Virginia OFA Process and Acknowledgements
Nominees for the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) are required to possess records of superior accomplishment as faculty members in the Commonwealth. Those nominated in the early-career "Rising Star" category can be in no more than their sixth year of service as a full-time faculty member and in at least their third year of faculty service in Virginia. Those nominated in the "Teaching with Technology" category are required to emphasize examples of achievements in promoting and enhancing student learning via the integration and use of technology in their instructional activities.
Nominees were assessed within the four areas of academic scholarship - teaching, discovery, integration of knowledge, and service - outlined by prominent higher education leader Ernest Boyer in his 1990 book, Scholarship Reconsidered (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass). Nominees are also judged on how strongly their accomplishments reflected the missions of their respective institutions.
The OFA selection process is extraordinarily competitive and quite difficult. A final selection committee - comprised of members of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and leaders in Virginia government, business, and education - is recruited to scrutinize the nomination materials of those nominees who advanced through an initial peer-review phase. Mary Haddad, chair of the State Council of Higher Education's Academic Affairs Committee, oversees the selection process.
The State Council and Dominion offer their combined gratitude and indebtedness to the peer reviewers and the selection committee for their time and diligence in scrutinizing this year's nominees and choosing this year's honorees. SCHEV also acknowledges the quality and quantity of effort that Virginia's public and private colleges and universities put into campus-level selection of nominees and assemblage of nomination materials. And finally, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia extends its sincerest appreciation to Dominion for its dedication to higher education, as further evidenced by its generous sponsorship of this year's Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.