Two USF System faculty members also recognized for excellence in civic engagement
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) – The University of South Florida has been named the most community engaged campus in the state by Florida Campus Compact, an organization focused on building students’ citizenship skills and effective community partnerships.
The “Engaged Campus of the Year” award was announced at the 2015 Annual Awards Gala held Thursday evening in Boca Raton, Fla. USF was selected over two other finalists, Tallahassee Community College and Eastern Florida State College.
Hordge-Freeman, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Sociology Department and the Institute for the Study of Latin American and the Caribbean (ISLAC), became the recipient of Florida Campus Compact’s inaugural Engaged Scholarship Faculty Special Award for Global Engagement. She launched the USF in Salvador, Brazil program, which was later converted into a global service-learning program established in collaboration with The Instituto Cultural Steve Biko and Brazil Cultural in Bahia.
Silvestri, who serves as director of strategic communications for the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP), as well as being an adjunct professor at USF-Sarasota Manatee, was USF’s first recipient of the highly-respected Graham-Frey Civic Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of civic learning and engagement in sustaining the country’s participatory democracy.
In its search for award recipients each year, Florida Campus Compact encourages individuals who have developed “innovative approaches to the service-learning pedagogy” and “non-traditional civic disciplines” to apply.
USF is one of only 40 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.