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Arts & Sciences: The Year in Review, 2011-2012

June 15, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

With the 2011-12 academic year now complete, we have the opportunity to reflect on the College's ongoing and new areas of accomplishment and investment over the past year. We are refining our academic priorities, making new investments in hiring, and funding new initiatives that support our pursuit of excellence in several key areas.

Our faculty is at the heart of the College's aspirations. As we work together to take on the College's many challenges and opportunities, it is also important to celebrate our academic successes. Our faculty members continue to distinguish themselves and the University with their impressive achievements in scholarship and teaching. These accomplishments are highlighted at the end of this report. It reminds us that the College is first and foremost a vibrant community of scholars, teachers and students who are deeply engaged in the expansion of knowledge and learning and who are making significant contributions to the cultural and economic development of the Commonwealth, the nation and beyond.

Enhancing the Undergraduate Experience
The strength of the College rests in large part on the quality of its undergraduate education. And the heart of that undergraduate experience has always been the commitment of our senior faculty to provide students with opportunities to engage in small seminars, work with them in laboratories, or direct students in independent studies and theses.

The College continues to develop interdisciplinary opportunities for undergraduates and faculty research, as evidenced by the growing numbers of cross-listed and team-taught courses, as well as the increased enrollment in interdisciplinary majors and courses. This year saw the launch of our Pavilion Seminars, where groups of 15 third- and fourth-year students focus on a range of issues that influence and affect 21st-century life. The Pavilion Seminars program brings together, in the setting of the Lawn's Pavilions, students from varied majors and intellectual backgrounds for stimulating discussion of vital questions of ethics, human nature, politics, aesthetics, nature, law, space, and survival – very much in keeping with Jefferson's original plans for the University and the Lawn.

Pavilion Seminars are multidisciplinary and are taught by distinguished faculty from a variety of departments in the College. They feature innovative pedagogical practices as well as a substantial writing component. The course titles and faculty for the ten Pavilion Seminars offered in the spring were:

  • Spatial Stories: Place, Mapping, and Narrative (Ricardo Padron, Spanish)
  • Science and Politics (Seunghun Lee, Physics)
  • Free Speech (Sophia Rosenfeld, History)
  • Nature as Symbolic Form (Douglas Fordham, Art History)
  • Biblical Job and the Modern Imagination (Martien Halvorson-Taylor, Religion)
  • Nutrition in a Changing World (Manuel Lerdau, Environmental Sciences)
  • Gender Violence (Denise Walsh, Politics and SWAG)
  • China in Your Lifetime (Brantly Womack, Politics)
  • The Importance of Play: Games and Play in Modern Culture (Jennifer Wicke, English)
  • Geometry and Imagination (Slava Krushkal, Mathematics)

The program will expand with both repeated and new offerings next spring.

In addition to the Pavilion Seminars, we have expanded other opportunities for small classes, like our College Advising Seminars (COLAs), which are one-credit, graded seminars open to all first-year students. The novel approach of these classes is that the professor also becomes the students' lower-division advisor. About 80 percent of the seminars are devoted to the substance of the courses themselves, with about 20 percent earmarked for group advising issues. Given our budget challenges, it is a cost-effective way to ensure that our students have more opportunities to learn in intimate settings and to have the benefit of developing a relationship with their advisor. The topics of this year's COLAs included The Politics of Food, Prosecuting Genocide, Motown to Hip Hop, Why Haven't We Cured Cancer?, The Fermi Paradox, What Makes Us Tick?, Seven Linguistic Wonders of the World, Karma and Rebirth, and Evil and Suffering.

Over the next year, we will be engaged in a process of re-thinking the undergraduate experience to ensure its continued excellence in the face of all the strategic challenges we are facing. As a first step, this summer we will convene a group of scholars to explore this issue. We will consider the future role of the research university, including thinking about changes in the industrial, technological and informational structure in our society that affect demands for labor – and profoundly influence the way we educate our students. We will also consider issues relating to disruptive technologies, as well as curricular innovation that more closely marries liberal arts educational models with entrepreneurship of various kinds.

