For the second year in a row, one of our faculty has been chosen for the prestigious
Raubenheimer Award, the highest honor of the College. This year's winner is our recently
appointed Department Chair, Professor Tu-nan Chang. Established in 1980, this honor is
presented annually by the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to exceptional faculty
members within each of the College's three disciplines (humanities, natural sciences, and
social sciences) who have excelled in the areas of teaching, research, and service to the
Since joining our department in 1975, Professor Chang has taught a wide variety of courses,
including elective special topics, general education, undergraduate, and graduate courses.
Well-liked by his students, he maintains consistently high course evaluation ratings every
In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Tu-nan Chang is a diligent researcher who is
internationally known for his work in the fields of atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
Emphasizing studies of strong multi-electron interactions in atomic transitions dominated by
multiple excitations in complex atoms, he makes continuous efforts on the development of
theoretical formalism related to atomic structure theory. Furthermore, he has also made
considerable progress in the development of the state-of-the-art computational techniques
suitable for applications on the most powerful high speed computers.
Presently serving the University and our department as Chair, Professor Chang has been a
leader throughout the USC campus in many organizations. Over the years, he has held
various faculty committee assignments, participated in ethnic student mentoring and
orientation programs, and served on the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration Committee
from 1993 - 1995. Furthermore from 1994 - 1996, he represented USC faculty as the
President of the Academic Senate.
He is also the recipient of the 1998 Achievement Award for his contributions to basic
research and education from the Chinese American Faculty Association of Southern
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