Academic Council

Welcome to SIM Tampa Bay Academic Council Shared Interest Group (SIG)

Mission:  To build and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the technology and academic communities in the Tampa Bay area.

Purpose:  To foster a stronger relationship between academia and industry to assure a strong pipeline of highly trained individuals to fit the needs of local employers.

Meet the Chair - John Duff, PhD

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We would like to introduce you to the SIM Tampa Bay Chair for the Academic Council.  John Duff is the Dean and Baccalaureate Academic Chair for the College of Computer and Information Technology (CCIT) at St. Petersburg College.

At CCIT, John oversees a program with over 3300 students focused on degrees in a variety of fields in information technology. He holds a Bachelors from Westminster College, and MBA from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. He started his career in technology at AT&T, moved to Ameritech at divestiture, and just prior to taking on the role of dean at St Petersburg College John spent 20 years at Eckerd College.

John is an avid cyclist who plays bass and acoustic guitar in a band and while a fan of the Rays and Bucs, he hails from Pittsburgh and still follows the “home” teams. He and his wife have four children who all graduated from universities in Florida.  LinkedIn profile

Steering Committee

Gert-Jan de Vreede, PhD 
Associate Dean for Research and Professional Programs
Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
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Bernie Farkas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Information Technology Management
University of Tampa
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Barry Hubbard, PhD
Dean Associate of Science Program
Hillsborough Community College
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Natasha Veltri, PhD
Associate Dean and Professor of Information & Technology Management
University of Tampa
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Programs & Events

The Academic Council SIG will have various meetings including regular steering committee meetings, general meetings with targeted topics, and open social events through the year.  
  • SIG Steering Committee meetings
  • SIG General meetings
  • SIG Sponsored meetings
  • National SIG meetings

If you are interested in learning more about the SIM Tampa Bay Academic Council, please feel free to reach out to John at

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Tampa Bay’s IT community represents over 50,000 IT professionals and according to CBRE is the second fastest growing market in the United States. Being a part of SIM Tampa Bay, we not only offer the networking and personal, up-close time with other local IT leaders and practitioners, but also access to significant leadership development opportunities for both leaders and their staffs.

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If you would like more information about membership in the Tampa Bay Chapter, please contact us at  If you would like more information about our upcoming events, please contact us at  Any other inquiries, please contact us at