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Preparing Future Faculty Program Recognizes Outstanding Graduate Student Achievements

At USC, graduate students embarking on the journey to academic excellence find their path through the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program. Guided by the CTE and led by Dr. Michelle Hardee, Program Manager for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training, this nationally recognized program empowers graduate students to shape their futures in academia and beyond. Recognizing their dedication and initiative, the PFF program provides graduate students with the essential skills for impactful careers in teaching, research, and service. 

This spring, the CTE and Graduate School celebrated 36 exceptional PFF Awardees across 25 disciplines, including Public Health, Arts & Sciences, Education, and Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. Furthermore, three new disciplines, including Genetic Counseling, Nursing, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, joined the PFF community. Congratulations to these exceptional students for their dedication, perseverance, and achievements at this pivotal stage of their professional journey! 

  • Saleh Almasoudi, Environmental Health Sciences 
  • McKenzie Black, Mathematics 
  • Sarah Clement, Nursing Practice - Executive Health Leadership 
  • Elizabeth Collins, Women's and Gender Studies  
  • Colleen Dibble, Sport and Entertainment Management 
  • Katia Folkart, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Macie Goodman, Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Robert (Scotty) Groth, Mathematics 
  • dia Gual Gonzalez, Epidemiology 
  • Nathan Halsteter, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Keren Herrán, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Valerie Hinsch, Biological Sciences 
  • Ally Hucek, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Dakshu Jindal, Health Services Policy and Management 
  • Enid Keseko, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Sori Kim, Psychology 
  • Jaron King, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Kimanh Le, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Emily Mason, Genetic Counseling 
  • Gabrielle McCoy, History 
  • Sarah Miller, School Psychology 
  • Hyeseon Noh, Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Agnes Nzomene Kahouo Foda, Educational Foundations and Inquiry 
  • Lali Odosashvili, Hospitality and Tourism Management 
  • Omid Oshriyeh, Hospitality Management 
  • Mayank Sakhuja, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
  • Pankaj Singh, Mathematics 
  • Damla Sonmez, Hospitality and Tourism Management 
  • Ailish Stein, Biostatistics 
  • Swati, Mathematics 
  • Ayzia Taylor, Nursing Practice  
  • Jill Thornton, Geography 
  • Justine Truc, History 
  • Serge Wandji, Nursing Science 
  • Karen Warren, Nursing 
  • Sun Gue Yang, Political Science 

Contact Program Manager, Michelle Hardee at for more information on the Preparing Future Faculty Program.

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