Jefferson Scholars Foundation Awards Three U.Va. Faculty Members the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 10, 2017

Three University of Virginia faculty members were recognized last week for their exceptional commitment to classroom teaching at an awards ceremony at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

Cassandra Fraser from the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, Amanda Kibler from the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education in the Curry School of Education, and Anneke Schroen from the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine received the foundation’s 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Every year the Foundation invites department chairs from across the University to nominate a full-time faculty member who has “endeavored selflessly to instill in their students the virtues of scholarship and love of learning.” The selected winners receive $5,000 and are invited to take part in a variety of academic programming that occurs at the Foundation every year.

Ben Skipper, director of graduate and undergraduate programs, explained, “This award is an opportunity for the foundation to recognize and showcase faculty who exemplify the three criteria that are the pillars of our mission; scholarship, leadership and citizenship.”

In the last ten years the Foundation has awarded more than $450,000 to approximately 50 faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education, the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine.

Click here to read the UVA Today feature on this year’s winners.




The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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