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Anita Cava, Associate Professor of Business Law, is Faculty Senate’s 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient

November 19, 2008
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The University of Miami Faculty Senate has selected Anita Cava, associate professor of business law at the School of Business, as the recipient of its 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award. The Faculty Senate voted unanimously Nov. 19 to present the award to Cava who is also co-director of the UM Ethics Programs. The Faculty Senate established the award in 2002 to recognize a distinguished record of teaching by UM faculty members. This is the first time a professor from the School of Business has received the award.

“This is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Rene Sacasas, chair of the Department of Business Law. “Those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Anita over the last 22 years have always known what the Faculty Senate has formally recognized -- that Anita is an extraordinary and gifted teacher. From Anita’s innovative and nationally recognized work in business ethics education to her constantly evolving classroom experience in health care law, Anita has been a model educator.”

Cava teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including Introduction to Business Law, Legal and Ethical Implications of Executive Decision-Making, and Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration.

"I am grateful to Vice Dean A. Parasuraman and to Dean Barbara Kahn for nominating me for this award and certainly am honored to be recognized by my colleagues on the Faculty Senate, dedicated and passionate teachers themselves," said Cava. "Most of all, I feel truly blessed by our wonderful students, who rise to the challenge and who make each day worthwhile.  How lucky am I, to be able to follow my smile, open doors for curious students, and learn something new in almost every single class?"

Each fall, members of the full-time faculty are invited to nominate members of the full-time faculty for the award. Other members of the University community may recommend a candidate through a member of the faculty. A committee consisting of the last five awardees, together with the provost and Faculty Senate chair serving as ex-officio non-voting members, reviews the nominations. The committee then makes a recommendation to the Senate.

Cava will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award and a monetary prize in a ceremony Monday, March 30, 2009. All faculty are invited to attend. You can view a list of past awardees here.

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