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FACULTY AWARDS

Thomas Jefferson Award

The Thomas Jefferson Award is made annually “for distinguished service to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions as a member of the faculty in the councils and government of the University.”

The award is presented by the Chancellor at the fall meeting of the Faculty Assembly, which officially begins each academic year. The prize carries with it an engraved pewter goblet and $2,500 cash. The recipient is named by the Chancellor on the basis of nomination by the consultative committee of the Faculty Senate. Faculty in all schools are eligible.

The Thomas Jefferson Award is endowed at several universities by the Robert Earl McConnell Foundation. It was first established at the University of Virginia in honor of that institution’s founder. It has been presented at Vanderbilt since 1967.

Past Winners

  • 1967 Wendell G. Holladay (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 1968 Paul J. Hartman (Law)
  • 1969 William J. Darby (Medicine)
  • 1970 Alex Dragnich (Political Science)
  • 1971 Paul H. Hardacre (History)
  • 1972 Robert Lagemann (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 1973 Herbert Weaver (History)
  • 1974 Lamar Field (Chemistry)
  • 1975 Virgil S. LeQuire (Pathology)
  • 1976 Ingram Bloch (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 1977 Oscar Touster (Molecular Biology)
  • 1978 John G. Coniglio (Biochemistry)
  • 1979 Lou Silberman (Divinity)
  • 1980 Mildred Stahlman (Pediatrics)
  • 1981 James R. Wesson (Mathematics)
  • 1982 Susan Ford Wiltshire (Classical Studies)
  • 1983 Robert H. Birkby (Political Science)
  • 1984 Charles F. Delzell (History)
  • 1985 Walter Harrelson (Divinity)
  • 1986 Billy F. Bryant (Mathematics)
  • 1987 Fred Gorstein (Pathology)
  • 1988 Elizabeth Spencer Goldman (Teaching & Learning)
  • 1989 C. Elton Hinshaw (Economics)
  • 1990 Paul K. Conkin (History)
  • 1991 Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey (Psychology)
  • 1992 Robert N. Covington (Law)
  • 1993 H. Jackson Forstman (Divinity)
  • 1994 Molly Fritz Miller (Geology)
  • 1995 Joseph H. Hamilton (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 1996 Eugene TeSelle (Divinity)
  • 1997 John Wikswo (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 1998 David F. Partlett (Law)
  • 1999 James V. Staros (Molecular Biology)
  • 2000 Jimmie L. Franklin (History)
  • 2001 Gary F. Jensen (Sociology)
  • 2002 Thomas R. McCoy (Law)
  • 2003 Howard M. Sandler (Psychology)
  • 2004 Lee E. Limbird (Pharmacology)
  • 2005 Douglas A. Knight (Divinity)
  • 2006 K. Arthur Overholser (Biomedical Engineering)
  • 2007 Virginia L. Shepherd (Pathology) and Matthew Ramsey (History)
  • 2008 Randolph Blake (Psychology)
  • 2009 David A. Weintraub (Physics & Astronomy)
  • 2010 Virginia M. Scott (French & Italian)
  • 2011 Kassian Kovalcheck (Communication Studies)
  • 2012  Vanessa Beasley (Communication Studies)
  • 2013 Gordon R. Bernard (Medicine)