Annual Faculty Awards

College Awards 

Each year CLAS faculty are honored by their peers with two College awards: the Tolle Lege Award for Teaching Excellence and the Veritas Award for Research Excellence.  For 2017, a new award will be added - the Unitas in Caritate Award.

The protocol for nominations for each award can be found below.

The Tolle Lege Award

The Tolle Lege Award acknowledges excellence in teaching of a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee who evaluates course content, student and faculty teaching evaluations, and other evidence.

Eligibility

  • Two awards will be presented this year: one for a tenured faculty member of any discipline, and one for an adjunct faculty member of any discipline.
    • Award for Full-time Faculty:  All tenured faculty members in the College are eligible provided they have served at the university at least five years. The selection committee particularly encourages nominations of mid-career faculty.
    • Award for Adjunct Faculty: The award for adjunct faculty members will be made to an instructor who typically teaches two courses or less each semester. Faculty are eligible if they have taught at the university for at least six semesters, though not necessarily consecutively.
  • The committee considers the total teaching of the faculty member while on the faculty of Villanova University, with particular emphasis on work completed in the past four semesters.
  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • No individual may receive the award more than once. However, prior Lindback awardees are eligible for the Tolle Lege award.

Nomination Protocol

Nominations are solicited from Department Chairs and must include a formal letter of nomination submitted as an email attachment to christine.palus@villanova.edu no later than Friday, March 3, 2017. The letter should include a description of the nominee’s qualifications for consideration, emphasizing teaching innovation, course rigor, and student mentorship.

Nominees may be contacted and asked to submit materials in support of their nomination, including a list of recent courses taught, course syllabi, and teaching evaluations.

Adjunct Faculty

2017 - Barbara Zimmerman, MS, Department of Computing Sciences

2016 - Kelly-Anne Diamond, PhD, Department of History

2015 - John Groch, MA, Department of Theology and Religious Studies

2014 - Cathy Staples, MA, Department of English

2013 - Maria Baranski, MS, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Full Time Faculty

2017 - Louise Russo, PhD, Department of Biology

2016 - Michael Tomko, PhD, Department of Humanities

2015 - Alice Dailey, PhD, Department of English, and Vikram Iyengar, PhD, Department of Biology

2014 - Megan Quigley, PhD, Department of English and Catherine Warrick, PhD, Department of Political Science

2013 - Judith Giesberg, PhD, Department of History, Amanda Grannas PhD, Department of Chemistry, and Jerusha Connor, PhD, Department of Education and Counseling

2012 - Rick Eckstein, PhD, Department of Sociology

2011 - Paul Pasles, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

TheVeritas Award

The Veritas Award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in faculty scholarship. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee who examine the nominee's record of scholarship and the impact it has had on the scholarly community.   

Eligibility

  • All full-time faculty members in any College who hold the rank of Full or Associate Professor are eligible for the award.
  • Professors whose record of research and scholarship has garnered a national and/or international reputation are prime candidates for the award.
  • Nominees should have spent at least seven years of their career at Villanova University.
  • The committee considers the total scholarly activity of the faculty member while on the faculty of Villanova University, with particular emphasis on work completed in the past five years. Scholarly work completed when the nominee was not on the Villanova faculty, however, is not to be formally considered.
  • Preference will be given to faculty members in the first fifteen years of their academic career.
  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • No individual may receive the award more than once.  However, prior Outstanding Faculty Research Award winners are eligible.   


Nomination Protocol

Nominations are solicited from Department Chairs and must include a formal letter of nomination submitted as an email attachment to christine.palus@villanova.edu no later than Friday, March 3, 2017. That letter should include a description of the nominee’s qualifications for consideration, the significance of his or her scholarship, and an explanation of its originality and impact. Nominees may be contacted and asked to submit additional materials.

2017 - Kevin Minbiole, PhD, Department of Chemistry

2016 - Lauren Shohet, PhD, Department of English

2015 - Jesse Frey, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

2014 - James Wetzel, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Mirela Damien, PhD, Department of Computing Science

2013 - Paul Rosier, PhD, Department of History and Bryan Crable, PhD, Department of Communication

TheUnitas in Caritate Award

The Unitas in Caritate award acknowledges a career of excellence in service to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee which evaluates the record of service and the impact of that service on the life of the college.

Eligibility

  • One award will be presented each year to a faculty member who has at least twenty years of active service in the college. 
  • Full-time non-tenure track and tenure track faculty are eligible for the award.
  • The committee considers the total college service of the faculty member while on the faculty of Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  For the purposes of this award, department and university service will be considered only secondarily in order to provide a context for the candidate’s contributions to the college.
  • Current department chairs or academic administrators in the college are not eligible for the award.
  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • No individual may receive the award more than once. However, prior Gallen Award winners are eligible for the Unitas in Caritate award.

Nomination Protocol

Nominations are solicited from Department Chairs and the College Dean and must include a formal letter of nomination submitted as an email attachment to christine.palus@villanova.edu no later than Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The letter should include a description of the nominee’s qualifications for consideration, emphasizing scope and variety of service to the College as well as impact of the service in the University. Nominees may be contacted and asked to submit materials in support of their nomination.

2017 - Evan Radcliffe, PhD, Department of English

Faculty Medallion Design

student medallion

University Awards

Seven faculty awards are given annually by the Office of the Provost in recognition of distinguished contributions to Villanova University. In 2016, four members of the CLAS faculty were honored:

Suzanne Toton, PhD
Lawrence C. Gallen, OSA Faculty Service Award

Anthony Lagalante, PhD
Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching

Sarah Vaughan Brakman, PhD
Outstanding Mentor Teaching Award

Aimee Eggler, PhD
Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching