Gies, left, and President John T. Casteen III
Gies Is Honored With U.Va.'s Thomas Jefferson Award
13, 2000 -- David
T. Gies, a noted scholar and administrator who has taught Spanish
literature at the University of Virginia since 1979, received U.Va.'s
highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, at Fall Convocation ceremonies
Given annually since 1955, the
award honors a member of the University community who exemplifies
in character, work and influences the ideals of the University's
"With characteristic enthusiasm,
grace and good humor, Mr. Gies has immersed himself in all aspects
of University life," the award citation says of Gies, the Commonwealth
Professor of Spanish and a former president of the Faculty Senate.
"The University is a livelier
and a more interesting place in no small part because of his efforts,"
President John T. Casteen III said in presenting the award
Known for his devotion to the classroom
and students, Gies received the University's Outstanding Teaching
Award in 1992. Extending his influence well beyond his own classroom,
he has conducted numerous educational programs for high school teachers
statewide and nationwide for two decades.
Serving as chair of the Department
of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese from 1984 to 1989 and again
from 1992 to 1995, Gies helped guide the department to a position
as one of the most prestigious language programs in the country.
The author or editor of some 12 books,
Gies is one of the world's leading Spanish literature scholars.
His book, "The Theater in Nineteenth Century Spain," published
by Cambridge University Press, is a landmark in its field. He served
as editor of "The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture,"
published in 1998 and currently serves as editor of "The Cambridge
History of Spanish Literature."
As president of the Faculty Senate
last year and member of its executive council since 1997, Gies has
worked to enhance the intellectual community at the University.
His efforts on that front have ranged from helping establish the
popular café in the foyer of Alderman Library as a meeting
place for faculty and students to launching the Forum for Contemporary
Thought, a lecture series that brings speakers of compelling intellectual
interest to the University.
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