Since 2008, students in the USF College of Public Health have annually recognized an outstanding professor. On April 6, Dr. Jaime Corvin, assistant professor of global health, was presented with the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award. This is Corvin’s second time receiving the award.
The award is presented by the Public Health Student Organization during the annual National Public Health Week ceremony. “Excellence in Teaching is bestowed to one faculty member who has made major contributions to student development, as well as to the quality of education within their department and the college as a whole,” said PHSA President Aldenise Ewing. “This year the award received a record number of nominations!”
“There are few professors I’ve had in my 10 years of higher education who so fervently dedicate themselves to the professional and intellectual development of the students they mentor and teach,” said Nathanael Stanley, a doctoral student in global health and one of Corvin’s nominators. “Dr. Jaime Corvin is without a doubt one of these professors, and she continues to assist me with dedicated attention and with honest and highly useful constructive criticism in my writing and research designs.”
Corvin’s second nominator Nanah Fofanah, an MPH student in the Department of Community and Family Health, said, “Dr. Corvin is not just a professor, she goes beyond teaching; she provides advice and resources to guide me and my choices about my career, for this I will always appreciate her interest in me and commitment to my success.”
During the award ceremony, Corvin shared a few childhood memories. Growing up she spent a lot of time shadowing her dad who was an automotive mechanic. In time, she would learn how to build an engine. “Thirty years later, I can still recall all the parts and their function,” Corvin said. “I apply the same teaching approach that my dad used 30 years ago with my students today. If I’m lucky, they’ll come to love and appreciate the public health profession as much as I do.”
Corvin received a bachelor of science from Eckerd College in 1999. She attended the University of South Florida for graduate school and earned a master of science in public health in 2001 and a doctor of philosophy in 2006. After graduating from USF, she joined the College of Public Health in an official capacity.
Corvin’s research interests are focused around global health disparities that impact children and families. She’s conducted health disparities research local and internationally, implementing health education campaigns throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and promoting chronic disease self-management programs here in the U.S.
Additionally, Corvin worked with the U.S. military, the International Federation of the Red Cross and local non-governmental organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic on issues relating to humanitarian assistance and disaster management.
During the ceremony, Fofanah shared how Corvin has been a pioneer, along with other COPH professors, to bring about change in how students learn and apply their public health training. Transforming the MPH curriculum is an ongoing national movement among schools of public health.
“As a one of the faculty working towards the needed change in how students learn and apply public health, this is not only helping to bring about innovation to the College but also nationally among schools of public health that will use USF COPH as a model for their Transforming MPH program,” Fofanah said.
“She is shaping future public health professionals not only though education and intellect, but in emotional intelligence, empathy, professionalism, and a rigor all of us hope to attain when we complete our degrees,” Stanley said.
“It’s funny. When I first entered academic I did not want to teach,” Corvin said in her acceptance remarks. “Then, after a few days in the classroom I realized that teaching is my passion.”
“Because this award comes directly from students, it is the most important award a teacher can receive,” Corvin said. “Thank you, I am truly honored to receive it.”
Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health
2016 National Public Health Week at USF COPH [VIDEO]
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