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Faculty Awards

This listing includes awards and achievements for the period of July 2014 – June 2015. Further details at bottom of page.


Eve Danziger | Resident Faculty Fellow, UVA Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, 2013‐2015

Susan McKinnon | Weatherhead Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe 


Sarah Betzer | 2014-15 Hetty Goldman Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Bruce Boucher | Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London

Anastasia Dtakouri-Hild | UVA Buckner W. Clay Endowment Award, 2014-15

Douglas Fordham | Mid-Career Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2014-15

Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz | Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, India

George Sampson | 2015 Faculty Award, IMP Society

Tyler Jo Smith | 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, UVA Student Council

Eric Ramirez-Weaver | Mellon Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; 2014-15 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

Dorothy Wong | UVA Buckner W. Clay Endowment Award, 2014-15

William Wylie | Yale University Art Museum Fellowship and Residency in Italy; UVA Buckner W. Clay Endowment Award, 2014-15


Shane Davis | Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Physics

John Hawley | UVA Distinguished Scientist Award, 2014-15

Kelsey Johnson | UVA Distinguished Research Career Development Award

Edward Murphy | UVA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award

Steven Majewski | Elected, Collegium of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry, Kosciuszko Foundation

William Saslaw | Fellow for Life, Jesus College, U. Cambridge

Trinh Thuan | Grand Prize for "Humanism and Society: Science and Conscience,” Freemasonry and Society Association, Paris

Mark Whittle | Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge


George Bloom | President, Central Virginia Society for Neuroscience

Masashi Kawasaki | 2014-15 UVA  All-University Teaching Award

David Kittlesen | Elected to University Academy of Teaching

Sarah Kucenas | 2015 SCHEV Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Michael Timko | Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Life Sciences, Global Biotech Forum


Cassandra Fraser | 2014 UVA Intersorority Council Teaching Commendation

Don Hunt | American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014-15

James Landers | 2014 UVA Jefferson Scholar Faculty Fellow; Jefferson Scholars Foundation  Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Rebecca Pompano | American Association of Immunologists Public Policy 2014 Fellows Program; Elected to University Academy of Teaching


Marianne Kubik | Awarded four "Awards of Merit," 2014 Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, CA;  Certificate of Merit, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region II Festival, for Adaptation of Chekhov’s Stories, "Vodka Variations"; Spring 2015 Artist Residency, U. Connecticut

Kim Brooks Mata | 2014-15 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment


Federico Ciliberto | UVA Presidential Commendation, Extraordinary Contributor to Undergraduate Experience

Ken Elzinga | Honorary Professor, Dongbei University; Leonard Sandridge Student Partnership Award; Weiching Williams Yen Award, UVA China Fund

Charles Holt | Board of Advisors, Experimental Economics


Alison Booth | 2014-15 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship

Stephen Cushman | 2014-15 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Rita Felski | UVA Buckner W. Clay Award, 2014-15

Bruce Holsinger | 2014 John Hurt Fisher Award, International John Gower Society, for A Burnable Book

Jerome McGann | Inducted in American Philosophical Society; Visiting Research Professor, U.C. Berkeley; Spring 2015 Visiting Fellow, Mellon Centre for Interdisciplinary Innovation, Cambridge U.

Debra Nystrom | Extraordinary Contributor, UVA Commendation by Pres. Sullivan

John O’Brien | NEH Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2014-2017

A. C. Spearing | 2014 Cambridge LittD Award

Andrew Stauffer | Distinguished Pinetree Fellowship in the History of the Book, Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center, 2014-15

Lisa Woolfork | All-University Teaching Award

English and Creative Writing

Rita Dove | Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference; 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, Library of Virginia

Lisa Russ Spaar | Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Award, 2013 - 2015; Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship, Spring 2015

Environmental Sciences

Robert Davis | 2014 Figure of the Year Award, American Journal of Epidemiology

Stephan De Wekker | 2014 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

Alan Howard | 2014 Fellow, Geological Society of America

Maneul Lerdau | 2015 Science-Writer Award, Kavli Foundation

Patricia Wiberg | Lifetime Achievement Award in Earth System Modeling, Community for Surface Dynamics Modeling


Ari Blatt | 2014-15 Fellow of the UVA Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures


Sybil Scholz | 2014 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

M. Chad Wellmon | UVA Global Research Program of Distinction Award for “Global Literary Networks”


Tico Braun | Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award

Grace Hale | Visiting Scholar in Japan, Organization of American Historians, Japanese American Studies Association

Andrew Kahrl | Charles Ryskamp Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies

Thomas Klubock | Bryce Wood Book Award, for La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory, Latin American Studies Association

Ted Lendon | Elected Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2014-15

Melvyn Leffler | Visiting Fellow, SAIS, Bologne; Thomas Jefferson Award for Scholarship

