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Faculty & Staff

U.Va. is proud of its distinguished faculty. In 1825 at Thomas Jefferson’s University, eight faculty members greeted the first students. Like their predecessors, today’s faculty—numbering 2,125 full-time members—were selected from some of the world’s foremost universities, not just because of their accomplishments but because of their enthusiasm and energy.

Full-time instructional/research faculty 3,164
Full-time other staff (Academic Division) 8,588
Total 11,752

Thirty-three faculty members have been selected for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Twelve faculty members have been selected for the Intsitute of Medicine. Four faculty members have been selected as MacArthur Fellows. Ten faculty members have been selected for the National Academy of Engineering. Three members have been selected for the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, thirty-four faculty members won State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards. Twenty-five faculty members have been selected as Guggenheim fellows; twenty-six have been awarded Fulbright fellowships; six faculty members have been named National Endowment for the Humanities fellows. Two faculty researchers have won Presidential Young Investigator Awards, and three have won Sloan Foundation Awards. In the sciences, three University of Virginia faculty members have received highly prestigious Packard Foundation Awards. Members of the faculty have won major prizes from various national associations, including the Bancroft Prize of the American Historical Association and the Distinguished Science Award of the American Psychological Association.

Other recent faculty honors include the following:

Charles Wright, holder of the Souder Family Professorship in English and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National Book Award, was recently elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ladislau Steiner, the Alumni Professor of Neurosurgery, received the Sugita Award for his work on the Gamma Knife, a neurosurgical tool that allows a physician to perform brain surgery with gamma rays rather than a scalpel, obviating the need to enter the skull.

Jerome McGann, professor of English, was one of five U.S. scholars to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award in the humanities. McGann also was awarded the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell prize for his book, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web.

Lester Hoel, the L. A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering, was awarded the 2001 Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

C. David Allis, one of three faculty members elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, and his team discovered what has been called a "second genetic code" that is a critical factor in turning genes on and off.

Anita K. Jones , University Professor of Engineering and Computer Science and the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and Zhifeng Shao, professor of molecular physiology and biological physics, were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Elizabeth F. Thompson, assistant professor of history, received the American Historical Association's Joan Kelley Prize for the year's best book in women's history.

Another trait that our faculty shares with their forebears at the University is their dedication to working with students. Student-faculty interactions, both formal and informal, still shape our academic work and the University community at large.

Full- and part-time faculty and staff number well over 13,000, making the University the largest employer in the area.