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Honoring Great Teaching

April 17, 2002-- An inspiring group of U.Va. professors and graduate teaching assistants, all at different stages of their careers but sharing an extraordinary dedication to their students’ learning, has been chosen to receive this year’s University-wide awards celebrating outstanding teaching. Insightful, stimulating and demanding were among the traits often cited by students and colleagues to describe them.

The honorees, selected by a committee from numerous well-crafted nominations with supporting testimonials, will be honored April 23 in the Rotunda at the University’s 11th annual "In Celebration of Teaching" banquet. Vice President and Provost Gene D. Block and Teaching Resource Center Director Marva A. Barnett will present the awards.

The difficult process of choosing among so many exemplary teachers is always a learning experience in itself, said Barnett, who coordinated the awards. "This year’s nominees show remarkable ability to develop intellectual community among students and colleagues. We are grateful to the departmental chairs and others who work so hard to send us compelling pictures of exceptional teaching. Thanks to the generosity of Provost Gene Block, the committee was able to award this year, for the first time, an expanded total of eight All-University Teaching Awards."

The award winners include:

• Barbara M. Brodie, professor of nursing: 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 $2,500 prize.

• Eugene Kolomeisky, assistant professor of physics: 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.

Winners of All-University Teaching Awards, each carrying a $2,000 prize and recognizing ability to inspire and motivate students, are:

  • Robert E. Davis, associate professor of environmental sciences
  • Sherwood C. Frey Jr., professor, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Adria LaViolette, associate professor of anthropology
  • J.E. (Ted) Lendon, associate professor of history
  • Michael J. Smith, associate professor of politics
  • John Sullivan, associate professor of English
  • Peter D. Waldman, professor of architecture
  • Barbara H. Wixom, assistant professor, McIntire School of Commerce

Brad Brown, professor of commerce, was named winner of the USEMs Outstanding Teaching Award, given to a faculty member who has taught especially successfully in the University Seminars program of intensive classes for first-year students. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to promote critical thinking skills and carries a $1,500 prize.

Also honored at the banquet will be:

  • Daniel P. Hallahan, professor of education, chosen to receive the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship . The rotating endowed professorship that recognizes excellent teaching is partly supported by football bowl earnings.
  • Cristina Della Coletta, associate professor of Italian, this year’s recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professorship. The three-year rotating endowed professorship rewards excellent teaching in the humanities and enables recipients undertake projects to share expertise with colleagues.

Winners of All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards, each carrying a $1,000 prize, are:

  • Jacqueline Bussie, religious studies
  • Gail Dempsey, chemical engineering
  • Charles Irons, history
  • Rebecca A. Dillingham, M.D., School of Medicine

Winners of University Teaching Fellowships, assistant professors chosen for their promise of becoming eminent researchers and inspiring teachers, receive a $7,000 research stipend to develop new courses and participate in interdisciplinary discussions about teaching and professional issues. Fellows chosen this year are:

  • Matthew R. Begley, civil engineering
  • Paul D. Halliday, history
  • Garrick E. Louis, systems and information engineering
  • Sara E. Rimm-Kaufman, education
  • Deborah Roach, biology
  • Mircea Stan, electrical and computer engineering

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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