College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
The Campaign for the College showed strong performance in supporting the University’s core academic enterprise by funding long-awaited facilities for the arts and humanities; curricular innovation for undergraduates; and new scholars for faculty, research and graduate student posts. The campaign bookended Central Grounds with new facilities for studio art, music and drama to the north, and for history, politics and religious studies at the South Lawn. In the classroom, donors supported Pavilion Seminars (small upper-level courses), College Advising Seminars (or COLAs, for first-year students) and the New Learning Initiative (experiments in teaching with technology). The campaign boosted the dean’s focused investments in the quantitative social sciences and the hard sciences (mathematics, astro-chemistry, energy and the environment). Leadership donors to the College also created numerous endowed chairs across the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences — and through the innovative Legacy of Distinction bridge-hiring program, brought in six midcareer faculty to overlap with mentors close to retirement. The campaign funded restructuring of the graduate programs, including more competitive graduate fellowships and guaranteed financial support for doctoral students. From classrooms to the students and faculty who fill them, the Campaign for the College has enriched the academic community on which the University’s reputation is built.
The gem of the Campaign for the College is a three-building addition to Central Grounds that complements Mr. Jefferson’s Lawn and fosters the collegial academic community he prized. Opening in 2010, the South Lawn was built with $61.2 million in private funds. Nau Hall, named for John L. (Col ’68) and Bobbie Nau, houses the history department. Gibson Hall, named for David E. Gibson (Col ’62, Law ’65), is home to the politics and religious studies departments. Collectively, the buildings boast 150 faculty offices, 20 classrooms and meeting spaces, and countless informal gathering spots where conversations continue long after classes end.
New Learning Initiatives Fund
The New Learning Initiatives Fund supports pilot projects designed to put the College at the forefront of delivering course content with 21st-century technology while maintaining the cherished integrity of the U.Va. classroom experience. Launched with a $5 million goal and a lead gift from Charles R. Cory (Col ’77, Darden ’82, Law ’82), the fund supports professors seeking new ways to use technology to engage students with course material outside the classroom to optimize their time spent together inside it. Independent instructional design teams of professors, students and IT professionals who are experiment-ing with alternative pedagogies offered the first three new-format classes during the spring 2013 semester.
Gifts at Work
A Legacy of Distinction
An outstanding faculty is central to creating knowledge and bringing wisdom to the world. Understanding the importance of faculty excellence, many of the most generous donors to the Campaign for the College created endowed professorships and supported the school’s bridge-hiring program. Anticipating the retirement of more than 100 tenured faculty members, and a forthcoming rise in undergraduate enrollment, the College will hire more than 200 faculty during the next six years. Campaign donors have created many new endowed professorships essential to recruiting the world-class scholars at the center of this faculty hiring wave. Similarly, the Legacy of Distinction Fund is providing money to hire outstanding midcareer professors before the eminent College faculty whom they will succeed retire, thereby sustaining U.Va.’s position in the vanguard of higher education. The momentum of raising funds for faculty and their academic programs established during the Campaign for the College will increase during the next four years as the College completes an unprecedented push to raise $130 million for faculty by 2016. Donors to the Faculty Forward initiative will, indeed, be ensuring a new legacy of distinction for a University long renowned for the excellence of its faculty and the undergraduate education that is their calling.