The Outstanding Faculty Research Award


In recognition of the central importance of scholarship to Villanova’s academic excellence, the University annually presents the Outstanding Faculty Research Award to a member of the faculty who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in their research, scholarship, and contributions to their field. The scholar receives an honorarium and a certificate attesting to this award at a formal dinner in the spring and is presented to the university at spring commencement.  Under a newly instituted policy, a nomination may remain active for a total of three years.  Updated vita and references may be provided by the nominee each year of consideration.

Eligiibility for the Award:

Recipients of the award will be individuals who have established a national and international scholarly reputation in their field as evidenced by their publications in highly cited journals, invited presentations at national and international symposia, leadership in research consortia and centers, invited academic colloquium presentations, and similar scholarly activities that indicate stature in their field.

  • All full-time faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, and Villanova School of Business who hold the rank of Tenured Full Professor are eligible for the award.
  • Nominees should have spent at least ten years of their career at Villanova University.
  • The award is presented based on the scholarly activity of the faculty member while on the faculty of Villanova University.  Scholarly work completed when the nominee was not on the Villanova faculty is not formally considered.
  • No individual may receive the award more than once.

Letter of Nomination:

  • A formal letter of nomination may be submitted by an individual or a group of full-time Villanova faculty members.
  • The letter should be submitted as a Word document addressed to Dr. Alfonso Ortega, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs, and submitted via email to by 5:00 pm EST annually on the first Friday in November. 
  • The letter of nomination should include a narrative presenting a description of the nominee’s qualifications for consideration, the significance of his or her scholarship, and an explanation of its originality and impact in its field.
  • All nominees will be contacted and asked to submit supporting materials such as a current Vita and sample publications.

Selection Committee

The recipient is selected by a committee consisting of the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs, previous award recipients, and a representative of the Committee on Faculty.

Dr. José R. de la Vega 1981
Dr. Vincent B. Sherry 1994
Dr. Ingeborg L. Ward 1981 Dr. R. Kelman Wieder 1995
Dr. John D. Caputo 1982 Dr. Andrew Woldar 1996
Dr. Roman Maksymowych 1982 Dr. Moeness Amin 1997
Dr. Edward F. Guinan 1983 Dr. Jeffrey W. Hahn 1998
Dr. Robert L. Grob 1983 Dr. Richard N. Juliani 1999
Dr. George T. Radan 1984 Dr. Michael F. Brown 2001
Dr. Bernard F. Reilly 1984 Dr. Aaron M. Bauer 2002
Dr. Alain J. Phares 1986 Dr. John A. Pearce II 2003
Dr. Wayne G. Bremser 1987 Dr. Ann Mosely Lesch 2004
Dr. Walter E. Conn 1987 Dr. Mary E. Desmond 2005
Dr. Gerald M. Long 1988 Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer 2006
Dr. Rodger Van Allen 1988 Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar 2007
Dr. Edward M. Sion 1989 Dr. Robert DeFina 2008
Dr. Philip J. Stephens 1989 Dr. Charles R. Taylor 2009
Dr. Lucy McDiarmid 1990 Dr. Charles L. Folk 2010
Dr. Charles E. Zech 1990 Dr. Robert T. Jantzen 2011
Dr. Thomas W. Busch 1991 Dr. Ronald Paul Hill 2012
Dr. Rachel T. Hare-Mustin 1991 Dr. C. Nataraj 2013
Dr. Matthew J. Liberatore 1992 Dr. Sally Scholz 2014
Dr. Bernard J. Gallagher III 1993 Dr. Giorgi Japaridze 2015
Dr. George P. McCook 1994 Dr. Robert Traver 2016

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