I: Teaching Awards
teaching awards, fellowships, and endowed chairs are available each year
at U.Va. to recognize exceptionally effective teaching. Award descriptions
appear below, as well as at http://trc.virginia.edu/Awards/Awards.htm,
where you will also find the names and departments of all recent and previous
award winners. Consult your department or school for various local awards.
The All-University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Under the auspices
of the Teaching Resource Center, winners of approximately thirty GTA awards
of $250 are chosen annually through departments. These awardwinners are
considered for four $1000 awards, with one award in each of the four areas
of humanities (including architecture and the Engineering Division of
Technology, Culture, and Communication), social sciences (including commerce
and education), sciences (including engineering and nursing), and medicine.
A committee coordinated by the TRC selects the four major GTA awardees
from this group.
The All-University Teaching Award
In a program supported by the Office of the Provost, three awards of $2,000
each are given to outstanding faculty members teaching undergraduate students
in each of three broad areas: humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Two additional $2000 faculty awards are given for undergraduate, graduate,
or professional instruction in any discipline. Nominations are solicited
by the faculty Teaching Awards Committee.
The Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award
Any faculty member who has been at the University no longer than nine
years and who is a full-time untenured faculty member on a tenure-track
is eligible for a nomination. The Alumni Board of Trustees awards an outstanding
teacher a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,500 research award. The Office of
the Provost provides the winner with one-semester leave at full pay.
The Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
The Distinguished Professor Award is conferred annually upon that member
of the faculty who has, over a period of not less than ten years, excelled
as a classroom teacher, shown unusual concern for students, and made significant
contributions to the life of the University. The award consists of an
inscribed and framed certificate, a cash prize of $2,500, and a Life Membership
in the Alumni Association. Nominations are solicited through the Office
of the Provost.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding
This award recognizes excellent college and university faculty in
Virginia on the basis of exemplary contributions to teaching, research,
or public service. Winners of these state-wide awards are chosen by a
committee made up of State Council leaders, business and community leaders,
faculty members, and past recipients. The award consists of a $5,000 cash
The Cavalier Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Faculty members appointed to the Cavalier Distinguished Teaching Professorship
because of enduring excellence in teaching devote attention primarily
to enriching instruction in their discipline during the chair appointment
and beyond. They work with the Teaching Resource Center to promote the
general enhancement of teaching and normally teach a University Seminar.
The NEH Distinguished Professorship
to a proposal written at the Teaching Resource Center, the National Endowment
for the Humanities awarded U.Va. a Special Challenge Grant. That challenge
met, the University now has three rotating, three-year chairs for distinguished
faculty members in the humanities to pursue special projects related to
teaching their disciplines:
A. and Sara Page Mayo DTP
The Horace W. Goldsmith DTP
The Daniels Family DTP
Teaching Professors also regularly share their ideas generated interdisciplinarily
through TRCsponsored workshops.
The University Teaching Fellowship
With summer research grants of $7,000 and ongoing, interdisciplinary discussions,
the University Teaching Fellows Program aims to help our most intellectually
sound and successful junior faculty members develop into exceptionally
fine teachers. Under the auspices of the Teaching Resource Center, a committee
composed of award-winning faculty members and former Fellows and Mentors
annually choose six Fellows. They participate in an off-Grounds retreat
and monthly meetings to discuss aspects of teaching that interest them
and consult about their course development projects.
The Teaching + Technology Initiative Fellowship
+ Technology Initiative (TTI) is a joint venture supported by the Provost
and the Vice President for Information Technology. Through this program
faculty are supported in creating or revising a course that makes use
of emerging technologies. TTI faculty interactions, coordinated by the
Teaching Resource Center in conjunction with the Instructional Technology
Group, include a retreat at which Fellows identify their concerns in pursuing
this work and regular meetings at which Fellows update each other on progress
with projects and hear from experts on relevant topics. For further information,
visit the TTI website: http:// nmc.itc.virginia.edu/TTI/
The Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching
Fellowship funded through an anonymous bequest to the Seven Society recognizes
a teaching assistant who embodies the highest ideals of teaching at the
University: dedication to students, substantial knowledge of the subject
matter, and skill in conveying passion for that knowledge. Nominations
are made by undergraduates, and the selection committee is composed equally
of faculty and undergraduate students.
The Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship
Funded by a
bequest of J. Huston McCollough, III in honor of Dr. Frank Finger (former
Alumni Professor of Psychology), this Fellowship is awarded each year
to a graduate teaching assistant from the Graduate School of Arts &
Sciences, in recognition of stimulating and organized classroom teaching.
The fellowship amount varies but is at least $4,000.