92130 Resident Awarded for Her Contribution to Higher Education
Maryam Davodi-Far, an associate professor and lead faculty member at National University, was recently awarded with the President’s Professoriate Award for the third time since she started her career at the school in 2001. To qualify for the prestigious award, a nominated professor must have demonstrated outstanding contributions that exceed normal expectations in one or all of the following categories: students and alumni, faculty and staff, and the internal and external community.
Dr. Victor Lewis, a professor at National University, nominated Maryam by highlighting how she made significant contributions in each category. Maryam was commended for helping her students advance in their careers and continuing to mentor alumni within their particular professions. As for her effect on faculty and staff, Maryam was recognized for her mentoring of junior faculty in teaching and research, and orienting them to service opportunities within the university. By participating on several internal committees and assisting with the goals of departments and programs, Maryam also demonstrated her commitment to National University’s internal community. Finally, her and her husband’s founding of the nonprofit Cancer Coping Center exemplifies the major impact she has made on the external community. On what she enjoys most about being a professor, Maryam shared, “I am able to be creative, inventive, and help my students achieve their personal and professional goals.”
Maryam attended the University of California, San Diego, completed her doctoral work at the University of La Verne, and earned her M.A. from National University. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in 92130. When she isn’t in the classroom making a difference, Maryam is enjoying the ocean breeze at Torrey Pines State Beach.