Catherine Josephine Wilkins
Judy Genshaft Honors College | University of South Florida
Dr. Catherine Wilkins, Interim Assistant Dean of University of South Florida Honors College.
The cancer patient constantly told Wilkins many things Wilkins was doing was wrong and immoral (how annoying!).
The cancer patient constantly begged Wilkins do the right and honorable thing and take corrective actions to be a better person (even more fucking annoying!).
She didn’t. Now Wilkins is the Interim Assistant Dean of University of South Florida Honors College (Judy Genshaft Honors College).
Goes to show, you don’t need honor to reach high levels! Just fake it, until you make it!
Dr. Catherine Wilkins, Art Historian.
Your “loved one” is fighting cancer and chemotherapy alone?
That means “PARTY TIME!” Right?
Go get your freak on, girl! Let your boyfriend die of cancer alone!
Cancer don’t stop no one’s fun, oh yeah, unless you’re the cancer patient that’s dying!
But that ain’t you dying, so go party like you don’t care, Catherine, because you don’t!
Dr. Catherine Wilkins, Librarian.
Commits adultery with her supervisor in the library. Commits adultery with many others. Books are an aphrodisiac for adultery! Freaky-deaky librarian!
Dr. Catherine Wilkins, Honors Professor.
Abuses a medical patient dying of cancer.
Now, that just makes you scum.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins, Community Leader.
Files fraudulent requests for funding, and makes fraudulent statements to gain advancement and recommendations in the arts and medical fields.
Now that ruins the education for a lot of students (and countless others) who see teachers as role models.
Why do the actions of Dr. Catherine Wilkins matter?
When a medical patient goes to USF campus to report evidence of Dr. Catherine Wilkins’ cheating and abuses, patient is instantly admonished by Dr. Wilkins’ arts professor. Dr. Wilkins engages in coverup and gaslighting to both the patient and USF, and continues various abuses on the patient. Dr. Wilkins for years does everything she can to prevent the patient reporting abuses.
Dr. Wilkins takes advantage of patient’s near-death and weakened state.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins then proceeds with her long career, now including community engagement programs such as “Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art” with the Tampa Museum of Art and a patient-shadowing program with the Emergency Medicine division of Tampa General Hospital.
Also this year, Dr. Wilkins led an Honors course entitled “How to Make History.” This course is a collaboration with St. Petersburg Beach Public Library and the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins is now the Interim Assistant Dean of University of South Florida Honors College.
Dr. Wilkins is also Director of Medical Humanities Curriculum for the Morsani College of Medicine.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins used and abused the patient’s near-death medical condition (and appropriated other life details) in fraudulent applications and statements in which Dr. Catherine Wilkins attempted to receive funding, credit, and false honor for medical bills she never paid and care-taking she never gave.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins also used these false claims of good deeds, sacrifice, and accomplishment to promote her entire career in the arts and its connection to medicine and mental health.
It is ironic that Dr. Catherine Wilkins abused and detrimentally traumatized a cancer patient’s mental health, and used the information she gained and the false statements she made to have a career where she teaches courses such as “Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art.”
The medical patient, fighting cancer and the effects of chemotherapy alone, did not know all of Dr. Catherine Wilkins’ fraudulent uses of them and their near-death condition, but has tried to report her many times. Often the medical patient was too weak, or afraid the increased stress or time-and-energy-and-resource-consuming effort would kill them. Sometimes it nearly did.
Dr. Catherine Wilkins’ falsified and exaggerated applications for funding, and the related events, brings to light many issues and calls for many questions, among them:
Students, teachers, and professors may now say:
The “gloss” individuals put on themselves really works. Exaggeration and lies are effective.
Why can’t I cheat, exaggerate, and fabricate entire stories and actions on my scholarships, grants, or job applications? Dr. Wilkins did and got promoted many times.
Why can’t I cheat on my assignments or tests? Dr. Wilkins cheats.
Why can’t I invent positive deeds I never did? Dr. Wilkins invents.
Why do I actually have to do something, instead of just saying I did something?
Why can’t I take credit from others? Dr. Wilkins steals credit from what other people do.
