Farnsworth Among Best Profs in Virginia

Stephen Farnsworth chats with a student during class.

Stephen Farnsworth chats with a student during class.

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs, is the University of Mary Washington’s latest winner of a statewide award for outstanding higher education faculty.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) selected Farnsworth as one of 12 award recipients from a field of 97 nominees for 2017. The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate the highest level of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, public service, and research.

Farnsworth has taught at UMW for 16 years and directs the Center for Leadership and Media Studies. He is the author or co-author of five books and dozens of articles and book chapters on mass media, the presidency, and state and national politics. He is a frequent media commentator on political topics.

He was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar at McGill University and is former president of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association and of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Farnsworth holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College. Before beginning his academic career, Farnsworth was a daily newspaper journalist for 10 years.

“Stephen Farnsworth demonstrates excellence in everything he does – here at UMW, throughout Virginia and the U.S., and in his significant global outreach efforts,” said UMW President Troy Paino.

Farnsworth is UMW’s sixth SCHEV honoree since the award began in 1987. Recent winners include Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss for 2015 and Professor of History and American Studies Jeffrey McClurken ’94 

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