the Department of Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum. He also served as the chairman of the Commission on Research and Service of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Dean played a key role in the preparation of USF for its initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges, Universities, and Secondary Schools in 1964. In 1965, Dr. Dean left the College of Education to become Dean of Academic Affairs of USF and served as the acting president of USF in 1970.
Dr. Robert Shannon, Dr. Thomas Stovall, and Dr. Harold Scrivener were also founding faculty members. Dr. Shannon, who had previously served as an assistant professor from Wittenberg College and earned his doctorate from Florida State University, joined the College of Education in 1960. Dr. Shannon initiated several innovative programs in the area of teacher preparation. In 1966, he was named Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Instruction of the College of Education. Dr. Stovall was formerly an assistant professor of social science at the University of Minnesota and a graduate of George Peabody College. He remained with the College for several years. Dr. Scrivener had previously served as a professor of education from the University of Mississippi, and was a graduate of Indiana University and left USF after three years.
It is interesting to note that the USF College of Education hosted a Teacher Education Conference at the old Hillsborough Hotel entitled “The All-University Approach to Teacher Education.” Two of the invited speakers were Dr. Harris Dean and Dr. Thomas Stovall. When Dean Battle was interviewed, he indicated that the conference may have served as a recruitment and interview strategy as well as providing academic discourse on the College of Education’s innovative approach to preparing teachers.
There were many other faculty members who played critical roles and made significant contributions in the development of the programs and departments during the early years of the College of Education. It was not possible to list the entire list the faculty and provide a proper description of their contributions. Please accept the sincerest apologies of the writers of this project to those faculty members who were instrumental in the development of the College and whose names were not mentioned in this section. Your work and commitment to the College of Education will always be deeply appreciated.
Dr. Lucito, whose expertise was in special education, joined the College of Education faculty in 1961 with a dual assignment to the College and Institute III, which was also named the University Center for the Study of Exceptional Students and Adults. His collaborations with Dr. Bob Dwyer were instrumental in the initiating of the Special Education Program in the College of Education. In 1966, Dr. Lucito left USF to become the director of the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped in the US Office of Education in Washington, DC.
Dr. Dannenburg, whose specialty was in distributive education, joined the faculty in 1962. He worked closely with Dean Jean Battle and coordinated several of the early conferences that were held on campus and hosted by the College of Education. He also collaborated with Dr. Don Jaeschke and convinced Dean Battle of the importance of establishing the Adult and Vocational Educational Program. In 1966, Dr. Dannenburg was appointed to serve as Assistant Dean for Administration by Dean Battle.
Dr. Manker joined the faculty of the College of Education in 1962 with a specialization in social foundations of education. He worked with Dr. Christian Anderson, Dr. Les Tuttle, and Dr. Bozidar Muntyan to formulate the plans for the Social Foundations of Education Program. Dean Battle named Dr. Manker to serve as Assistant Dean for Instruction and Research.
Dr. Crickenberger joined the College’s faculty in 1963 as part of the Curriculum and Instruction Program. She was the driving force in the development of the Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program. Dr. Crickenberger recruited Mr. Jack Stovall, Dr. Hugh Hoffman, Dr. Lou Bowers, and Dr. Charles Smith to begin an innovative Professional Physical Education Program.
Dr. Lantz joined the faculty in 1963 and with Dr. Lou Anderson and Dr. Walter Musgrove and worked to lay the foundation for the Psychological Foundations of Education Program and served as the program’s first coordinator. Later Dr. Musgrove with Dr. Glenn Geiger developed the School Psychology Program.
Dr. Lichtenberg came to the College of Education in 1963 in with a specialization in mathematics education collaborated with Dr. William Engel to develop the Mathematics Education Program for Secondary Education Teachers.
Dr. Stone arrived at the USF College of Education in 1963 and became a faculty member in the Measurement and Research Program. He served as the director of research for the College from 1965 to 1968. In 1969, he became the first chair of the Department of Measurement and Research.
Dr. Urbanek also joined the College of Education faculty in 1963 in the Measurement and Research Program. He served as the College’s first internship coordinator. In 1966, Dr. Urbanek was named as Assistant Dean for Advising in the College of Education.
Dr. Tuttle joined the College of Education faculty in 1963 as part of the Social Foundations of Education Program. In 1965, Dean Battle named him to be the Director of Foundations and Related Areas. In 1968, Dr. Tuttle was appointed to serve as the dean of the USF St. Petersburg Campus. In 1975, he was named as Academic Dean of the Regional Campuses of St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Fort Meyers.