USC Academic Honors Convocation honors inspiring faculty

The event recognizes that USC is above all else a community of scholars. Part 1 on Monday honored faculty members; student scholars will be recognized Wednesday.

April 13, 2021 David Medzerian

USC honored outstanding faculty members Monday in the first portion of the 40th annual Academic Honors Convocation. Student scholars will be honored at a separate Wednesday.

Faculty members honored at Monday’s event, also held online, were:

Distinguished Professors: Awarded very selectively to those whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC.

  • Natalia Molina
  • Alan E. Willner

University Professors: Awarded based on multidisciplinary interests and significant accomplishments in several disciplines.

  • John Brooks Slaughter
  • Hanna Reisler
  • Berislav Zlokovic

Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award: Awarded to a very select number of retired faculty at the annual Academic Honors Convocation, the USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes eminent careers and notable contributions to the university, the profession and the community.

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award: Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest interdisciplinary honor society at USC.

  • Richard L. Brutchey
  • Irene Chiolo
  • Oliver Mayer
  • Duncan Williams
  • Carol Wise

Provost’s Mentoring Award: The Provost’s Mentoring Award honors an individual faculty member whose investment in and generosity toward the academic and professional success of other USC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students or undergraduate students demonstrate exemplary mentoring.

  • Gareth James
  • Ellis Meng

USC Associates Awards: The USC Associates Awards are the highest honors the university faculty bestows upon its members for distinguished intellectual and artistic achievements and for outstanding teaching, both in and out of the classroom.

Creativity in Research and Scholarship

  • Mary Ann Pentz
  • Shang-Hua Teng

Excellence in Teaching

  • Pragna Patel
  • Artineh Samkian

Artistic Expression

  • Yo-ichiro Hakomori
  • Mark J. Harris

The USC Academic Honors Convocation is traditionally held in April and recognizes faculty and student scholars for the academic year that is coming to a close. The convocation held Oct. 22, 2020, was for the academic year 2019-2020 and had been postponed due to the pandemic.