James Loeffler | Robert A. Savitt Fellow, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; 2014 Columbia University Libraries Research Award

Christian McMillen | Fellow, Mellon Foundation

Neeti Nair | Senior Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies, 2014-15

Sophie Rosenfeld | Elected Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2014-15

Elizabeth Thompson | Fellow, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2014-16; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2015-16

Elizabeth Varon | Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction, for Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War; Daniel M. and Marilyn W. Laney Prize of the Austin Civil War Roundtable; Civil War Monitor Best Books of 2014

Joshua White | Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies


Andrew Obus | 2014-15 UVA  All-University Teaching Award

Andrei Rapinchuk | Fellow, American Mathematical Society

Media Studies

Hector Amaya | Page-Barbour Award for “From Cold Wars to Drug Wars” Conference

Christopher Ali | Gressly-Fleck International Scholarship, U. Fribourg, Switzerland, Summer 2015

Jennifer Petersen | UVA Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) Fellowship

Andrea Press | Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures Fellowship; UVA Bucker W. Clay Endowment Award

Siva Vaidhyanathan | UVA Shannon Fellowship; Visiting Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard U.

Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Andre Cavalcante | Best Dissertation Award, 2014 Mark Foote Distinguished Dissertation, U. Michigan; Top Paper Award, International Communications Association Conference (LGBT Division), 2015

Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures

Farzaneh Milani | 2015 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award

Geeta Patel | Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India, Summer 2015


Matthew Burtner | 2014  American Prize for Music Composition in Opera/Theater, Special Judges Citation Prize

I-Jen Fang | 2014-15 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

Michelle Kisliuk | 2015 UVA Champion of Diversity Mentoring Award, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Papers of James Madison

John Stagg | 2014 Moncado Award for Outstanding Article, Journal of Military History


Dan Devereux | UVA Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching


Peter Arnold and Despina Louca | Fellow, American Physical Society

Gordon Cates | Chair‐elect, Division of Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society

Brad Cox | UVA Distinguished Scientist Award, 2014-15

Brad Cox | Jesse W. Beams Research Award, Southeast Section of American Physical Society

Robert Jones | Vice Chair, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, American Physical Society

Simonetta Liuti | Chair, Southeast Section of American Physical Society


Lawrie Balfour | Victor Wolfenstein Memorial Lecturer, UCLA

James Ceaser | Jean Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award

Jeff Jenkins | Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford U.Scholar, Turin, Italy, Spring-Summer 2015; Appointed Fulbright Specialist

David Leblang | UVA Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Office of the Provost

Carol Mershon | Collegio Carlo Alberto Visiting 

Jim Savage | Elected Fellow, National Academic of Public Administration; Appointed Fulbright Specialist

Todd Sechser | 2014-15 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

Michael J. Smith | Z Society Faculty Award, UVA, 2014-15

Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Denise Walsh | UVA Seven Society, Teaching Recognition; Visiting Scholar, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy, Spring 2015.


Steven Boker | President, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology

Ed Diener | "In Honor of" Award, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2015

Noelle Hurd | William T. Grant Faculty Scholar

John Nesselroade (Emeritus)  | 2015 Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, American Psychological Association

Brian Nosek | 2014 Award for Distinguished Service, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Bethany Teachman | 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Dan Willingham | Translation Award, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society

Tim Wilson | William James Fellow Award, Association of Psychological Science

Psychology and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Charlotte Patterson | Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 35: Psychology of Women


Edith Clowes | UVA Buckner W. Clay Endowment Award, 2014-15

Katia Dianina | 2014 Best Book in Literature and Culture for When Art Makes News: Writing Culture and Identity in Imperial Russia, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages


Simone Polillo | 2014-15 Mead Honored Faculty, UVA Mead Endowment

Allison Pugh | UVA Buckner W. Clay Endowment Award, 2014-15; Page-Barbour Award for “The Intimacy Lectures”

Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Eli Carter | Page-Barbour Award for “From Cold Wars to Drug Wars” Conference

David Gies | President, International Association of Hispanists (2013‐2016); U. Pittsburgh Hispanic Languages and Literatures 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Speaker, 2014

Ricardo Padron | Elected Discipline Representative for "Americas," Renaissance Society of America

Emily Scida | Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, UVA, 2011‐2014

Alison Weber | Elected Member of Order of Discoverers, Sigma Delta Pi: the National Spanish Honor Society

2014-15 Faculty Awards & Achievements*

*This listing includes awards and achievements for the period of July 2014 – June 2015, as submitted by A&S department chairs. The following categories have been included: major university awards/recognition; national, state and international awards/book awards; fellowships and visiting professorships; honorary doctorates; presidency of national societies. Faculty members who have received additional 2014-15 awards and achievements in these categories may submit them to Juliet Trail ([email protected]) for inclusion on this webpage.

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