Dr. Kathleen Moore FACULTY Excellence AWARD 

Our Faculty Excellence Award Program recognizes faculty research excellence in six separate award categories, each receiving a $5,000 research grant

  • Three Campus-Based Faculty Excellence Awards
    • One award per USF campus — Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee
    • Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment at an institution within USF at the level of assistant, associate or full professor.
  • One USF Junior Faculty Excellence Award
    • Faculty members who hold a regular, tenure-track appointment at an institution within USF at the level of assistant professor.
  • One Instructor Award
    • Non-tenured teaching faculty within USF at the level of Instructor I, II or III.
  • One Valerie D Riddle, M.D., Award in Health
    • Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment within USF Health (Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, School of Physical Therapy, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy) at the level of assistant, associate or full professor pursuing research in any topic related to women’s health.

To be considered, all applicants must submit an electronic packet by Feb. 17, 2023 using this online form. A completed application packet includes the sections listed below, uploaded as a single file (please ensure responses are written in 12-point font and double spaced):

  • Section 1: Discuss the impact, importance and meaning of one's research and creative scholarship as it relates to women and women’s issues within the university and beyond.  (500 words or less)

  • Section 2: Share how you plan to use the $5,000 award. (500 words or less)

  • Section 3: List your contributions to women through teaching, scholarship, professional associations, volunteerism, leadership activities and institutional welfare.

  • Section 4: Demonstrate activity in scholarly presentations at professional conferences, associations and learned societies, and the dissemination of  knowledge to students.

  • Section 5: Provide a letter of nomination describing the nominee's overall achievement and its significance from a department chair or institute/center/program director with an endorsement by the dean.

  • Section 6: Include short vitae and any additional materials of support. (Maximum five pages)

The application packet must be submitted by Feb. 17, 2023, to be considered for the 2023 USF WLP Faculty Excellence Award Program. Please complete the submission process by completing the form and uploading  your PDF application packet by clicking here.

Application process:

  • Application must be for a single individual, joint/team applications are not accepted.
  • Assistant professors may apply for the institutional-based award, the university-wide award, and the Valerie D Riddle, M.D. Award in Health. Applicants will be awarded in a single category.
  • The Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award is an equal opportunity award, although preference will be given to female candidates.
  • Past applicants must reapply for consideration. 


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Sara Smith, PhD
USF Tampa Faculty Award

Sara A. Smith, PhD, received her doctorate in applied linguistics and second language acquisition from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, followed by postdoctoral research in the Brain.Experience.Education Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017, she joined the University of South Florida as an assistant professor in ESOL and foreign language education and faculty in the Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TESLA) doctoral program. The broad aim of her research program is to gain a better understanding of the diversity of language experience and how linguistic diversity relates to language, cognition, speech, and literacy and academic achievement. Her research interests include: differences related to the individual and the language environment; vocabulary, literacy/biliteracy, and achievement outcomes; and technology enhanced language learning, including digital environments and immersive virtual environments.

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Tiffany Chenneville, PhD
St. Petersburg Faculty Award

Tiffany Chenneville, PhD, is the Marie E. and E. Leslie Cole Endowed Chair in Ethics and professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics where she serves as a behavioral health consultant for the Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program, which provides services to children and youth living with HIV in an integrated care setting. Chenneville’s primary program of research focuses on the psychosocial issues affecting children and youth living with or at risk for HIV and broader issues of sexual health. She is also interested in professional and research ethics. Chenneville is committed to cross cultural research and has collaborated with colleagues in Kenya, South Africa, India, England and Canada. Chenneville has contributed significantly to the literature with dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as an edited book on pediatric HIV published by Springer. As evidence of her global impact, Chenneville received a Fulbright Canada Research Chair Award in 2021 to support her work in the psychology department at York University in Toronto and a Fulbright Specialist Award in 2018 to support her work at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Roberta O'Malley, PhD
Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Award

Roberta Liggett O’Malley, PhD, is an assistant professor of criminology at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Eckerd College, her Master of Arts in forensic psychology from New York University, and her doctorate in criminal justice from Michigan State University. O’Malley’s research focuses on the overlap between technology, violence and deviance. Her primary research interests include violent offending, cyberviolence, cybercrime, technology facilitated sexual offending, deviant online communities and sexual violence. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, O’Malley was a member of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at Michigan State University. O’Malley’s research has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Community Psychology and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Building on her background in both psychology and criminal justice, O’Malley takes a multidisciplinary approach to her violence and cyberviolence research.

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Stephanie Prescott, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
Valerie D. Riddle, M.D. Award in Health

Stephanie Prescott, PhD, is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, Tampa campus, and the assistant director of the Biobehavioral Lab. She is also a practicing neonatal nurse practitioner at Tampa General Hospital and Inova Children’s Hospital, and a special volunteer in the Laboratory of Integrative Cancer Immunology for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Her research is focused on the effects of microbiota perturbations on health, disease and response to therapy. She is especially interested in long-term health outcomes associated with the microbiome during development, such as antibiotic use and western diet. Prescott is also interested in methods to statistically analyze biologic measures in conjunction with social determinants of health to improve health equity. She has recently started a biobehavioral research training program for undergraduate volunteers to introduce students to biobehavioral methods used in nursing research. Her goal is to increase awareness of biobehavioral nursing research, attract students to the nursing BSN to PhD program, and give them the opportunity to participate and further the aims of nursing research. Prescott has been a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner since 2010, completing her PhD in nursing research at the University of Virginia in collaboration with the National Institute of Nursing Research through the National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program. She completed a post doctorate in the Laboratory of Integrative Cancer Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Giorgio Trinchieri at the Center for Cancer Research in Bethesda at the National Institutes of Health.

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Colby Lynne Valentine, PhD
USF Junior Faculty Award

Colby Lynne Valentine, PhD, is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Criminology, and teaches on various topics such as research methods, criminological theory, corrections and victimization. Valentine received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from the University of Pacific, her Master of Science in criminology and criminal justice from San Diego State University and her doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University. Her research focuses on correctional-based research, victimization and criminology, and criminal justice pedagogy. Valentine has experience working with various criminal justice agencies, including the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Victim-Witness Program as well as San Diego’s Alternative to Detention Program, CHOICE. While completing her doctorate, she worked in the Bureau of Grants and Development for the Florida Department of Corrections. In 2018, she became a research evaluator for a multidisciplinary, human trafficking task force to help create and implement victim-centered, collaborative and sustainable approaches to identifying victims of human trafficking within Suffolk County, NY.

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Olukemi Akintewe, PhD
USF Instructor Award

Olukemi Akintewe, PhD, is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Medical Engineering and the director of the first-year engineering program at USF. She earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from USF, a master’s in materials science and engineering from The Ohio State University, and her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. Akintewe’s research focuses on increasing the retention of women in STEM fields. She is investigating the underlying explanatory factors that impact female attrition rate and assessment instruments that measure the progression of first-time in college (FTIC) and first-generation females at the USF College of Engineering. Akintewe aims to develop a three-tiered mentoring circle for female students in the first-year undergraduate engineering program that supports learning, inclusivity and the preparedness needed for academic progression. Akintewe has been an advocate for women for years. In 2014, she cofounded the American Association of University Women, USF Chapter. Her teaching and mentoring efforts have received recognitions, including the USF Systemic Transformation of Education through Evidence-Based Reforms teaching scholars award, the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence Professional Development Distinction and the Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter faculty of the year award.