Peter Denning Receives Virginia’s Highest Honor for Faculty

Posted: January 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

Peter Denning, former professor and chair of the Computer Science Department, is a recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The award honors the finest among Virginia’s faculty for their demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

Gov. Mark Warner presented Denning with the award Jan. 17 at a ceremony in Richmond. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $2,200 cash award appropriated by the General Assembly.

Denning was one of 10 faculty members chosen from 76 people nominated by colleagues and peers in the higher education system. Since SCHEV initiated the award in 1986, 194 faculty members from public and private colleges and universities in Virginia have received the honor.

Denning left Mason this semester to become professor and chairman of the Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. At Mason, he also served as vice provost for continuing professional education and associate dean for computing. In 2001, he was named one of Mason’s 10 best teachers; in 2002, he was named one of Mason’s five best teachers, best teacher in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E), and one of Virginia’s 10 best teachers.

“The SCHEV teaching award recognizes Peter’s contributions while at Mason,” says Lloyd Griffiths, dean of IT&E. “It represents a significant level of recognition for exceptional teaching accomplishment by one of our faculty members.”

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