Faculty Awards, Grants & Recognitions
Christopher Newport University is also proud to celebrate with the winners of the following international and national awards:
- 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 awardes are as follows:
- 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 in 2007 the annual Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, designed to honor those faculty who are exceptionally committed to teaching and learning excellence and to university citizenship.
The award is presented each year at graduation, carrying with it a stipend of $2,500. Nominations are made by department chairs and/or deans in the spring semester each year, and packages from faculty nominees are provided to a faculty screening committee appointed by the provost. Each department chair may make one nomination each year, but a nomination is not required from each unit. College deans may make up to three nominations. A selection of the top nominees (2-3) are presented by the faculty screening committee (composed of the three most recent Alumni Society Award winners and two members appointed by the Faculty Senate) to the Alumni Society Executive Council. An Alumni Society committee then interviews the top candidates and selects the winner. Faculty peer review of applications ensures that only the strongest candidates are forwarded to the Alumni Society Executive Council.
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 outlining the reasons for the nomination and attesting to the quality of the nominee’s record from the originating department chair or dean. 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 2013:
|Provost invites electronic letters of nomination from deans and department chairs to his office by March 1, 2013.|
Deans/Department Chairs notify their nominees NLT this date; Provost 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 Interview Committee.|
|Alumni Society Decision.|
|May 10:||Presentation of award at 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)
The Provost and the Writing Program Council are pleased to announce
Writing Program Prize for Faculty
The Writing Program Faculty Prize for Writing is an annual contest sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Writing Program Council. The faculty prize is open to all CNU faculty, and the winner receives a $500 cash prize. The Faculty PrizeThe winning faculty member encourages students to focus on the goals exemplified in Writing Intensive courses and conveyed in writing courses in general. When teaching writing through the staged writing process students learn to improve through feedback and opportunities to develop mastery in elocution. The award recipient’s effective writing pedagogy makes him or her an energetic champion of writing. This person’s devotion to undergraduate writing embodies the goals and ideals of the liberal arts and writing intensive goals through writing assignment design, treatment of writing as a developmental process, providing written feedback, and evaluation of the writing. This mentor:
- Crafts invigorating and timely formal and informal writing assignments anchored by course objectives that offer unique opportunities for students to investigate subject-specific issues and master discipline-specific discourse within the context of a particular major or field of study.
- 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 for publication, to enter graduate school, and pursue a career.
If you are or know a professor or a colleague whose dedication to developing student scholarship has been extraordinary, nominate that individual using the guidelines below.Faculty Portfolio Applications encompass the previous academic year only (2011-2012) and must contain:
- Two Student Recommendation Forms (letters optional)
- One or two evaluated student papers (no more than two)
- Evidence of teaching writing in staged drafts and iterations
- 500-word personal statement explaining goals and containing evidence of guiding students to those goals
- Syllabi corresponding to submitted student papers
- 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