USF’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty embrace the University’s mission of educating the whole person – both heart and mind. Our professors pursue an ambitious agenda of research, teaching, and service. As scholars, they take on some of the world’s most challenging issues and problems. In the classroom, they bring compassion and academic rigor. Outside the classroom, they are engaged professionals, making contributions to their communities and their respective fields.
The USF faculty are well known for their groundbreaking research and their connection to a vast network of global scholarship. This provides them with expertise and experience that translates into the classroom, providing engaging courses and innovative teaching methods.
USF faculty work not only in their specialized fields, but also across disciplines, in ways that open new pathways to discovery. For example, last year’s Ignatian Service Award winner, Ronald Sundstrom, has made a major contribution to his home Department of Philosophy, but also to programs such as African Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Ethnic Studies. And he’s launched innovative projects like the Social Identities Reading Group.
Our low student-to-faculty ratio promotes close collaboration between faculty and students. This commitment shows when students find themselves as equals among scholars in their field. For example, Daniel Merthe was a senior Physics major last January. Working with Physics professor Thomas Bottger, Daniel ended up as the only undergraduate student presenting at the Western Spectroscopy Association Conference.
The talented scholars who constitute the College of Arts and Sciences came to USF for many reasons, not the least of which is our values-based education. For all they contribute, we are honored to have them in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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