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Annual Faculty Awards

Arts & Sciences Award for Faculty Governance

Two annual awards honor faculty members in Arts & Sciences who devote special efforts to helping their colleagues through committee membership and other service in departments, programs, Arts & Sciences and College committees. Each award carries $2,000, with the funds applied as either a one-time salary stipend or research support for the following year.

Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

These awards honor faculty members in Arts & Sciences who devote special efforts to teaching and inspiring their students through lectures, seminars, laboratories, independent studies, and mentoring. Each award carries a cash amount applied as either a one-time salary stipend or as research support for the following year.

Thomas A. Graves, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence

This annual award recognizes a faculty member for sustained excellence in teaching and is presented at the Commencement ceremony.
 The award is funded annually (amounts vary) and is named for Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr., president of the College from 1971 to 1985.

Jefferson Award

This annual award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a deep devotion and outstanding service to the College and whose life, character, and influence on the College exemplify the principles of Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson Teaching Award

This annual award recognizes a faculty member with fewer than ten years of full-time service. The person’s personal character, concern as a teacher, and influence have demonstrated the stimulation and inspiration of learning for the betterment of the individual and society, as exemplified in the life of Thomas Jefferson.

Jennifer and Devin Murphy Faculty Award

These awards recognize outstanding integration of faculty research with the teaching of undergraduate or graduate students. Projects eligible for recognition include honors theses, independent studies, faculty research projects involving students, master's theses, or doctoral dissertations. Each award carries an annual salary supplement, in place for two years. Tenured Arts & Science faculty are eligible.

  • Dean's call for nominations 2013 [pdf]
  • 2013-15, Janice Zeman, Psychology
  • 2012-14, Suzanne Raitt, English
  • 2011-13, Rowan Lockwood, Geology
  • 2010-12, Salvatore Saporito, Sociology
  • 2009-11, Deborah Morse, English
Joseph Plumeri Award

Up to 20 faculty members each year (up to 15 within Arts & Sciences) are selected for recognition by the Provost. The awards are named for donor Joseph J. Plumeri '66, who also served on the College's Board of Visitors. Each award provides $10,000 for research opportunities, summer salaries, materials, professional development, or other expenses associated with research or teaching. All tenure-eligible and tenured faculty members at the College are eligible.

Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia administers the Outstanding Faculty Awards program, which is the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. Honorees receive a cash award and a commemorative engraved award. Nominations are handled by the Provost's Office.