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Dean of College Announces Faculty Award Winners


    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Anita Solow named Associate Professor of Art Laura Katzman and Associate Professor of History Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay as the winners of R-MWC’s most prestigious teaching awards at the College’s opening Convocation on August 28th.


Katzman was named as the winner of the Katherine Graves Davidson Award, given annually to a full-time member of the faculty who has been outstanding in bringing distinction to the College. Katzman, who holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s and doctorate from Yale University, came to the College as an instructor in 1995. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1997 and received tenure in 2001. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation of London recently honored her for her work as co-author of Ben Shahn's New York: The Photography of Modern Times, the companion volume to the travelling photography exhibition by the same name that she co-curated. The award was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Newman in recognition of the service to private higher education rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Davidson, Jr. 

Ms. Barclay is this year’s winner of the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching, given annually to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated sound scholarship and effectiveness as a teacher in the classroom. Ms. Wheeler -Barclay holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She began her association with R-MWC as an assistant professor in 1986 and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1992. The Larew Award is provided by a gift from an alumna of the Class of 1916 and her husband, the Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Wilson.

Founded in 1891, Randolph–Macon Woman's College is one of the premier women’s colleges in the country, ranking among the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.’s. Study at R-MWC combines coursework, internships, study abroad, and co-curricular activities in a rigorous and coherent educational program for women.

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