2019 - 2020 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.

Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology Division, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Cushman is an international leader and renowned expert on the epidemiology of cardiovascular and other diseases of aging with an emphasis on studying racial disparities. Her research has led to significant improvements in the clinical care of cardiovascular disease, stroke and venous thrombosis. Dr. Cushman studied at the University of Vermont (B.S.), the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont (M.D.), and Harvard University (M.Sc.). She joined UVM in 1992 and is currently a Professor with appointments in the Departments of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology Division) and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is Director of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program at the UVM Medical Center, Director of the Vermont Vascular Medicine Conference, and is on the board of directors for the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UVM, the North American Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, and the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis journal Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis and was recently awarded the Population Research Prize by the American Heart Association and named to a prestigious list of the world’s most influential researchers, compiled and published annually by Clarivate Analytics. Dr. Cushman’s publication and mentorship record is outstanding, and her written scientific output has been described as prolific and enormously impactful. She has published 534 peer-reviewed research articles and trained more than 50 Fellows and graduate and postdoctoral research scientists. She has been a driving force in support of the development of young investigators, and pioneered the “early career movement” of the American Heart Association.

Peter Sheridan Dodds, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center

Dr. Dodds is a world-class researcher in the field of Complex Systems whose work has made fundamental contributions to the field of Complex Networks, among others. Dr. Dodds received his B.S., B.E. and M.Sc. from the University of Melbourne, and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined UVM in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Director of the Vermont Complex Systems Center at UVM, and he co-runs the Computational Story Lab.  Dr. Dodds’ research focuses on system-level, big data problems in many areas including language and stories, sociotechnical systems, Earth sciences, biology, and ecology. Dr. Dodds has an exemplary publication record, and has co-authored 74 papers, which have 11,205 collective citations, and 22 of his publications have been cited at least 100 times, demonstrating the consistent quality and diversity of his work. His work has been highlighted repeatedly by national and international media outlets, including the New York Times and the BBC. Dr. Dodds has also been recognized as a passionate and dedicated educator, and he created and oversees the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Complex Systems and Data Science. In his role at the Computational Story Lab, he co-directs a research group of 15 to 20 students ranging from undergraduates to post-doctoral scholars, and he pioneered the practice of self-recording lectures at UVM using new technology to make his lectures available online.

Adrian Ivakhiv, Ph.D.

Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources, Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture

Dr. Ivakhiv is a preeminent scholar working at the interface of humanities and the environment and has an international reputation as a leader in this field. Dr. Ivakhiv received his B.F.A, M.E.S, and Ph.D. from York University. He joined UVM in 2003, and is now a Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture with a joint appointment in the Environmental Program and the Rubenstein School, where he is the Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources. He is also a Faculty Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment and recipient of a Gund Institute Catalyst Award. His research and teaching are focused at the intersections of ecology, culture, identity, religion, media, and the creative arts. He is the author of Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (2001), Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature (2013), Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times (2018), Executive Editor of The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005), Founding Editor of Media+Environment journal, former President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and on the editorial boards of several journals and book series in the environmental humanities. Dr. Ivakhiv has played a key role in bridging disciplines at UVM by organizing several groups of interdisciplinary environmental scholars including the Lattie Coor Environmental Humanities Fellows, the EcoCultureLab, and the symposium-festival “Feverish World, 2018-2068: Arts and Sciences of Collective Survival.” He is a renowned teacher who has mentored more than 75 undergraduate and graduate student theses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Valerie Rohy, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Dr. Rohy is a leading scholar of gender and sexuality in American literature and culture. She teaches and writes about the intersections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, queer theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic theory. She studied at Rice University (B.A.) and Tufts University (Ph.D.), and taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio before arriving at UVM in 2002. She has published essays on James Weldon Johnson, Ernest Hemingway, María Cristina Mena, H.D., Edgar Allan Poe, James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Walt Whitman, and Pauline Hopkins. Dr. Rohy has written three highly praised books: Lost Causes: Narrative, Etiology, and Queer Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), Anachronism and Its Others: Sexuality, Race, Temporality (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009), and Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000). She is also the co-editor, with Elizabeth Ammons, of American Local Color Writing, 1880-1920 (New York: Penguin, 1998). She just completed a fourth monograph about how ideas of chance and contingency offer new ways to understand queerness and heteronormativity. Titled Chances Are: Contingency, Queer Theory, and American Literature, it will be published by Routledge this August. She has won numerous teaching and leadership awards at UVM including the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, and has a reputation as a dedicated mentor, producing collaborative work with junior colleagues and empowering students.

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. Nominees are expected to be at the highest rank in their faculty track and to have sustained excellence at that rank.

University Scholar Awards will be available in two categories: Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and Basic and Applied Sciences (including Biological, Medical and Physical Sciences). Each of the awards will carry a grant of $2,500 to be used at the discretion of the recipient to promote their scholarly activities.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of University Scholars, which will then forward its recommendations to 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)
  • One letter of nomination from a UVM faculty member
  • One letter seconding the nomination from a UVM faculty member
  • A current 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 January 31, 2020.  If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Hannah.Helme@uvm.edu.

Prior University Scholars

Prior University Scholars


  • Sean Field, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, College of Medicine
  • Junru Wu, College of Arts and Sciences


  • 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, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 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