2018 Recipients

The John Toups Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

Linda Apple Monson

Distinguished Service Professor, School of Music

Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, serves as the Director of the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. A Distinguished Service Professor, Monson was the honored recipient of the university’s Teaching Excellence Award (2009), recognized by the Mason Alumni Association as Faculty Member of the Year (2012), and received the prestigious Influential Women of Virginia Award (2014). Monson delivered two TEDx talks and received the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership Award (2014). A professor at Mason since 1999, Monson has also served as Director of Music at Springfield United Methodist Church for many years. In honor of the extraordinary impact of Monson’s teaching and music leadership, multiple donors established the Dr. Linda Apple Monson
Music Endowment Fund in 2011 for student scholarships
in Mason’s School of Music.

A nationally recognized arts leader, Monson was recently elected to the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, the executive board granting accreditation for music programs at universities and conservatories across the nation. She was also selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Monson served as an International Juror of the Washington Piano Invitational Competition (2013) at the Kennedy Center and was named a Visiting Guest Professor at Nanjing Normal University, China (2010).

As an active performer-scholar and an internationally recognized master teacher, Monson attracts advanced student artists from around the world to her piano studio at Mason. She has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals, and piano master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous world premieres of solo piano works. Her research has been featured in lecture-recitals at the College Music Society International Conferences in Sydney, Stockholm, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Dubrovnik, Bangkok, Madrid, and San Jose. She has also given piano master classes internationally in Seoul, Oxford, Dublin, Nanjing, and Kuala Lumpur.

A recent $1 million scholarship commitment from Sid and Reva Dewberry to Mason’s School of Music established the Linda Apple Monson Scholars Fund. In September 2017, Monson was recognized when the Grand Tier III of Mason’s Center for the Arts was renamed in her honor.

Monson earned three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and a Diploma in Piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She is married to Dr. Keith L. Monson, a forensic scientist. The Monsons are blessed with two children, Kristofer and Linnea.


The John Toups Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

Patricia Miller

University Professor, School of Music

Patricia Miller, University Professor of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, joined the George Mason University faculty in 1991. She received her Bachelor of Music from Boston University, her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, and, as a Fulbright scholar, her Artist Diploma from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She completed advanced studies at the Schubert Institute in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Miller has received awards and grants from the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center, Urban League, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, among others. She has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Outstanding Career Achievement and Excellence in Teaching Award from Opera NOVA, Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, and the Sojourner Truth Award from Mason’s African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies Programs.

Miller is a distinguished international opera and concert artist and an esteemed music educator. Included in her extensive artistic career are performances with San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Theatre Châtélèt Paris, Victoria State Opera (Melbourne), Arena di Verona (Italy), and Deutsche Oper (Berlin), among others. Her concert appearances include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, and Library of Congress, and master classes and lecture recitals at universities and conservatories around the world, including Moscow State University, Kiev Conservatory, Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany, and Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.

Miller’s mentorship and passionate teaching impact her students by bringing real-world experience into the classroom and studio. For more than 20 years, her students have garnered top honors in state, regional, national, and international competitions, including First Place at the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition. She has trained extraordinary young artists at Mason who are now singing with major opera companies domestically and internationally, such as Washington National Opera and Netherlands Opera, the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and U.S. Army Chorus, and a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival. Miller has provided Mason students opportunities to study and perform abroad in Italy, Germany, Russia, and Korea.

Miller has been instrumental in pioneering curriculum and programming development in the Vocal Studies division of the School of Music. Her teaching excellence and relationships in the community have fostered meaningful artistic collaborations, and generous scholarship and endowment support for Mason’s School of Music. She has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Panel, the Board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the International Institute of Education Fulbright Committee. Miller serves as Director of Vocal Studies, and in 2007, the university’s Board of Visitors awarded her the distinction of University Professor.


The Beck Family Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship Recipient

Thomas E. Lovejoy

University Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, College of Science

Thomas Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity.” In 2010, he was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.

