Celebrate Outstanding Teaching at U.Va.
12, 1999 -- Known for challenging their students
in exceptional ways, nine University of Virginia professors and
four graduate teaching assistants will receive 1999 University-wide
awards honoring outstanding teaching.
honorees, chosen from numerous nominations backed by heart-felt
testimonials from students and colleagues, will be feted Wednesday,
April 14, in the Rotunda at U.Va.'s annual "In Celebration of Teaching"
banquet, hosted by Vice President and Provost Peter Low.
Provost Barbara Nolan, who coordinated the awards process, said
that the selection committee, chaired by English professor Jahan
Ramazani, "found the choices both extremely difficult and inspiring.
As always, the winners the committee chose for this year's teaching
awards epitomize the dedication to teaching and pedagogical skill
characteristic of our faculty as a whole.
we can honor only a few teachers each year with an award, the banquet
also provides an opportunity to celebrate the very large number
of vibrant professors, lecturers, and graduate instructors at U.Va.
who are committed to educating their students not only for professional
careers but also for life. If we had ten or twenty times our current
number of awards, we would still be unable to honor everyone whose
achievements in the classroom merit them."
this year's teaching awards are:
F.X. Noble, professor of history: the Alumni Association Distinguished
Professor Award. The annual award is given to a faculty member who
has excelled as a teacher, shown unusual concern for students and
made significant contributions to University life for at least a
decade. The winner receives a $1,500 prize.
Owensby, assistant professor of history: The Alumni Board of Trustees
Teaching Award. The award is given to an assistant professor for
demonstrated skill in teaching and carries a $1,000 prize, with
$1,500 in additional support and offers a semester's research assignment.
of All-University Outstanding Teaching Awards, each carrying a $2,000
prize and recognizing ability to inspire and motivate students,
W. Connolly, professor of Slavic languages and literatures
Anne M. Coughlin, professor of law
William C. Johnson, professor of materials science and engineering
Jeanne M. Liedtka, professor of business administration
Daniel B. Willingham, professor of psychology
of All-University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards,
each carrying a $1,000 prize for teaching excellence, are:
Christopher Boner, mathematics
Amy Feely, history
Anna Patchias, English
of the Resident Teaching Award in the School of Medicine, carrying
a $1,000 prize, is Dr. Maria Mascolo, internal medicine.
this year, Edmund P. Russell III, assistant professor of technology,
culture and communication, received a 1999 Outstanding Faculty Award
from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth's
highest honor for college and university teaching.
honored at the banquet will be Karen Chase, professor of English,
who holds the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship this
year. The rotating endowed professorship recognizing excellent teaching
is partly supported by athletic bowl earnings.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.