Faculty Awards, Grants & Recognitions
Congratulations to Dr. Quentin Kidd, named by SCHEV as recipient of a 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award!
Christopher Newport University is also proud to celebrate with the winners of the following international and national awards:
- Professor Denise Gillman, Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Prize for Teaching Innovation for Region IV (The first professor to ever be honored with this recognition)
- Dr. Michaela Meyer, Three Top Paper Awards in the areas of Women's Caucus, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, and Popular Culture, Central States Communication Association
- Dr. Lisa Spiller, National Case Competition of the Jacobs & Clevenger Case Writers’ Workshop, Silver Award
- Dr. Sharon Rowley, National Endowment for the Humanities $250,000 grant award
- Professor Margaret Bowen, National Art Education Association Conference, Virginia Art Educator award
- Dr. Patricia Hopkins, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty
- Dr. Elizabeth Morán, Fulbright-García Robles Award, Mexico
- Dr. Laura Puaca, AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship
- Dr. Sharon Rowley, NEH Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, U.K.
- Professor William E. Thro, National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Fellow Award
- Dr. Henry Booker, Fulbright Scholar Award to teach economics in Azerbaijan
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. Please click here for application materials and additional information.
Previous awardees are as follows:
- Dr. Quentin Kidd, 2014, Government
- Dr. Tracey Schwarze, 2007, Emerita, English
- Dr. Harold Cones, 2000, Emeritus, Biology
- Dr. Susan St. Onge, 1997, Emerita, French
Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring:
The Christopher Newport University Alumni Society created the annual Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2007 to honor those CNU faculty who are exceptionally committed to teaching and learning excellence and to university citizenship. The prestigious award, which carries with it a stipend of $2,500, is presented each year by the president of the Alumni Society at the Latin Honors Convocation held the evening before Commencement. The Convocation also features a 4-6 minute speech on the importance of teaching and mentoring by the previous year’s award winner.
Nominations for the Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring are made by department chairs and/or college deans in the spring semester. Department chairs may nominate one candidate each and deans may make up to three nominations, but a nomination is not required from each unit. Application packages created by the faculty nominees are then provided to a faculty screening committee composed of the three most recent Alumni Society Award winners and two members appointed by the faculty senate. This committee selects the top 2-3 nominees for recommendation to the Alumni Society’s Faculty Award Ad-Hoc Committee, which interviews the top candidates and selects the winner. Peer review of the applications by the faculty screening committee ensures that only the strongest candidates are forwarded to the Alumni Society.
Previous winners are as follows:
- Dr. Graham Schweig, 2013
- Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, 2012
- Dr. Mark U. Reimer, 2011
- Dr. Edward J. Brash, 2010
- Dr. Michaela Meyer, 2009
Dr. Quentin Kidd, 2008
- Dr. Lisa Spiller, 2007
Criteria and Application Materials
(All matters of interpretation of these provisions shall be decided by the provost.) To be considered, individuals must, in the academic year of consideration, be serving as full-time, salaried members of the CNU instructional faculty and must have served in such a capacity at CNU for each of the three complete consecutive academic years immediately preceding the year of consideration. Nomination packages will include a letter of support from the originating department chair or dean outlining the reasons for the nomination and attesting to the quality of the nominee’s record. The nominee will assemble and submit a package of supporting documentation in accordance with the following criteria. Please note that all documents should be submitted electronically.
1) A 3-to-5-page statement of accomplishment that demonstrates evidence of outstanding performance and addresses the candidate’s educational philosophy. The statement should emphasize involvement/participation, effectiveness/success, impact/achievement, and recognition/acknowledgement in
- teaching (instruction and student development),
- mentoring (formal and informal guidance of students outside the classroom),
- discovery (scholarly works and scholarly activities),
- integration of knowledge (curricular development/connections between teaching and discovery), and
- service (institutional/academic/public/community);
2) A 2-page abbreviated curriculum vitae and a full-length curriculum vitae;
3) 2 pages of excerpted statements of support from department chairs, colleagues, students, and/or community members; and
4) Any additional evidence the nominee wishes to provide: summaries of teaching evaluations, other evidence of scholarship, etc. Quantitative information is encouraged here (no more than 4 pages).
Deadlines for 2014:
|Vice Provost invites electronic letters of nomination from deans and department chairs to her office by February 21,2014.|
Deans/Department Chairs notify their nominees no later than this date; Vice Provost/Senate appoints Faculty Screening Committee.
