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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 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards Guidelines, which can be viewed and downloaded via the link on the right side of this page. Prior years' recipients can be found at this page

2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards 

 The State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Energy announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

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, 83 nominations were received this year. This group was narrowed to a field of 27 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 physics to communications. 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. 

The 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards ceremony will take place during a March 1 luncheon at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Recipients are listed below in alphabetical order, with links to short biographies. Rising Star awards recognize early-career achievement.  

2018 OFA Recipient S. Bandyopadhyay
Supriyo Bandyopadhyay
Virginia Commonwealth University

2018 OFA Recipient F. Bemak
Frederic P. Bemak
George Mason University

2018 OFA Recipient D. Bronk
Deborah Bronk 
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary

2018 OFA Recipient H. Crompton
Helen Crompton
Old Dominion University
Rising Star

2018 OFA Recipient S. Emmanuel
Steven Emmanuel
Virginia Wesleyan University

2018 OFA Recipient Mark Gabriele
Mark Gabriele
James Madison University

2018 OFA Recipient Elizabeth Hirschman
Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

2018 OFA Recipient Jennifer M. Martin
Jennifer M. Martin
Thomas Nelson Community College

2018 OFA Recipient Thomas Moran
Thomas E. Moran
James Madison University

2018 OFA Recipient Carol Parish
Carol Parish
University of Richmond

2018 OFA Recipient Patricia Parker
Patricia Parker
Germanna Community College

2018 OFA Recipient Jaime Settle
Jaime Settle
College of William & Mary
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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