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SCHEV and Dominion announce 2017 recipients of Outstanding Faculty Awards ​

Dec 16, 2016, 16:23 PM
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Resources announce the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards.


Contact: Greg Weatherford | (804)786-2323 

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 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.

“For 31 years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has been honored to recognize the best in scholarship with these awards,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “This year’s 12 inspiring recipients continue that proud tradition, befitting the Commonwealth’s long history of higher education.”

“We are proud to be a part of this outstanding program to salute great educators in Virginia.” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “The devotion and passion of the individuals recognized today helps to strengthen our communities and inspire the next generation of leaders.”  

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are overseen by SCHEV and presented in partnership with the Dominion Foundation, which has fully funded the program since 2005. The recipients will be honored at a February 16 luncheon at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Each will receive an engraved award and $5,000 underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. Dominion is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.

The 12 recipients, in alphabetical order by last name (* = Rising Star award):

Kelly June Bremner

Professor of Theatre

Emory & Henry College


John Gregory Brown

Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English

Sweet Briar College


Theresa B. Clarke

Professor of Marketing

James Madison University


Stephen J. Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

University of Mary Washington


Michael Kevin Hamed

Professor of Biology

Virginia Highlands Community College


Margaret Leary

Professor of Information Technology

Northern Virginia Community College


Caroline Parsons Lubert

Professor of Mathematics

James Madison University


Daniel A. Menascé

University Professor of Computer Science

George Mason University


Xiang-Jin Meng

University Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Virginia Tech


Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli*

Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology

Old Dominion University


Anatoly Radyushkin

Professor and Eminent Scholar of Physics

Old Dominion University


Walter Hammond Smith*

Assistant Professor of Biology

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan:

The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, support education and promote community vitality. For more information about Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond and one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, visit


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