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USF Honors Law Faculty for Exceptional Teaching and Service

May 12, 2014

USF celebrated the School of Law’s outstanding academic support and commitment to service at its annual Service and Merit Awards ceremony May 7.

Professor Tim Iglesias won the Ignatian Service Award for spearheading academic support services and service to students, as well as his leadership in the teaching and practice of mindfulness and contemplative lawyering. 

“Throughout, he has been a warm and supportive colleague, ever aware of the stark challenges that we face, but equally unrelenting for his optimism for our collective endeavor and humanity,” said Jenny Turpin, provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

The university’s Team Merit Award went to the School of Law’s Law+Plus Academic Support Program (ASP) team of Richard Sakai, Carol Wilson, and Rodney Fong. Their efforts ensure student success and helped USF’s first-time California Bar pass rate increase by five points, while the statewide pass rate fell, Turpin said. 

USF awarded its Innovation in Teaching with Technology to Assistant Professor Eugene Kim. Kim, who teaches legal writing, gives students feedback via online videos and is continually seeking ways to use technology to enable students to learn more efficiently and effectively. 

“He’s definitely inspired other instructors to try similar techniques,” said Opinder Bawa, vice president of information and technology services. 

More than a dozen faculty and staff members throughout the university were honored for their research and teaching, as well as for their contributions in areas such as innovation in teaching with technology and leadership in diversity and inclusion. 

See a complete list of winners