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.

2020 USC Associates Faculty Awards

USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching


Tien M. H. Ng
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Medicine
Director, PGY2 Residency in Cardiology
Vice Chair, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy
USC School of Pharmacy


Karen Sternheimer
Professor (Teaching) of Sociology
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences


USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship


Michele D. Kipke
Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine (Clinical Scholar)
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Director, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Director, SC CTSI Engagement Core


Steven J. Ross
Myron and Marian Casden Director,
Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life
Professor of History
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences


USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression


Howard A. Rodman
Professor
Former Chair, John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
USC School of Cinematic Arts


Ewa Wojciak
Director of Design
Associate Professor of Practice of Design
USC Roski School of Art and Design

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