McClurken Receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

University of Mary Washington Professor of History Jeffrey McClurken is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV).

Jeffrey McClurken, professor and chair of history and American studies

Jeffrey McClurken, professor and chair of history and American studies

The awards are the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities, recognizing superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. This year, 12 faculty members were selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates. In February, the recipients will each receive a $5,000 cash award underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

McClurken, who joined the UMW faculty in 2001, has been instrumental to the university’s digital history efforts and has been on the forefront of incorporating technology in the classroom. He also serves as chairperson of the history and American studies department.

He has presented numerous lectures and presentations across the country on teaching with social media, digital history and 19th-century American social and cultural history. His 2009 book “Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia” examines the long-term consequences of the Civil War for veterans and their families in Southside Virginia.

McClurken, named to the Princeton Review’s inaugural list of “300 Best Professors,” received the Mary Washington Young Alumnus Award in 2003 and the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012.

In addition to his work in the history department, McClurken has served as chair of numerous university committees, including the Campus Academic Resources Committee, the Race and Gender Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Provost’s Ad Hoc University Committee on Digital Initiatives. He also has been active in countless university-wide initiatives, including the Teaching and Learning Technologies Roundtable, the Monroe Hall Renovation Planning Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee.

Outside of UMW, McClurken frequently lends his time to local public school systems, as well as to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

A 1994 graduate of Mary Washington, McClurken received a master’s degree and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

The General Assembly and Governor created the Outstanding Faculty Award program in 1986. Since the first awards in 1987, more than 300 Virginia faculty members have received this high honor. For more information about the program, visit http://www.schev.edu/AdminFaculty/OFA/OFAprogramOverview.asp.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.

Comments

  1. Betty Bradshaw says:

    Congratulations! Jeff, well deserved.

  2. Susan Knick says:

    Congratulations! There is no question in my mind that you are destined to become president of a college or university in the future and I would like to be there the day of your inauguration cheering you on. This honor is well deserved. Thanks for all you do for UMW.

  3. Congratulations, Jeff! You do us all proud.

  4. Rita Stone says:

    I recall when you received the Young Alumnus Merit Award in 2003.
    Thanks for continuing to make us proud.
    Rita Stone

  5. Erma Baker says:

    Congratulations Jeff! Great news and well deserved!

  6. Jeff, this was truly deserved. Congratulations!

  7. Jack Bales says:

    I remember when Jeff’s paper in a history course he took here as a student won one of the “best research paper” awards. Congratulations, Jeff. I’m so pleased for you and proud of you!

  8. Jeff, Congratulations! What a wonderful and well deserved honor. And, Thank You!

  9. Extremely well deserved, Jeff. UMW knows it , now Virginia does, next ….

  10. Edith Ott says:

    What an honor for you and for the University. We are truly fortunate that you are such an.exceptional teacher and that you are doing it at UMW. Congratulations, Jeff!

  11. Brenda Franklin says:

    History and digital technology–you were Liberal Arts and STEM before STEM was cool. Congratulations, Jeff.