Restructuring Graduate Program

No top institution can attract outstanding faculty without equally talented graduate researchers. Yet graduate education has long been a challenge for the College, in terms of program size, competitiveness of students, breadth and depth of curricular offerings, and general stature relative to the University's highly ranked professional programs.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) has 23 programs that offer a doctorate: 15 in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and eight in the sciences. The inadequacy of financial support for graduate students in Arts & Sciences has been well documented through studies and analysis over the past decade. Discussions with departments and program reviews consistently identify support for graduate students as one of the most pressing quality-related challenges facing individual departments. Addressing graduate student support levels is essential to the College's imperative to enhance its position among the world's top research universities.

In 2009, the College embarked on a wide-ranging review of our graduate programs beginning with the work of an ad hoc committee of Arts & Sciences faculty. That review is now complete. Major changes resulting from the restructuring review include:

  • Starting in 2012, nearly all new Ph.D. students will enter with commitments of full tuition support, coverage of health insurance, and fellowship and wage support for five years, assuming good academic progress. In the humanities and social sciences, annual packages will be for nine months and range from $18,000 to $22,000 plus tuition per student. In the sciences, twelve-month packages will range from $20,000 to $28,000, with the lower end phasing up to $24,000 by 2014. The amounts of support were informed, in part, by norms among peer programs in the disciplines.
  • Target entering cohort sizes have been established for all doctoral programs, ranging from two (German, Slavic) to 18 (Economics) students in the humanities and social sciences and from four (Statistics) to 21 (Chemistry) students in the sciences. Overall, we expect to enroll 212 new Ph.D. students in GSAS each year. This represents a decrease from an annual average of 241 during 2005-2008, but a slight increase over the intake for the past couple of years.
  • Coursework requirements for the Ph.D. have also been reviewed (another recommendation of the ad hoc committee) and the Arts & Sciences faculty approved changes related to the number of coursework versus non-topical research hours required in each program in November 2011.
  • GSAS has entered into a new arrangement with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, in which the latter supplements up to fifteen of the GSAS fellowships.
  • We have started a new program in partnership with U.Va.'s Vice President for Research to provide summer research support for some of the best Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences departments, awarding more than $80,000 in grants this year.

Implementing all of the changes associated with the restructuring of our graduate programs will increase the amount of institutional resources spent on graduate student support by $1.1 million in 2012-13 relative to current levels. Challenges remain and financial pressure continues, even as we move swiftly to implement the changes and make prudent use of all our available resources. This underscores the urgency of looking hard at new ways for the GSAS to earn tuition revenue in Master's level professional degree programs. The subject will be on our agenda next year.

Humanities and Global Cultures

In the humanities, we have begun to connect the areas of excellence we already have, creating in the process something larger and more creative than the sum of its parts. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is partnering with the College to help bolster and expand U.Va.'s strengths in the humanities by funding an innovative model of hiring, teaching and evaluation that encourages collaboration across multiple fields. Over the next five years, the partnership will help to seed ten new interdisciplinary faculty positions, several graduate fellowships, and a series of seminars for graduate students in the humanities beginning in 2012-13. Initially, the Mellon faculty positions will enable cluster hires in two emerging areas of cross-disciplinary research: Environmental Humanities and Comparative Cultures of the Pre-Modern World. We recently announced the first three faculty hiring proposals to be funded by this partnership.

The Mellon grant has also helped us establish the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures, which will provide the infrastructure for faculty and graduate students working together on these and other interdisciplinary topics. The new faculty appointments that emerge from the Mellon partnership will be fellows of the Institute as well as being associated with specific departments. The Institute has already begun programming under the direction of English professor Michael Levenson. It will host workshops, conferences, lectures and readings, and link humanists to others with similar interests around the world. A series of spring events included a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar and writer Louis Menand, who lectured on "The Education of Andy Warhol" and participated in a panel discussion with U.Va. faculty.

