Vargas has taught courses in a wide range of departments and
programs, including the departments of Philosophy and
American Studies, the Honors Program in the Humanities, the St.
Ignatius Institute, and the School of Law. At USF, he
has won numerous awards for his research, including the 2012
Distinguished Research Award
(a university-wide award given annually to a single faculty member in
the university for
outstanding research accomplishment), the
inaugural College of Arts and
Scholar Award (2012), and the Provost's Faculty Team Innovation Award
(2011). He has held both the NEH Chair in the Humanities (2005-2006,
2013-14) and the Davies Professorship (2012).