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Center for Excellence in Teaching
Grace Ford Salvatori, Suite 211
FAX: (213) 821-2474
Director: Ginger Clark, PhD
Program Manager: Dana Coyle
Faculty Fellows: David Albertson, Religion; Jay Bartroff, Mathematics; Peter Crookes, Surgery-Keck; Karla Heidelberg, Marine Environmental Biology; Jean-Michel Maarek, Biomedical Engineering and Marion Philadelphia, Center for Management Communication
Distinguished Faculty Fellows: Tatiana Akishina, Slavic Languages and Literature; Sarah Banet-Weiser, Communication; Nelson Eugene (Gene) Bickers, Physics; Eyal Ben-Issac, Clinical Pediatrics; Gail Peter Borden, Architecture; Sharon M. Carnicke, Dramatic Arts; Steven Chen, Pharmacy; Ruth Chung, Education; Frank Corsetti, Earth Sciences; Gerald C. Davison, Psychology; William Deverell, History; Donna Elliott, Pediatrics; Edward Finegan, Linguistics and Law; Steven Finkel, Molecular Biology; Judy Garner, Cell and Neurobiology; Wayne Glass, International Relations; Brenda Goodman, Cinematic Arts; Thomas Goodnight, Communication; Stephan Haas, Physics and Astronomy; Heather James, English; James Kincaid, English; Paul W. Knoll, History; Steven L. Lamy, International Relations; Nancy Lutkehaus, Anthropology; Debbie MacInnis, Business; Frank Manis, Psychology; Win May, Medical Education; Doe Mayer, Cinematic Arts; Oliver Mayer, Dramatic Arts; William O. McClure, Biological Sciences; Charles McKenna, Chemistry; Tara McPherson, Cinematic Arts; Najm Meshkati, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Beth Meyerowitz, Psychology; Geoffrey Middlebrook, Writing Program; Danielle Mihram, French and Italian; Erin Moore, Anthropology; Krishna Nayak, Electrical Engineering; Sally Pratt, Slavic Languages and Literature; Michael W. Quick, Biological Sciences; Nandini Rajagopalan, Management and Organization; Mark Redekopp, Electrical Engineering; Alison Dundes Renteln, Political Science; Margaret Rosenthal, French and Italian; Steven Ross, History; Sam Safadi, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Joel E. Schechter, Cell and Neurobiology; Wendy Smith, Social Work; Geoffrey Spedding, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Craig B. Stanford, Anthropology; Peter Starr, French and Comparative Literature; Karen Sternheimer, Sociology; Katherine Sullivan, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy; Armand R. Tanguay, Jr., Engineering; Rachel Walker, Linguistics; John Walsh, Gerontology; Travis Williams, Chemistry; Michael Wincor, Pharmacy; Theresa Woehrle, Family Medicine; S. Mark Young, Accounting and Bruce E. Zuckerman, Religion
CET's mission is to provide shared vision, support and leadership across the University of Southern California in the development and advancement of learner-centered education. The center promotes evidence-based teaching practices that align with well-established principles of learning and motivation, and promotes a culture of excellence in teaching across the university. It fosters professional development and enrichment of pedagogical practice through a model of context-specific peer consultation and TA training within each school. CET hosts an annual teaching conference in which innovative and highly impactful teaching practices are shared among the USC community.
CET strives to encourage the full integration of the university's research mission into teaching, both in and outside of the classroom. Excellence in research requires commitment to the development of superior communication and instructional skills in all fields, as well as in the training of our students for their future in academia. The scholarly activities of the faculty may lead directly to opportunities to foster university-wide discourse on the commitment to excellence in teaching.
CET trains new teaching assistants at the beginning of each semester and assists in the creation and operation of teaching assistant training programs within each school. The center is also asked to develop better ways to evaluate teaching effectiveness and student learning. In its capacity as principal advocate for and promoter of an excellent teaching and learning environment on campus, CET provides recognition and awards for excellent teachers and mentors nominated and selected by faculty and students.
Each year CET solicits nominations for and selects the winners of several university-wide awards and grants for teaching excellence:
The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor the university faculty can bestow on its members for outstanding teaching. It recognizes career achievements in teaching with emphasis on concrete accomplishments and proven results; it is not intended as a "teacher of the year" award. A maximum of two awards of $3,500 each are presented each year at the Academic Honors Convocation in April to emphasize the university's recognition of the significant role that teaching plays in its mission.
The University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards of $1,000 are presented each year at the Academic Honors Convocation to three graduate teaching assistants who have exhibited consistent excellence in the classroom and symbolizes the university's dedication to the education of scholar-teachers.
CET also arranges consultations, symposia, institutes, conferences, demonstrations and other kinds of programmatic activities to support excellence in teaching and learning on behalf of the university.
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Grace Ford Salvatori Hall (GFS) 227
3601 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1691
Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs: Elizabeth Graddy, PhD
Senior Manager for Postdoctoral Affairs: Dan Carino
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is the central postdoctoral scholar resource on campus. It serves as a liaison between the Office of the Provost, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff to disseminate university initiatives and policies. The office works closely with academic units to help recruit and train a diverse cadre of the best junior scholars to the university, preparing postdoctoral scholars for careers as independent researchers, academics and leaders of their chosen fields.
The office manages the following Provost's signature programs for postdoctoral scholars: Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities, USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities, USC-CONACYT Postdoctoral Scholars Program, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars Program for Faculty, the Taiwan-USC Postdoctoral Scholars Program, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars Program for Clinical Residents and Fellows, and the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grants.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs facilitates the full integration of postdoctoral scholars at USC, encouraging all postdocs to take advantage of the many opportunities to engage and connect with other members of the Trojan Family.
For more information, visit the Website at postdocs.usc.edu.