Higher Education: Professors / Departments
University professors and departments are drawing accolades.
Philip Trocchia [Photo: University of South Florida St. Petersburg]
Associate professor of marketing
University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg
Recognition: Winner of the school's most recent Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, USFSP's top teaching honor. This year, his students developed marketing plans for eight organizations, including St. Petersburg's American Stage Theatre — and several graduates got jobs based on their plans.
Quote: "The civic engagement opportunities help local businesses and non-profits achieve their goals while allowing our students to apply theoretical concepts to actual businesses they can relate to."
Arup Guha [Photo: University of Central Florida]
Computer science lecturer
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Recognition: The 270 or so students who enroll in Guha's Computer Science I class each semester are met with an interesting assignment the first day: They have 10 minutes to find the person in the lecture hall whose birthday is closest to theirs. Later in the semester, he'll ask the question again, but this time students write computer programs to find the answers.
Quote: "I like to figure out what makes them tick, figure out what they're passionate about, because for a lot of these students, no one has ever facilitated them that way."
• "Arup is a great challenging teacher but you definitely learn something which is what I like about him."
• "I will take any class he teaches. Very clear on what he wants."
• "Arup is the best professor I've been taught by so far. He makes his tests challenging to ensure that students study, but he has an extremely fair curving system."