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Thomas Jefferson Awards

The Thomas Jefferson Awards are the highest honors given to members of the University community who have exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson, and thus advanced the objectives for which he founded the University.

One award, sponsored since 1955 by the McConnell Foundation, recognizes excellence in service to the University. The other, which was established in 2009 by the Alumni Board of Trustees Endowment Fund, recognizes excellence in scholarship. Recipients must have been employed fulltime by the University for at least 15 years.  Current employees and those who have retired after April 1, 2019, are eligible. Each award consists of a citation and a cash prize.


Scholarship Award

The Thomas Jefferson Award for scholarship nomination is open to all UVA faculty members who have served the institution in a full-time capacity for 15 or more years. Retired faculty members are not eligible with one exception — faculty members who have retired after April 1, 2019, are eligible. The selection committee is looking for a nominee who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, research, and/or creative works. The nominee should have a dedicated record of creation and/or dissemination of knowledge and has contributed substantially to the education and/or development of students and provided significant service to the University.

Before submitting your nomination packet, please check if the person is eligible for the award:

  • Full-time faculty member
  • Employed by the University of Virginia in a full-time capacity for at least 15 years.
  • Currently employed by the University or retired only after April 1, 2019.

The nomination packet should include all required documents as listed below and should be submitted as a single pdf in the following order:

  1. Letter of Nomination describing the detailed contributions of the nominee (in 1,000-2,000 words)
  2. Supporting Letters
    1. Minimum of three supporting letters with a maximum of five
    2. Two of the supporting letters are to come from an external source
  3. Curriculum Vita

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2021.


Service Award

The Thomas Jefferson Award for service nomination is open to all UVA faculty members and staff members serving in a University Managerial and Professional or University Executive staff position who have been employed by the University in a full-time capacity for 15 or more years. Retired faculty and staff members are not eligible with one exception – faculty and staff members who have retired after April 1, 2019, are eligible. The selection committee is looking for a nominee who has provided long-term and significant service to their school/unit and to the University as a whole. The committee will also consider service to their profession and/or community.

Before submitting your nomination packet, please check if the person is eligible for the award:

  • Full-time faculty member, University Managerial and Professional staff member, or University Executive staff member
  • Employed by the University of Virginia in a full-time capacity for at least 15 years.
  • Currently employed by the University or retired after April 1, 2019.

The nomination packet should include all required documents as listed below and should be submitted as a single pdf in the following order:

  1. Letter of Nomination describing the detailed contributions of the nominee (in 1,000-2,000 words)
  2. Supporting Letters
    1. Minimum of three supporting letters with a maximum of five
  3. Curriculum Vita / Resume

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2021.

For questions, email the Thomas Jefferson Awards Committee or contact Pam Higgins in the Office of Major Events at 434-982-3099.


Thomas Jefferson Awards Committee Members

Spring 2021

Members Appointment Term Ends
Maite Brandt-Pearce
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
2021
Kenneth S. “Ken” Abraham 2022
Derrick P. Aldridge 2023
William J. “Bill” Brady, M.D. 2023
James E. “Jim” Burroughs 2022
William S. “Bill” Epling 2022
Alexander G. “Sandy” Gilliam 2021
Allen W. Groves
Associate Vice President and University Dean of Students
2021
Luann Lynch 2023
Christine Mahoney 2022
Rachel Most
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Arts & Sciences
2021
Peter D. Waldman 2021
Kenneth R. White 2021
Student Members Appointment Term Ends
Mazzen S. Shalaby 
Board of Visitors, Student Member
2021
Ellen A. Yates
Student Council President
2021
Ex officio Appointment Term Ends

Pamela W. Higgins
Executive Director of Major Events

2021