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Faculty Awards

Virginia Tech recognizes faculty excellence through a variety of awards.

Faculty Awards At-a-Glance

Timeline for Award Committees

Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising

Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to recognize Virginia Tech faculty who have been particularly dedicated to and effective in the advising of undergraduate students. Recipients may be nominated by university faculty or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, and are awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information regarding the undergraduate advising award, please contact Kimberly Smith, Director, University Academic Advising Center, or visit the advising website at www.advising.vt.edu.

  • 2012: Deborah Pollio 2011: J. Evans; 2010: M. Denbow; 2009: W. Moore; 2008: C. Taylor; 2007: J. Campbell; 2006: J. Mooney; 2005: no awardee; 2004: J. Cranford; 2003: D. Watts Reaves; 2002: R. Holloway; 2001: S. Ball
Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising

Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to recognize Virginia Tech faculty who have been particularly dedicated to and effective in the advising of graduate students. Recipients may be nominated by university faculty or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, and are awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information regarding the graduate advising award, please contact Kimberly Smith, Director, University Academic Advising Center, or visit the advising website at www.advising.vt.edu.

  • 2012: Marc Edwards2011: G. Norton; 2010: H. Burkhart; 2009: H. Sherali; 2008: K. Singh; 2007: F. Piercy; 2006: D. Kronfeld; 2005: T. Kershaw; 2004: S. Mostaghimi; 2003: S. Geller; 2002: M. Moore; 2001: T. Ollendick
Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising is given annually to recognize an individual who serves undergraduate advisees in exemplary ways. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize and are inducted into the university's Academy of Advising Excellence. For further information, please contact Kimberly Smith, Director, University Academic Advising Center, or visit the advising website at www.advising.vt.edu.

  • 2012: Christina McIntyre 2011: J. Vest; 2010: C. Slusser; 2009: S. Crigger; 2008: C. Lowe; 2007: B. Cowles; 2006: K. Bruck Watson; 2005: J. Riess; 2004: W. Grubb; 2003: M. Benson; 2002: R. Shryock; J. Francis; 2001: L. Graham
  • Prior to 2001, the award was known as the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Recipients were in 2000: D. Thorp; 1999: D. Parrish; 1998: D. Riess; 1997: L. Geyer; 1995: T. Sitz
Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education is presented annually to a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on international education at the university. Selection is based upon contributions to the internationalization of Virginia Tech, the impact on students, the impact on the campus and community, the significance of the initiative, and the sustainability of the initiative. Recipients are selected by a subcommittee drawn from the ranks of the University Council on Outreach and International Affairs, along with a representative of the Alumni Association. Award recipients receive a $2,000 cash prize. For further information, please contact Guru Ghosh, Associate Vice President for International Affairs.

  • 2012: Patricia Kelly 2011: S. Riad; 2010: T. Hammett; 2009: J. Helge Bohn; 2008: D. Gnyawali; 2007: J. Littlefield; 2006: R. Thompson; 2005: D. Kingston, V. Fu; 2004: J. Scarpaci; 2003: J. Marchman, III; 2002: J. Tlou; 2001: G. Norton; 2000: G. Egger; 1999: J. Ballweg; 1998: P. Huang; 1997: J. Caldwell
Alumni Awards for Excellence in International Outreach

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Outreach is presented annually to faculty or staff who have had a significant impact on international outreach at Virginia Tech. Selection is based on contributions to the internationalization of Virginia Tech, global impact, signficance of the outreach, and sustainability of the outreach. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information, please contact Guru Ghosh, Associate Vice President for International Affairs.

  • 2012: Akshay Sharma 2011: C. Taylor; 2010: J. Burton; 2009: D. Alexander; 2008: G. Snyder
  • Prior to 2008, a single award was given for excellence in international outreach and research. Recipients were in 2007: T. Ollendick; 2006: J. Alwang
Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research is presented annually to faculty or staff who have had a significant impact on international research at Virginia Tech. Selection is based on contributions to the internationalization of Virginia Tech, global impact, signficance of the research/outreach, and sustainability of the research/outreach. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information, please contact Guru Ghosh, Associate Vice President for International Affairs.

