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USF faculty recognized for outstanding scholarly achievements

USF faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service at the 2016 Faculty Honors and Awards Reception.

USF faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievements Nov. 8 at the 2016 Faculty Honors and Awards Reception. The event is held each year to celebrate the teaching, research and innovation, and service successes of the university’s faculty, as well as to congratulate retiring faculty who have served the university so well.

Attendees gathered in the Gibbons Alumni Center Traditions Hall, and were welcomed by USF System President Judy Genshaft, Provost Ralph Wilcox and Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith.

“You should feel a special sense of pride in knowing your work has been recognized by your peers as extraordinary – embodying the high standards we all embrace,” Genshaft said in her opening remarks to faculty. “But the most meaningful aspect of the time and talent you invest is shaping the lives and careers of our students.

“You are influencing the next generations of bright minds that will help shape the future. That is a heavy responsibility, but you meet it with creativity, energy, and the utmost in scholarship.”


Distinguished University Professor award recipient John Adams (center) of the Department of Global Health, with USF Provost Ralph Wilcox and USF System President Judy Genshaft.

The 2016 award winners and honorees were:

Distinguished University Professors
(This award, the university’s most prestigious for faculty, recognizes senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside the University.)

John H. Adams, Department of Global Health, College of Public Health. Dr. Adams studies malaria parasite biology to help enable development of better ways to control malaria through vaccines, drugs and other prevention strategies.

John Skvoretz, Department of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Skvoretz’s primary areas of specialization include theoretical methods, group processes and social psychology, as well as network analysis and modeling.

Dana Zeidler, Department of Teaching & Learning, College of Education. Dr. Zeidler’s research program incorporates several pedagogical approaches into a theoretical framework using Socioscientific Issues as a means to facilitate scientific literacy.


Distinguished University Professor award recipient John Skvoretz, Department of Sociology, with Provost Wilcox and President Genshaft.

Excellence in Innovation Awards:

Norma Alcantar, professor, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; Svitlana Garbuzova, professor, Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, Morsani College of Medicine; and Henry Lee Woodcock, associate professor, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences.

Outstanding Research Achievement Awards:

Kathy Black, Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, USF Sarasota-Manatee; Carolyn Ellis, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences; Maureen Groer, professor, College of Nursing; David Kang, associate professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine; Russell Kirby, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Community & Family Health, College of Public Health; Jason Rohr, associate professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Arts & Sciences; Carla Stover, assistant professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences; Shannon Suldo, professor, Department of Educational & Psychological Studies, College of Education; Jun Tan, professor, Department of Psychiatry, Morsani College of Medicine; and Lilia Woods, professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences.


President Genshaft with Distinguished University award recipient Dana Zeidler of the Department of Teaching & Learning.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award:

Pamela Hallock Muller, College of Marine Science

Honorable mention awardees were Sara Green, Department of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences; and Michael Lynch, Department of Criminology, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences.

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

Esra Akin-Kivanc, School of Art & Art History; Kyaien Conner, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy; Sara Flory, Department of Teaching & Learning; Darcie Fontaine, Department of History; William Haley, School of Aging Studies; Manisha Joshi, School of Social Work; Andrea Smith, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders; John Sullivan, School of Information; Jeanne Travers, School of Theatre & Dance; and Gerald Woods, Department of Physics.

Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Awards:

Rene Alvarez, School of Geosciences; Jessica Davis, Department of Integrative Biology & CMMB; Ce’era Horton, Department of Economics; Kirsten Manzi, College of Nursing; Deanna Rieke, Department of Student Academic Services; Camille Rivera, Department of Psychology; and Daniel Shelnutt, Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications.


Rebecca Burns of the Department of Teaching and Learning received the Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award.

Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award:

Rebecca Burns, Department of Teaching & Learning, College of Education

Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award:

Jason Rohr, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

Kosgove Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Service Award:

Elizabeth Bird, Department of Anthropology; College of Arts & Sciences

Distinguished Service Award:

Dr. Kailie Shaw, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Morsani College of Medicine


Dr. Kailie Shaw of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences received the Distinguished Service Award.

USF Health Emeritus and Retired Faculty (retired in 2015-16 academic year):

Retired & Emeritus Professor Amy Borenstein, Department of Epidemiology & Bistatistics; Retired & Emeritus Professor Jane Carver, Department of Pediatrics; Retired & Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Flannery, Department of Internal Medicine; Retired Associate Professor Heather Hartsell, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences; Retired Professor Dr. Mitchel Hoffman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Retired & Emeritus Professor Kersti Linask, Department of Pediatrics; Retired & Emeritus Professor James Mortimer, Department of Epidemiology & Bistatistics; Retired Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Nelson, Department of Dermatology; Retired Instructor Patricia Newkirk, Department of Pediatrics; Retired & Emeritus Professor Bernd Sokolowski, Department of Otolaryngology; Retired Instructor Janet Sullivan, Department of Pediatrics; and Retired Assistant Professor Wayne Westhoff, Department of Global Health.

Academic Affairs Emeritus and Retired Faculty:

Retired & Emeritus Professor J. Ellis Blanton, Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences; Retired & Emeritus Distinguished University Professor Gaetan Brulotte, Department of World Languages; Retired Professor Michael Churton, Department of Teaching & Learning; Retired & Emeritus Associate Professor Donald Dellow, Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career & Higher Education; Retired Instructor Sylvia Diehl, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders; Retired & Emeritus Professor Delcie Durham, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Retired Professor James Eison, Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career & Higher Education; Retired & Emeritus Professor Herbert Exum, Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career & Higher Education; Retired & Emerita Professor Marcie Finkelstein, Department of Psychology; Retired & Emeritus Associate Librarian Joseph Floyd, USF Tampa Library; Retired Dean William Garrison, USF Tampa Library; Retired Associate Professor Katurah Jenkins-Hall, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy; Retired & Emeritus Professor Gyimah-Brempong Kwabena, Department of Economics; Retired Associate Professor Barbara Loeding, Department of Teaching & Learning; Retired Professor Kofi Marfo, Department of Education & Psychological Studies; Retired Professor Rita Meadows, Department of Teaching & Learning; Retired & Emeritus Professor Henry Mushinsky, Department of Integrative Biology; Retired & Emeritus Distinguished University Professor Nagaranjan Ranganathan, Department of Computer Science & Engineering; Retired & Emeritus Associate Professor G. B. Stephens, School of Theatre & Dance; and Retired Associate Professor Wai Cheung Suen, Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

- Photos by Ryan Noone and story by Anne DeLotto Baier



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