David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award


Given annually by the Academy of Distinguished Educators, The David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award is the School of Medicine’s most prestigious teaching award, reserved for its most distinguished teachers, recognizing a lifetime of excellence in teaching.


$10,000/year for 5 years and the title,
The David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator,
for life. The recipient may use the award funds
to support his/her professional activities –
for salary support, travel, conferences, subscriptions,
or in any other way that will support his/her
excellent work.


late June, 2020 (date TBD)

Who Is Eligible

All fulltime SOM Associate or full Professors with a minimum of 10 years of sustained excellence at UVa in teaching and mentoring medical students, housestaff, postdoctoral fellows, or biomedical sciences graduate students. Nominees must demonstrate exemplary compliance with the UVA Health System’s ASPIRE values.

Who May Nominate

Any fulltime UVa SOM faculty member at Associate Professor level or higher who is familiar with the nominee’s “lifetime of excellence in teaching.”

Nomination Package Should Include
Packet Submittal

Send nomination packet as a single PDF to Ashley Ayers. Questions?
Contact Ashley Ayers
(434) 924-8497

Submit A Packet
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae which includes a detailed teaching summary (a Teaching Portfolio will be accepted but is NOT required)
  • a nominating letter not to exceed three pages that focuses on the nominee’s teaching, mentoring, and educational activities
  • a statement from the nominee’s department chair or division chief that attests to the nominee’s exemplary demonstration of the UVA Health System’s ASPIRE values
  • five letters of support from peers, students/trainees (past or present), and course directors who can speak to the nominee’s sustained lifetime commitment to teaching
Selection Process

The committee will include the Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, previous Harrison Award recipients, and the Senior Associate Dean for Education. The committee is advisory to the Dean who will make the final selection.

Award Presentation

The award winners will be announced by the Dean. The Dean will notify each awardee’s Department Chair and the Dean’s Office will be responsible for appropriate publicity in University and non-University publications