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Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a faculty member who provides exceptional professional related service at the University, local, and national levels. One faculty member from each college receives this award.

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Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award was established to honor faculty members annually for exemplary teaching. Each year the university presents the award to one faculty member in each college. The James Madison University community strives to encourage excellence in the classroom and continues to make teaching a priority.

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Ford Faculty Award

Jacob (’84) and Jane (’84) Ford established the Jacob and Jane Ford Faculty Support Award in the fall of 2012. This endowment was established to recognize excellence in teaching and/or research, with an emphasis on faculty who integrate their teaching and scholarship to benefit JMU students and the learning process. In consultation with the Academic Council, it was decided the award should recognize an exceptional mid-career faculty member. The first award will be announced in the spring of 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Goodman Faculty Award

Clement (’84) and Robin Cahill (’83) Goodman established the Goodman Faculty Award in the fall of 2012. This endowment recognizes excellence in teaching and/or research, with an emphasis on faculty who integrate their teaching and scholarship to benefit JMU students and the learning process. In conjunction with Academic Council, the Goodmans determined that the award would recognize an exceptional junior faculty member. The inaugural recipient was selected in the spring of 2013. 

In the fall of 2013, the Goodmans funded a second award. Academic Council determined that two exceptional junior faculty would be recognized beginning in the spring of 2014.

View the recipients of the Goodman Faculty Award.

Madison Scholar

In each college, professors nominate their colleagues for the Madison Scholar award. The Award winners exemplify excellence and scholarly achievement in their respective disciplines. Each winner presents a lecture on his or her area of expertise during the academic year. Faculty who have served in their colleges at the rank of assistant professor or above for at least five years are eligible for this award.

View the list of Madison Scholars.

Mengebier Professorship

The Mengebier Professorship  is an endowed professorship established in memory of the Rev. Dr. William L. Mengebier by the Class of 1958. Rev. Dr. Mengebier had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of Madison students during his academic career, and the professorship was established to be supportive of each college at James Madison University in a rotational basis as the Class of 1958 recognized the important role of each college’s faculty in the Madison experience.

View additional information about the Mengebier Professorship.

View the recipients of the Mengebier Professorship.

Provost Award for Excellence

The Provost Award for Excellence is presented each year to faculty and staff who have made extraordinary contributions to the University in a variety of areas. These include, but are not limited to, curriculum development, advising, external programs and research, community service, assessment of student learning, international experiences, ethical and moral development, and citizenship.

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SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards

James Madison University cultivates stellar talent through a variety of initiatives, including the Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administers these awards and describes them as follows:

The 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.

View the nominees of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards