Over the last 12 years, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation has established three different faculty recognition programs, awarding more than $420,000 to approximately 45 faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Medicine.
Recipients receive cash stipends and are recognized at a reception at the Foundation. All recipients are also welcomed into the Jefferson Scholars community as Faculty Fellows and are invited to participate in all appropriate Foundation programs and events.
Foundation Faculty Prize
Awarded biennially, the Foundation Faculty Prize is voted on by Jefferson Scholars alumni on the criteria of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Michael Timko, Professor in the Department of Biology, was the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Faculty Prize. The Prize will be awarded again in 2017.
Award for Excellence in Teaching
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, in 2012 the Jefferson Scholars Foundation began recognizing University faculty who have demonstrated both excellence in teaching and exceeding care for their students. This award honors those teachers in our community who have gone the extra mile in fulfilling their vocation without regard for their own advancement.
Four recipients of this award were named in 2016:
- Edmund “Butch” Brodie III, Department of Biology
- Jeffrey J. Holt, Departments of Mathematics and Statistics
- Jon D. Mikalson, Department of Classics
- Kathryn Thornton, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Since 2010, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation has invited students and faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science to nominate members of the Faculty for the Hartfield Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize. Made possible through a $1,000,000 gift from an anonymous donor, the prize celebrates and recognizes excellent undergraduate teaching and curriculum development in engineering.
The recipients have demonstrated that communicating knowledge and inspiring students are as important to the education process as scholarship; they exemplify the highest standards and practices of teaching.
Last awarded in 2015, the Hartfield Prize is currently being revamped and the Foundation will announce new selection criteria in the coming months. The 2015 winners were:
- John Bean, Professor of Electrical Engineering
- Michael Gorman, Professor of Science, Technology and Society
- James Groves, Associate Professor of Materials Science
- Donald Jordan, Lecturer of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Gregory Lewin, Lecturer of Systems Engineering