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May 10, 2013

On May 7th, the University of San Francisco presented the Ignatian Service Award to Professor Rhonda Magee, along with her co-directors of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Tracy Seeley, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Mathew Mitchell, professor of learning and instruction in the School of Education.

From left to right: Professor Tracy Seeley, Professor Rhonda Magee, USF President Steven Privett, S.J., Professor Mathew Mitchell, and Provost Jennifer Turpin.

The Ignatian Service Award recognizes an exceptional commitment to the service of students, the university, and the community at large.

Provost Jennifer Turpin recognized the three Center for Teaching Excellence co-directors as models of what leaders from different disciplines can accomplish when they work and serve together.

They went well beyond improving teaching excellence at USF, which they have done,” said Turpin, “to catalyze new conversations and reflection on Ignatian principles in higher education for the benefit of our faculty and students. They have also modeled a new way of working together at USF, beyond the silos, in an interdisciplinary way, toward our common goal of improving the learning experience for all USF students.”

This year, the Center for Teaching Excellence increased its support of faculty through a new peer consultation program and offered an intensive workshop open to all faculty to assist them in maintaining inclusive classrooms that thrive as a result of diversity.

“It is an odd blessing to be rewarded for doing work that I love, alongside people I deeply admire,” said Magee. “The award humbles and inspires me to an even deeper commitment to service on behalf of faculty, students, and our rich Jesuit heritage.”