Outstanding Faculty Members Recognized

Honorees include professors recognized by prestigious national and international academic and professional organizations.

 

By Kevin Burke

Special to USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2013) — The University of South Florida will honor 25 outstanding faculty members for their recent professional recognitions by many of the world’s top scholarly and research organizations with a dinner and formal awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in Lifsey House on the USF campus.

 

The 15 men and 10 women being saluted represent seven of the university’s colleges including Arts and Sciences, The Arts, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Business, Engineering, Public Health and Morsani College of Medicine.

 

Their respective accomplishments have earned them commendations from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

 

“At the heart of any great university rests its faculty, talented and passionate scholars and teachers who devote their days and nights to seeking innovative solutions to pervasive problems, creating and transmitting new knowledge, and mentoring leaders for the next generation,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox.

 

“The University of South Florida is fortunate to serve as the academic home to an immensely gifted and diverse faculty which engages daily in groundbreaking research, scholarship and creative activity,” he said. “On this occasion, we proudly celebrate the achievements and contributions of those who have been recognized by the most prestigious of national and international academic and professional organizations — strengthening our reputation as a top-tier research institution with global impact.”

 

Introduced by Senior Vice Provost Dr. Dwayne Smith, each honoree will receive a cherry wood and bronze plaque from USF President Judy Genshaft and Wilcox indicating their status as an outstanding faculty member. They include:

 

·         Dr. Richard D. Gitlin, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, for his election to the National Academy of Engineering.

·         Dr. Barbara Hansen, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, for her selection for membership in the Institute of Medicine.

·         Dr. William Spellacy, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morsani College of Medicine, for his selection for membership in the Institute of Medicine.

·         Dr. Jay Hopler, associate professor in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, for receiving a Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

·         Dr. Yogi Goswami, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Alan Hevner, professor in the Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences, College of Business, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Ashok Kumar, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Salvatore Morgera, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Robert Tykot, professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Michael Zaworotko, professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

·         Dr. Helena Szépe, associate professor in the Department of Art History, College of The Arts, for her designation as a fellow in the American Council of Learned Societies.

·         Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos, associate professor in the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, for receiving a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

·         Dr. Thomas Bernard, professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, for his designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Heide Castañeda, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Stefan Frisch, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, for his designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Sarah Kruse, associate professor in the Department of Geology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Margarethe Kusenbach, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Ella Schmidt, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. John Petrila, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, for his designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, USF St. Petersburg, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Wei Zhu, associate professor in the Department of World Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

·         Dr. Nathan Gallant, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, for receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

·         Dr. Adriana Iamnitchi, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, for receiving a National Science Foundation. CAREER Award

·         Dr. Craig Lusk, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, for receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

·         Dr. Casey Miller, associate professor in the Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, for receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

 

In addition, Dr. Emanuel Donchin, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Lawrence Hall, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, will be recognized for their ascension to the rank of Distinguished University Professor, the highest faculty distinction at USF, reserved for senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside the university.

 

Hall and Donchin bring to 66 the number of active and retired faculty members named as Distinguished University Professors since 1981.