Recognized as a “consummate educator, coach and champion” by Donna Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health (COPH), Dr. Jaime Corvin was recently honored with the Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
Each year, one faculty member who teaches full time in an ASPPH-member graduate public health program is selected for the award, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize.
According to the ASPPH website, the chosen faculty member is “noted for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship.”
The purpose of the award, adds the ASPPH, is to “bring visibility to one outstanding faculty member and to reward him or her for leading students toward distinction in public health research, teaching and practice.”
“I was so surprised to receive this award,” said Corvin, who is a COPH alumna, associate professor and director of the COPH MPH program. “Some of the people who have won it in the past are people I have really looked up to. This has been a huge honor.”
Corvin, who started teaching in 2006, says what she loves most about her job are the “a-ha moments.”
“For me, the classroom is really about interaction,” said Corvin, who has taught over 20 courses, including in the classroom, community and online. “I love when I see students connecting what they’ve learned in the classroom to what is going on outside it. This connection helps them be so much better prepared when they go out into the world.”
Hailed as “dedicated,” “inspiring,” “passionate” and “empowering” by both past and present students, Corvin says it’s the mentoring that’s the most important part of her work as a teacher.
“Mentorship is such a critical part of what we [faculty members] do, but with all our responsibilities, it can get lost in the day-to-day of life,” she said. “I want my students to know I care about them not just as students, but as people. I hope that shows in my teaching.”
Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health