Faculty Awards

Six University awards are presented each year to outstanding members of the faculty. The first four awards listed are presented at the Commencement ceremonies. The “Topher” Bill Award is presented at the opening general faculty meeting at the start of each fall semester.  The Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award, initiated in 2013, is presented at the April general meeting of the faculty.

  1. Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  2. Graduate Faculty Award
  3. Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award,
  4. Mary W. Pinschmidt Award
  5. J. Christopher “Topher” Bill Service Award
  6. Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award

GRELLET C. SIMPSON AWARD

Established in 1972, the Grellet C. Simpson Award reflects the importance placed by the University on its primary mission as an undergraduate, teaching institution. Named for former President Grellet C. Simpson, this award was made possible by an anonymous donor and is presented to a faculty member in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching. The faculty rank shown is the person’s rank at the time of the award.

1972 — Carmen L. Rivera, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

1973 — Sidney H. Mitchell, Professor of English

1974 — Anna S. Hoye, Professor of Biology

1975 — Earl G. Insley, Professor of Chemistry

1976 — Donald E. Glover, Professor of English

1977 — Glen R. Thomas, Professor of American Studies

1978 — Nancy H. Mitchell, Professor of English

1979 — Elizabeth A. Clark, Professor of Religion

1980 — Janet G. Zeleznock, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

1981 — Arthur L. Tracy, Associate Professor of History

1982 — Mary W. Pinschmidt, Professor of Biology

1983 — Joseph C. DiBella, Associate Professor of Art

1984 — Bernard L. Mahoney, Jr., Professor of Chemistry

1985 — Susan J. Hanna, Professor of English

1986 — George M. Van Sant, Professor of Philosophy

1987 — Marshall E. Bowen, Professor of Geography

1988 — Joanna L. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

1989 — Roger J. Bourdon, Professor of History

1990 — Michael J. Joyce, Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts

1991 — Richard M. Zeleznock, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

1992 — David W. Cain, Professor of Religion

1993 — Sammy R. Merrill, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

1994 — William B. Crawley, Jr., Distinguished Professor of History

1995 — Lewis P. Fickett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science

1996 — Carol S. Manning, Professor of English

1997 — Topher Bill, Professor of Psychology

1998 — Bulent I. Atalay, Professor of Physics

1999 — Steven A. Greenlaw, Associate Professor of Economics

2000 — William Kemp, Professor of English

2001 — Clavio F. Ascari, Professor of Italian

2002 — Steve R. Hampton, Associate Professor of Psychology

2003 — Rosemary Barra, Professor of Biology

2004 — John H. Reynolds, Professor of Computer Science

2005 — David J. Long, Professor of Music

2006 — John M. Kramer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science

2007 — Thomas G. Moeller, Professor of Psychology

2008 — Margaret Huber, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

2009 — Jean Ann Dabb, Associate Professor of Art History

2010 — Gregg Stull, Professor of Theatre

2011 — Teresa A. Kennedy, Professor of English

2012 — Dawn S, Bowen, Professor of Geography

2013 – Joella C. Killian, Professor of Biology

2014 – Mara N. Scanlon, Professor of English

GRADUATE FACULTY AWARD

Established in 2003, this award recognizes an exceptional full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program. The person selected must have served in a full-time position at the University for at least two years. The faculty rank shown is the person’s rank at the time of the award.

2003 — Andrew Blair Staley, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management

2004 — Jo Tyler, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Education

2005 — Alan G. Heffner, Professor of Leadership and Management

2006 — Norah S. Hooper, Associate Professor of Education

2007 — Gail D. Brooks, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

2008 — Brenda E. Vogel, Professor of Education

2009 — Kimberley L. Kinsley, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management

2010 — Suzanne Houff, Professor of Education

2011 — Laurie B. Abeel, Associate Professor of Education

2012 — Mukesh Srivastava, Associate Professor of Management Information  Systems

2013 – Louis A. Martinette, Associate Professor of Marketing

2014 — Beverly D. Epps, Associate Professor of Education

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING YOUNG FACULTY MEMBER AWARD

The Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, established in 1989, recognizes the achievement and contribution of a faculty member who has been at the University from two to five years. The faculty rank shown is the person’s rank at the time of the award.

