Some of 2019’s top teachers have been on Grounds for five years; others, for decades. They also learn from each other and extend their mentoring to junior faculty. According to one nominator, Darden professor Elena Loutskina likes to “work with new faculty, inviting them to observe her teaching and sharing the tips she has learned over the years. She will observe new faculty and offer detailed feedback that a number have noted resulted in a great start to their career.”
Some younger faculty – like Shane Davis, an assistant professor of astronomy – credit the Course Design Institute, run by UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, with helping them develop more interactive teaching methods, even in large lecture courses.
“Our teaching award winners provide a snapshot of the wonderful work that our distinguished faculty do every day in the classroom,” said Archie Holmes, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Through their efforts, they create and support classroom and learning environments which engage all students and help them fully develop their talents, discover their passion, and engage in self-discovery so that they are prepared for leadership in their professional and personal lives.”
Thirteen faculty winners were honored at Wednesday’s event, which also included a new group of award-winners recognized for their public service activity.
The University also bestows awards upon a medical resident for teaching medical students, and graduate students who’ve excelled at their early experiences teaching undergraduates.
The list of faculty winners and some of their best advice follows.