Annual faculty awards

Each academic unit is invited to nominate members of the faculty who merit recognition in the category named in the award. Internal nomination procedures for all of the awards are to be determined by the individual units. Selection of award winners will be made by a committee comprising previous faculty awardees. That committee will select recipients only if a candidate befitting the award’s purpose is nominated; alternatively, it is possible that more than one faculty member may be honored in the same year.

Each academic unit is strongly encouraged to nominate at least one faculty member each year.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty members (tenure-track, tenured or collateral) at any rank (instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor) in the College are eligible for the awards detailed below, with the exception of the Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Adjunct Award, which honors outstanding members of the adjunct faculty.

Nominations

For all nominations, please supply the following:

  • A letter of nomination — not to exceed three pages — delineating the nominee’s merits in terms of the particular award for which he or she is a candidate.
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  • A statement of the faculty candidate’s willingness to be nominated.

Nominations should be sent to Winnie Chan at wchan@vcu.edu by Monday, March 13, 2017.

Award Descriptions and Previous Award Winners

The Elske V.P. Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding professor in the College. The recipient of the award will present a College-wide lecture of a sufficiently general nature to appeal to the public at large and his or her name will be added to a plaque after the presentation. The additional purpose of the award is to highlight the efforts of the College within, as well as outside the university.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Judyth Twigg, Department of Political Science
  • 2016 – John Kneebone, Department of History
  • 2015 – Marcel Cornis-Pope, Department of English
  • 2014 – M. Samy El-Shall, Department of Chemistry
  • 2013 – Robert M. Tombes, Department of Biology
  • 2012 – Nelson Wikstrom, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2011 – Tom De Haven, Department of English
  • 2010 – Nick Frankel, Department of English
  • 2009 – A. Bryant Mangum, Department of English
  • 2008 – John Accordino, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2007 – Laura Browder, Department of English
  • 2006 – McKenna Brown, School of World Studies
The Distinguished Scholar Award

The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding contribution by a faculty member to academic scholarship. The award is given for a product of scholarship that demonstrates significant depth and breadth of vision; creative and innovative development of theory, method or form; or extension of the frontiers of knowledge in a field that constitutes a substantial contribution to the intellectual community within or beyond the nominee’s field.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Karen Rader, Department of History
  • 2016 – Katherine Bassard, Department of English
  • 2015 – John Ryan, Department of Biology
  • 2014 – Claudia Emerson, Department of English
  • 2013 – Jason R. W. Merrick, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
  • 2012 – Alenka Luzar, Department of Chemistry
  • 2011 – Thomas E. Eissenberg, Department of Psychology
  • 2010 – Maryanne Collinson, Department of Chemistry
  • 2009 – Dace S. Svikis, Institute for Drug/Alcohol Studies
  • 2008 – Shiv Khanna, Department of Physics
  • 2007 – Everett Worthington, Department of Psychology
  • 2006 – James P. McCullough Jr., Department of Psychology
The Excellence in Scholarship Award

The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding contributions to academic scholarship by faculty at the assistant or associate level who have produced remarkable work but do not yet have the quantity and full range of scholarship we associate with their more senior colleagues. The award is given for products of scholarship that demonstrate significant depth and breadth of vision; creative and innovative development of theory, method or form; or extension of the frontiers of knowledge in a field that constitutes a substantial contribution to the intellectual community within or beyond the nominees’ fields.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Tressie Cottom, Department of Sociology
  • 2017 – Math and Science: Indika Arachchige, Department of Chemistry
  • 2016 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Victor Chen, Sociology
  • 2016 – Math and Science: Joshua Langberg, Department of Psychology
  • 2015 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Oliver Speck, School of World Studies
  • 2015 – Math and Sciences: Terri Sullivan, Department of Psychology
  • 2014 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Marcus Messner, Robertson School of Media & Culture
  • 2014 – Math and Sciences: Hani El-Kaderi, Department of Chemistry
  • 2013 – Humanities & Social Sciences: David A. Golumbia, Department of English
  • 2013 – Math and Sciences: J. Paul Brooks, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
  • 2012 – Humanities and Social Sciences: Andrew Crislip, Department of History
  • 2012 – Math and Sciences: Laura McLay, Statistical Sciences & Operations Research
  • 2011 – Kathleen Graber, Department of English
  • 2010 – Rodney Dyer, Department of Biology
  • 2009 – Kristin M. Swenson, School of World Studies
  • 2009 – Suzanne E. Mazzeo, Department of Psychology
  • 2008 – Yan Jin, School of Mass Communications
  • 2007 – Julio Alverez, Department of Chemistry
  • 2007 – Wendy Kliewer, Department of Psychology
  • 2006 – Bernard Moitt, Department of History
  • 2006 – Tracy Ryan, School of Mass Communications
The Distinguished Teaching Award