  • 2012: Michael Saffle 2011: R. Wokutch; 2010: M. Marchant; 2009: S. Tolin; 2008: J. Browder
  • Prior to 2008, a single award was given for excellence in international outreach and research. Recipients were in 2007: T. Ollendick; 2006: J. Alwang
Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension is presented annually to two Virginia Cooperative Extension staff members who have made outstanding contributions outside the classroom. One award is given to an Extension specialist and one is given to an Extension agent. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information, please contact Dr. Edwin Jones, Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

  • 2012: Denny “Scott” Jessee; Dini Miller 2011: B. J. Elmer; M. Goatley; 2010: S. Greiner, M. Parrish; 2009: D. Moore, T. Wolfe; 2008: J. Orband, R. Youngman; 2007: K. Balderson, M. Weaver; 2006: A. Herbert, J. Baney; 2005: R. Cox, G. Snyder; 2004: J. Unroe, G. Evanylo; 2003: S. Johnson, M. Lambur; 2002: J. Myers, C. Stallings; 2001: H. Pettway, S. Sumner; 2000: J. Martin, R. Shaffer; 1999: R. Meadows, G. Dingus; 1998: H. Haney, Jr., R. Nunnally; 1997: M. Clifford, B. Zoecklein; 1996: C. Swann, J. Swisher; 1995: J. Maitland, C. Hackney
Alumni Awards for Outreach Excellence

Established by the university's Commission on Outreach and International Affairs with the support of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by Virginia Tech faculty members who have extended the university's outreach mission throughout the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. Recipients are nominated by their peers, are awarded a $2,000 cash prize, and are inducted into the university's Academy of Outreach Excellence. One award honors individual excellence and another award honors team excellence. For further information, please contact Dr. Jerry Niles, Interim Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs.

  • Individual Award: 2012: Carl Zipper 2011: L. Tegarden; 2010: M. Kasarda, J. Latimer; 2009: N. Giovanni; 2008: E. T. Ewing; 2007: L. Sharp; 2006: D. Zallen; 2005: L. Geyer; 2004: H. Feiertag; 2003: B. Carstensen; 2002: S. Geller; 2001: W. Patty
  • Team Award: 2011: E. Gilboy and A. McCoy; 2009: Center for Watershed Studies; 2008: T. Fisher, E. Gilboy, M. Lyons, and K. Steika; 2007: P. Cook, A. LoMascolo, J. Meltsner; 2006: S. Jarrott, V. Fu, A. Galway, I. Schepisi, K. Milne, C. Smith, and K. Gallagher; 2005: K. DeCourcy and E. Dolan; 2004: B. Bunn and G. Long

In 1999 and 2001, the Public Service Excellence Award and the University Outreach Excellence Award were merged into the Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence:

  • University Outreach Excellence Award 2000: H. Kurstedt, Jr., G. Boardman
  • Public Service Excellence 1998: M. Chandler; 1997: D. Whittier; 1996: C. Randall; 1995: W. Kerns, D. Larsen
Alumni Awards for Excellence in Research

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research is presented annually to as many as two Virginia Tech faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the area of research. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff may nominate candidates for the award. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize. For further information, please contact Debbie Nester, chair of the selection commitee, or read more about the nomination/application process.

  • 2012: Stephen Prince; T. Daniel Crawford 2011: J. Riffle; N. Ramakrishnan; 2010: T. Long, S. Xiao; 2009: R. Ekirch, B. Tyler; 2008: X. Meng, T. Oyama; 2007: T. Calasanti, D. Viehland; 2006: K. Roberto, M. Edwards, H. Dorn; 2005: M. Hochella, Jr., M. Hyer; 2004: R. Batra, H. Gibson; 2003: D. Farkas, D. Lindsay; 2002: J. Casali, M. Potts; 2001: S. Geller, D. Inman; 2000: M. Akers, T. Watson; 1999: R. Winett, N. Castagnoli, Jr.; 1998: S. Desu, J. Schetz; 1997: C. Fuller, J. Ball; 1996: T. Rappaport, H. Sherali; 1995: F. Gwazdauskas, W. Velander, R. Yoon
Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Established in 1982 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to honor two Virginia Tech faculty members for teaching excellence. Award recipients are selected by the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence and are chosen from among those faculty members who have received certificates of teaching excellence from their respective colleges during the preceding three years. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize and is inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence. For further information, please see the Academy of Teaching Excellence website.

