Rising and shining: Seven COPH faculty members climb the ranks

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In 2019, a record number of USF College of Public Health (COPH) faculty were promoted, some with tenure.

“Promotions and tenure only happen when significant accomplishments have been achieved,” said Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the COPH. “This has been the biggest year we ever had in terms of promotions. And that’s because we continue to recruit outstanding faculty who exceed expectations.”

Those receiving the title of full professor are:

“Promotion to professor represents the highest achievement in the academic ranks, barring the rare recognition of distinguished professor,” said Marhefka. “It’s an honor and a privilege to achieve this goal.”

From left to right: Newly promoted COPH faculty members Drs. Ricardo Izurieta, Stephanie Marhefka, Jennifer Marshall and Dinorah Martinez-Tyson pose with the COPH’s Ellen Daley, PhD, (third from left) at the USF Health faculty promotion celebration held earlier this month at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. (Photo courtesy of USF Health)

In addition to a title change, Zgibor also received tenure.

“This promotion has done a lot for my personal growth and my desire to bring my best work to the college,” said Zgibor. “The college has put a lot of trust in me to fulfill its academic mission, and I strive to meet that mission every day when I enter those front doors.”

Those moving from assistant to associate professor are:

Along with a promotion, Martinez-Tyson and Vamos also received tenure.

“It’s the people who make this college special,” said Vamos. “This is such a supportive, interdisciplinary environment with phenomenal faculty, staff, students and community partners. Being part of such an organization really motivates me to work hard for the collective mission and vision.”

“The promotion process is important because it shows commitment of the college to faculty and recognizes the growth and development of faculty in their fields and in this profession,” added Marshall. “It’s important for the sustainability and vision of the college as it undergoes changes and an evolution in structure and ideas.”

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health