Diverse Approaches to Complex Problems

In the social sciences, we are bringing together the best talents from the College and other U.Va. schools to study issues of social and political importance and help shape public policy at the highest levels. In its first year and a half, our Quantitative Collaborative (QC) initiative has created a focal point for our efforts to develop and promote quantitative and experimental methods to explore data and complex issues across social science disciplines. The QC provides a structure where scholars from different disciplinary traditions can develop a common language and framework to understand problems that confront peoples of the world. It also represents a critical strategy toward enhancing the external funding success of the social sciences and for providing meaningful research and collaborative opportunities for faculty and students.

So far, the QC has coordinated an external speakers series, which has brought major innovators to U.Va. in a variety of fields, including Leonard Wantchekon, professor of politics and economics at New York University; Mick Couper, research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan; and Myron Gutmann, assistant director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences program at the National Science Foundation and research professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. The speakers series has also featured U.Va. administrators and faculty members, including Politics chair David Leblang and Economics professor Maxim Engers. The speakers series has not only informed the research agendas of our faculty, but has resulted in key infusions of ideas for our programs and initiatives. For example, one of the speakers pointed us to the undergraduate program in quantitative social sciences at Northwestern as a good model for undergraduate training. The QC was not initially conceived as having an undergraduate component, but we are now in the process of devising a concentration in quantitative social sciences to augment undergraduate instruction in the College.

Building the Sciences

In the past year, we have made significant investments and great progress toward strengthening the sciences in the four multidisciplinary areas we have targeted for growth. Here are a few examples:

Global Environmental Challenges (GEC)

Interdisciplinary research among the College's physical scientists, ecologists, and social scientists will place us among the leaders in challenges such as arctic warming, coastal erosion, water scarcity and impacts of excessive carbon and nitrogen in the environment. We now have two interdisciplinary sub-initiatives within the GEC framework:

  • Environmental Resilience and Critical Thresholds is an initiative focused on complex, coupled ecological and physical landscape dynamics, while also bringing in human activities as an agent interacting with the environmental system. We already have considerable strength in this area, particularly in landscapes on the margin of change, like coastal systems, permafrost systems and arid systems. Howie Epstein, Karen McGlathery and Todd Scanlon are leading this initiative.
  • Food, Fuel and Freshwater is an initiative focused on environmental services. We have existing strength here in such areas as nitrogen cycling and footprints, tropical deforestation and shifting agriculture, and global water trade. This initiative offers a natural opportunity to build connections across the University and to link to the University's sustainability initiatives. Paolo D'Odorico, Deborah Lawrence and Jim Galloway (after leaving the Dean's Office this summer) are leading this initiative.

In April, Environmental Sciences hosted a Global Environmental Challenges symposium, "In Pursuit of Sustainability and Resilience," featuring Brian Walker and Brian Huntley, who are international leaders in environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The symposium included a variety of events and seminars involving scholars and students from across the U.Va. Environmental Sciences is conducting a search for a high-profile scientist in the field of regional or global climate change to assume the Kington Professorship in Environmental Change. This person will play a critical role in furthering our GEC initiatives.

Led by Chemistry professor Brent Gunnoe, the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the United States Department of Energy, supports collaborative research across ten institutions with a focus on the development of fundamental science for the selective and low temperature catalytic conversion of hydrocarbons, especially the low temperature transformation of natural gas to liquid fuels and catalysts for use in direct low temperature methane fuel cells. Successful development of technologies based on new catalysts would dramatically alter the energy infrastructure in the United States and globally.

Research at the Center over the past two-and-a-half-years has resulted in 59 publications and nearly 100 presentations at high-level scientific meetings. The CCHF has provided opportunities to develop new research partnerships. For example, in the past year, the College, its Chemistry Department, and U.Va.'s Office of the Vice President for Research worked with AES Corporation and Ms. Victoria Harker to develop and support the AES Graduate Fellowships in Energy Research program, which will fund research in the groups of Chemistry professors Gunnoe, Dean Harman, Ian Harrison and John Yates. In June, the Center hosted its annual meeting at U.Va., which attracted several leading experts in homogeneous catalysis including several members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cosmic Origins and Astro-chemistry

Collaborative work is underway on U.Va.'s joint initiative with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) to develop science around advances in next-generation radio astronomy facilities, with a focus on the ALMA and EVLA telescope projects. These new facilities will provide the first characterization of the chemical composition of astronomical objects with high spatial resolution. These new capabilities provide opportunities to develop an interdisciplinary field of science that uses chemistry to understand the origin and evolution of the universe.

