Several members of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise faculty were presented with awards for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Rosa Bott, director of media services, received the Outstanding Contribution to the Academic Mission award. The award, named after the late Thomas Galyean, is given to a non-faculty employee who has made a significant contribution to the College’s academic mission.

Rachel Tighe, associate professor of communication, received the Outstanding Advising Award, presented to a faculty member who has provided exceptional service to students through advising and related activities that support the academic program.

Bryan Hoyt, professor of psychology, received the Distinguished Professor Award presented to faculty who have given outstanding service in many areas of the academic program over a long period of time.

Adriana Undreiu, instructor of science education, and Anthony Cashio, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented to a faculty member who excels in classroom teaching and who works particularly well with students.

Thomas M. Costa, professor of history, received the Outstanding Service Award, given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to UVa-Wise and the community.

Anthony Cashio, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Student Government Association’s Professor of the Year award presented by the Student Government Association, to honor a professor who students feel have made outstanding contributions in the classroom.

Josephine Rodriguez, assistant professor of biology, received the Rising Star award, presented to a faculty member with fewer than five years of teaching experience who exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Madelynn Shell, assistant professor of psychology, received the Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award, presented to a faculty member who fosters relationships with undergraduates that results in research appropriate for publication or public presentation.

Robert VanGundy, instructor in geology, received the Outstanding Academic Contribution award, presented to a faculty member who makes a major contribution to enhancing the entire academic program of the College.

Matt Harvey, associate professor of mathematics, received the Outstanding Research and Publication Award, presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to publish research in his or her discipline.

Daniel Ray, associate professor of computer science, received the Outstanding Instructional Support Award presented to the faculty member who fosters the kinds of relationships with undergraduates that result in research appropriate for publication or public presentation.

Tauna Gulley, instructor in nursing, and Walter Smith, assistant professor of biology, and Michael McNulty, professor of theater arts, were recognized for their nominations for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award earlier this year.