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Vavrus receives McKnight Presidential Fellow Award

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been selected to receive the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award. This program is supported through the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chairs Fund that was established in 2000 through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight programs, taken as a whole, allow the University of Minnesota to offer support to its most promising faculty at critical stages in their careers. This is the eighth cohort to be awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, which is targeted specifically to the most promising faculty granted tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. Selection of fellows was made by a committee of vice provosts and vice presidents, chaired by Vice Provost Carney. Funding was available to make five faculty selections based on the promotion and tenure dossiers evaluated in 2008-2009. The McKnight Presidential Fellow Award recognizes accomplishments and supports ongoing research and scholarship. Selection criteria include an identification by internal and external reviewers as leaders in their field; potential to build programs that will be in the top tier internationally; ability to advance University priorities; and growing national or international reputation as evidenced by record of scholarship, publications, external funding, invited presentations and symposia addresses, significant awards, or other evidence of recognition for research and scholarship. The annual $15,000 financial award that is attached to this honor provides research-related support for three continuous fiscal years.

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