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Programs and Initiatives

University Writing Program

The University Writing Committee (UWC) promotes and celebrates student writing through the following activities:

  • Promotes a university culture that fosters excellence in undergraduate writing
  • Oversees the writing program awards for students and faculty
  • Reviews policies and procedures regarding undergraduate writing and makes recommendations to the administration and appropriate faculty committees
  • Assesses university-wide writing courses

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Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing

This award is an annual contest sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the UWC. The contest is open to all CNU faculty, with the winner receives a cash prize.

This award is given to a faculty member who is an energetic champion of writing. The winner's devotion to undergraduate writing embodies the goals and ideals of the liberal arts tradition through writing assignment design, treatment of writing as a developmental process, the use of written feedback and evaluation of writing.

Christopher Newport celebrates the achievements of faculty in numerous ways, including awards and grants. These programs support and recognize great teaching, mentorship, research and service across campus and our community.

Alumni Society Award

The Christopher Newport Alumni Society created the Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2007 to honor faculty who are exceptionally committed to teaching and learning excellence and to university citizenship. The award includes a stipend of $2,500, and is presented each year at Latin Honors Convocation the evening before commencement.

Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund

In 2013, the senior class collected a record amount of support from their peers, parents and friends and established the Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund as their senior class gift. The awards recognize faculty who demonstrate a record of student mentoring and excellence in service to the campus community. Winners receive a $1,000 award that can be used to support professional development and/or student mentoring.

Faculty Development Grants

The faculty development program aims to improve instructional effectiveness and promote the professional development and expertise of faculty members. Activities include:

  • Research
  • Preparation of a research product
  • Writing
  • Delivering academic papers
  • Additional training
  • Retraining to serve the University in a new area
  • Supplemental funds for academic activities
  • Support of course reductions to allow time for research

Dissertation grants may also be awarded to help offset the expenses incurred in preparing doctoral dissertations.

Faculty Excellence Awards

Three faculty awards are given annually for teaching, scholarship and service. All faculty are eligible for the awards, which include a $2,000 stipend.

Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

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.

Four Christopher Newport faculty have won this prestigious award:

  • Dr. Quentin Kidd, 2014, Government
  • Dr. Tracey Schwarze, 2007, Emerita, English
  • Dr. Harold Cones, 2000, Emeritus, Biology
  • Dr. Susan St. Onge, 1997, Emerita, French

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