Marva Barnett wins Zintl
director of the Teaching Resource
Center, Marva Barnett has given many awards to distinguished
faculty. Now she is the one being honored: the U.Va. Women’s
Center will present her with its annual Elizabeth Zintl Leadership
with founding and directing the Teaching Resource Center, Barnett
teaches in the French Department and currently is researching
cultural differences in learning.
is upbeat, optimistic and always eager to foster the talents of
others, make sure the University community benefits from their
talents and celebrate others’ accomplishments,” said
Cassandra Fraser, an associate professor of chemistry.
the center, Barnett has created workshops on specific teaching
topics and initiated several teaching award programs, including
the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the University
Teaching Fellowships. She also wrote a handbook, “Teaching
at the University of Virginia,” which has served as a model
for handbooks at several other universities.
leadership award annually recognizes women working at U.Va. whose
professionalism, creativity and commitment mirror the extraordinary
service that the late Elizabeth Zintl gave to the University as
the president’s chief of staff until her death in 1997. The
$1,000 prize is supported by a gift from the late David A. Harrison
III, one of the University’s most generous benefactors. Past
recipients include Shirley Menaker, associate provost for academic
support; Claire Cronmiller, associate professor of biology; and
Louise Dudley, assistant vice president of university relations;
Dr. Sharon Hostler, director of the Kluge Children’s Rehabiliation
Center; and Patricia Lampkin, vice president for student affairs,
and Sylvia Terry, associate dean of African-American Affairs.
was surprised and pleased to receive the award,” Barnett
said. “I was also honored because the past recipients are
this is an award to the Teaching Resource Center and all the people
I work with,” she added.
& Sciences Dean Edward Ayers said he often recommends graduate
students visit the center. “Invariably, the graduate students
return to tell me of how much they have learned and how grateful
they are for Marva’s patience, honesty and knowledge of the
craft of teaching. Multiply that by hundreds of times and a dozen
years and you get an idea of Marva’s impact,” said Ayers,
adding that he could not imagine the University without Barnett’s
commitment to teaching.
programs also reach faculty. The University Teaching Fellowships
program, for example, matches junior faculty with senior mentors.
The program helps young professors learn to find the synergy between
research, teaching and service and develops their leadership skills.
a junior faculty fellow in this program and as a senior faculty
mentor to colleagues, I’ve found the program to be an enormously
rewarding, even life-transforming arena for collaboration and
debate,” said English professor Jahan Ramazani.
said she will use the Zintl award money to defray some of the
costs of her recent trip to speak at the Norwegian National Conference
on Quality Reform in Higher Education, held at Agder University
College in Norway.
addition to helping others teach, Barnett still finds time to
teach French to undergraduates in a 300-level course, The Reading
and Writing of Texts, a major requirement.