Sweet Briar College math professor Raina Robeva recently was named one of Virginia’s most outstanding collegiate faculty members.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia selected 12 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients from across the state. Award winners were selected based on excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. The award recognizes their academic accomplishments and how well they reflect the mission of their institutions.

Robeva, who pushed SBC to increase the number of math courses it offers, is credited with the increase in math majors at the school. Since 2003, about 4 percent of SBC degrees have been in math, significantly higher than the national average.

The author of numerous books and chapters is referred to as a “pioneer” in her nomination for the award.

“What feels good about this (award) is that it’s for all of the above,” said Robeva in a press release issued by Sweet Briar College. “Teaching, research, publications, to be recognized for all of these combined at the state level, it really feels nice.”

Robeva has taught 18 different math and computer science courses at Sweet Briar College since joining the school in 1996.

Winners, selected from 115 applicants, will be honored in Richmond Feb. 20, receive $5,000 and an award. This is the 28th anniversary of the Outstanding Faculty Award program.

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