  • 2012: Jane Wemhoener; Alan Weinstein 2011: J. Folkart; R. Walker; 2010: P. Doolittle, B. Bekken; 2009: A. Nelson, A. Stevens; 2008: H. Griffin, Jr., J. Sible; 2007: T. Harrington Becker, K. Hoffman; 2006: F. Oehlschlaeger, M. Barrow; 2005: R. Foti, A. Kohler; 2004: A. Colaianne, C. Reinholtz; 2003: G. Lloyd, D. Watts Reaves; 2002: M. Aust, P. Amateis; 2001: O. Abaye, M. Vorster; 2000: J. Arnold, B. Waggenspack; 1999: B. Smith, R. Voshell, Jr.; 1998: R. Blieszner, T. Luke; 1997: J. Merola, E. Shugart; 1996: A. Buikema, M. Oliver; 1995: E. Fuhrman, A. Keown; 1994: J. Bixler, P. Zeskind; 1993: S. Magliaro, H. Sherali; 1992: C. Bailey, J. Ulloa; 1991: J. Crunkilton, T. Gardner; 1990: J. Arthur, L. Roy; 1989: G. Justice, W. Snizek; 1998: J. Sawyers, E. Stump; 1987: C. Dudley, J. Stahl; 1986: S. Adams, R. Purdy; 1985: J. Pitt, C. Reed; 1984: R. Benoit, P. Sorrentino; 1983: S. Geller, H. McNair; 1982: J. Birch, N. Smith
Certificates of Teaching Excellence

Certificates of teaching excellence are awarded annually by the university to 21 faculty members selected by the individual colleges. The number awarded is proportionately distributed over the university according to the number of instructional faculty positions allotted to each college, with each college awarding at least one certificate. Please contact your college dean for further information.

Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence, the Diggs Teaching Scholars Award was established in 1992 and is presented annually to three Virginia Tech faculty members to recognize exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment. A cash award is given to each recipient and to his or her respective department. A year after receiving the award, new Diggs Teaching Scholars are invited to lead the Diggs Roundtable, a series of presentations and a discussion related to their innovative teaching. The award is supported by an endowed fund established through an estate gift from the late Edward S. and Hattie Wilson Diggs. Mr. Diggs was a 1914 graduate of Virginia Tech. For further information, please contact Peter Doolittle, Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

  • 2012: Anthony T. “Terry” Cobb; Lee Cooper; Marian Mollin 2011: K. Harrison; T. Martin; 2010: M. Kasarda, R. Stephens, B. Bekken; 2009: E. Graves, M. Vernon, T. Walker; 2008: P. Polanah, J. Terpenny, Y. White; 2007: N. Alexander-Floyd, G. Chandler, B. Murphy; 2006: J. Dubinsky, J. Sible, H. Griffin; 2005: C. Dannenberg, K. Precoda, P. Wallenstein; 2004: S. Johnson, R. Siegle, S. Ball, C. Eckel; 2003: A. Becker, E. Bloomer, T. Smith-Jackson; 2002: M. Boler, J. Seiler, W. Snizek; 2001: S. Floyd-Thomas, R. Goff, M. Boisen
University Sporn Award for Teaching Introductory Subjects

Sponsored by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research and the Virginia Tech Academy for Teaching Excellence, the Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Subjects is presented annually to a Virginia Tech faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching introductory-level courses. Nominations are received from students, and recipients are selected by a committee comprised of student representatives from Omicron Delta Kappa and Golden Key honor societies and a faculty advisor who was the previous year's award winner. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize and are inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence. The award was established in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Philip J. Sporn. Dr. Sporn was a Virginia Tech alumnus and president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power Company. For further information, please see the Academy of Teaching Excellence website.