During the past year, ALMA early science observations began. Eight observing proposals put forward by faculty in the Astronomy department were awarded time, despite a 10-to-1 over-subscription rate within the astronomical community. Brooks Pate, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry, is developing advanced laboratory spectroscopic techniques to investigate fundamental chemical reaction processes that will be at work in different interstellar environments. The powerful synergy of laboratory chemistry with observations that exploit ALMA's unprecedented capabilities will provide a new understanding of ongoing star and solar system formation in the galaxy.
The College hired two astrochemists this year to sort through and give meaning to the mass of data that has begun to stream in from ALMA. One is Eric Herbst, a preeminent pioneer in astrochemistry, who came to U.Va. as the Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry from a distinguished career at Ohio State University. He holds joint appointments in the Chemistry, Astronomy, and Physics departments. The other scientist is Karin Oberg, currently a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who will join the Astronomy and Chemistry departments this fall.

Among other initiatives, a center-level proposal was submitted to the NASA Astrobiology Institute program in February 2012. This multi-institutional proposal is led by Eric Herbst and includes a team of Chemistry, Astronomy and NRAO personnel, along with researchers from Oklahoma University, Emory, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech. The proposal describes a five-year program with 25 investigators involved in several separate research efforts (Interstellar Chemistry, Chemistry of Ices and Grains, THz spectroscopy) and an extensive education and public outreach effort. The College and the University developed a significant matching funding component for this proposal.

Life Sciences in the Post-Genomic Era

One of the most important milestones in the advancement of our work in post-genomics/life sciences was the completion this year of the new Physical and Life Sciences building, an essential investment in the future of our research program in the sciences. The building offers flexible, modern research laboratory space for more than two dozen faculty members and their research groups, and houses members of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments. The building is also home to scientific equipment and facilities shared by research teams in the College and other parts of the University.

We have hired two new Biology faculty who work in the area of post-genomics/life sciences: one (Benjamin Blackman) studies genomics, the other (Robert Cox) uses genomic resources to study the differences between the sexes in natural populations (of lizards). Robert was hired through the College's Legacy of Distinction Fund, which was created to provide the resources to hire new faculty in key departments before retiring professors leave openings, thereby allowing a valuable period of overlap. In April, the College Foundation celebrated the completion of its fundraising goal of $5 million in private donations for the fund, after launching the fund in the fall of 2009.

Since 2010, we have received more than $7 million in new research awards related to genomics or that use genomic/informatic technologies.

Human Life Span Development

In the spring of 2011, Timo von Oertzen, formerly a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, joined the College faculty. Like Robert Cox in Biology, Timo was hired through the Legacy of Distinction Fund. Timo studies quantitative psychology, which takes a formal mathematical approach to experimental design, data analysis, and theory development within behavioral science. This year we hired one scientist (Noelle Hurd from the University of Michigan) and are in the process of hiring two more who study topics related to human life span development, including child/adolescent psychopathology; development of social behaviors; and neural correlates of social development in humans.

In May, many of our faculty members who study life span development traveled to Berlin to present their work at a LIFE academy, which is a joint international program involving the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, U.Va., the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, and the University of Zurich.

Faculty Hiring

Faculty hires at all levels have been stellar. In 2011-12 we hired 26 new tenured, tenure-track and multi-year renewable faculty in Drama, Biology, Economics, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, German, MESALC, English, and American Sign Language. We have extended offers for several other faculty positions.

Among the most notable recent hires are Craig Huneke and Edith Clowes, husband and wife, who are joining U.Va. from the University of Kansas. Craig is the first Marvin Rosenblum Professor of Mathematics. After spending time at the prestigious Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at the University of California, Berkeley this coming fall, Craig will be in residence at U.Va. next spring, and will become chair of the Mathematics department in fall 2013. Craig's appointment is a transformative moment in the history of our Mathematics department. He is an internationally recognized scholar and master teacher who will add depth to the department's strength in teaching and research. He also brings great vision and leadership to the department as it enters a period of growth in the coming years. Edith is not only one of America's leading Slavists, but is also a proven leader. She has done impressive work in building and managing an important Title VI center on Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. I am confident that her considerable strengths in research, teaching and administration will be of great benefit to our students and to building the stature of our Slavic department.

