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2024 OFA Guidelines


Outstanding Faculty Awards

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OFA logoThe Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.

Information on the nominations process can be found in the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Awards Guidelines, which can be viewed and downloaded via the link on the right side of this page. View prior years' OFA recipients.

2023 Outstanding Faculty Awards

The State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Energy announced the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Awards on December 20, 2022.

Since 1987, these awards have recognized faculty at Virginia’s institutions of higher learning who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and service.

Nominees are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of leaders from the public and private sectors. In all, 74 nominations were received this year. This group was narrowed to a field of 24 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.

Recipients come from campuses large and small throughout the Commonwealth and from two- and four-year institutions, private and public. Their fields of expertise range from English to medicine. They have in common, however, the qualities honored by Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Awards: the highest level of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, public service and research.

2023 OFA Recipients


Spencer Bakich
Virginia Military Institute

Barringer Brown

Charletta Barringer-Brown
Virginia State University


Kelly Cartwright
Christopher Newport University


Amanda Kyle Gibson
University of Virginia
Rising Star


Rachel Harmon
University of Virginia


Jeffrey Harrison
University of Richmond


Khan Iftekharuddin
Old Dominion University


Alessandra Luchini
George Mason University


Margarita Marinova
Christopher Newport University


Julie McConnell
University of Richmond


Christine Pegorraro Schull
Northern Virginia Community College



Eli Vlaisavljevich
Virginia Tech
Rising Star


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