2018 - 2019 University Scholars

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research, creative and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a faculty panel based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.

Sean Field, Professor of History

Sean Field

Sean Field is an outstanding scholar in medieval religious history, specializing in thirteenth and fourteenth-century topics around heresy and sanctity. He joined UVM in 2003 and rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 2014. Sean Field's dossier shows a consistent scholarly output, with several books (3 monographs, 5 editions, and 2 edited volumes, all in reputable academic presses) and 29 articles in some of the top journals in his field. He has published both nationally and internationally and has been invited as a Visiting Professor in European universities. His most recent invited professorship and lecture series at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) serves as the foundation for a new book under contract with Cornell Press. His conference papers and invited presentations reflect an international presence, which has allowed him to bring to UVM major scholars from abroad. Professor Field is also an outstanding teacher; his classes are rigorous, innovative and infused with his scholarship in a way that drives student interest and motivation. He maintains an active and supportive interest in his students after they have completed his courses. He also served many years as the faculty advisor for UVM's award-winning student-run journal, History Review. When he brings scholars to UVM for presentations, he asks them speak in his classes, thus enriching the student experience by encouraging interaction with leading scholars. He also brings that collaborative approach to sharing knowledge to the faculty in his department, where he is Chair of the Faculty Research Committee. In 2013 he organized the Vermont Midsummer Medieval Summit, a one day regional symposium that brings together scholars from Vermont, Montreal and Dartmouth. The symposium has since been held annually at different colleges in Vermont. Sean Field has distinguished himself as an internationally recognized scholar with a commitment to opportunities for collegial connection for students and faculty. His recognition as a University Scholar honors his impressive record of scholarship and his many contributions to engaging others in collaborative intellectual discourse.

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Professor of Pathology

Yvonne Janssen Heininger

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of redox biology, particularly as it applies to lung disease. She joined UVM as a postdoctoral associate in 1993, was appointed Assistant Professor in 1997 and rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 2008. She is currently Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology. She has published 137 papers in the top journals in her field, including 14 papers in the past two years alone. She is a prolific speaker at national and international scientific meetings and has been involved in scientific society leadership at the international level for many years, notably for the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. She is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, one of the top scientific journals in her field. Professor Janssen-Heininger has forged a research alliance between UVM and the University of Maastricht that has resulted in numerous scientific collaborations between investigators at both institutions. She has received sixteen R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a reflection of this remarkable success, in 2017 she was awarded an inaugural R35 Outstanding Investigator Award by NIH. This award is extremely prestigious, and recognizes her as one of the most consistently productive and meritorious biomedical investigators in the entire country. She also excels at mentorship, having supervised 45 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. She received the 2017 Research Mentor Award from the Dean of the Larner College of Medicine. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger is a truly outstanding member of the UVM faculty whose dedication, professionalism and talent has taken her to the top of her field, an accomplishment now recognized by the University Scholar designation.

Junru Wu, Professor of Physics

Jun Ru

Junru Wu is a world renowned experimental physicist, with expertise in ultrasonics, biophysics and nonlinear physics. He joined UVM in 1987 and rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 1996. He is currently Chair of the Department of Physics. He has published more than 150 papers in prominent journals as well as two major research monographs. His experimental discovery of non-propagating hydrodynamic solitons in 1984, published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters, was listed as one of the most important achievements in physics acoustics in Acoustical Society of America 75th Anniversary Time-Line. His invited review article "Ultrasound, cavitation bubbles and their interaction with cells" is considered one of the most influential articles in the field of targeted drug delivery. In addition to being a world-renowned scholar, Professor Wu is also a high-profile inventor. He owns or co-owns seven U.S. patents. Together with his former Ph.D. student, he also founded a high-tech company, Microgen Systems Inc. in 2007, and successfully commercialized their energy harvesting technology. He and his student both received The University of Vermont Inventors Hall of Fame Award in 2015. With decades of sustained, productive research, mentoring of students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, extensive research collaboration and funding, inventive entrepreneurship, and considerable university and professional service, Professor Junru Wu is highly deserving of this year's University Scholar Award.

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Guidelines

Any full-time UVM faculty member may nominate or re-nominate any full-time member of the faculty for a University Scholar Award. Please note that this award is not limited to members of the Graduate Faculty. It is most appropriate for nominees to be at the highest rank in their faculty track and to have sustained excellence at that rank.

Four University Scholar Awards will be available: two to individuals in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and two to individuals in the Basic and Applied Sciences (including Biological, Medical and Physical Sciences). Each of the four awards will carry a grant of $2500 to be used at the discretion of the recipient to promote her or his scholarly activities.

