As part of the Kosove endowment, Harri and Ruth designated funds to create a professorship to recognize USF professors whose careers have brought them national distinction in teaching and service.
In 2010, the Kosove society and the Kosove alumni began the initial stages of bringing this professorship to fruition. The alumni board spent many months drafting the award criteria and an application. Furthermore, the board decided to create two awards; one to recognize undergraduate teaching and one to recognize graduate teaching. Next, the board needed to find a permanent home for the two awards, a USF governing body who was capable of soliciting applications, screening nominees, and ultimately nominating a recipient to be approved by the USF Provost’s office on a permanent basis. A Kosove alumnus and board member, Heather Agazzi, serves as a USF Faculty Senator representing the College of Medicine. She introduced the idea of the Kosove Professorship to the Faculty Senate, Senate Executive Committee as a potential award for their Honors and Awards Council (HAC) to administer. In the spring of 2012, the HAC unanimously approved to award the Kosove Professorship alongside other prestigious professorships administered through this governing body. The HAC worked collaboratively with the Kosove Society to finalize the award criteria and application, and in May 2013 the first two professorships were named.
Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award
2019 Outstanding Professorship Awards
Dr. Rebecca West Burns
Dr. Rebecca West Burns is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at USF. Her research and scholarship lie at the intersection of supervision, clinically-based teacher education, and school university partnerships. Currently she coordinates the Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate program and has co-created the Mort Teacher Leader Academy, a unique clinically centered program designed to develop teacher-leaders for urban schools.
Dr. Burns is a nationally-recognized, community-engaged scholar having served in leadership roles as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Professional Development Schools, Chair of the American Education Research Association Professional Development School Research Special Interest Group, and President for the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision Membership Committee.
Kosove Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Service Award
Ms. Jeanne Travers
Professor Jeanne Travers is a choreographer, teacher, performer and interdisciplinary, international artist. She received her B.A. in Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.F.A. Degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Utah. Ms. Travers is deeply involved in collaboration and in interdisciplinary, multicultural choreographic work.
Her choreography has been presented internationally, and she has taught master classes from Australia to Bolivia, and China to Trinidad, at various prestigious universities abroad. In addition, Ms. Travers has had the honor of being invited twice by the American Embassy in Tunisia to present her choreography in numerous cities and venues. Her choreography, Visions of Peace, was presented at the Theatre Dejazet in Paris, France, under the patronage of the Mayor of Paris and the President of the French Red Cross. She received an award for this choreography from the Images and Voices of Hope Summit in New York. Ms. Travers’ work has also been presented at prestigious venues such as the Florida Dance Festival in Miami, the Here Theatre and the Joyce Soho in New York City, and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York. Ms. Travers promotes peace, cultural diversity, and awareness for international issues through her performances around the world.