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Professors Wins Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

From JMU Media Relations

RICHMOND — Gov. Mark R. Warner announced in a ceremony at the state Capitol Wednesday that Joann Grayson, a professor of psychology at James Madison University, is one of 11 recipients of the TIAA-CREF Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award for 2004.
The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia public and private colleges and universities. The awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

This year the awards were funded by TIAA-CREF with a $50,000 donation.

Each recipient receives $4,000 and a specially designed commemorative plaque from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, which administers the awards.

"It is because of men and women like these that Virginia boasts a higher education system that is the envy of the rest of the United States, and indeed the world," Warner said. "Our colleges and universities attract this outstanding intellectual capital that makes them economic engines for the entire commonwealth."

"Receiving a TIAA-CREF Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award is the highest honor that a college or university professor can receive in this state," said JMU President Linwood H. Rose. "Joann Grayson personifies the scholar-teacher who is dedicated to her students and to her academic discipline."

Grayson was one of 86 faculty from 35 institutions nominated for the award. Recognized as an expert in the field of child abuse and neglect, she has served under three consecutive governors on the Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect and received the board's Outstanding Leadership Award in 1993.

"Dr. Grayson has a long and distinguished career as a professor, clinical psychologist and as an advocate for the welfare of children," said Douglas T. Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs at JMU. "Her work in preventing child and spousal abuse has been nationally recognized."

Grayson has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Subcommittee on Education and, in her 27-year career at JMU, has made more than 70 state, regional, national or international presentations. She has published more than 80 articles or book chapters and, since 1981, has been editor and publisher of the "Virginia Child Protection Newsletter," which is distributed to some 12,000 agencies and individuals throughout the world.

Very active in her local community, Grayson received a major state grant in 1980 that enabled the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community to initiate 11 new child-abuse-related prevention programs. She was also a founder of First Step Inc., a shelter for battered women.

Students under Grayson's supervision have performed tens of thousands of hours of service-learning work — more than 9,000 last year alone — and are uniformly recognized for their superior professional preparation.

Grayson is the fifth JMU professor to win the award since its inception in 1986. Previous JMU recipients were: Dr. J. Patrick Rooney, music, 2000; Dr. Joanne Gabbin, English, 1993; the late Dr. Elizabeth Neatrour, foreign languages, 1991; and Dr. Ralph Cohen, English, 1987.