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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA)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.

Information on the nominations process can be found in the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Awards Guidelines, which can be viewed and downloaded via the link on the right side of this page. View prior years' OFA recipients.


SCHEV will host a webinar on the Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) process on June 29th, 10 AM to 12 Noon, via webex. Read the OFA Webinar AGENDA for login information.

Please share with staff at your institution who coordinate the preparation of OFA nominations, and others you deem appropriate, including (but not necessarily limited to) nominees.

Inquiries may be directed to Ms. Ashley Lockhart.

2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards 

The State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Energy announced the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards on December 10, 2020.

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

Nominees are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of leaders from the public and private sectors. In all, 72 nominations were received this year. This group was narrowed to a field of 20 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.

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

2021 Recipients

OFA Recipient John Almarode
John Taylor Almarode

James Madison University

Taison Bell 2021 OFA Recipient
Taison D. Bell
University of Virginia
Rising Star

Pamela Eddy 2021 OFA Recipient
Pamela L. Eddy
William & Mary

Jennifer Fish 2021 OFA Recipient
Jennifer Fish
Old Dominion University

William Hopkins 2021 OFA Recipient
William A. Hopkins
Virginia Tech

Jenny Koster 2021 OFA Recipient
Jenny Koster
Piedmont Virginia Community College

Ling Li 2021 OFA Recipient
Ling Li
Old Dominion University

Todd Lookingbill 2021 OFA Recipient
Todd Robert Lookingbill
University of Richmond

Andrew Peterson 2021 OFA Recipient
Andrew H. Peterson
George Mason University
Rising Star

Tinni Sen 2021 OFA Recipient
Tinni Sen
Virginia Military Institute

Jolanta Wawrzycka 2021 OFA Recipient
Jolanta Wawrzycka
Radford University

Andrew Wolf 2021 OFA Recipient
Andrew M.D. Wolf, MD
University of Virginia

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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