  • 2012: Suchitra Samanta 2011: M. Alexander; 2010: D. Schmale; 2009: M. Vollmer; 2008: E. Bloomer; 2007: W. Beal; 2006: P. Heilker; 2005: D. Agud; 2004: S. Saffle; 2003: W. Snizek; 2002: J. Boyer; 2001: M. McAllister; 2000: T. Papillon; 1999: C. Frazier; 1998: M. Ellerbrock; 1997: C. Rogers; 1996: J. Glanville; 1995: J. Wightman; 1994: P. Amateis; 1993: D. Rubenstein; 1992: E. Weisband; 1991: C. Burger; 1990: S. Geller; 1989: D. West; 1988: A. Buikema; 1987: A. Mandelstamm; 1986: D. Stetler; 1985: P. Zeskind; 1984: D. Ludwig; 1983: H. Munson; 1982: J. Via; 1981: W. Purcell; 1980: J. Rocher, Jr.; 1979: G. Simmons, Jr.; 1978: J. Viers; 1977: L. Taylor; 1976: J. Craig; 1975: D. Stetler; 1974: H. Steeves; 1973: R. Nurse; 1972: J. Owen; 1970: G. Grender; 1969: E. Furtsch; 1968: R. Holliman; 1967: R. Robertson; 1966: L. Brice
William E. Wine Award

Established in 1957 by the Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine (Class of 1904), who served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and as president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the William E. Wine Award is presented annually to three Virginia Tech faculty members to recognize "a history of university teaching excellence." Nominations by students, alumni, and faculty in each college are reviewed by respective college selection committees. The colleges' candidates are reviewed by a university-wide committee, which then selects the three award winners. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize and is inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence. For further information, please see the Academy of Teaching Excellence website.

  • 2012: Jack Webster; Mitzi Vernon; Billie Lepczyk 2011: L. Piilonen; R. Billingsley; S. Johnson; 2010: P. Amateis, E. Coupey, M. Ellerbrock; 2009: C. Bailey, J. De La Ree Lopez, J. Simonetti; 2008: J. Eddleton, R. McDuffie, J. Stahl; 2007: M. Saffle, G. Filz, E. Shugart; 2006: K. Pelzer, G. Loganathan, T. Gardner; 2005: W. Baumann, G. Long, P. Sorrentino; 2004: G. Downey, T. Pratt, J. Richardson, Jr.; 2003: A. Buikema, M. Denbow, R. Goff; 2002: R. Fell, C. Neck, R. Benoit; 2001: H. Bender, W. Brown, S. Magliaro; 2000: A. Becker, J. Ozanne, A. Stremmel; 1999: D. Forrester, S. Geller, D. Smith; 1998: E. Brown, R. Kander; 1997: S. Johnston, Y. Liu, J. Seiler; 1996: R. Lyons, P. Mellen, K. Singh; 1995: K. Allen, H. Munson, B. Reed; 1994: J. LaPorte, J. McKenna, R. Plaut; 1993: J. Birch, V. Bonomo, M. Norton; 1992: R. Martin, T. Rakes, C. Reinholtz; 1991: J. Howard, D. Long, M. Leib; 1990: W. Beal, A. Fernandez-Vazquez, G. Graham; 1989: M. Barnes, M. Boisen, K. Monroe; 1988: T. Luke, J. Shrum, G. Thompson; 1987: D. Egger, J. Knight, D. Schneck; 1986: R. Lalik, M. Louthan, R. Tipsword; 1985: R. Kelly, J. Owen, L. Rees; 1984: P. Kelly, L. Kraige, M. Ogliaruso; 1983: D. Hinkle, D. Kohl, L. Taper; 1982: C. Bostian, D. Kenyon, A. Keown; 1981: G. Fenstermacher, J. Robertson, F. Ruiz; 1980: L. Grigsby, R. Myers, W. Snizek; 1979: S. Holzer, P. Anderson, J. Niles; 1978: G. Wills, D. Scott, J. Jacobs; 1977: R. Giles, E. Houck, T. Hunt; 1976: G. Gibbs, J. Jones, J. Regan; 1975: J. Kaiser, T. Ward, J. White; 1974: L. Crawford, J. Phillips, R. Saacke; 1973: V. Brenner, W. Etgen, G. Grender; 1972: W. Favrao, R. McNitt, J. Wightman; 1971: G. Beyer, O. Ferrari, P. Distler; 1969: J. Gaines, T. Hubbard, F. Lutze; 1968: R. Bond, R. Coe, J. Wolfe; 1967: H. Elarth, M. Kosztarab, N. Krieg; 1966: S. Farrier, J. Sword, E. Weinstock; 1965: S. Andrews, P. Hoepner, P. Martin; 1964: E. Furtsch, E. Ellison, E. Jennelle; 1963: E. Marsh, H. Mosby, L. Padis; 1962: H. Miles, D. Kohler, J. Barringer; 1961: O. Glisson, M. Agee, L. Brice, D. Watson; 1960: L. McFadden, F. Maher, G. Litton; 1959: D. Kinnear, H. Loh, H. Wood; 1958: W. Gibson, A. Massey, J. Poulton; 1957: G. Powley, P. Reaves, R. Krug
XCaliber Award for Excellence in Technology Assisted Teaching and Learning

