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Awards and Honors

Each year several awards are given to faculty members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the University:

The Outstanding Faculty Research Award

The Outstanding Faculty Research Award is presented to a member of the faculty who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in their research, scholarship, and contributions to their field. read more

The Pohlhaus-Stracciolini Award for Teaching Excellence

The Pohlhaus-Stracciolini Award for Teaching Excellence is presented to an adjunct faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to the life of the mind and to the well-being of students through teaching that is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and accessible, with efforts extending beyond the classroom. read more

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award is presented to a full-time faculty member who has excelled at mentoring students, especially in scholarly research, at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. read more

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching is presented to a faculty member who excels in undergraduate teaching. read more

Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to a faculty member who has been in a full time position for less than seven years and has developed extraordinarily effective teaching approaches. read more

Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching

The Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching is given annually to a full-time professor whose courses employ creative techniques to enhance student learning and growth. read more

Lafferty Award

The Lafferty award recognizes faculty members who have made a distinctive and lasting contribution to enhancing the quality of the student experience by engaging with students in significant ways outs idea traditional teaching or research relationship and beyond their formal advising duties. read more

University Mid-Career Service Award

The University Mid-Career Service Award recognizes faculty members would have made extraordinary contributions to the welfare and functioning of their departments, colleges,the University, and their profession. Such service must have exceeded the normal requirements of the candidate’s position, and must have been minimally compensated. read more

The Lawrence C. Gallen, OSA, Faculty Service Award

The Lawrence C. Gallen, O.S.A. Faculty Service Award is presented to an individual member of the Villanova University faculty who has, over many years, contributed outstanding service to the Villanova University community. read more

The Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Award

The Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Awards were created and endowed in 2009 by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University.

The University Scholarly Achievement Award

The University Scholarly Achievement Award will recognize excellence on the part of faculty for published research, scholarship, and/or creative expression. The awards will be given for accomplishments in the preceding three academic years.

The University Mid-Career Scholar Award

The University Mid-Career Scholar Award will recognize a growing body of scholarship or creative achievement made by a mid-career faculty member.

Faculty member awarded Tenure with Promotion to Associate Professor    


Dr. Troy Shirangi Biology                           
Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord Civil & Environmental Engineering  
Dr. Virginia Smith Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Peleg Kremer Geography & the Environment
Dr. Stephen Strader Geography & the Environment
Dr. Kabindra Shakya Geography & the Environment
Dr. Andrew Liu History
Dr. David Anderson Management
Dr. Kyoungyong Kim Management
Dr. Peter Chi Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Alexander Diaz-Lopez       Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Jiangtao Gou Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Bo Li Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Linda Maldonado Nursing
Dr. Sunny Hallowell Nursing
Dr. Farshid Baghai Philosophy
Dr. Delia Popa Philosophy
Dr. Timothy Hanchin Theology & Religious Studies



