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The Faculty

Our faculty come from some of the world’s foremost universities. In addition to noteworthy educational accomplishments, the College and Graduate School also seeks and requires uncommon enthusiasm, energy and passion for learning and teaching.

Recent honors include:

Pulitzer Prize-winner, former U.S. poet laureate and Commonwealth Professor of English Rita Dove has garnered many awards, including the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2012. Professor Dove is also member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English
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John Hawley, Associate Dean for the Sciences and Professor of Astronomy

Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean for the Sciences John Hawley was awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. The prize is considered Asia’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize and is awarded in some categories – like astronomy – that the Nobel does not specifically include.

University Professor of Chemistry and Pathology Donald Hunt was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Professor Hunt has mentored more than 85 doctoral and postdoctoral students and taught organic chemistry to more than 14,000 premedical students since joining the U.Va. faculty in 1968.

English Professor Jerome McGann, a pioneer in digital humanities scholarship, is a member of the American Philosphical Society, originally founded by Benjamin Franklin and the first learned society in the U.S. Professor McGann has also received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award in the humanities and was awarded the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell prize for his book, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web.

Historian Andrew O'Shaughnessy received the George Washington Book Prize and the New York Historical Society Book Prize for The Men who Lost America: British Leadership the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire.

Historian Alan Taylor, one of the nation's premier experts in Colonial America and the early U.S. republic, received a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832."

Trinh Thuan, astronomy professor and author, has been named chevalier of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor, by decree of French President François Hollande.

Astronomy Professor Trinh Thuan
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Charles Wright, Professor Emeritus of English and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National Book Award, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named the U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2014.