Faculty Awards


First Call for Faculty Awards – deadline March 2, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The University Committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards is very pleased to solicit nominations of candidates for our annual faculty awards:

(1) Grellet C. Simpson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching 

(2) Graduate Faculty Award 

(3) Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award 

(4) J. Christopher “Topher” Bill Service Award 

(5) Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award.

We hope you will take the time to prepare and submit a nomination. The Committee received strong slates of nominees last year and we are hopeful of again receiving as many nominations as possible.

As a reminder, if you nominated someone in the past three years for one of these awards and they were not recognized, you may easily reactivate the prior nomination. Just send an email to Amy O’Reilly (aoreilly@umw.edu) stating that you wish for the person to be considered again for the same award. All of the nomination materials previously submitted for that nominee will be used as the basis for considering this individual again. And, of course, if you wish to add anything (additional nomination letters, for example) you may do so.

Last year’s winners were: 

Leslie E. Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology (Grellet C. Simpson Award)

Woodrow D. Richardson, Professor of Management (Graduate Faculty Award)

Elizabeth A. Johnson-Young, Assistant Professor of Communication (Outstanding Young Faculty Award)

Elizabeth F. Larus, Professor of Political Science (Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award)

Jacqueline Gallagher, Associate Professor of Geography (J. Christopher “Topher” Bill Service Award)

The Mary W. Pinschmidt Award is determined by the Senior Class. Please do not nominate anyone for the Pinschmidt award through this process. A list of all past recipients of these awards is available at: 


Nomination Process 

Nominations are welcome from any member of the University community, and letters may be written by single or multiple individuals. Nominations from students are always welcome, so please consider relaying this message to students within your major through an appropriate channel.

Send a letter to the Provost’s office, indicating the specific reasons for the nomination. The deadline for the receipt of nomination letters for all awards is Monday, March 2, 2020. Nominations must be submitted electronically as either a word or pdf document (pdf preferred). Send the nomination letter as a file attachment to Amy O’Reilly (aoreilly@umw.edu).

All full-time continuing faculty are eligible to be nominated for the Simpson Award or for the Graduate Faculty Award. Keep in mind, though, that the Simpson Award is for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Also, nominees for the Graduate Faculty Award must be persons who teach graduate students and have distinguished themselves as members of a graduate program at the University.

The Outstanding Young Faculty Award is presented to a full-time faculty member who has between two and five years of full-time teaching service at UMW. Someone who is in their fifth year is eligible; someone who has already completed five years of service is not. Please make sure the individual you are nominating in this category is eligible. See the attached list of persons eligible for the young faculty award.

The Topher Bill Award recognizes outstanding faculty service. Nominees must have served a minimum of seven years as a member of the Mary Washington teaching faculty and must have been significantly and consistently involved in a variety of service roles through department, college, university, and/or community service activities.

The Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award is based on the significance/impact of the faculty nominee’s scholarly, creative, and/or professional achievement(s). All full-time, continuing faculty with at least seven years employment at UMW are eligible. Achievement(s) must have been undertaken during the nominee’s years at UMW.

Selection Process 

The University Committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards (SFFA) will review all nominations and select the winners. 

 Members of this committee are:

· Parrish Waters, Department of Biological Sciences (Committee Chair)

· Sayan Sarkar, College of Business 

· Antonio Causarano, College of Education

· Jason James, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

· Janie Lee, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication

Thank you very much for your attention to this important matter. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Once again, the deadline for nominations is Monday, March 2, 2019. All nominations must be submitted electronically to Amy O’Reilly (aoreilly@umw.edu). We look forward to receiving your nominations on behalf of your outstanding colleagues! 



Parrish, Sayan, Antonio, Janie, and Jason


R Parrish Waters, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA