Barnett Honored For Commitment To Teaching
October 31, 2002--
As director of the Teaching Resource Center, Marva Barnett
has given many awards to distinguished faculty. Now she is the one
being honored: the U.Va. Women's Center will present her with its
annual Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award at a reception Nov. 8.
with founding and directing the Teaching Resource Center, Barnett
teaches in the French Department and currently is researching cultural
differences in learning.
is upbeat, optimistic and always eager to foster the talents of
others, make sure the University community benefits from their talents
and celebrate others’ accomplishments," said Cassandra
Fraser, an associate professor of chemistry.
the center, Barnett has created workshops on specific teaching topics
and initiated several teaching award programs, including the NEH
Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the University Teaching
Fellowships. She also wrote a handbook, "Teaching at the University
of Virginia," which has served as a model for handbooks at
several other universities.
leadership award annually recognizes women working at U.Va. whose
professionalism, creativity and commitment mirror the extraordinary
service that the late Elizabeth Zintl gave to the University as
the president's chief of staff until her death in 1997. The prize
is supported by a gift from the late David A. Harrison III, one
of the University's most generous benefactors. Past recipients include
Shirley Menaker, associate provost for academic support; Claire
Cronmiller, associate professor of biology, and Louise Dudley, assistant
vice president of university relations; Dr. Sharon Hostler, director
of the Kluge Children’s Rehabiliation Center; and Patricia
Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, and Sylvia Terry, associate
dean of African-American Affairs.
was surprised and pleased to receive the award," Barnett said.
"I was also honored because the past recipients are superb.
this is an award to the Teaching Resource Center and all the people
I work with," she added.
& Sciences Dean Edward Ayers said he often recommends graduate
students visit the center. "Invariably, the graduate students
return to tell me of how much they have learned and how grateful
they are for Marva's patience, honesty and knowledge of the craft
of teaching. Multiply that by hundreds of times and a dozen years
and you get an idea of Marva's impact," said Ayers, adding
that he could not imagine the University without Barnett's commitment
programs also reach faculty. The University Teaching Fellowships
program, for example, matches junior faculty with senior mentors.
The program helps young professors learn to find the synergy between
research, teaching and service and develop their leadership skills.
a junior faculty fellow in this program and as a senior faculty
mentor to colleagues, I've found the program to be an enormously
rewarding, even life-transforming arena for collaboration and debate,"
said English professor Jahan Ramazani.
has shared her expertise internationally as well. Barnett said she
will use the Zintl award money to defray some of the costs of her
recent trip to speak at the Norwegian National Conference on Quality
Reform in Higher Education, held at Agder University College in
addition to helping others teach, Barnett still finds time to teach
French to undergraduates in a 300-level course, The Reading and
Writing of Texts, a major requirement.
information about the Zintl Award reception, call the Women’s
Center at 982-2361.
information on the Teaching Resource Center, see http://trc.virginia.edu
Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861 or Sarah Whitney, (434) 982-2911