Groups Honor UVA Faculty Members, Student for Outstanding Contributions

Aerial view of the UVA Rotunda's oculus

Nine faculty members and a student recently received roughly $60,000 in awards from a trio of organizations dedicated to honoring outstanding members of the University of Virginia community.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation recognized several faculty members, providing them a combined $40,000 as part of the organization’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The recipients are:

  • Gabrielle Adams, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
  • Larry Bouchard, College of Arts & Sciences (Religious Studies).
  • Stefano Grazioli, McIntire School of Commerce.
  • Fern Hauck, School of Medicine (Family Medicine).
  • Julie Huffmyer, School of Medicine (Anesthesiology).
  • Tyler Jo Smith, College of Arts & Sciences (Art).

The foundation also presented the Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award to a pair of faculty members from the School of Engineering and Applied Science:

  • Shannon Barker, Biomedical Engineering.
  • George Prpich, Chemical Engineering.

The UVA Alumni Association presented the Sky Alland Scholarship to Emily Buerk, a top engineering student who focuses on recruiting more women to become computer coders. The scholarship provides a year of tuition and fees, and is presented annually to a rising fourth-year student. When Buerk was a first-year student, she began the local chapter of Girls Who Code, a national program that introduces girls to computer science.

The Z Society presented its 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award to associate professor Dan Player of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The award recognizes a faculty member who has served, among other capacities, as a role model, a confidant and a leader.

The awards and scholarship are among several presented this spring to faculty and students. Other awards will be featured later this week in UVA Today.

Media Contact

Mike Mather

University Communications