Associate Professor Awarded Tenure


Mr. Hezekiah Lewis


Faculty Members Awarded Promotion to Professor


Dr. Anna Moreland

Humanities & Augustinian Tradition

Dr. William Wagner


Dr. Jie Xu


Dr. Chiji Akoma

Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Michael Posner

Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Ani Ural

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Bette Mariani


Dr. Jennifer Yost


Dr. Mark Schrad

Political Science

Dr. Irene Kan

Psychology & Brain Sciences

Dr. Stefanie Knauss

Theology & Religious Studies

Dr. Vincent Lloyd Theology & Religious Studies

Faculty Members Awarded Promotion to Professor Emeritus


Dr. Bernard Prusak

Theology and Religious Studies

Dr. Russell Gardner


Dr. Robert Beck

Computing Sciences

Dr. Matthew Liberatore


Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer


Dr. Carment Peraita Spanish

CNT Faculty Awarded Promotion

Promoted To 


Dr. R. David Ratigan Associate Professor of Practice Finance
Mrs. Patricia Dorris-Crenny Professor of Practice Accountancy & Information Systems
Dr. Wilma Febo-Ayala Associate Teaching Professor Chemistry
Dr. Thomas Umile Associate Teaching Professor Chemistry
Dr. Nathan Corwin Associate Teaching Professor Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Vikram Kamat Associate Teaching Professor Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Elizabeth Pantesco Associate Teaching Professor Psychological & Brain Sciences
Dr. Mikel Lorenzo- Arza Associate Teaching Professor Spanish
Dr. Kevin Waters Associate Teaching Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. James Mendez Clinical Associate Professor Nursing
Dr. Susan Meyers Clinical Associate Professor Nursing
Mrs. Noel Dolan Senior Instructor Augustine & Culture Seminar Program
Ms. Juanita Weaver Senior Instructor Communication
Ms. Elizabeth Springuel Associate Instructor Augustine & Culture Seminar Program
Ms. Maria Baranski Associate Instructor Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Chara Armon Teaching Professor Augustine & Culture Seminar Program
Dr. William Cowen Teaching Professor Communication
Dr. Steven Krauss Teaching Professor Psychological & Brain Sciences
Dr. James O'Brien Teaching Professor Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Alicia Strandberg Professor Non-Tenure (NT) Management & Operations
Dr. Charles Coe Research Professor Chemical & Biological Engineering


In addition to annual awards, Villanova recognizes faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service through the Endowed Chairs Program. In honoring a faculty member with an endowed chair, we in effect charge them to be premier scholars, academic leaders, and models for other faculty. As they fulfill their obligations as chair holders, they produce value -- in the classroom, in the laboratory, in public venues, and, among their colleagues in their departments and colleges. Additional criteria for appointment include compatibility with the particular academic specifications established by the donor of the chair or professorship and compatibility with and ability to contribute to the University's Catholic and Augustinian values and mission.

Endowed Deanship Name
Current Dean
Connelly Endowed Deanship Dr. Donna Sullivan Havens, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
The Helen and William O'Toole Endowed Deanship Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell, School of Business
The Drosdick Endowed Deanship

Dr. Michele Marcolongo, Dean of Engineering

Endowed Chair Name Current Chairholder
The Augustinian Endowed Chair in the Thought of St. Augustine Dr. James R. Wetzel
Philosophy Department
Heimbold Endowed Chair in Irish Studies 
Mr. Maurice Fitzpatrick
Center for Irish Studies
James R. Birle Endowed Chair in Energy Technology, inaugurated 8/22/2005
Dr. Alfonso Ortega, Mechanical Engineering Department 
Edward A. Daylor Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering
inaugurated 12/14/94
Dr. Bridget Wadzuk
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Humanities
inaugurated 9/17/98
Dr. Judith Giesberg
History Department
Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology
inaugurated 12/2/92
Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF
Theology & Religious Studies Department
David R. Cook Endowed Chair of Philosophy, inaugurated 3/30/93 Dr. William Desmond
Philosophy Department
John F. Connelly Endowed Chair in Management, inaugurated 10/15/98 Dr. Matthew Liberatore
Management and Operations Department
The Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance, inaugurated 12/7/10 Dr. Michael S. Pagano, Finance Department
The Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics, inaugurated June 2013 Dr. Dennis Wykoff
Biology Department
Nance K. Dicciani PhD ’69 Endowed Professor in Chemical Engineering, inaugurated 8/20/2019   Dr. Jacob Elmer, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department
The Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication, Fall 2019 Dr. Raka Shome
Communication Department
Thomas G. Labrecque Endowed Chair in Business, inaugurated 11/11/99 Dr. Stephen Andriole
Management and Operations Department
Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., Endowed Chair in Integrated Biology
effective 8/22/08
Dr. Aaron Bauer
Biology Department
Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English
inaugurated 11/2/11
Dr. Lisa Sewell
English Department
Moritz Endowed Chair in Systems Engineering
inaugurated 10/5/06
Dr. C. Nataraj
Mechanical Engineering
Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research
inaugurated 8/2013
Dr. Helene Moriarty
Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Endowed Chair in Business
inaugurated 11/2006
Dr. Jeremy Kees, Marketing & Business Law
Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business
inaugurated 4/2007
Dr. Jonathan Doh,
Management and Operations
The Anne Quinn Welsh Endowed Chair and Director of Honors Program inaugurated 5/2012 Dr. Anna Bonta Moreland, Theology

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