professor takes Cavaliers' Distinguished chair
A. Smith, associate professor of civil engineering, has become
the fifth faculty member awarded the Cavaliers' Distinguised Teaching
Professorship, his two-year term approved by the Board of Visitors
W. Miksad, dean of the Engineering
School, said he nominated Smith because of his efforts in
developing the environmental engineering program, as well as his
contributions to teaching and scholarship.
who will also work with the Teaching Resource Center to promote
the enhancement of teaching at U.Va., was a Lilly Foundation Teaching
Fellow in 1993 and received an Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching
Award in 1997. His teaching interests include ground-water flow
and solute transport and environmental chemistry. He is a member
of U.Va.'s Program of Interdisciplinary Research in Contaminant
Cavaliers' Distinguised Teaching chair was established in 1991
with a $200,000 gift from the Athletics Department's proceeds
from the previous Sugar Bowl and has since been supplemented with
receipts from three other bowl games. The professorship recognizes
eminent scholars who excel in teaching undergraduates.
professor Kenneth G. Elzinga was the first to be appointed to
the endowed chair. Chemistry professor Dean Harmon, English professor
Karen S. Chase and psychology professor Dennis Proffitt have since
received the professorship.