Awards and Honors

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

Faculty Awards

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 studentsin significant ways outs idea traditional teaching or research relationship and beyond theirformal 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 inovation, 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 Awarded Tenure and Promotion

Faculty Members Awarded Tenure with Promotion to Associate Professor Department
Dr. Joseph Drury English
Dr. Steven T. Goldsmith
Geography & the Environment
Dr. Lynne Ann Hartnett
Dr. Mary Hirschfeld
Humanities & Augustinian Traditions
Dr. Zuyi Huang
Chemical Engineering
Dr. Tamara M. Kear
Dr. Stefanie Knauss
Theology & Religious Studies
Dr. Amanda Knecht Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Adam Langley
Dr. Calvin Hong Li Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Shauna M. MacDonald Communication
Dr. Bette A. Mariani
Dr. Stephen Napier
Dr. Melissa O'Connor Nursing
Dr. Mark Schrad
Political Science
Dr. Erica Slotter
Dr. Cristina Maria Soriano
Dr. Georg Theiner
Faculty Members Awarded Promotion to Professor Department
Dr. Wenhong Luo
Accounting & Information Systems
Dr. Kevin Minbiole Chemistry
Dr. Allison Payne
Sociology & Criminology
Dr. Thomas W. Smith
Honors - Humanities
Dr. Bridget Wadzuk
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Faculty Members Promoted to Emeritus Professor Department
Dr. David Bush
Dr. William Fleischman
Computing Science
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson
Dr. James Kirschke
Dr. Alain Phares Physics
Dr. Harriett Power Theatre
Dr. Carlos Trujillo Romance Languages and Literatures
Dr. Rodger Van Allen
Theology & Religious Studies
Dr. Anthony Zygmont Electrical & Computer Engineering

Current Endowed Chairs/Deanships

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. Randy Weinstein, Interim Dean, College 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 S2017
Mr. Owen McCafferty
English Department
James R. Birle Endowed Chair in Energy Technology
Edward A. Daylor Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering
inaugurated 12/14/94
Dr. Robert Traver
Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept.
Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Core Humanities
inaugurated 9/17/98
Dr. John Doody
Associate Dean for First Year Studies, LA&S
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
The Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication, Fall 2017  
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
Fred J. Springer Chair in Business Leadership 8/2002
Dr. Quinetta Roberson, Management
The Anne Quinn Welsh Endowed Chair and Director of Honors Program inaugurated 5/2012 Dr. Thomas Smith Director, Honors Program

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