2019 Faculty/Staff Award Recipients

The university congratulates faculty and staff members for their contributions in a number of categories, from advising students to championing outreach and research. 

Each of the recipients will be honored at a special event on May 2 at the Moss Arts Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Alumni Awards for Excellence

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards for Excellence are awarded to faculty and staff annually who exhibit excellence and dedication in their respective fields.

Bethany Eigel
Bethany Eigel, Extension Agent
David Allen Fiske
David Allen Fiske, Extension Specialist (posthumously)
Patricia Raun and Carolyn Kroehler
Patricia Raun and Carolyn Kroehler, Outreach Excellence - Team
Alexis Miller
Alexis Miller, Undergraduate Academic Advising
Carol Mullen
Carol Mullen, Research
Leo Piilonen
Leo Piilonen, Research
Sudipta Sarangi, International Research
Sudipta Sarangi, International Research
Nadine Sinno
Nadine Sinno, Teaching
D. Phillip Sponenberg
D. Phillip Sponenberg, International Outreach
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens, Teaching
Yannis Stivachtis
Yannis Stivachtis, International Education
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams, Graduate Advising

Edward S. Diggs Award

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Diggs Teaching Scholars Award was established in 1992 and is presented annually to up to three Virginia Tech faculty members to recognize exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment. Diggs Teaching Scholars are invited to lead the Diggs Roundtable, a series of presentations and a discussion of their innovative teaching.

Homero Murzi
Homero Murzi

McComas Staff Leadership Award

The McComas Staff Leadership Award honors the significant leadership contributions of a classified or university staff member who has been employed at Virginia Tech for at least one year.

Jeff Collins
Jeff Collins

Presidential Principles of Community Award

The Presidential Principles of Community Award recognizes faculty and staff members who exemplify and promote a welcoming and inclusive environment in accordance with the university’s Principles of Community.

Sam Cook
Sam Cook
Department of Religion and Culture
Department of Religion and Culture
Christine Tysor
Christine Tysor
Virginia Dares team
Virginia Dares team

President's Award for Excellence

The President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act.

Vickie Martin
Vickie Martin
Carolyn Sink
Carolyn Sink
Tamarah Smith
Tamarah Smith
Sharon Tickle
Sharon Tickle
Diane Walker-Green
Diane Walker-Green

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising is given annually to a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member who serves undergraduate advisees in exemplary ways.

Amanda Villar
Amanda Villar

University Sporn Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Subjects

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Virginia Tech Academy for Teaching Excellence, the Sporn Award for Teaching Introductory Subjects recognizes a Virginia Tech faculty member nominated and selected by undergraduate students.

Mark Cline
Mark Cline

Staff Career Achievement Award

Created in 2011 to recognize retiring staff members, the Staff Career Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals who retired the previous year and who distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university career. Nominees must have worked a minimum of 10 years at Virginia Tech.

Harley Ashe
Harley Ashe
Dorothy Cupp
Dorothy Cupp
Peggy Moles
Peggy Moles
Rhonda Rogers
Rhonda Rogers
Joyce Vest
Joyce Vest

William E. Wine Award

The William E. Wine Award was established in 1957 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine, Class of 1904, who was a former rector of the Board of Visitors and Alumni Association president. Following a college-level selection process of candidates nominated by students, faculty, and alumni, each college may put forth one nominee. From this group, three faculty members are selected annually. Each Wine Award winner receives $2,000 and automatic induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Mark Barrow
Mark Barrow
Greg Kadlec
Greg Kadlec
Richard Walker
Richard Walker

XCaliber Award for Excellence in Technology Assisted Teaching and Learning

Established in 1996 by the Office of the Provost, the XCaliber Award is presented annually by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies to recognize individual faculty members or teams of faculty and staff who integrate technology in teaching and learning. The award celebrates innovative, student-centered approaches.

Aaron Brantly
Aaron Brantly
Deborah Tatar
Deborah Tatar