Jefferson Scholars Establish Teaching Prize to Recognize Exceptional U.Va. Professors

November 18, 2008 — The Jefferson Scholars Foundation has established a new award, the Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize, to recognize outstanding members of the faculty of the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"The honorees will be chosen because they exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession," said Jimmy Wright, president of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. "Nominees demonstrate knowledge, exceptional commitment to the education of undergraduate students, and passion both for their subject and for advancing the University's curriculum."

Funded by a gift to the foundation, the prize may go to as many as five faculty members each year. All faculty members who teach undergraduates in the Engineering School are eligible.

Engineering students and faculty will nominate candidates. The Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Committee — made up of a Jefferson Scholars Foundation representative, a third- or fourth-year Jefferson Scholar studying in the Engineering School, the head of the Engineering School Student Council, and a faculty member who is head of the Engineering School curriculum committee — then makes finalist recommendations.

About the Jefferson Scholars Foundation

The 28-year-old not-for-profit Jefferson Scholars Foundation serves the University of Virginia by identifying, attracting and nurturing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. For information, visit