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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Awards Section


The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.


2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards Recipients 

The State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Resources announce the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Since 1987, these awards have recognized faculty at Virginia’s institutions of higher learning who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, research and service. 

Nominees are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a final selection committee. In all, 97 nominations were received this year, slightly more than last year. This was narrowed to a field of 28 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.

Recipients come from institutions large and small throughout the Commonwealth and from two- and four-year institutions, private and public. Their fields of expertise range from physics to communications. They have in common, however, the qualities honored by the Outstanding Faculty Awards: the highest level of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, public service and research. 

The full list of 2017 recipients can be seen here. 


2017 Recipients

Kelly June Bremner

Kelly June Bremner
Emory & Henry College


John Brown

John Gregory Brown

Sweet Briar College



Theresa Clarke

Theresa B. Clarke
James Madison University

Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen J. Farnsworth
University of Mary Washington

Kevin Hamed

Michael Kevin Hamed

Virginia Highlands Community College


Margaret Leary

Margaret Leary

Northern Virginia Community College

Caroline Lubert

Caroline Lubert

James Madison University

Daniel Menasce

Daniel Menascé

George Mason University

Xiang-Jin Meng

Xiang-Jin Meng

Virginia Tech

Jennifer Michaeli

Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli
Old Dominion University
Rising Star


Anatoly Radyushkin

Anatoly Radyushkin

Old Dominion University

Walter Hammond Smith

Walter Smith
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
Rising Star

Additional resources: 

OFA Workshop Video

OFA Workshop Video

An Outstanding Faculty Award Workshop was hosted by SCHEV on April 14, 2015 to provide information and advice to institutions regarding how to prepare nomination packages.  SCHEV staff provided an overview of the award timeline, process and substantive criteria. This was followed by panel discussions that highlighted successful practices for preparing nomination packages and provided advice from reviewers and recent award recipients. The YouTube video is a 30-minute condensation of the most captivating moments of the three-hour event.    

Here is a breakdown of the segments and location in the video:

  • Introduction by SCHEV Director, Peter Blake (0:00).
  • Explanation of how review panels are selected by Beverly Covington, coordinator of the OFA selection process (1:12).
  • Review of Boyer’s Principles of Scholarship, including how to demonstrate the award criteria within a nomination package, by Joe DeFilippo, Director of Academic Affairs and Planning.  (2:30).
  • Panel on Preparing OFA Nomination Packages (8:00):
  • Panel on Perspectives of Peer and Final Reviewers (17:00)
  • Panel on Reflections from Recent Award Recipients (22:40)
  • Wrap-Up (28:00)

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