Looking ahead, we expect to conduct 21 tenured and tenure-track searches in 2012-13. These include the continuation of four searches from 2011-12 plus 17 new searches. The 2012-13 academic year will mark the trough in the size of the College's tenure-track faculty (539.5 lines, down from 582 in 2009-10), reflecting the phased-in reductions to accommodate budget pressures of recent years. The proposed slate of searches for the coming year marks the beginning of the recovery and eventual expansion of the College's faculty, supported largely by enrollment growth and philanthropic successes.

Beginning with this next round of searches, we expect to expand gradually the size of our tenured and tenure-track faculty, returning to 554 lines by the start of the 2013-14 academic year. The precise number of searches in future years will depend on the pace of enrollment growth-related revenue flows to the College, the number of retirements and departures, the needs for non-track faculty growth, targeted use of the Legacy of Distinction Fund, and the number of newly established endowed chairs.

Positive Fundraising Trends

The restructuring of the College's fundraising operation has given it new-found stability, energy and purpose. In the 2010-11 fiscal year, New Commitments increased nearly $14 million to $42 million. We are ahead of that pace again this year, with $50 million in hand through May. We expect to reach $60 million by the end of June. Recent major gifts include realized bequests from the Taylor and Livy estates for faculty endowed chairs and unrestricted support, respectively; the Rosenblum chair in Math; the David Dean Chair in Asian Studies; and the Kington chair in Environmental Sciences. We have received other notable gifts, including from the AES Corporation to support our Chemistry Department's work in energy sciences, and from the Korea Foundation to support the establishment of a new tenure-track faculty line in Korean Literature.

Faculty Recognition

Our faculty are at the core of the College experience and drive our reputation for scholarly productivity and innovation. Below is a list of selected awards, honors and other recognition bestowed on our faculty during the 2011-12 academic year. They reflect the highest levels of excellence in research and teaching and highlight the considerable accomplishments, visibility and vitality of our faculty as influential leaders in their respective disciplines.

2011-12 A&S Faculty Awards and Achievements*

Hanadi Al-Samman (Mid East & S. Asian Lang & Cultures), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Stephen Arata (Engish), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Peter Arnold (Physics), All University Teaching Award.

John Arras (Bioethics, Philosophy), Served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues during 2011-12, and represented the Commission at a Global Biotechnology and Ethics Summit, sponsored by the EU's European Commission in Brussels, September 19-20.

Lawrie Balfour (Politics), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow 2012.

Marva Barnett (French), Thomas Jefferson Award, 2011; French Republic: Chevalier de l'ordre des Palmes académiques, 2012.

Ira Bashkow (Anthropology), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Asher Biemann (Religious Studies), Forcheimer Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Donald Black (Sociology), ASA Outstanding Published Book Award in Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity for Moral Time.

Steve Boker (Psychology), 2011 American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Award.

Anna Brickhouse (English), American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2012-13.

Mary K. Burke (Drama ), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Matthew Burtner (Music), 2011 IDEA Award from Internet2 for the opera, "Auksalaq".

Anna Caballé Masforroll (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese), Distinguished Visiting Professor of Spanish for Program for Cultural Cooperation, Spain.

John T. Casteen, III (English), Honorary Doctorate from University of Edinburgh, 2011.

James Ceaser (Politics), CHOICE Outstanding Academic Books of 2011 for Designing a Polity; 2012 Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society, Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI).

Jenny Clay (Classics), Humboldt Preis Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2012-13 study at Humboldt University, Berlin.

Gerald L. Clore (Psychology), 2013 William James Award for Lifetime Achievement from Association for Psychological Science.
Ted Coffey (Music), North America Tour of Story/Time with Bill T. Jones.

Alon Confino (Jewish Studies, History), Guggenheim Fellowship.
Claire Cronmiller (Biology ), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Cristina Della Coletta (Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Judy DeLoache (Psychology), President of the Cognitive Development Society.

