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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Energy Announce Recipients of 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Dec 10, 2020, 09:54 AM
The recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards
Contact: Laura Osberger
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December 10, 2020

For immediate release

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) and Dominion Energy are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards, each of whom will receive a $7,500 gift from Dominion Energy at a virtual ceremony on March 2, 2021.

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

Institutions select the nominees, then a panel of peers reviews the applications. A committee of leaders from the public and private sectors select the final recipients. This year, the program received 72 nominations. This group narrowed to a field of 20 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.

The 2021 recipients are listed below in alphabetical order. Asterisks indicate Rising Star (early-career achievement) awards.

2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards Recipients

1. John AlmarodeJohn Taylor Almarode (James Madison University)

Dr. Almarode is executive director of teaching and learning at James Madison University. He began his career teaching high school mathematics and science. He now works with pre-service teachers and devotes time to collaborating with in-service teachers in classrooms and schools across the globe. Almarode and his colleagues have presented their work to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters and more than a dozen books on effective teaching and learning in today’s schools and classrooms. Dr. Almarode received a B.S. from Bridgewater College, an M.A.T. from Mary Baldwin College and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

2. Taison BellTaison D. Bell* (University of Virginia)
Dr. Bell is an assistant professor of medicine in the divisions of infectious disease and pulmonary/critical care medicine at the University of Virginia. He is also the director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and director of the UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (a medical school preparatory program for under-represented students). Dr. Bell joined the faculty in 2017 after completing a critical care fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to that, he completed internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was a chief resident, and infectious disease fellowship at the combined Mass General Brigham program. Highly invested in teaching, Dr. Bell was voted Inpatient Attending of the Year by the UVA Internal Medicine Residency program in 2018 and 2020, in addition to being selected for the Virginia American College of Physicians Academic Teaching Award in 2019. He is a recent graduate of the Darden School of Business at UVA.

3. Pamela EddyPamela L. Eddy (William & Mary)
Pamela L. Eddy is a professor in educational policy, planning and leadership at William & Mary. Her research interests include community college leadership and development, organizational change and educational partnerships, gender roles in higher education and faculty development. Dr. Eddy serves as a consultant for campuses, system offices and on funded grants regarding strategies to support community college student success and to support leadership development. Dr. Eddy is the author or co-author of six books, with her most recent book titled, "Leading for Tomorrow: A Primer for Succeeding in Higher Education Leadership." She has written 40 peer-reviewed articles and given over 100 keynote presentations. Eddy is an associate editor for the "Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research" and the Editor-in-Chief of "New Directions for Community Colleges." Eddy received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, an M.S. from Cornell University and a B.S. in Economics from Allegheny College.

4. Jennifer FishJennifer Fish (Old Dominion University)
Dr. Fish is professor and chair of the department of women’s studies at Old Dominion University. She is a sociologist with expertise in migration, labor and human rights, with 25 years of direct experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Her research is widely used by leading international organizations and policy institutes, including the United Nations’ International Labour Organization. She is the author of four books and a series of research articles on global policy protections for women in the informal economy. As an advocate for human rights and community education, Dr. Fish also produced four documentary films and an international photographic exhibition, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy. As a teacher, she has taken her students into the world to experience global realities directly, with 15 years of study abroad teaching in five countries. She also designed a refugee studies service-learning curriculum for universities and resettlement organizations. Dr. Fish received a Ph.D. from American University.

5. William HopkinsWilliam A. Hopkins (Virginia Tech)
William A. Hopkins is professor of wildlife conservation and holds several university leadership positions at Virginia Tech. Dr. Hopkins uses interdisciplinary approaches to study how anthropogenic global changes such as pollution, disease, habitat destruction and climate change influence the health of wildlife populations. He is internationally recognized for contributions in several disciplines, has published more than 190 peer-reviewed works and served on four National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committees. His expertise is sought regularly following major environmental disasters including the TVA ash spill, the BP oil spill, the Tisza River (Hungary) cyanide spill and the Guadiamar River (Spain) mine tailings disaster. Professor Hopkins’ research has been featured by NPR, BBC, “The New York Times” and “60 Minutes.” He regularly serves on advisory panels for state and federal agencies and provides frequent scientific guidance on environmental issues to policy makers in Washington, D.C.