Nominations will be reviewed by a faculty committee which will then forward its recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College for final action.

The University Scholars are announced in early April.

Each nomination must include:

  • A completed PDF icon Nomination Form (PDF)
  • A letter of nomination, from a UVM faculty member
  • A letter seconding the nomination from a UVM faculty member
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae of the nominee

Please address the following items in the letter of nomination and the letter seconding the nomination.

  • Contributions promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the discipline of the nominee, highlighting particularly unique and highly acclaimed contributions.
  • Contributions to promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the UVM community.
  • Contributions to teaching or mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research, creative activities and scholarship.
  • Other comments deemed pertinent.

Please do not include more than two letters. The nomination materials must be received by the Graduate College Office by no later than February 1.  If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Hannah.Helme@uvm.edu.

Prior University Scholars

Prior University Scholars


  • Jane Kolodinsky, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Kelly J. Rohan, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jianke Yang, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science


  • Robert V. Bartlett, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Robert Pepperman Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ira M. Bernstein, College of Medicine
  • Jason H. T. Bates, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science


  • Tina Escaja, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ray Vega, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philip Ades, College of Medicine
  • Marilyn Cipolla, College of Medicine


  • Dennis P. Clougherty, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sylvie Doublie, College of Medicine
  • Lokangaka Losambe, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Streeter, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Michael Giangreco, College of Education and Social Services
  • Betsy Hoza, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Landry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Curtis Ventriss, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources


  • M. Cristina Mazzoni, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mercedes Rincon, College of Medicine
  • Stephanie Seguino, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Margaret A. Vizzard, College of Medicine

2011 - 2012

  • Richard M. Foote, College of Engineering & Mathematics
  • Berta M. Geller, College of Medicine
  • Jean R. Harvey-Berino, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Gary E. Ward, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

2010 - 2011

  • Rex Forehand, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Hudziak, College of Medicine
  • Anthony S. Magistrale, College of Arts and Sciences
  • George Osol, College of Medicine

2009 - 2010

  • Ralph C. Budd, College of Medicine
  • John P. Burke, College of Arts and Sciences
  • William E. Mann, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Russell P. Tracy, College of Medicine

2008 - 2009

  • Jeffrey Dinitz - Mathematics and Statistics
  • Marjorie Lipson - Elementary Education
  • Benjamin Littenberg - Medicine, Nursing
  • Robert H. Rodgers - Classical Languages and Literature

2007 - 2008

  • Robert J. Gordon - Anthropology
  • Charles G. Irvin - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Martin M. LeWinter - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biphysics
  • Stephanie H. McConaughy - Psychiatry and Psychology

2006 - 2007

  • Susan Crockenberg – Psychology
  • John Helzer – Psychiatry
  • Gary Mawe – Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Ian Stokes – Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

2005 - 2006

  • John MacKenzie Burke – Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Nicholas J. Gotelli – Biology, Marsh Life Sciences
  • Carol T. Miller – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • Robyn R. Warhol – English, Old Mill

2004 - 2005

  • Richard J. Albertini – Pathology, Medicine and MMG
  • Dwight E. Matthews – Medicine and Chemistry
  • Beth Mintz, Sociology, Benedict Bldg So. Prospect St.
  • David Scrase – German, Waterman Bldg.

2003 - 2004

  • Paula B. Tracy – Biochemistry, Health Science Complex
  • Robert J. Nash – Integrated Professional Studies
  • Dan S. Archdeacon – Mathematics & Statistics, Colchester Ave.
  • Patricia A. Prelock - Communication Sciences, 406 Pomeroy Hall

2002 - 2003

  • Charles J. Goodnight – Biology, Marsh Life Science
  • Rachel K. Johnson – Nutrition & Food Science, Terrill Hall
  • Joni K. Seager - Geography
  • Denise J. Youngblood – History, Wheeler House

2001 - 2002

  • Catherine W. Donnelly – Nut. & Food Sci., 200 Carrigan-
  • Donald H. DeHayes – SNR, 334 Aiken Center

2000 - 2001

  • Warren K. Bickel – Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Roger L. Cooke – Mathematics & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Stephen J. Cutler – Sociology, 31 S. Prospect #002
  • Ronald Savitt – School of Business , 306 Kalkin

1999 - 2000

  • Lynne A. Bond – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • Edith D. Hendley – MPBP, E213 Health Sci
  • Patrick Hutton – History, 204 Wheeler
  • David M. Warshaw – MPBP, D205 Health Sci

