Professors Milani And Farrell Are Awarded First University-Seminars
22, 2000 -- Demonstrating the close ties between
innovative research and teaching, two University of Virginia professors
known for their dedication to both have been selected to receive
the Universitys first Storrs and Shaughnessy University-Seminars
Sabbatical Fellowships, President John T. Casteen III has announced.
two competitive fellowships, granting a semesters research
leave at full pay, are open to faculty members who have taught in
the University Seminars (USEM) program, which features leading professors
in small, intensive classes designed to promote critical-thinking
skills for first-year students. The resulting research projects
are aimed at publishable works that will become the subject of future
first two winners of the new fellowships, named for two University
alumni who have strongly supported the USEM program, are:
Milani, associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages
and Culture and of Womens Studies, who will work on a book
titled "Remapping the Cultural Geography of Iran: Woman, Mobility,
and Space." She will receive the Storrs Fellowship, named for
Thomas I. Storrs of Charlotte, NC.
Farrell, assistant professor of nursing, who will work on a research
effort titled "Mental Health Technology Intervention Project
for Rural Under-served in Primary Care." She will hold the
Shaughnessy Fellowship, encouraging work on innovative uses of new
technologies and named for Dennis J. Shaughnessy of Baltimore.
University Seminars program stresses intellectual challenges and
is a wonderful introduction to the excitement of scholarship for
first-year students," Casteen said. "These two outstanding
teachers, who have long demonstrated innovative ideas and have been
highly successful in the USEM program, exemplify what we strive
for in our educational process."
and Farrell were selected by a committee from a range of top applicants
who have taught at least one USEM.
new fellowship program recognizes the long-time dedication of two
U.Va. alumni. It was named in honor of Storrs by the Alumni Board
of Trustees at the time of his retirement from that board, in gratitude
for his extended service and, in particular, his oversight of its
endowment. Storrs, a 1940 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences,
is chairman emeritus of Bank of America. He has also served on the
boards of the College and the Darden School.
a 1969 graduate of the College who has been an active member of
the Baltimore alumni chapter, is managing director of Grotech Capital
Group, a private venture capital company. The fellowship recognizes
his continuing support of innovations within the curriculum, especially
those that incorporate new technologies in teaching and research.
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400