The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding contribution to the craft of teaching by a faculty member in the College. The award is for teaching-related activity and may be given either for specific initiatives that demonstrate significant innovativeness or creativity in teaching or for more general excellence in professing one’s discipline, as evidenced by an unusual ability to engage students and stimulate learning, personal investment and commitment, and an ongoing effort to improve teaching. In either case, there must be evidence of a demonstrable effect on the student learning experience.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Math and Sciences: Linda Zyzniewski, Department of Psychology
  • 2017 – Humanities & Social Sciences: William Newmann, Department of Political Science
  • 2016 – Math and Sciences: Dianne Jennings, Department of Biology
  • 2016 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Marcus Messner, Robertson School of Media and Culture
  • 2015 – Math and Sciences: Karen Kester, Department of Biology
  • 2015 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Leigh Ann Craig, Department of History
  • 2014 – Math and Sciences: Darcy Mays, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
  • 2014 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Amy Rector Verrelli, School of World Studies
  • 2013 – Math and Sciences: Craig E. Larson, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • 2013 – Humanities & Social Sciences: Jay S. Albanese, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2012 – Humanities and Social Sciences: Daniel Perdue, School of World Studies
  • 2012 – Math and Sciences: Sally Hunnicutt, Department of Chemistry
  • 2011 – Jill Hardin Wilson, Department of Statistical Science & Operations Research
  • 2010 – Alison Baski, Department of Physics
  • 2009 – Suzanne Ruder, Department of Chemistry
  • 2008 – Sachi Shimomura, Department of English
  • 2007 – Constantin (Coz) Cotzias, VCU Brandcenter
  • 2006 – Faye Belgrave, Department of Psychology
The Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Service Award

The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding contribution to service by a faculty member in the College. The award is given for superior service to the College, the university, the profession and/or the wider community. This superior service may be marked by activities that extend beyond normal expectations, make unique contributions and/or provide longstanding leadership and have a significant impact on the College or beyond.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Christopher Saladino, Department of Political Science
  • 2016 – Scott Street, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
  • 2015 – Peter Kirkpatrick, School of World Studies
  • 2014 – Catherine Ingrassia, Department of English
  • 2013 – Deirdre M. Condit, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2012 – Susan Gooden, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2011 – Linda E. Zyzniewski Department of Psychology
  • 2010 – Charlotte Morse, Department of English
  • 2009 – Helen Ruth Aspaas, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2008 – Gay Cutchin, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2007 – June Nicholson, School of Mass Communications
  • 2006 – Kathryn Murphy-Judy, School of World Studies
The Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Advising Award

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who make significant contributions to student advising. The award recognizes effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the recipient as an outstanding advisor. Faculty advisors and professional advisors of the College are eligible for the distinguished advising award.

Recipients

  • 2017 –  Lyndsay Durham, Department of Forensic Science
  • 2016 –  R. Dale Smith, Department of English
  • 2015 –  Math and Sciences:  Alaina Campbell, Department of Biology
  • 2015 –  Humanities and Social Sciences: Jessica Lonnes, School of World Studies
  • 2014 – Katharine Stoddard, Department of Psychology
  • 2013 – Lisa M. Fleming, Liberal Studies in Early and Elementary Education
  • 2012 – Natasha Long, School of Mass Communications
  • 2011 – Carolyn M. White, Department of English
  • 2010 – Thom Didato, Department of English
  • 2009 – Eugene Mills, Department of Philosophy
  • 2008 – Margaret Altonen, Department of English
  • 2007 – John Mahoney, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2006 – Mark Wood, School of World Studies
The Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Adjunct Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding member of the adjunct faculty from the College who best represent the contribution of adjunct faculty to the mission of the College. All persons who have taught on adjunct contracts during the current academic year are eligible. There are three possible adjunct awards corresponding to the divisions within the College: 1) social sciences 2) natural and mathematical sciences and 3) humanities.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Math and Sciences: Joshua Kruger, Department of Forensic Science
  • 2017 – Social Sciences: Eric King, Department of Political Science
  • 2016 – Math and Sciences: Jamie Brooks, Department of Biology
  • 2016 – Humanities: Gabriella Valsecchi, Department of English
  • 2016 – Social Sciences: William Seay, Political Science
  • 2015 – Sylvia Buffington-Lester, Department of Forensic Science
  • 2014 – Math and Sciences: Russ Chandler, Department of Forensic Science
  • 2014 – Humanities: Leslie Shiel, Department of English
  • 2014 – Social Sciences: Mary Ann Owens, Robertson School of Media & Culture
  • 2013 – Math and Sciences: Henry Johnson, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • 2013 – Humanities: Maria De Panbehchi, School of World Studies
  • 2013 – Social Sciences: Julianne Guillard, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • 2012 – Gay Cutchin, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2011 –
  • 2010 – Henry Bartlett, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2009 – Carolyn M. White , Department of English
  • 2009 – Peter Martin, Department of Physics
  • 2008 – Kimberly Chen, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • 2007 – Cinzia Corubolo
  • 2006 – Ursula Marfurt-Levy, School of World Studies; Joan Barnes, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
The Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Mentor Award

The purpose of the award is to honor an outstanding contribution to mentoring by a faculty member in the College. The award is for mentoring activity by an individual faculty member who has helped to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-student mentoring and/or faculty-to-faculty mentoring. The award may be given for offering information and counsel that helps to advance and develop a mentee’s own path to academic and professional success; generously sharing time and expertise to guide a mentee’s work and progress; involving students in publications, grants, and conference presentations, in addition to sharing knowledge of such opportunities; and serving as a role model by maintaining high standards for ethics and excellence within their discipline and in the University community more widely. There must be evidence of a demonstrable effect on mentees, such as assisting scholars to build and manage their own independent research, teaching, and leadership, to become mentors in their own right.

Recipients

  • 2017 – Wendy Kliewer, Department of Psychology