Nominee application packages are due electronically to Vice Provost, who forwards them to the Faculty Screening Committee.
|Faculty Screening Committee forwards top candidates to Alumni Society Executive Council and Alumni Society Faculty Award Ad-Hoc Committee.|
Week of April 28:
|Finalists interview with Alumni Society Faculty Award Ad-Hoc Committee. Exact dates and times are to be determined.|
|Presentation of award at Latin Honors Convocation.|
Faculty Excellence Awards (FEAs)
The provost and the faculty senate initiated three faculty awards (in teaching, scholarship, and service) in 2011-12. These three awards join the annual CNU Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring (which has been granted since 2007) to recognize the accomplishments of the CNU faculty.
The titles and 2013 winners of the three awards are:
- Faculty Excellence Award in Service - Dr. Jean Filetti
- Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching - Dr. Jessica Thompson
- Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship - Dr. Quentin Kidd and Dr. Sharon Rowley
Each award carries a $2,000 stipend and is recognized by a certificate presented by the provost during his general faculty meeting at Getting Started Week. In 2012, he also hosted a reception in honor of the awardees immediately following the general faculty meeting.
Deadlines for 2013
|Applications due to department chairs|
|Chairs submit their rankings and recommendations, along with the application materials, to the appropriate dean|
|Deans submit their rankings and recommendations, along with the chairs' reviews and the application materials, to the senate president, who shares the materials with the Senate Awards Committee|
|Senate Awards Committee submits their rankings and recommendations, along with all other received materials, to the Senate|
|Senate Awards Committee submits their rankings and recommendations, along with all other received materials, to the provost|
Application materials should include
- A cover letter by the applicant containing a narrative explaining and detailing the excellence of the applicant’s service, teaching or scholarship over the past three academic years;
- a curriculum vitae;
- copies of the relevant portions of the EVAL-6 for the past three years; and
- a letter of support invited by the applicant (maximum 500 words).
The Faculty Development Grants Program
The 2012-2013 Application Process:
Spring Faculty Development Grant applications are due to the department chair on March 11, 2013. Chairs assess applications and forward them to their Dean by March 22. Deans assess the applications, forwarding them to the Senate subcommittee chair no later than April 5. The full Senate votes on FDG awards at the April 12 meeting and forwards recommendations to the Provost, who makes the awards and notifies faculty. Please click here for application materials and more information.
Previous awardees are as follows:
Fall 2013 (Grant Detail Here)
Spring 2013 (Grant Detail Here)
Spring 2012 (Grant Detail Here)
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing
This award is an annual contest sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Writing Program Council. The contest is open to all CNU faculty with the winner receiving $500.
Deadline for application: February 1st
This award is given to a faculty member whose 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. This effective writing pedagogy makes this faculty member an energetic champion of writing.
Faculty wishing to be considered for this award should include the following items1
- 500-word personal statement that addresses the criteria listed below.
- One or two evaluated student papers (with student names omitted).
- Syllabi, assignment and rubric corresponding to submitted student papers.
- Two student recommendation forms that address the criteria listed below.
(Recommendations do not necessarily need to be from the authors of the submitted student papers.)
Criteria for the award:
- Treats writing as an ongoing process of knowledge articulation where improvement is gained through informal and formal preparatory activities, multiple drafts, iterations, and revisions.
- Offers continual and diverse opportunities for feedback from written comments, conferencing with instructor, peer review sessions, and appointments with tutors in the Writing Center.
- Evaluates written pieces and final pieces by clearly established criteria, using rubrics or other assessment tools. Evaluations consider audience awareness, proper contextualization of issue, salient writing style appropriate for discipline, thoughtful organization, employment of discipline-specific discourse and conventions, and an appropriate understanding of grammar and mechanics.
- Encourages and mentors students to continue developing papers and projects past the scope of a class for submission to publication, to enter graduate school, and pursue a career.
Submission option available after January 13.
Deadline for application: February 1st
1 Applications should only include evidence from courses taught from Fall 2012 and after.
- Dr. Robert Atkinson
- Dr. Edward Brash
- Dr. Kathleen Brunke*
- Dr. David Doughty*
- Dr. Tarek Fattah
- Dr. Roberto Flores*
- Dr. David Heddle*
- Dr. Kara Keeling
- Dr. Geoffrey Klein
- Dr. Michael Meyer*
- Dr. Scott Pollard*
- Dr. Yelena Prok
- Dr. Lauren Ruane*
- Dr. S. Lynn Shollen*
- Dr. Elizabeth Ward
- Dr. Lisa Webb*
- Dr. Gary Whiting
- Dr. George Zestos
Former awardees are as follows:
- 1998 - Dr. Ken Rose
- 1997 - Dr. Susan St. Onge and Dr. James Forte
- 1996 - Dr. Harold Jones, Jr. and Dr. Henry Booker