The University of South Florida is normally home of one 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year--USF Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw--but on Wednesday, it welcomed all four winners.
It's the first time the group had been together since they received their awards from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
For USF's Kaw, it's about making an emotional connection with students. It can take time, he said, but some students tell him things they're not comfortable telling their parents. And on an academic level, it's about setting high expectations and not wavering.
"Sometimes I do get student comments that I expect too much from them," he said. "The word gets out that I do have high expectations so they do hunker down."
Kaw was profiled earlier this year on WUSF's University Beat.