Why do I have to report academic dishonesty or abuses? I can just say I filed a report, but not. I can even create fabricated evidence of filing a report, but not. That’s what Dr. Wilkins did.
If I am accused or about to be reported for academic cheating or abuses, I can just obfuscate, lie, coverup, and prevent the reporter or abused from informing authorities. That’s what Dr. Wilkins did.
It says it is okay to admonish the victim when trying to report academic dishonesty and abuse. (When a report could have been made earlier in person, Dr. Wilkins’ USF arts teacher at the time admonished the victim/medical patient and supported Dr. Wilkins.)
It says I can teach within the fields or related subjects that I committed my abuses. Dr. Wilkins does. (Dr. Wilkins should not be around medical patients.)
It calls into question all of Dr. Wilkins’ academic history; all of Dr. Wilkins’ scholarship applications, grant writing, written papers, her own recommendations from others, and her recommendations of or to others.
It calls into question all of Dr. Wilkins’ written papers or oral statements of claimed knowledge or research.
It calls into question all of Dr. Wilkins’ written papers or oral statements of claimed accomplishment.
It calls into question from those foundations and charities giving scholarships and grants, that Dr. Wilkins fabricates when requesting funding.
It calls into question all of Dr. Wilkins’ professional relationships, especially those with superiors, and if any have turned personal or sexual in ways that are unethical, dishonorable, or unbecoming of the institutions of education. It calls into question Dr. Wilkins’ active or willing participation in any such affairs or their coverups.
It provides many negative examples of lacking personal and relationship integrity, not merely professional. Teachers are role models. Students seeing how Dr. Wilkins conducts a personal life of adultery and dishonesty have their personal relationship foundations eroded if they follow her real-life example. Personal integrity at home, is as important (if not more so) as professional integrity. Ultimately, all integrity is interconnected.
It says Machiavellian tactics are helpful and productive to the individual.
It tells society, foundations, and charities to be increasingly weary of financial scams involving cancer (or any medical need). This tells society to disregard requests to help those with cancer, as it may be fraudulent. This is an immense detriment to those truly suffering from cancer, who need lifesaving funds and support.
The person that Dr. Wilkins deceptively uses in her request for funding applications is an abused orphan. This tells society they may further abuse an orphan, use an orphan’s status for their own gain, and not actually care for an orphan; just say they cared for them as they are in reality further being abused, whether child or adult. This says society may appropriate and dishonestly use to advantage the status of a weaker person, to increase and benefit the status of a more well-off person.
The person that Dr. Wilkins deceptively uses in her request for funding applications is a minority. This tells society that a Caucasian or race dominant in any society may continue to use, abuse, manipulate, disregard, steal from, gain from, appropriate from, and take advantage of a minority.
The person that Dr. Wilkins deceptively uses in her request for funding applications is a cancer patient. This tells society that medical patients have no rights. Medical patients may be used for illicit gain, manipulated, and abused — even as it leads to more suffering, more health issues, magnified health issues, mental trauma, and even if it may lead to the patients’ death or near-death through neglect, abuse, delays, or obstruction. It says medical patients may be used for unlawful gain.
It tells society when I commit consensual adultery, I can appropriate “rape” as my cover story. This has endless negative consequences for real-life rape victims and victims of sexual harassment or assault, and their ability to report such abuse and be taken seriously. While adultery should never be committed, this also has negative consequences for the person engaging in consensual adultery and being accused of rape. While both are immoral, there is a difference.
The medical patient Dr. Wilkins uses in her fraudulent applications for funding and honor, is also a real-life multiple-incident rape survivor from childhood. Appropriating “rape” to defend oneself in committing consensual adultery (as Dr. Wilkins tried to in a related incident with David Brodosi, also of USF) is an atrocity to real-life rape survivors. Real-life rape victims suffer enough from the incident, and suffer enough from their struggle for justice. Rape should never be appropriated to excuse the guilt of adultery (as Dr. Wilkins tried to).
It says when I am abusing someone, I just need to say: “I am taking care of them.”
Dr. Wilkins’ academic abuses may diminish the arts and humanities in the eyes of others. Artists already struggle for accreditation, funding, and respect.
