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Past recipients of the University Exemplary Department Award (1994-2008)


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 20, 2008 – The University Exemplary Department Awards program recognizes the work of departments and/or programs that maintain exemplary teaching and learning environments for students and faculty. With this award, the university publicly honors the collaborative efforts and successes of a group of dedicated colleagues actively performing work that is essential for sustaining truly excellent academic environment.

The University Exemplary Department Awards are given in recognition that the academic excellence of individuals is achieved within distinctive working and learning environments to which many individuals contribute in essential ways. Awards totaling $40,000 are given annually.

Established in 1994, the awards program is part of the university’s Faculty Rewards Project which seeks to clarify the expectations of faculty, and define appropriate rewards for accomplishments.

Past recipients of the University Exemplary Department Award and the award theme are:

2008 : Working collaboratively across departmental boundaries to fulfill common or complementary goals: Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering; School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' Undergraduate Research Institute; and a pair of departments working together, the Department of History and the Department of Teachining and Learning in the School of Education.

2007 : Developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to advising at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels: Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the University Academic Advising Center.

2006 : Developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to introductory course at the graduate or undergraduate levels: Department of Communication, Department of Engineering Education.

2005 : Enhancing global diversity by effectively increasing the numbers of culturally different faculty, staff, and students and/or promoting and supporting international and multicultural perspectives to support the missions of the university: Cranwell International Center, Department of Human Development.

2004 : Effectively linking research and scholarship with teaching, with particular concentration on innovative undergraduate programs: Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Department of History, Department of Theatre Arts.

2003 : Working collaboratively across departmental boundaries to fulfill common or complementary goals: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, and Department of Physics; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Pamplin College of Business; Graduate and International Programs; Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies.

2002 : Maintaining a high quality of advising both at the graduate and undergraduate level: Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Department of Biology, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering.

2001 : Developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to introductory course at the graduate or undergraduate levels: Department of Forestry, Marriage and Family Therapy Program in Northern Virginia, Residential Leadership Community.

2000: Effectively increasing diversity of faculty, staff, and students, and/or enhancing multicultural perspectives in teaching, research, and outreach programs. Dean of Students Office, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

1999 : Effectively linking research with teaching, with particular concentration on innovative undergraduate programs: Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Department of Physics, Department of Psychology.

1998 : Working collaboratively across departmental boundaries to fulfill common or complementary goals: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Building Construction, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Urban Affairs and Planning Program.

1997 : Maintaining a high quality of advising both at the graduate and undergraduate level: Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering.

1996 : Developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to introductory course at the graduate or undergraduate levels: Department of Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Geological Sciences, Department of Mathematics.

1995 : Managing faculty resources of time and talent effectively and creatively to fulfill stated departmental or program missions: Department of Communications Studies, Department of English, Women’s Studies Program.

1994 : Effectively linking research with teaching, with particular concentration on innovative undergraduate programs: Department of Biochemistry, Department of Electrical Engineering, and Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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