Year in Review Teaching & Learning

Erik Hewlett


Described as legendary by his dean, School of Medicine professor Dr. Erik Hewlett is the 32nd U.Va. faculty member to earn a statewide Outstanding Faculty Award.


The School of Law redesigns its externship program, dramatically expanding opportunities for students to gain experience in legal practice during their second and third years. Students can now earn a semester of credit while working full-time for nonprofit or government employers anywhere in the world.


The U.S. Department of Education’s new College Scorecard rankings reinforce U.Va.’s standing as one of the best places to get a quality education at an affordable price while incurring a minimum of debt. Only three peer institutions have a lower average net price than U.Va., at $11,950.


Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival events include TED-style “Tom Talks,” which feature many faculty members, including Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education; neurosurgeon and creator of leading-edge noninvasive ultrasound brain surgery Dr. Neal Kassell; media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry); and biomedical engineer Shayn Peirce-Cottler, who develops adult stem cell therapies for treating heart disease and complications of diabetes.


The School of Architecture launches its new Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment, an inclusive term that encompasses everything from building components to global infrastructure. The program addresses some of today’s most challenging problems—environmental sustainability, public health, affordable housing, and urban sprawl. The first full class will enter in 2014.

Marianne Baernholdt


Associate nursing professors Marianne Baernholdt and Karen Rose are initiated as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Together, they are the 19th and 20th fellows in the School of Nursing.


Seven University scholars—six May graduates and a 2009 alumnus—receive Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad. Two of the scholars, Liz Lagerfeld (College ’13) and Christina Stamper (Engineering ’09), will complete English teaching assistantships abroad.


Rising third-year law students Julianne Jaquith and Sabrina Talukder play a key role in obtaining lawful immigration status for a human trafficking victim, a teenager from El Salvador who was forced to smuggle drugs across the desert and into the United States.


In its coverage of earnings potentials for graduates over a projected 30-year career, Investor’s Business Daily, using salary data gathered by, ranks the University third in the nation on annual return on investment.


The McIntire Department of Art chooses Los Angeles artist Cindy Bernard as the first Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence. Bernard is best known for photographs and projections that explore the relationships among cinema, memory, and landscape.


Curry School of Education professor Michael Kennedy receives one of four 2013 early career research awards from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. He studies the use of multimedia for middle school and special education teachers. Jennifer Chiu, assistant professor in the Curry School, receives a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program award for her research on pre-college STEM education.


The Virginia Quarterly Review, the Fralin Museum of Art, and a collaborative multimedia performance work—“The Ceiling Floats Away,” by Matthew Burtner, associate professor in the McIntire Department of Music, and Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English—receive National Endowment for the Arts grants.