USFSP’s Tadlock and Baker Recognized at 2017 Global Achievement Awards

Left to right: USF President Judy Genshaft (center) presents Global Achievement Awards to Interim Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and Director of Global Initiatives Wendy Baker.

Left to right: USF President Judy Genshaft (center) presents Global Achievement Awards to Interim Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and Director of Global Initiatives Wendy Baker.

(Dec. 6, 2017) – At the third annual Global Achievement Awards last month, USFSP’s Interim Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and Director of Global Initiatives Wendy Baker were part of a select group across the USF System recognized for setting high standards of excellence and innovation in global initiatives.

“It was a great pleasure that USF St. Petersburg received one of the very competitive USF World Global Achievement Awards,” said Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President for USF World. “Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Tadlock and with support from outstanding staff like Wendy Baker, USFSP is consistently developing new opportunities for students, staff and faculty to engage globally. As USF World is a USF System office, we are delighted to recognize these important efforts and honor key individuals that advance student success and raise the global reputation of the university.”

The recognition is a testament to USFSP’s commitment to globalizing students’ experiences by creating affordable education abroad opportunities while providing regular international and diverse cultural experiences on campus.

Baker, along with counterparts at USF Health and USF Sarasota-Manatee, was awarded the Outstanding Global Engagement staff award for her exemplary contributions to global education. Baker creates richly rewarding and affordable global education experiences in countries such as India, Germany and France for students both on campus and abroad.

“It was a real honor to even be nominated for this award and shows that the global opportunities and experiences we have established for our students are being appreciated System-wide,” said Baker. “Moving forward we hope to expand on the progress made by putting together a Visiting Scholars Program and enhancing faculty and student exchanges between countries.”

Tadlock received an honorable mention in the administrator category for making significant progress in globalizing USFSP, from recruiting top international students to partnerships with international universities in China and Malaysia. The partnership with China is already paying cultural dividends, bringing recent USFSP graduates to Shandong Province to teach subjects like English, drama and music to school children at the AMERI-CAN International Academy.

Tadlock, along with leadership at the university, was instrumental in establishing key objectives and metrics on internationalization for the USFSP community to achieve in the coming years. Some of these objectives found in the 2017-2022 Master Academic Plan include:

  • Increasing the international student headcount through direct recruitment and articulation agreements with international partners;
  • Providing an affordable semester opportunity for students to go abroad or to a distinctively different cultural setting within the U.S.;
  • Developing dual enrollment/dual degree programs with international partners;
  • Identifying affordable housing or home stay sponsorship and additional on-campus employment opportunities for international students; and
  • Partner with campus and community stakeholders to continue to provide regular international and diverse cultural opportunities.

Roughly 100 people were in attendance at the ceremony to see President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox present these highly competitive awards to faculty, staff, administrators and units raising the global reputation of the USF System.