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: 

  • Dr. Stephanie Bardwell, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Small Business Institute (SBI)
  • 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:

February 3:

 Vice Provost invites electronic letters of nomination from deans and department chairs to her office by February 21,2014.

February 28:

 Deans/Department Chairs notify their nominees no later than this date; Vice Provost/Senate appoints Faculty Screening Committee. 

March 28:

 Nominee application packages are due electronically to Vice Provost, who forwards them to the Faculty Screening Committee.

April 18:

 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.

May 9: 

 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 2014 winners of the three awards are:

  • Faculty Excellence Award in Service - Dr. Stephanie Bardwell
  • Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching - Dr. Pete Carlson
  • Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship - Dr. Jonathan White
All full-time and part-time faculty are eligible for the awards. The faculty senate puts out a call for nominations in the spring (self-nominations are accepted). The senate receives the nominations and designates a subcommittee to rank the applications for each award.  The faculty senate then forwards the rankings to the provost, who makes the final decision on granting the awards.

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.

Deadlines for 2015

Week 9:                            

Applications due to department chairs

Week 11:


Chairs submit their rankings and recommendations, along with the application materials, to the appropriate dean

Week 12:


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

Week 14:


Senate Awards Committee submits their rankings and recommendations, along with all other received materials, to the Senate

Week 15:


Senate Awards Committee submits their rankings and recommendations, along with all other received materials, to the provost

Application Materials

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 (if applicable) or other supporting materials for the past three years; and
  • a letter of support invited by the applicant (maximum 500 words).

The Faculty Development Grants (FDG) Program

The objectives of the faculty development program are to improve instructional effectiveness and promote the professional development of faculty members. Please click here for application materials, deadlines and more information.

Awardees are as follows:

Spring 2014 (Grant Detail Here)

  • Dr. Nathan Busch
  • Dr. Matthew Campolattaro
  • Dr. Laura Godwin
  • Dr. Matthew Homan
  • Dr. Ann Mazzocca
  • Dr. Christopher Meighan
  • Dr. Elaine Miller
  • Dr. Rosa Motta
  • Dr. John Nichols
  • Dr. Joshua Patterson
  • Dr. Jessica Thompson
  • Dr. Hussam Timani
  • Dr. Jonathan White

Fall 2013 (Grant Detail Here)

  • Dr. Linda Baughman
  • Dr. Nathan Busch
  • Dr. Jeffrey Carney
  • Dr. Kathryn Cole
  • Dr. William Connell
  • Dr. Anna DeJong
  • Dr. Christopher Loy
  • Dr. Michael Meyer
  • Dr. Darlene Mitrano
  • Dr. Lauren Ruane
  • Dr. Jill Russett
  • Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall
  • Dr. Andria Timmer
  • Dr. Alice Veksler
  • Dr. Katie Wiens

Spring 2013 (Grant Detail Here)

  • Dr. Benjamin Lasseter
  • Dr. Dmitry Liskin
  • Dr. Christopher Meighan
  • Dr. Darlene Mitrano
  • Dr. Rorak Mulligan
  • Dr. Michael Mulryan
  • Dr. David Pollio
  • Dr. Anton Riedl
  • Dr. Sharon Rowley
  • Dr. Lauren Ruane

Fall 2012

  • Dr. Kathleen Brunke
  • Dr. Amanda Herbert
  • Dr. Joshua Patterson
  • Dr. Kelly Rossum
  • Dr. Lauren Ruane
  • Dr. David Sadlier
  • Dr. Noah Schwartz
  • Dr. S. Lynn Shollen
  • Dr. Jonathan White
  • Dr. Xiaoqun Xu

Spring 2012 (Grant Detail Here)

  • Dr. David Adut
  • Dr. Russell Burke
  • Dr. Jeffrey Carney
  • Dr. Andrew Falk
  • Dr. Geoffrey Klein
  • Dr. Kathleen Kuehn
  • Dr. Ann Mazzocca
  • Dr. Christopher Meighan
  • Dr. Matthew Mendham
  • Dr. Elaine Miller
  • Dr. Rosa Motta
  • Dr. Ivan Rodden
  • Dr. Sean Scott
  • Dr. Arunkumar Sharma
  • Dr. Lynn Shollen
  • Dr. Eric Silverman

Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund

In the spring of 2013, the senior class at Christopher Newport University collected a record amount of support from their peers, parents and friends and created a new faculty support fund.

This fund allows us to give an award to one faculty member from each college based on his or her record of student mentoring and excellence in service to the campus community, as well as a proposal for an upcoming mentorship opportunity beyond the classroom.

Awardees for 2013 are as follows:

Dr. Elizabeth Busch, College of Social Sciences

Dr. Michelle Clark, College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth Jelinek, College of Arts and Humanities


Below are short summaries of their mentorship proposals:

 College of Social Sciences:

Dr. Elizabeth Busch

Dr. Busch will use this funding to support a Junior Fellow in the fall of 2014.  This student will work on a project that Dr. Busch and Dr. Kidd will be conducting on the relationship between civic literacy and civic engagement.  They are overseeing a national survey to determine current trends in these areas and will be writing a series of articles on related topics.  This will be an exceptional opportunity for the student to conduct background research and aid in compiling a series of literature reviews.  

It is Dr. Busch’s hope that the student will present his or her findings at an academic conference, building their confidence in presenting scholarly work in public settings.

 College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences:

Dr. Michelle Clark

Dr. Clark’s goal is to improve the rate at which CNU undergraduate students are admitted to masters and doctoral level programs in Clinical Psychology and related fields.  In the fall of 2014, Dr. Clark will form an advisory council of students to assess the resources and experiences desired, and begin work on a separate student task force that will research, explore, and initiate contact with relevant local mental health organizations, with the aim of creating opportunities to fulfill the recommendations of the advisory council.

Dr. Clark anticipates using this award to cover expenses related to carrying out recommendations of the student advisory council.

 College of Arts and Humanities:

Dr. Elizabeth Jelinek

Dr. Jelinek will use the award to support the opportunity for herself and student researchers to present a panel on their work at the International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, which is held in conjunction with the 32nd annual joint meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy (SSIP) at Fordham University in New York City, New York, October 24-26, 2014.

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. Christopher Loy
  • Dr. Michael Meyer*
  • Dr. Scott Pollard*
  • Dr. Yelena Prok
  • Dr. Sharon Rowley
  • Dr. Lauren Ruane*
  • Dr. S. Lynn Shollen*
  • Dr. Eric Silverman*
  • Dr. Elizabeth Ward
  • Dr. Dali Wang
  • Dr. Lisa Webb*
  • Dr. Gary Whiting
  • Dr. George Zestos
* Co-Principal Investigator on grants of other faculty members

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