Faculty discussion


sponsored by U.Va. ADVANCE

Rita Dove
The University of Virginia: Uncommon Excellence

"What attracted me to the University of Virginia is its intellectual fervor and excitement. The people I met were such exceptional people— fun, intelligent, curious. I thought: I want to sit down and talk to these people!"

—Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor
Poet Laureate of the United States, 1993–95

The University of Virginia ranks as one of the top public universities in the nation and is distinctive among American institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University pursues Jefferson's vision of developing leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation. This focus extends to our faculty and staff; U.Va. embraces leadership characteristics that guide our employees toward individual accomplishment and collective success. Honor, integrity, innovation, diversity and excellence are values that reflect U.Va.'s heritage as well as its future. More about the University of Virginia.

Linda Columbus Charlottesville: A Vibrant Community

When I came to U.Va., I was completely consumed by my research, setting up the laboratory and teaching. However, eventually I ventured from the Chemistry building and realized that there is a high quality of life in Charlottesville because of the people, organizations, activities and community!

—Linda Columbus
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Physiology

Few places in the United States match Charlottesville's picturesque countryside, rich historical associations, close proximity to a national park, and broad array of cultural opportunities. In the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is centrally located, easily reached by air or rail, and close to Richmond, Washington D.C., and historic areas such as Williamsburg and Jamestown. Combining small town charm with the attractions of a much larger metropolitan area, Charlottesville consistently ranks among the nation's best college towns and communities. More about Charlottesville.

Andres ClarensExplore the Possibilities: Career Development Support

The Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is an incredible asset for junior faculty members at U.Va. TRC staff members are leaders in the field of faculty teaching development and the other professors that attend their workshops and seminars are a supportive group of the best teachers at U.Va. 

—Andres Clarens
Assistant Professor Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

U.Va. supports professional development with robust career planning resources that include workshops, programs and private consultations. Based on the belief that employee talent is our greatest asset, we are committed to employee growth, competitive compensation, and internal promotion. More about Career.


Dual Career Couple at UVaSupporting Faculty Means Supporting the "Whole Person"

I really appreciate the flexibility that our Religious Studies Department has shown to Greg and I in allowing us to schedule our class meetings on alternating days. My classes meet and I hold office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while Greg’s classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  When one of our kids (inevitably) gets sick, one of us is available to attend to them without having to cancel classes, and we just work from home on that day. Things keep going at work and home with minimal interruption, and that is no small thing for an academic couple.

—Jalane Schmidt, Assistant Professor Religious Studies
(with husband Greg Goering, Assistant Professor Religious Studies)

The passion for scholarship, teaching, and service to others often needs balanced with the practical realities of academic and personal life. The University of Virginia is committed to supporting all faculty members so that they can excel as scholars, teachers and human beings. More about Faculty Support.

Sophie OsotimehinCommitment to a Caring Community

“The Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (EDF) program gave me the opportunity to meet other junior faculty facing similar challenges and I benefited a lot from sharing experiences with them. My EDF mentor and the TRC staff were very supportive and provided tips and advice that I found extremely helpful, especially as this was my first year in the US. The meetings were also a time to take a step back and reflect on our objectives and how best to achieve them.”

—Sophie Osotimehin, Assistant Professor Economics

The University of Virginia is a caring community that aspires to treat every individual with kindness, dignity and respect, regardless of position or status. The University cannot realize its bold ambitions for excellence in teaching, research, public service, and patient care unless every member of its community embraces these values. More about our Commitment to a Caring Community.

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Guide prepared by the U.Va. CHARGE program to support the recruitment, development, and career success of diverse tenure-track/tenured faculty. Sponsored by the NSF ADVANCE AWARD #1209197.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science  Foundation. 

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