Established in 1996 by the Office of the Provost, the XCaliber Award (shorthand for exceptional, high-caliber work) is presented annually by the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning to recognize individual faculty members or teams of faculty and staff who have made significant contributions towards integrating technology into teaching and learning experiences. The award celebrates innovative approaches to teaching with technology that illustrate student-centered learning activities. Recipients receive a cash award and are called upon to demonstrate their award-winning work with their colleagues. For further information, please contact Gardner Campbell, Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, or see the award website.

  • Team Awards 2012: (Team1) Christopher Williams, Austin Amaya, Ethan Groves,  and Jacob More (Team2) Eloise Coupey, Edward Dorsa, Ronald Kemnitzer, Thomas Martin, and Lisa McNair 2011: A faculty member from Myers-Lawson School of Construction and an interdisciplinary team of three graduate students; English Studies ePortfolio Team; 2009: Lumenhaus Solar Decathlon Team; T. Kaur, J. Singh, M. Lutz, N. King, D. Bradley Clark; 2007: Digital History Team (M. Barrow, T. Ewing, H. Farrar, D. Hicks, K. Jones, J. Lehr, M. Mollin, A. Nelson, R. Stephens, D. Thorp, E. Watson) and Global Faculty Team (R. Anderl, J. Helge Bohn, P. Orta Castanon, L. Thigpen, L. Zhongquin); 2006: D. Morris, G. Kraige, S. Hendricks; 2004: S. Ball; C. Eckel; S. Midkiff; 2003: Solar Decathlon Team and Multimedia Technology Team; 2002: H. Bender; E. Mills; J. Danielson; P. Vermeer; 2001: J. Seiler, J. Peterson; J. Kirwan; 2000: B. Lockee; G. Sherman; K. Cennamo; G. Holmes; M. Moore; K. Potter; 1999: Math Emporium Group; 1998: S. Scheckler; D. Taylor; Stewart Hill University Academies
  • Individual Award(s) 2012: Frances Quek 2011: P. Sforza; 2010: K. Parkes, I. Bukvic; 2009: S. Kaider, R. Siegle; 2008: J. Sochinski and T. Walker; 2007: none; 2006: S. Edwards; 2005: J. Tront; 2004: K. Trivedi; H. Marand; 2003: L. Grossman; 2002: T. Luke; 2000: A. Buikema; 1999: D. Barnette
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Awards

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.

Virginia Tech can recommend up to 10 faculty members for the SCHEV OFA. Each year the University Honorifics Committee invites electronic nominations for the OFA. A call for nominations is typically sent out in early June. It contains deadlines and formatting information for the year. A nomination must be endorsed by the dean of the faculty member’s college or the College Honorifics Committee.

All nominations must be delivered electronically to Peter Doolittle (pdoo@vt.edu), Director, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, by the deadline which is set each year and must follow the SCHEV OFA guidelines for that year.

  • Virginia Tech Recipients of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards: 2011: G. Downey; 2010: R. Batra; 2007: M. Edwards, D. Zallen; 2006: T. Murray, P. Sorrentino; 2005: R. Claus, S. Geller, L. Roy; 2003: T. Gardner, M. Vorster; 2002: J. Craig, J. Seiler; 2001: J. Wightman; 2000: Y. Liu, W. Purcell; 1999: A. Keown; 1998: R. Plaut; 1997: C. Hackney; 1996: J. Martin; 1993: H. Sherali; 1991: J. Robertson, W. Snizek; 1989: S. Holzer; 1988: H. Burkhart, G. Kraige; 1987: W. Knocke, J. Owen, F. Quinn
  • Virginia Tech Recipients of the SCHEV Rising Star Awards: 2010: M. Borrego