UVA Honors Faculty, Grad Students for Excellence in Teaching and Public Service

May 1, 2024
Provost Ian Baucom, back row, center, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Maite Brandt-Pearce, far right, pose with some of the winners of the University Teaching Awards. They are, left to right, Brian Helmke, Evangelia Gazaki, Nicholas Ashur, Natasha Smith, William Brady, Cynthia Tong, Cole Rizki, Sylvia Tidey, Beth Quatrara, Mike Gallmeyer, Gerald Warburg, Martin Wu and Judy Paulick.

Provost Ian Baucom, back row, center, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Maite Brandt-Pearce, far right, pose with some of the winners of the University Teaching Awards. They are, left to right, Brian Helmke, Evangelia Gazaki, Nicholas Ashur, Natasha Smith, William Brady, Cynthia Tong, Cole Rizki, Sylvia Tidey, Beth Quatrara, Mike Gallmeyer, Gerald Warburg, Martin Wu and Judy Paulick. (Photo by Cole Sweet Photography)

The University of Virginia on Tuesday honored 19 faculty members and five graduate students with awards recognizing their creative instruction and meaningful contributions to the University, and for public service. 

The University Teaching Awards are among the highest honors given to faculty members who have distinguished themselves both in the classroom and in their fields.

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“The University is incredibly fortunate to have faculty members and graduate students who are devoted to fulfilling our teaching, research and public service missions and to making a difference in the lives of students, community members and all who benefit from their work,” Executive Vice President and Provost Ian Baucom said. “I am honored to call them my colleagues and grateful for the many ways they contribute to the UVA community.”

Here are the winners of the 2024 University Teaching Awards:

Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award

  • Brian Helmke, associate professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award

  • Evangelia Gazaki, assistant professor of mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences

All-University Teaching Awards

  • William Brady, professor of emergency medicine and cardiovascular medicine, School of Medicine
  • Michael Gallmeyer, professor of commerce, McIntire School of Commerce
  • David Kittlesen, associate professor of biology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Judy Paulick, assistant professor of education, School of Education and Human Development
  • Beth Quatrara, assistant professor of nursing, School of Nursing
  • Cole Rizki, assistant professor of Latin American studies, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Natasha Smith, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Sylvia Tidey, associate professor of anthropology and global studies, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Xin Cynthia Tong, associate professor of psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Gerald Warburg, professor of practice in public policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Martin Wu, professor of biology, College of Arts & Sciences

Mullholland Resident Teaching Award

  • Nicholas Ashur, School of Medicine

Here are the winners of the 2024 Graduate Student Teaching Awards:

Baucom poses with two graduate students also honored for their teaching, Sarah McPeek and Zackary Landsman.

Baucom poses with two graduate students also honored for their teaching, Sarah McPeek and Zackary Landsman. (Photo by Cole Sweet Photography)

Arts and Humanities

  • John Modica, English

Social Sciences

  • Shelly Tsang, psychology

STEM Disciplines

  • Zackary Landsman, systems and information engineering

Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship for Teaching

  • Sarah McPeek, biology

Class of 1985 Fellowship for Creative Teaching

  • Bernardo de Magalhães e Menezes, landscape architecture

The University also recognizes faculty members for outstanding community-engaged scholarship undertaken with students. Here are the winners of the 2024 Public Service Awards:

Excellence in Public Service

  • Cale Jaffe, professor of law, School of Law
  • Garrick Louis, associate professor of systems and information engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Collaborative Excellence in Public Service

  • Natoya Hill Haskins, associate professor of education, School of Education and Human Development
  • Michael Lyons, associate professor of education, School of Education and Human Development
  • Julia Taylor, associate professor of education, School of Education and Human Development

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