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USF Honors Exceptional Teaching, Research, and Service 

David Holler

David Holler (right), assistant professor of language and rhetoric, wins the Distinguished Teaching Award.

USF celebrated outstanding teaching, research, and service in and out of the classroom at its annual faculty and staff Service and Merit Awards ceremony on May 7.

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

Distinguished teaching

David Holler, assistant professor of rhetoric and language, won the Distinguished Teaching Award. Holler directs the Martín-Baró Scholars Program, an innovative living-learning community exploring issues of citizenship, social justice, and diversity through coursework and service learning. This year, students focused on poverty.

Seth Wachtel, associate professor of urban studies and director of the Architecture and Community Design Program, was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award.

Distinguished research

The Distinguished Research Award went to Paula Birnbaum, associate professor of art history and director of the Museum Studies Program. Birnbaum’s research investigates how contemporary female artists use different media to explore the social, cultural, religious, and gender rights transformations taking place in the Middle East.

Tim Iglesias, a professor in the School of Law, and Vincent Pizzuto, who chairs the Department of Theology, won the Ignatian Service Award for their commitment to service to students and the community.

See a complete list of winners.

Written by Monica Villavicencio »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews