Awards & Recognitions

Professor Tom Cavanaugh, 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions National Grant

This prestigious national grant recognizes Prof. Cavanaugh, for his new innovative course “What is Wisdom.”

Professor Matthew Gaudet, 2015 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award

Prof. Gaudet is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award.

Quayshawn Spencer, 2013 National Science Foundation Grant Award

Prof. Spencer has been awarded a $21,514 standard grant from NSF (Award Number: 1331110) for his proposal, "WORKSHOP: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Nature and Reality of Race bringing together Philosophical and Biomedical Perspectives." The grant will help fund a conference at USF in Spring 2014.

Prof. Manuel Vargas, 2013-2014 NEH Chair at the University of San Francisco

"Philosophy in Latin America: My project is to bring to completion a book that makes a comprehensive case for the value and significance of Latin American philosophy. The aspiration is to ensure that newcomers will walk away with a sense of what is valuable about the field, while providing the small community of Anglophone specialists with sufficient grist to merit their engagement."

Prof. Quayshawn Spencer, 2012-2013 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

"Prof. Spencer's prestigious fellowship will support his research into philosophy, genetics, and racial realism."

Prof. David Stump, 2012 Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science

"Prof. Stump will spend Fall 2012 at work on the Philosophy of logic, science, and mathematics in Henri Poincaré and contemporary pragmatist philosophies of science."

Prof. Thomas Cavanaugh, 2012 Dean's Scholar Award

"The college recognizes Thomas Cavanaugh for his work on the ethics of double-effect. In his book, “Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil,” (Oxford: Clarendon Press) he presents the first detailed history of double-effect while articulating and defending new criteria for assessing hard moral cases found, for example, in medical, legal and military fora. While prompting consideration by prominent philosophers, his book has garnered praise and numerous reviews in journals such as Mind and The Philosophical Quarterly."

Philosophy Major Neema Jyothiprakash ('14), 2013 Sarlo Scholar for the USF Global Service-Learning program

Philosophy Major Eric Schroer ('14), 2013 Sarlo Scholar for the USF Global Service-Learning program

"Only 15 USF students are chosen each year to participate in this fully-funded program. Neema & Eric will each live with a host family and intern at grassroots organizations addressing one or more of the following issues: education, health care, women’s rights, environmental preservation, community empowerment, and human rights. Neema will be part of the India delegation, and Eric will be part of the Bolivia delegation."

Prof. Manuel Vargas, 2012 Distinguished Research Award

"The Committee selected Professor Vargas for his major contributions to scholarship in the philosophy of action and agency, addressing the topics of moral responsibility and free will, as well as his research in Latin American philosophy and the philosophy of law."

Prof. Michael Torre, appointed President of American Jacques Maritain Association (2012-2015)

"Prof. Torre expects to bring the AMA to the University of San Francisco for its meeting in 2014."

Prof. Jeffrey Paris, 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Full-Time Faculty Service Award


Prof. Manuel Vargas, 2011 Dean's Scholar Award (Inaugural Year)


Instr. Ruth Starkman, Ph.D., 2011 Arts & Sciences Part-Time Faculty Service Award

"Dr. Starkman arrived at USF quietly in 2003, teaching in the then-Rhetoric and Composition program, until she was shortly thereafter brought into the fold of Philosophy. At that time, few realized that we had on our hands a well-pedigreed poly-intellectual whose research program would match or exceed that of many Professors, eventually including four books and dozens of other publications. She is also an 8-year mainstay in the Writing Center, where she faithfully assists students in their quest to learn fundamentals of grammar and diction, and to develop argumentative and exegetical essays. For the past few years, she has been a Higher Education Editor with the Huffington Post, offering tips for students on essay writing and insight into the lives of the professoriate, wondering along the way whether Harry Potter’s decision to drop out of school to fight evil is a model for students to emulate. (Go ask your faculty, she recommends - they are not nearly as evil as Voldemort’s minions who took over Hogwarts School of Magic!)"

Prof. Ron Sundstrom, 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award