He serves as senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation. He served as president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002 to 2008 and was the biodiversity chair of the center from 2008 to 2013. Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s chief biodiversity advisor and lead specialist for environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation. Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations.

Lovejoy’s seminal ideas have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, especially the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. In 1980, he produced the first projection of global extinctions for the Global 2000 Report to the president. Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project, a forest fragmentation experiment now in its 39th year.

With two co-edited books (1992 and 2005), he has helped found the field of climate change biology. His and Lee Hannah’s new book, Climate Change and Biodiversity: Transforming the Biosphere, will be published in 2019. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television.

In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. In 2009, he was the winner of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the ecology and conservation biology category, and National Geographic appointed him a conservation fellow. In 2012, the Blue Planet Prize recognized his work.

From 2008 to 2013, he chaired the Scientific and Technical Panel (STAP) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which provides funding to developing countries to meet their obligations related to the international environmental conventions. Since then, he has served as senior advisor to the chair of STAP. He is currently serving as science envoy for the Department of State. Lovejoy holds BS and PhD (biology) degrees from Yale University.


The United Bank Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Recipient

Angela Hattery

Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies

Angela Hattery was born in Rochester, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College and her master’s and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is professor and currently serves as director of the Women and Gender Studies program at Mason.

The community where Hattery grew up wasn’t then and still isn’t very diverse. But her parents were committed to being sure that she was exposed to people from all different backgrounds, and family dinners were often attended by families of other races, religious traditions, and sexualities. Hattery is often asked when she first became a feminist. She recalls that though she didn’t have the language until college, she knew something was wrong when in the second grade her brownie troop was in the basement making crafts for badges while her brother, a boy scout, got to go polar camping. But, her real introduction to deep inequality in the United States was during her junior year in college when she spent a semester studying urban sociology and politics in Chicago. In one of the most segregated cities, her studies focused on the impact of widespread inequality, both race and class, on different communities, including white Polish families living on the near north side, Mexican and Cuban immigrants in Logan Square and Humboldt Park, and Blacks living on the famous South Side, but also in the projects of Cabrini Green and in devastatingly poor neighborhoods like Lawndale on the west side.

All of these experiences propelled Hattery to devote her personal and professional life to understanding inequalities, identifying their causes and proposing solutions. She has been teaching about race, class, and gender inequality for more than 20 years. And each semester she is encouraged by her students. Some already know a lot about inequality and her course merely provides them the tools to address it in their own professional lives. For others, her courses are the first time they have been confronted with these issues. For all of her students, the experiences of deeply studying inequality are transformative.

Professionally she is the author or co-author of 11 books, including her most recent book with Dr. Earl Smith, her research partner and spouse, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change.


The Earle C. Williams Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Social Impact Recipient

Stephen S. Fuller

Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and University Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Stephen Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development. In September 2001, George Mason’s Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor. In July 2002, he was named to the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and Director of the Center for Regional Analysis, and he served in this capacity until May 2015. In October 2016, he was appointed director of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Economic Future.

Prior to joining the Mason faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for 25 years, including nine as chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as director of doctoral programs for the School of Business and Public Management.

Fuller received a BA in economics from Rutgers University (1962) and his doctorate in regional planning and economic development (1969) from Cornell University. He has authored more than 900 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area since February 1991.

His recent research has focusing on the structure of the Washington metropolitan area economy, how this changed during the Great Recession, and how it will change going forward as its federal-spending dependency diminishes. His current research involves tracking the performance of the Washington region’s economy in 2018 and 2019 under President Trump’s recently enacted federal budget and tax reduction plans.

Fuller served on the Virginia Governor’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists through five administrations. He also is a member of the CFO Business Advisory Group of the District of Columbia. His international assignments have included Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary, China, and Portugal. He served on the board of directors of the D.C.-based Tompkins Builders Inc. from 2004 to 2012, and currently serves on the boards of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, Year Up National Capital Region, and Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, where he is the board chair.