It says honor at an Honors College is just a name, but not a reality.
It says one does not need true integrity, they just have to fake integrity. That integrity is superficial.
Details surrounding arrest of former University professor revealed
From the “Daily Emerald” by sverbano
FBI agents arrested former University adjunct instructor and professional speaker Bill Hillar at his home in Millersville, Md., Tuesday following the completion of a fraud investigation involving his fabricated experiences as an American war hero, doctoral degree holder and father of a kidnapped daughter.
According to the FBI’s affidavit, the 66-year-old instructor had been teaching, leading workshops, giving speeches and conducting training for almost 40 public and private-sector clients across the county “for at least the past 10 years under fraudulent pretenses.”
During his trips to Oregon, Hillar occasionally instructed one-credit drug trafficking, human trafficking and other University summer classes to hundreds of students. The classes were offered through the Substance Abuse and Prevention Program on campus.
University graduate and journalism major Victoria Davila took two of Hillar’s weekend SAPP classes in May 2010, and remembers the speaker’s heartfelt stories leaving a palpable impression on the student audience.
“He got classes of at least 180 students in tears … he got students after class waiting to shake his hand,” Davila said. “It’s completely appalling and disgusting that someone would do that.”
To this day, Davila remembers Hillar saying, “I began to realize that we all wear a mask of sanity” which, in retrospect, she said now seems more like a portent than a piece of scholarly philosophy. The recent alumnus also raised critical questions about how Hillar was hired in the first place.
“We all pay thousands of dollars to make sure we get a quality education from quality teachers,” Davila said, “and if (the University) is not doing that, then what are we paying for? I could have taken something else.”
Federal officials said evidence indicated Hillar earned more than $100,000 for teaching and speaking stints while using his illegitimate identity, including $33,000 from the University. In addition to the $32,500 earned from Middlebury College’s Monterey Institute for International Studies in California for teaching two 15-hour workshops per year since 2005, he is reported to have received $24,140 from the Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles, according to court records.
He conducted training through a small business, Bill Hillar Training, operating out of Millersville, and ran a now-defunct website, billhillartraining.com, crediting himself as a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel.
On Nov. 22, 2010, an FBI Internet Archive search revealed that Hillar had claimed to have “served in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, where his diverse training and experiences included tactical counterterrorism, explosive ordinance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare.”
Last fall, student veterans taking Hillar’s class at the Institute challenged his credentials as a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel and recipient of a University of Oregon doctorate, saying he did not exhibit the mannerisms of a high-ranking army officer.
According to the affidavit, the Middlebury official responsible for hiring Hillar told the FBI she used his website biography and resume to make a hiring decision.
Middlebury discovered Hillar’s claim of holding a University Ph.D. was false, and was unable to verify his military experience. Middlebury officials issued a public apology explaining that Hillar was not a formal employee, so he did not receive a background check. The Institute has now decided to perform background checks for all classroom instructors, in addition to offering Hillar’s former students the option of taking another single-credit course free of charge.
When asked whether the University would instigate a similar policy for affected students, University spokesperson Phil Weiler said administrators have not yet determined whether to mimic Middlebury’s conciliatory efforts.
“I don’t know that the University has addressed that issue at this time,” Weiler said. “If there are students who have taken (his) classes and are concerned about the credits they have earned, they should contact academic affairs so we can come to a solution that works for everybody.”
During the FBI’s investigation, the Department of Defense revealed that Hillar’s only military experience was an eight-year stint as an enlisted sailor in the Coast Guard. According to the affidavit, Hillar never served in the locations he claimed, nor was given any training in the fields mentioned during his service in the Coast Guard.
Hillar had also claimed a personal relationship with human trafficking, boasting that the 2008 action film “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, was inspired by events in his life and his daughter’s kidnapping, enslavement and murder. The movie’s directors and writers have never mentioned Hillar in interviews.
After being arrested, he appeared before a federal magistrate Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and was ordered to be detained after he was unable to post a $50,000 bond. If convicted, Hillar faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, federal officials said.
sverbano @ Daily Emerald