USC Associates Faculty Awards

USC Associates has long focused on the support and acknowledgement of USC’s incredible faculty. This began in 1960, when the USC Associates presenting eight $1,000 checks to professors voted the best instructors by graduating seniors. Today, this support has evolved into three awards, each presented to two outstanding faculty members and totaling more than $21,000 annually.

  • The USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship honors distinguished intellectual and artistic achievement that has resulted in a significant impact on a discipline, at the interface of disciplines, or in the creation of viable new areas of scholarly activity.
  • The USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding faculty members who have a proven track record as exceptional teachers with a positive, inspiring and long-lasting effect on students’ learning, along with extraordinary or pioneering contributions to excellence in teaching.
  • The USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression recognizes the achievements of outstanding faculty members whose artistic works have made a significant and lasting impact. Artistic expression includes work done in the visual arts (e.g., cinema, painting, sculpture), the performing arts (e.g., dance, theatre, musical performance), literature (e.g., poetry, fiction, playwriting) and architecture.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023
USC Associates Faculty Award Recipients

USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

Miriam T. Burgos
Professor of Clinical Marketing
Academic Director, Executive MBA Program
Academic Director, Online MBA Program
USC Marshall School of Business

Francesca V. Mariani
Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine 
Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Director for the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Master’s Program
Course Director of Stem Cell Biology Regenerative Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC

USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

Arie Kapteyn
Professor (Research) of Economics
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Steve A. Kay
University and Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences, Director of Convergent Bioscience
Co-Director of the USC Norris Center for Cancer Drug Development Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC

USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression

Nao Bustamante
Professor of Art
USC Roski School of Art and Design

d. Sabela Grimes
Associate Professor of Practice 
USC Kaufman School of Dance

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