1998 - 1999

  • Daniel W. Gade - Geography
  • Martin H. Krag – Orthopedic Rehab, 430A Stafford
  • William D. Lakin – Math & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Robert E. Manning – SNR, 356 Aiken Center

1997 - 1998

  • Charles J. Colbourn - Mathematics
  • Susan S. Wallace – MMG, 206 Stafford Hall
  • Stephen T. Higgins – Psychiatry, 118 Ira Allen School
  • Frank Manchel - English

1996 - 1997

  • Mark T. Nelson - Pharmacology, 301 Given
  • Kurt E. Oughstun – Elec. & Computer Eng. Votey
  • Howard Ball – Political Sci, 519 Old Mill
  • Susan Brody Hasazi – Education, 448 Waterman

1995 - 1996

  • Kenneth I. Gross – Mathematics & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Joseph J. Schall – Biology, 203 Marsh Life
  • Mark E. Bouton – Psychology, 354 Dewey Hall
  • Alan P. Wertheimer – Political Sci, 513 Old Mill

1994 - 1995

  • John R. Hughes – Psychiatry, 130 Ira Allen School
  • Robert C. Woodworth - Biochemistry
  • Bruce E. Compas - Psychology
  • Joan M. Smith - Sociology

1993 - 1994

  • Bruce S. Kapp – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • George F. Pinder – Civil & Envi. Engrg. 371 Votey
  • Luther H. Martin – Religion, 203-481 Main Street
  • Mark A. Stoler – History, 207 Wheeler

1992 - 1993

  • Kenneth I. Golden – Mathematics & Stats. , 16 Colchester
  • Robert J. Johnson – Orthopedic Rehab, 406 Stafford
  • Abbas Alnasrawi – Economics, 340 Old Mill
  • Esther D. Rothblum – Psychology, 362 Dewey Hall

1991 - 1992

  • Richard L. Anderson – Electrical Engineering
  • Judith L. Van Houten – Biology, 215 Marsh Life
  • Thomas M. Achenbach – Psychiatry, Degoesbriand
  • Chad D. Hansen - Philosophy

1990 - 1991

  • A. Paul Krapcho - Chemistry
  • Rodney L. Parsons – Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Heinz L. Ansbacher- Psychology
  • William A. Haviland - Anthropology

1989 - 1990

  • Paula M. Fives-Taylor – MMG, 206 Stafford Hall
  • Jerold F. Lucey – Pediatrics, MFU, McClure Wing
  • Raymond T. Coward –Human Dev. & Family Studies
  • Samuel B. Hand - History

1988 - 1989

  • Kenneth G. Mann – Biochemistry, C401 Health Sci
  • Malcolm H. Pope – Ortho & Rehab & Mechanical Engrg.
  • R. Paul Hilberg – Political Science
  • George A. Sher - Philosophy

1987 - 1988

  • Lyndon B. Carew – Animal Science, 207A Terrill-Home
  • John J. McCormack – Pharmacology, B322 Health Sci.
  • C. Hackett Bushweller - Chemistry
  • R. Harry Orth - English

1986 - 1987

  • Richard Klein - Botany
  • Robert B. Low – Mole. Physiology & Biophysics, E317 Given
  • Martin E. Kuehne – Chemistry, A318 Cook
  • George W. Albee - Psychology

1985 - 1986

  • Bernd Heinrich – Biology, 102 Marsh Life
  • Julian J. Jaffe - Pharmacology
  • Ted B. Flanagan – Chemistry, A121 Cook
  • John Weiger – Romance Languages

1984 - 1985

  • James G. Welch – Animal Sciences
  • Norman Alpert – Physiology & Biophysics
  • Wesley L. Nyborg - Physics
  • Leonidas M. Jones - English

1983 - 1984

  • Richmond J. Bartlett – Plant & Soil Science
  • James E.Clapp, III - OBGYN
  • William E. Geiger, Jr. – Chemistry, A221 Cook
  • Philip Kitcher - Philosophy

1982 - 1983

  • George M. Happ - Zoology
  • Thomas J. Moehring – MMG
  • Christopher W. Allen – Chemistry, A131 Cook
  • Harold Leitenberg– Psychology, 302 Dewey

1981 - 1982

  • Robert C. Ullrich - Botany
  • Brooke T. Mossman – Pathology, A151 Health Science
  • David B. Brown - Chemistry
  • Robert V. Daniels - History

1980 - 1981

  • Alexander H. Duthie – Animal Sciences
  • Stanley Rush – Electrical Engineering
  • Wolfgang Mieder – German & Russian 422 Waterman