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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 3,164 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) 5,147
Total 8,311

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:

U.Va. historian Alan Taylor, one of the nation's premier experts in Colonial America and the early U.S. republic, has received a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832."

Trinh Thuan, a University of Virginia astronomy professor and author, has been named chevalier of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor, by decree of French President Fran├žois Hollande.

University of Virginia astronomer John Hawley was awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy in Hong Kong at a ceremony officiated by CY Leung, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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.

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 12,000, making the University the largest employer in the area.