1989 — James E. Goehring, Assistant Professor of Religion

1990 — George King, III, Associate Professor of Physics

1991 — Grant R. Woodwell, Assistant Professor of Geology

1992 — Larry W. Penwell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

1993 — John T. Morello, Associate Professor of Speech

1994 — Suzanne Sumner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

1995 — Gregg Stull, Assistant Professor of Theatre

1996 — Janusz Konieczny, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

1997 — Mehdi Aminrazavi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

1998 — W. Gardner Campbell, Assistant Professor of English

1999 — Christine A. McBride, Assistant Professor of Psychology

2000 — Kelli M. Slunt, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

2001 — Stephen J. Farnsworth, Assistant Professor of Political Science

2002 — Carole A. Garmon, Assistant Professor of Art

2003 — Claudia Emerson, Associate Professor of English

2004 — Leanna C. Giancarlo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

2005 — Miriam N. Liss, Assistant Professor of Psychology

2006 — Craig T. Naylor, Assistant Professor of Music

2007 — Jason W. Davidson, Assistant Professor of Political Science

2008 — Keith E. Mellinger, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

2009 — W. Shawn Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Economics

2010 — Robert R. Barr, Associate Professor of Political Science

2011 — Krystyn R. Moon, Associate Professor of History

2012 — Rosemary K. Jesionowski, Assistant Professor of Art

2013 — Melanie D. Szulczewski, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

2014 — Chad M. Murphy, Assistant Professor of Political Science

MARY W. PINSCHMIDT AWARD

Members of the senior class select the winner of the Mary W. Pinschmidt award. Established in 1999 in honor of a long-time professor of biology, this award recognizes the faculty member who seniors select as the person they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives. The faculty rank shown is the person’s rank at the time of the award.

1999 — Stephen J. Farnsworth, Assistant Professor of Political Science

2000 — Werner Wieland, Professor of Biology

2001 — Erin H. Fouberg, Assistant Professor of Geography

2002 — Topher Bill, Professor of Psychology

2003 — Gregg Stull, Associate Professor of Theatre

2004 – José Angel Sainz, Assistant Professor of Spanish

2005 — William B. Crawley, Jr., Distinguished Professor of History

2006 — Claudia Emerson, Associate Professor of English

2007 — Kenneth D. Machande, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

2008 — W. Brown Morton III, Professor of Historic Preservation

2009 — Jean Ann Dabb, Associate Professor of Art History

2010 — Stephen C. Davies, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

2011 — Chad M. Murphy, Assistant Professor of Political Science

2012 — Gary N. Richards, Assistant Professor of English

2013 – Daniel J. Hubbard, Associate Professor of Accounting

2014 — Lynn O.Lewis, Professor of Biology

J. CHRISTOPHER “TOPHER” BILL FACULTY SERVICE AWARD

The Topher Bill Award recognizes outstanding faculty service. Nominees must have served a minimum of seven years as a member of the Mary Washington teaching faculty and must have been heavily and consistently involved in a variety of service roles through department, college, university, and/or community service activities. This award is presented annually at the opening general faculty meeting in August. The faculty rank shown is the person’s rank at the time of the award.

2003 — Sammy R. Merrill, Distinguished Professor of German

2004 — Roy H. Smith, Distinguished Professor of Psychology

2005 — Patricia P. Norwood, Professor of Music

2006 — Raymond B. Scott, Professor of Chemistry

2007 — Martha V. Fickett, Professor of Music

2008 — Debra L. Hydorn, Professor of Mathematics

2009 — Ana G. Chichester, Associate Professor of Spanish

2010 — Kelli M. Slunt, Professor of Chemistry

2011 — Ernest C. Ackermann, Professor of Computer Science

2012 – Jeffrey W. McClurken, Associate Professor of History

2013 – Craig R. Vasey, Professor of Philosophy

Waple Faculty Award for Professional Achievement

Established in 2013, this award will be based on the significance/impact of the faculty nominee’s scholarly, creative, and/or professional achievement(s).  All full-time, continuing faculty with at least seven years employment at UMW are eligible.  Achievement(s) must have been undertaken during the nominee’s years at UMW.

2013 – Claudia Emerson, Professor of English

2014 — Mindy J. Erchull, Associate Professor of Psychology