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SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards

The Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and public service among VA institutions and is the highest honor presented to college and university faculty in the state of Virginia.

Criteria for Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFAs)

Mason’s nominees must possess a record of superior accomplishment that reflects strongly the mission of our institution. This record of superior accomplishment must extend across all four areas of scholarly endeavor, as described by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered (1990). These areas include:

  • Teaching: Instruction, student development and learning, mentoring, etc.
  • Discovery: Scholarship, research, creative activities
  • Integration of Knowledge: Curricular development, placing one’s discipline into interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary contexts, relevant/meaningful connections between scholarship and teaching
  • Service: Application of knowledge and expertise in the broader contexts of institution, community/society, and professional service

A nominee’s record of accomplishment must demonstrate clear and compelling evidence of the nature of his/her: 1) involvement/participation; 2) effectiveness/success; 3) impact/achievement; and 4) recognition/acknowledgement in each of the four areas.

Mason typically submits between six and eight nominees for the OFA award, including one that recognizes an early-career “Rising Star.” Mason may only submit one “Rising Star” nominee. Nominees in this category cannot have more than six years of service as a FT faculty member and should be in at least their third year as a faculty member in Virginia.

If you know of a faculty member who should be considered, please write a brief letter explaining why the person is competitive for the Outstanding Faculty Award or the Rising Star Outstanding Faculty Award. Mason's nomination cycle opens in the spring semester.  

The review team consists of faculty and administrative representatives, including prior SCHEV award winners. 

The SCHEV page provides more information about the Outstanding Faculty Awards and the guidelines for nomination packets. If you have questions, please contact Faculty Affairs and Development.

 

SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Winners
Year   Award   Winner   Academic Unit
2019   OFA   Jeff Offutt  

Professor, Computer Science

Volgenau School of Engineering

2019   Rising Star   Charlotte Gill  

Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law and Society

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2018   OFA   Frederic Bemak  

Professor, Graduate School of Education

College of Education and Human Development

2017   OFA   Danny Menasce  

University Professor, Computer Science

Volgenau School of Engineering

2015   OFA   Paul D'Andrea (retired)   Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Theater and English
2015   OFA   Lance Liotta   Co-Director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine
2013   OFA    Rita Chi-Ying Chung   

Professor, Graduate School of Education

College of Education and Human Development

2012   OFA   Giorgio Ascoli  

University Profesor, Molecular Neuroscience

Director, Center for Neural Informatics, Structure, & Plasticity at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

2012   OFA   Robert Hazen   Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences
2011   Rising Star   Eden King  

Assistant Professor, Psychology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2010   OFA   Margo Mastropieri (retired)  

Professor, Graduate School of Education

College of Education and Human Development

2009   Teaching with Technology OFA   Michael Behrmann (retired)  

Professor, Graduate School of Education

College of Education and Human Development

Director, Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities

2009   OFA   Raja Parasuraman (deceased)  

University Professor, Psychology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2007   Teaching with Technology OFA   Priscilla Norton  

Professor, Graduate School of Education

College of Education and Human Development

2005   Teaching with Technology OFA   T. Mills Kelly  

Director, Global Affairs; Associate Professor, History & Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2004   OFA   John O'Connor (retired)  

Professor, New Century College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2003   OFA   Peter Denning   

Professor, Computer Science

Volgenau School of Engineering

1999   OFA   Roy Rosenzweig (deceased)  

Professor, History & Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

1998   OFA   Rita Ailinger (retired)  

Professor Emerita of Nursing

College of Health and Human Services

1996   OFA   Jeanne Sorrell (retired)  

Professor Emerita of Nursing

College of Health and Human Services

1995   OFA   Mary Silva (retired)   

Professor Emerita of Nursing

College of Health and Human Services

1987   OFA   James Buchanan (deceased)  

Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Advisory General of the Center for Study of Public Choice

1987   OFA   Stephen Ruth  

Professor, School of Public Policy

Director of International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology

 

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