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Former TTU professor removed as director at University of South Florida, accused of relationships with students

Samuel Bradley (Source: Texas Tech staff photo) Samuel Bradley (Source: Texas Tech staff photo)

The investigation into former Texas Tech University professor, Samuel Bradley, is over.

In March 2016, Bradley was placed on administrative leave from the University of South Florida, after they received reports that he engaged in intimate relationships with multiple students at Tech.

On Thursday, KCBD obtained the report from USF which concluded on June 30, 2016.

USF College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eric Eisenberg released a statement:

The University of South Florida is taking several actions based on the recommendations of an external, independent review of the university’s hiring of Samuel Bradley.  Effective immediately, Bradley has been removed as the Director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications. 

The process has also started to terminate Bradley’s employment as a tenured faculty member. The Zimmerman School will continue to offer extraordinary programs, dedicated to preparing students for productive careers in the advertising and mass communications industry.  A national search for a new director to further advance the School’s goals and mission will begin immediately. In addition, a new USF System-wide policy is being implemented that will require more steps are taken to check references with all employee hires.  

The independent review was conducted by the law firm of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez and Hearing, based in Tampa, FL.

In the report, the law firm found that USF’s mandatory hiring processes were not followed in the hiring of Bradley as Visiting Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Zimmerman Advertising Program.

The report also states the search committee for the university made no effort to verify Bradley’s employment, his status at Texas Tech or any other aspect of his background.

According to the report, Bradley provided false and misleading information to USF in the course of his investigation at Tech and “did not disclose information that he should have disclosed as part of his application.”

In fact, the document states on February 7, 2013, Bradley wrote a letter to USF stating he served as the departmental chair for a year and half, before stepping down due to his recent divorce.

However, on August 12, 2012, Texas Tech asked him to step down because of the investigation into his alleged involvement with a student.

The law firm found that Bradley did not inform USF’s search committee or anyone at the university about the change in his status at Tech. “He attributed his desire to leave Texas Tech and Lubbock to the acrimonious divorce that was pending at that time,” according to the documents.

The report goes on to state that Bradley violated the certification contained in the employment application and provided false informational with the University relied in making its offer of employment.

Also, the law firm states that though “there is no justification or excuse for the failure to check Dr. Bradley’s references,” it is unclear how much information could have been discovered. Because, Bradley’s termination at Tech was not effective until February 15, 2013 and Bradley submitted his application to USF on February 7, 2013.

Additionally, the search committee reported one of Bradley’s weaknesses, of his application, was that his reason for leaving Tech was unclear.

According to the report, “It is clear that Dr. Bradley intended his deception, a fact that is proven by his explanation that the non-disclosure of the true circumstances was justified by the fact that the process for revocation of tenure had not yet begun and so he had not been afforded due process.”

After the findings of the review were made public, Bradley was removed as the Director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications. His employment as a tenured faculty member will also be terminated.

Also, a new policy has been set for USF that will require more steps to be taken to check references with all employee hires.


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