Elizabeth Denton (English), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, Spring Residency, 2012.

John J. Dobbins (Art), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Paolo D'Odorico (Environmental Sciences), Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, 2011.

Rita Dove (English), 2012 National Medal of Arts, from the White House & The National Endowment for the Arts; 2012 Woman of Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Virginia; Chancellor, Academy of American Poets; Selected National PTA Arts Ambassador.

Sergei Egorov (Chemistry), Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers Extension, University of Mainz, Germany.

Kenneth Elzinga (Economics), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Bob Emery (Psychology), 2012 Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award, American Psychological Association.

Howard Epstein (Environmental Sciences), 2012 All-University Teaching Award.

Alev Erisir (Psychology), Visiting Scholar in Downing College, Cambridge University.

Kevin Everson (Art), Awarded the Alpert Prize in film.
Roquinaldo Ferreira (Carter Woodson Institute, History), Visiting Fellow, Institut des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, 2012; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2012-2013.

Gabriel Finder (Jewish Studies, German), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Cassandra Fraser (Chemistry), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Robert Geraci (History), Member and Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

Dan Gingerich (Politics), 2012-13 Visiting Scholar, Inter-American Development Bank.

Mitch Green (Philosophy), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Paul Guest (English), Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011-12.

Paul Halliday (History), Inner Temple Book Prize for Habeas Corpus; Honorable Mention in John Philip Reid Book Prize.
Martien Halvorson-Taylor (Jewish Studies, Religious Studies), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Kevin Hart (Religious Studies), Honorary Doctorate awarded by the Institut Catholique (Paris).

Laura Heins (German), 2012 Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award, UVA.

Janet Herman (Environmental Sciences), Elected President of Karst Water Institute.

Will Hitchcock (History), Henry Kissinger Chair at Kluge Center of Library of Congress, 2013.

Jeffrey Holt (Mathematics), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Kelsey Johnson (Astronomy), Programs that Work Award from Virginia Math and Science Coalition for "Dark Skies, Bright Kids."

Rachel Keen (Psychology), 2012 Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, American Psychological Association.

Marianne Kubik (Drama), 2011-12 Guest Artist Residency at the University of Connecticut

Sarah Kucenas (Biology), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Karen Lang (Religious Studies), 2011 Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies, University of Sydney.

Irena Lasiecka (Mathematics), W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Mel Leffler (History), Woodrow Wilson International Center Senior Scholar 2011; Fellow at Norwegian Nobel Institute, 2011.

Jon Lendon (History), Silver Medal, Independent Book Publisher Book Award for Song of Wrath.

Alison Levine (Frenc), Horace W. Goldsmith NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor for 2012-2015; All-University Teaching Award.

Angeline Lillard (Psychology), 2012 NSF Learning and Developmental Sciences Research Highlight recognition.

James Loeffler (History, Jewish Studies), Taylor-Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology Book, for The Most Musical Nation; USC 2011 Book Prize; Foundation for Jewish Culture Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Award for Outstanding First Book in Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies Cahnmann Publication Award for Outstanding First Book in Jewish Studies; Finalist for 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature of the Jewish Book Council.

Eric Lott (English), Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University, 2011-12.

Tomoko Marshall (East Asian Lang, Lit & Cultures), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Maurie McInnis (Art), Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art by Smithsonian American Art Museum, for Slaves Waiting for Sale.

Susan McKinnon (Anthropology), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowship, 2011-12.

John McLaren (Economics), 2012 Thomas Jefferson Visiting Scholar at Downing College, University of Cambridge.

H. Caitlin McLeod (Drama), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Farzaneh Milani (Mid East & S. Asian Lang & Cultures, Studies in Women & Gender), 2012 Iranian Woman of the Year of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation.

Edward Murphy (Astronomy), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

James Nohrnberg (English), honorary membership in Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Brian Nosek (Psychology), 2011 Launch of "Open Science Framework" featured in Science, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Nature.

Vanessa Ochs (Religious Studies), NEH Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Anthropology and Jewish Studies at Colgate University.

Gregory Orr (English), Master Resident Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2012.

