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2020 Faculty/Staff Award Recipients

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

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The recipients are grouped by awards, which are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the image for more information on an award recipient.

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.

Corey Childs, Extension Agent
Corey Childs, Extension Agent
Portrait of Joseph Hunnings, CALS Director, Planning and Reporting, Professional Development, and Civil Rights Compliance
Joe Hunnings, Extension Specialist
Angela Scarpa and Jen Pollard Scott, two of the leaders of the Virginia Tech mobile autism clinic.
Angela Scarpa, left, and Jennifer Pollard Scott, Outreach Excellence - Team
Paul Quigley
Paul Quigley, Outreach Excellence - Individual Award
Martha Ann Bell
Martha Ann Bell, Research
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Rafael Davalos, Research
David Knight
David Knight, International Education
Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson, International Outreach
Ignacio Moore
Ignacio Moore, International Research
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Teaching
Carolyn A. Copenheaver
Carolyn Copenheaver, Teaching
Maia Greene-Havas
Maia Greene-Havas, Undergraduate Advising
Kostas Triantis
Kostas Triantis, 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.

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Alejandro Salado

Takumi Sato

Takumi Sato
Takumi Sato
Matthew Wisnioski
Matthew Wisnioski

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.

Laura Hagy
Laura Hagy

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.

Mae Hey
Mae Hey
Carlos Evia
Carlos Evia
Latin Link
Latin Link

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. The five employees - Margie Murray, Gladys Sartin, Sherry Schoolfield, Robert Sebek, and Anthony Watson — for 2020 were announced on June 4. Read the story

Margie Murray
Margie Murray
Gladys Sartin
Gladys Sartin
Sherry Schoolfield
Sherry Schoolfield
Robert Sebek
Robert Sebek
Anthony Watson
Anthony Watson

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.

Vern Ferguson
Vern Ferguson

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.

Buddy Howell
Buddy Howell

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.

Barbara Angelotti
Barbara Angelotti
James Long
James Long
Tom McAvoy
Tom McAvoy
Brian Squibb
Brian Squibb

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.

Jessica Folkart
Jessica Folkart
Mary Lipscomb
Mary Lipscomb
Stephen J. Skripak
Stephen J. Skripak

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.

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Diana Bairaktarova
Carol Mullen
Carol Mullen