Career Development Center Debuts Faculty Recognition Awards

Josh Della Vedova, Janel Ortiz are two of four USD faculty to receive CDev recognition.The inaugural Career Development Center Faculty Recognition Award winners are (from left to right): Janel Ortiz, Leeva Chung, Josh Della Vedova and Gordon Hoople.

The University of San Diego has outstanding faculty members throughout its academic schools. Students know it. Administrators, fellow faculty and staff members know it. Alumni and parents know it. The USD Career Development Center knows it, too, and beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, the center decided to do something about honoring it.

That's how the inaugural Career Development Center’s Faculty Recognition Awards have been born. The process consists of students nominating dedicated faculty who’ve helped them explore majors, define purposeful career paths, took the time to help them articulate their strengths, or introduced them to opportunities to build professional networks.

Winners of these annual awards were scheduled to be announced at a celebratory, in-person luncheon today, on April 28. However, due to COVID-19 and USD’s decision to move students off campus and to online learning since mid-spring semester, the physical event is not taking place.

The recognition for the faculty members is happening. There were 21 faculty members nominated and, among that group, four professors were selected as Career Development Center Faculty Recognition Award winners.

The award-winning professors are Dr. Janel Ortiz, a diversity postdoctoral fellow in Biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Gordon Hoople, assistant professor for Integrated Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering; Dr. Josh Della Vedova, assistant professor of Finance, USD School of Business; and Dr. Leeva Chung, Communication Studies professor, College of Arts and Sciences, and also representing USD’s Living Learning Communities program.

The Career Development Center notified the four winners last week and received virtual appreciation along with a certificate of recognition.

The remaining 17 USD faculty members nominated are: Dr. Aarti Ivanic (Associate Professor, School of Business, Marketing), Dr. Adam Boocher (Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics), Amanda Taylor (Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies), Dr. Arjun Chandrasekhar (Lecturer, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering), Dr. Bahar Davary (Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies), Dr. Christopher Carter (Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies), Dr. Jae Kim (Assistant Professor, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering), Dr. Jane Friedman (Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics), Dr. Jeanie Moore (Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, English), John Prunty (Professor of Practice, School of Business), Dr. Julia Schafer (Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry), Rachel Oriol (Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, English), Dr. Rebekah Wanic (Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychological Sciences), Richard Bailey (Lecturer, School of Business), Dr. Sara Hasselbach (Humanities Center Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, English), Dr. Steven Searcy (Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental and Ocean Sciences), and Trevor Hubbard (Lecturer, School of Business, Real Estate Appraisal).

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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