6. Jenny KosterJenny Koster (Piedmont Virginia Community College)
As English professor and Writing Center coordinator at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Jenny Koster supports students in developing their unique voices so that they advocate for themselves and their communities. Through a positive and engaging classroom environment designed to meet students’ diverse needs, Koster builds community and encourages students to explore their interests as potential areas of study. As founder of the Virginia Community College System’s Learning Assistance Professionals Peer Group, coordinator of the Virginia chapter of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) and Virginia representative to the SWCA Board, Koster has elevated tutoring across the state and region. This year, she initiated Virginia’s first statewide tutor collaboration, TuColla-VA. When she is not developing her own classes or new tutoring initiatives, Koster works on her own creative writing.

7. Ling LiLing Li (Old Dominion University)
Dr. Ling Li is university professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University. She chairs the department of IT and decision sciences and serves as the director of master of science in maritime trade and supply chain management. Her areas of specialization include supply chain analytics, healthcare management and the role of technology on company performance. She has published over 140 peer-refereed research articles in high-quality journals, three books, encyclopedia articles, business cases and conference proceeding papers. She serves as the First Secretary of International Federation for Information Processing, and as area editor, associate editor and editorial board member of several journals. She is a certified fellow of the Association of Supply Chain Management. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her teaching excellence, scholarly contributions and service commitment.

8. Todd Robert LookingbillTodd Robert Lookingbill (University of Richmond)
Dr. Todd Lookingbill is an associate professor of geography and the environment with a joint appointment in biology at the University of Richmond. He and his students work extensively with the National Park Service to assess the condition of natural resources within urban and suburban parks, especially historic battlefield parks. His latest book project examines the conservation value of landscapes of war. Other research examines how changes in climate may be fundamentally altering old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. He is active in watershed stewardship and teaches a class on the geography of the James River watershed. He has been a long-time faculty mentor of the Earth Lodge Living and Learning Community and has taught courses focused on creating thriving, equitable environments in the western United States, Australia and South Africa. Dr. Lookingbill received a Ph.D. from Duke University and a B.A. from Princeton University.

9. Andrew PetersonAndrew H. Peterson* (George Mason University)

Andrew Peterson is an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at George Mason University, an affiliate researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Memory Center, a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar, the most prestigious early-career bioethics award in the United States. His work centers on bioethics, brain injury and the philosophy of neuroscience. Dr. Peterson is an innovative and passionate teacher whose interdisciplinary courses attract students from across the university, including from neuroscience, psychology, medical science and philosophy. A key feature of his teaching approach is project-based, student-centered learning. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, an M.A. from San Francisco State University and a B.A. with distinction from Sonoma State University.

10. Tinni SenTinni Sen (Virginia Military Institute)

Tinni Sen is professor of economics in the department of economics and business at Virginia Military Institute. She holds the Alexander P. Morrison 1939 professorship. Professor Sen received the Thomas Jefferson Teaching award, as well as the VMI Distinguished Teaching Award. She has published two books and several articles, is faculty advisor to VMI's Promaji club for Cadets of Color and is the recipient of the James G. Leyburn ODK Award for exemplary service to her community. Dr. Sen received a Ph.D. from The University of Mississippi, an M.Sc. from The University of Kolkata, India, and a B.Sc. in Economics from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata.

11. Jolanta WawrzyckaJolanta Wawrzycka (Radford University)
Jolanta Wawrzycka is professor of English at Radford University. She has lectured at the Joyce Schools in Dublin, Ireland, and Trieste, Italy, and presented at numerous Joyce symposia across Europe, including workshops at the Zurich Joyce Foundation. She served as Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. Among her publications are edited/co-edited books, “Re-Translating Joyce for the 21st Century,” “James Joyce’s Silences” and “Reading Joycean Temporalities,” in addition to numerous book chapters and articles on Joyce. She has guest-edited Joyce/translation issues of “James Joyce Quarterly” and “Scientia Traductionis.” Her Polish translation of James Joyce’s poems, “Chamber Music,” has been published as a bilingual edition. She has also translated works by Roman Ingarden, Czesław Miłosz and W. B. Yeats.

12. Andrew WolfAndrew M.D. Wolf, MD (University of Virginia )
Dr. Wolf is professor of medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine having joined the faculty in 1993. He serves as associate program director and primary care track director for UVA’s internal medicine residency program. Dr. Wolf has over two decades of experience in the area of cancer early detection and cancer control, and has research expertise in shared doctor-patient decision making for cancer screening. He was lead author on the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2010 guideline for the early detection of prostate cancer and the 2018 colorectal cancer screening guideline, and co-authored the ACS lung, breast and cervical cancer screening guidelines, as well as their prostate cancer survivorship guideline. For his service to the medical profession and to society, he was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians in 2019. Dr. Wolf graduated from Harvard College, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Brown University.


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