U.Va. Faculty Receive Harrison Teaching Awards
Dec. 2, 1999 -- Thanks to a University of
Virginia alumnus who believes in rewarding exceptional teaching
and academic leadership, eight U.Va. professors have been awarded
annual Harrison Fund Awards. Four of the award winners each will
receive a stipend of $10,000, while the remaining four professors
each will receive $5,000 for their innovative team-teaching venture.
awards, begun three years ago, are a result of the generosity of
David A. Harrison III of Hopewell, a retired investment banker and
a long-time benefactor of the U.Va. library, the schools of medicine
and law, and the departments of archaeology and athletics.
announcing the 1999 Harrison Awards, President John T. Casteen III
noted the importance of a program that provides tangible rewards
for exemplary teaching.
Harrison asked us to select three of the University's very best
teachers," Casteen said. "But the field of nominations
had such depth that we could not stop there. Thanks to Mr. Harrisons
generosity, we were able to extend the awards this year to additional
well-deserved faculty. We have singled out eight professors whose
work symbolizes the commitment to teaching that distinguishes U.Va.
from its peers."
awards recognize a wide range of contributions to academic life,
and extend across disciplines and schools.
Warren -- the Harrison Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Warren is an assistant professor in Religious Studies.
Bluestone, Robin Dripps, Reuben Rainey, and Daphne Spain -- Harrison
Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. The four share
the award for an innovative team-taught course titled, "Quest
for Order," in the School of Architecture. Bluestone is a
professor of architectural history, Dripps is a professor of architecture,
Rainey is a professor of landscape architecture, and Spain is
a professor of urban and environmental planning.
Bruner -- Harrison Award for Overall Teaching Excellence.
Bruner is a professor in the Darden Graduate School of Business
D. Abbot -- Harrison Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
in the Health System. Abbot is a professor of biostatistics
and professor of statistics in the Departments of Health Evaluation
Sciences and Statistics in the School of Medicine.
Wispelwey, M.D. -- Harrison Award for Overall Teaching Excellence
in the Health System. Wispelwey is a professor of internal
medicine and infectious diseases in the Department of Internal
Medicine in the School of Medicine.
Harrison Awards are given to instructional faculty who, in the previous
academic year, demonstrated extraordinary excellence, creativity,
and commitment in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in
the classroom. The introduction of research and scholarship into
the learning environment also were considered in reviewing candidates.
were made by University vice presidents to President Casteen. They
reflected the opinions of the nominees peers, as well as their
students. Together they painted pictures of truly gifted teachers,
whose work in the classroom has the ability to transform the lives
of their students.
1996, Harrison funded one-time bonuses to dozens of U.Va. faculty
as a precursor to the Board of Visitors' comprehensive plan to make
faculty salaries competitive in the national labor market. The following
year the Harrison Awards were given to five teaching faculty and
five administrative faculty members whose work helped sustain the
Universitys national stature. Last year, the awards were given
to a dozen faculty members for outstanding mentoring of University
more information on the awards or the recipients, contact Carol
Wood, director of News Services, (804) 924-6189.