John M. Owen (Politics), 2011 Lepgold Book Prize for The Clash of Ideas in World Politics.

Geeta Patel (Mid East & S. Asian Lang & Cultures, Studies in Women & Gender), 2011-12 Visiting Scholar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Charlotte Patterson (Psychology), Laura Brown Award for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Psychology.

John Pepper (Economics), Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy Article Award for "The Economics of Food Security in the United States."

Andrea Press (Media Studies; Sociology), Fall 2012 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship; 2013 Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford University.

Dennis Proffitt (Psychology), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Iggy Provencio (Biology), 2012 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, UVA.

Jahan Ramazani (English), Thomas Jefferson Award.
Andrei Rapinchuk (Mathematics), Gehring Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan.

Deborah Roach (Biology), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Sophia Rosenfeld (History), 2012 Mark Lynton History Prize, from Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Columbia.

Bill Ruddiman (Environmental Sciences), 2012 American Quaternary Association Distinguished Career Award.

Abdulaziz Sachedina (Religious Studies), Distinguished Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Emmanuel College at Victoria University in University of Toronto.

Craig Sarazin (Astronomy), Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professorship in Astrophysics, University of Innsbruck, 2011.

James Savage (Politics), Elected 2011 Vice-chair and 2012 Chair of U.S. Association for Budgeting & Financial Management.

Herman Schwartz (Politics), American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2012; Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen for 2012-14.

Emily Scida (Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

Todd Sechser (Politics), Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations.

Judith Shatin (Music), 2012 Virginia Women in History Recognition.
Sandhya Shukla (English), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship for 2012-13.

Michael J. Smith (Politics), 2012 I.M.P. Society Faculty Award; 2012 Raven Society Outstanding Faculty Award.

Lisa Russ Spaar (English), Carole Weinstein Poetry Award, 2011; IMAGE Artist of the Month, 2011.

Rebecca Stangl (Philosophy), 2012 All-University Teaching Award.
Michael Suarez (English), J. P. R. Lyell Readership in Bibliography, Oxford Universty for 2014-15; 2012 American Printing History Association Annual Award; Smithsonian Channel television interview, "The Jefferson Bible," 2011.

Bethany Teachman (Psychology), 2012 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

Mark Thomas (History), Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, 2012.
Trinh Thuan (Astronomy), Cino del Duca World Prize for 2012 and the 2012 Louis Pauwels Prize from the Societe des Gens de Lettre's for The Cosmos and the Lotus.

Dariusz Tolczyk (Slavic), Richard Donchian Fellowship in Ethics, UVA.

Jeremy Townley (English), Fiction Residency, Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, 2011.

Herbert Tucker (English), Fulbright-Leeds Distinguished Chair, University of Leeds, 2011.

Eric Turkheimer (Psychology), Incoming President, Behavior Genetics Association.

Siva Vaidhyanathan (Media Studies), 2011 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.

Eric Van Wincoop (Economics), 2012 Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review.

Adrienne Ward (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese), 2012 Mead Endowment Honored Faculty.

Richard Warner (Drama), University Academy of Teaching, Inaugural Member of 2011-12.

M. Chad Wellmon (German), ACLS Ryskamp Fellowship, 2011-12.

Kath Weston (Anthropology, Studies in Women & Gender), Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012-2013; 2011-12 Wyse Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge.

Bruce A. Williams (Media Studies), 2011-2012 All-University Teaching Award.

Tim Wilson (Psychology), Association of American Publishers Honorable Mention in Professional and Scholarly Excellence, for Redirect.

Brantly Womack (Politics), 2011 Visiting Professor, School of Government at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou; 2011 China Friendship Award.

Lisa Woolfork (English), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship, 2012.
*This listing includes awards and achievements for the period of August 2011 – June 2012, as submitted by A&S department chairs. The following categories have been included: major university awards/recognition; national, state and international awards/book awards; fellowships and visiting professorships; honorary doctorates; presidency of national societies. Faculty members who have received additional 2011-12 awards and achievements in these categories may submit them to Dean Woo\'s Special Assistant, Juliet Trail (, for inclusion in the 2011-12 A&S Faculty Awards and Achievements database.