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Helen Mulvey Faculty Award for Fostering Student Achievement, Connecticut College 

The award is presented annually to a faculty member who embodies Professor Mulvey's legendary commitment to engaging students intellectually and teaching them to love learning. It recognizes an assistant professor who regularly offers classes that challenge students to work harder than they thought they could and to reach unanticipated levels of academic achievement.         

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Named to the Technology Fellows Program, Connecticut College                                         


Outstanding Professor in the College of Liberal Arts

Engineering Student Council Award, College of Engineering, Cal Poly

Cal Poly’s Engineering Student Council annual outstanding faculty awards are based on the results of a collegewide student survey. Virginia Anderson, professor of theater and dance, was named Outstanding Professor in the College of Liberal Arts. The award recognizes Anderson’s ability to engage students in majors outside of the College of Liberal Arts. “Her extreme enthusiasm for theater and complete joy that she exudes while teaching is contagious,” said one of her former students. “You leave her class feeling moved, inspired, and invigorated.”


Recognized as an influential teacher, Tufts Senior Experience Survey                                     


Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Education                

Graduate Student Council, Tufts University


Recognized as the instructor of an exceptional college course and as an influential teacher

Tufts Senior Experience Survey                                                                                  


Recognized as an influential teacher, Tufts Sophomore Experience Survey 



Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research Fellowship at Harvard University

“What Gets Performed? The Life of the Dramatic Repertoire” (2015). Director: Martin Puchner


Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama, Tufts University

The Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama is awarded annually to a Ph.D. student in drama who has completed all the requirements for the degree except the dissertation; who has demonstrated distinction academically and in research; and who has contributed to the life of the program in an outstanding manner. The prize was established by alumni, colleagues, and friends in honor of Kalman A. Burnim, emeritus Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory and Tufts alumnus (A50), who created the Ph.D. program in drama. During his twenty-eight years at Tufts, Professor Burnim chaired the department for nine years and earned his reputation as a world-renowned scholar in theatre history.                        


Larry Kessler Scholar, AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA                                                 

Honoring scholarship and work in human rights advocacy and social justice   

Member of the inaugural class of four Larry Kessler Scholars, a highly selective fellowship program run through AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts honoring scholarship and dedication to human rights advocacy and social justice. During that time, Anderson worked as a housing advocate for clients who were homeless or in danger of becoming homeless and engaged in multiple seminars concerning HIV transmission, prevention, education, legal strategies, the history of the epidemic, medical treatment, and community outreach.     


First Prize, Black Theatre Network (BTN) S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition       

In honor of a pioneering black theater scholar and in the interest of encouraging research and scholarship in Black Theatre, BTN has sponsored The S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition since 1988.


First Prize, Graduate Student Research Symposium and Competition                                 

Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



ATHE Theatre History Focus Group Debut Panelist                   




Outstanding Foster Parent Award, Connecticut Alliance for Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF)

Norwich Department of Children and Families, 2019.

Awarded for outstanding support of the foster and adoptive families of Connecticut.

In the Spirit of Carleton Award, Carleton College Alumni Association                                    

In recognition of “creative utilization of theatre to promote social justice”

The In the Spirit of Carleton Award honors a Carleton alum from one of the most recent 15
classes who has made a significant and/or transformative contribution to civic or professional organizations and who demonstrates the attributes of Carleton's liberal arts education. Recipients demonstrate initiative, creativity, purposefulness and a commitment to quality and improving their community.


Rob Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship, Tufts University

The Rob Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship recognizes graduate students who have contributed their time and effort to the community outside of Tufts. This contribution could be in the form of volunteer work, activism in community issues, or participation in public service activities.       



National HIV Prevention Sponsored Fellow – 2007 Conference                                             

National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention, Center for Disease Control (CDC)


Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Fellow, Tufts University                                                     

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