Leeva Chung, PhD, Honored with the Davies Award for Teaching Excellence

Communication Studies professor receives distinguished award

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Dr. Leeva Chung for receiving the Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Davies Award was established by Mrs. Darlene Davies in memory of her husband, Lowell Davies. Teaching excellence is seen through the following: 1) commitment to the values of a liberal arts education; 2) a demanding intellectual presence in the classroom; 3) accessibility to students; 4) impact on student lives beyond the classroom experience; and 5) contributions to the growth of colleagues as effective teachers.

Professor Chung embodies what it means to achieve teaching excellence. Over the course of her career, she has matured and perfected her unique experiential style, which students describe as life changing. Chung offers both breadth and depth to the Communication Studies curriculum, developing new courses such as “Global Teams” which contributes not only to our department offerings, but also furthers the University’s goal to internationalize.

Her dedication to USD can be seen in her care with students who are not part of the dominant culture. First generation college students, students of color, students who face financial challenges, LGBT students all find an ally in Dr. Chung. She touches the lives of students and makes them feel part of the USD community. Long after graduation, students visit her and keep her informed about their journey. Students often remark how her classes have helped them through difficult moments in their life or on the job.

As a scholar, Chung is a leader in the field regarding pedagogy and has published work on her use of exercises and other interactive strategies, which have become well known among Intercultural Communication teachers. Her textbook co-authored with Stella Ting-Toomey is highly regarded and pitched perfectly to undergraduates grappling with their own intercultural struggles.

Chung represents the best parts of the University of San Diego by her on-going commitment to a liberal arts centered undergraduate experience and her unwavering commitment to teaching excellence.  Chung is a valuable asset to the University and will continue to inspire students, faculty, and the community for years to come.

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