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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. 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.

Eligibility 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.
  • Faculty with at least ten years of service to Villanova at the time of nomination are eligible.
  • 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. Amanda M. Grannas, Associate Vice Provost for Research, and submitted via email to avpr@villanova.edu 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 Provost for Research, previous award recipients, and a representative of the Committee on Faculty.

Previous Award Recipients

Dr. José R. de la Vega

1981

Dr. Jeffrey W. Hahn

1998

Dr. Ingeborg L. Ward

1981

Dr. Richard N. Juliani

1999

Dr. John D. Caputo

1982

Dr. Michael Brown

2000

Dr. Roman Maksymowych

1982

Dr. Aaron M. Bauer

2002

Dr. Edward F. Guinan

1983

Dr. John A. Pearch II

2003

Dr. Robert L. Grob

1983

Dr. Ann Mosely Lesch

2004

Dr. George T. Radan

1984

Dr. Mary E. Desmond

2005

Dr. Bernard F. Reilly

1984

Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer

2006

Dr. Alain J. Phares

1986

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar

2007

Dr. Wayne G. Bremser

1987

Dr. Robert DeFina

2008

Dr. Walter E. Conn

1987

Dr. Charles R. Taylor

2009

Dr. Gerald M. Long

1988

Dr. Charles L. Folk

2010

Dr. Rodger Van Allen

1988

Dr. Robert T. Jantzen

2011

Dr. Edward M. Sion

1989

Dr. Ronald Paul Hill

2012

Dr. Philip J. Stephens

1989

Dr. C. Nataraj

2013

Dr. Lucy McDiarmid

1990

Dr. Sally Scholz

2014

Dr. Charles E. Zech

1990

Dr. Giorgi Japaridze

2015

Dr. Thomas W. Busch

1991

Dr. Robert Traver

2016

Dr. Rachel T. Hare-Mustin

1991

Dr. Paul L. Danove

2017

Dr. Matthew J. Liberatore

1992

Dr. Marc Gallicchio

2018

Dr. Bernard J. Gallagher III

1993

Dr. Michael S. Pagano 

2018

Dr. George P. McCook

1994

Dr. Jonathan Doh

2019

Dr. Vincent B. Sherry

1995

Dr. Robert H. Caverly

2020

Dr. R. Kelman Wieder

1995

Dr. Samantha Chapman

2021

Dr. Andrew Woldar

1996

Dr. Christopher Kilby

2021

Dr. Moeness Amin

1997

 

 

Scholarship Video

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