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Shook, Narayanan Lauded for Faculty Service

Shook, Narayanan Lauded for Faculty Service
Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, associate professor of social work, presents USC Marshall professor Doug Shook with a Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

Doug Shook and Shrikanth Narayanan have received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon USC faculty.

The award, which was given out on May 12 by the USC Academic Senate, recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves with excellent service to the university community.

Shook was recognized for the “breadth of reach and depth in sharing technology” and his “no one left behind” philosophy to servicing the university.

“It is humbling and an honor,” said Shook, associate dean, chief information officer and professor of clinical information and operations management at the USC Marshall School of Business. “There are a lot of very worthy people out there.”

Shook has devoted an extensive amount of time and effort implementing the university’s 2006 initiative of decentralizing USC’s information technology services into a federated model. He believes it was his philosophy that all faculty and students have equal access to information technology that was the impetus for the award.

“We implemented measures to ensure all faculty have access to high-quality research computing facilities and students have access to the appropriate technology in the classroom,” said Shook, who served on a number of committees charged with implementing the federated model. When the plan was announced, USC Marshall already had invested in and implemented information technology upgrades, giving Shook experience that he carried to other schools.

“I could not be more pleased that Doug Shook has received this much-deserved honor,” said dean James G. Ellis, who presented the award to Shook. “The role of teamwork and commitment to the community is a cornerstone of the Marshall experience, and Doug’s leadership within our school and throughout the university is a great example of this philosophy,” Ellis said. “We are proud of his achievement.”

Narayanan was recognized for his extensive service on the joint Senate-Provost University Research Committee and for his success in engaging faculty and staff concerning issues of contracts and grant processes. He served on the committee for five years, including three as chair.

“I am truly honored by this recognition from my colleagues across the university for something that I love doing,” said Narayanan, the Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He holds appointments in electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics and psychology.

Under Narayanan’s leadership, the university initiated a number of significant events, including several research retreats, one of which incorporated novel approaches to collaboration within academia.

The award also recognizes Narayanan’s outstanding mentorship of both faculty and students. He served as president of Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society, for the 2007-08 academic year.

USC Viterbi dean Yannis C. Yortsos praised Narayanan’s dedication and innovative approach to teamwork.

“Year after year, Shri has provided mechanisms for more fruitful collaborations between not only faculty and staff, but also between USC and other universities,” Yortsos said. “The honor is very well-deserved, and we’re proud of his accomplishments.”

The Distinguished Faculty Service Award, presented every year since 1998, is determined by an Academic Senate task force, which reviews nominations from throughout USC.

This is the first year since 2003 that only two faculty members were honored.

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