Congratulations to Several Faculty Awarded Waple Professorships!

Through a generous gift made by the estate of Shirley Van Epps Waple (class of 1952), a number of faculty have received two-year Waple Professorships. Faculty selected were judged on the basis of proposals submitted in response to the call for applications that was distributed in January. Any tenured faculty member with a minimum of 6 years of service at UMW was eligible to apply for the two-year professorship, which provides an award of $15,000 per year. Keep reading to see who received these prestigious awards.

Fifteen applications were received and four winners were eventually selected following a comprehensive review process. Congratulations to the following faculty:

*Jen Chiang (Department of Mathematics) for her project “Exploring Exponentially Harmonic Maps, Morse Index and Liouville-type Theorem and Biharmonic Maps and Their Properties for Enhancing Teaching and Directing Independent Studies, Undergraduate Research and Honor Theses”;

*Steven Harris (Department of History and American Studies) for his project “Wings of the Motherland: Soviet and Russian Culture of Aviation from Khrushchev to Putin”;

*Elizabeth Larus (Department of Political Science and International Affairs for her project on “Precarious Straits: China-Taiwan Relations Under Tsai Ing-wen”;

*Marie McAllister (Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication for her project on “Literature and Medicine.”

Proposals were evaluated by the stipulated selection criteria, which include (1) the quality of the proposed project, (2) appropriateness of timeline to the project, and (3) the applicants record of success in publications or creative endeavors.

The four new applicants join the three faculty who were awarded Waple Professorships in 2015 and will be in the second year of their projects in 2016-17. They are Miriam Liss (Department of Psychological Science), Janusz Konieczny (Department of Mathematics), and Kashef Majid (College of Business).

Waple Professorship funds may be allocated in a variety of ways as designated in the budget proposal in order to support the proposed project. Funds may be taken as a salary stipend, as research support (for travel, supplies, or other materials), or as course release time (a maximum of six credit hours annually).

The call for the next round of Waple Professorship applications will be sent out in January 2017 for Professorships that will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. The call for applications will be sent out by the College Deans via email.

Once again, we extend hearty congratulations to the next group of Waple Professors!

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