Fellows are an integral part of the Hereford community providing many ways for students to interact with teachers, researchers, and interesting community members outside of the classroom. At Hereford, we have three types of Fellows, each of which offers their own perspective for our students. Many of our accomplished Fellows fall into multiple categories and their years of experience provide opportunities for interesting conversation, lectures, or excursions throughout the community.
Academic Fellows: individuals whose primary role at the University is teaching and/or research
University Fellows: indiviuals who occupy unique and often multidisciplinary roles, often administrative, support or instructional
Community Fellows: members from the wider Charlottesville community with varied perspective to share
Aaron Laushway is an Associate Dean of Students and the Director of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. He joined the Office of the Dean of Students in 1996. Aaron received his Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in counseling from the University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He also holds the S.T.B. and S.T.L. from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington. Aaron was a 1999 David A Harrison III Award recipient for undergraduate advising. Immediately before returning to the University and becoming the Assistant Dean, who works most closely with fraternities and sororities, he was a Charles E. Merrill Fellow at The Divinity School, Harvard University. Aaron is a brother of the Eta Chapter of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Yale. He also advises the Third-Year Class and the University's chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society.
Bill is the Director and CEO of the Miller Center. He has decades of government, non-profit, and academic experience. He has served as the managing director of the Brookings Institution, director of international and economic affairs of the National Security Council and National Economic Council at the White House, and director of the White House Climate Change Task Force. He is also the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and co-author of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. He earned a Ph.D. in politics from Yale University in 1994 and a B.A. in government and foreign affairs from U.Va. in 1986.
Dr. Petri is the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at UVa and a past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Petri's research interests are tropical medicine and biodefense. His current lab work is aimed at finding new means to prevent amebiasis. In 2014, he was one of 12 faculty members who received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Dr. Petri regularly teaches short courses at Hereford including the popular "Bill's Bugs" exploring the world's most interesting infectious diseases.
Cale Jaffe is the director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic at UVA School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, Jaffe was an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a leading environmental law and policy organization working at national, state and local levels. From 2013 to 2016, he was director of the Center’s Virginia office. He was part of the SELC team that won a unanimous victory before the Supreme Court of the United States in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy, 549 U.S. 561 (2007). Cale graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies. He earned his J.D. and an M.A. in Legal History from the University of Virginia. While a student at Virginia, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Raven Society. He is married to Katie, an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. They enjoy the daily chaos that comes from raising three wonderful children. Outside of his work at the University, Jaffe enjoys coaching and playing soccer, hiking in Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest, and canoeing on the James River. His advice to students: before you complete your studies at UVA, make sure to get off-Grounds for a fun, quintessentially local event!
Catherine is a Lecturer and Director of the Language for Engineering Education Program at UVA's School of Engineering. She received a B.A. in English/Speech from SUNY Potsdam in 1974, an MFA in Technical Theater from Northern Illinois University in 1985, and an M.Ed from the University of Virginia in 1992. Catherine's research interests include science, technology and society.
Diana Morris has served as a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Mathematics Department since finishing graduate school at UVA in 2010.
John Alexander is currently the Associate Director of SHANTI (Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at the University of Virginia. This faculty led center is helping faculty members to integrate uses of technology into their teaching and research in scalable and sustainable ways. John's educational background in the humanities, his experience teaching at four institutions of higher education, and his administrative experiences at UVa for almost 30 years have almost prepared him for his current responsibilities. In spring 2009, John taught a course on Underground Hip-Hop here at Hereford.
Karl Shuve is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He teaches courses in the history of Christianity, and his research is devoted to discovering how people in the ancient world interpreted their sacred books, especially the Bible. He is married to Melissa Phillips, who is trained as a middle and high school math teacher and they have a daughter Catriona and son Cameron. Fun family trivia: they were each born in a different country, spanning three continents and two hemisphere—Canada (Toronto), South Africa (Johannesburg), Scotland (Edinburgh), and America (Charlottesville).
Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator, chamber and orchestral musician. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Horn and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in the Fall of 2015, and also holds the position of Fourth Horn of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University, her Masters degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and is finishing her doctorate at Temple University in 2018. She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award from the University of Michigan School of Music and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship from the Yale School of Music. Outside of the classical setting, Katy played in the band for several shows on Adele’s 2016 world tour, Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning album, The Lady Killers, and has been heard during the Super Bowl and Monday Night Football as a recording artist for NFL Studios.
Lisa Toccafondi Shutt
Lisa Shutt is a cultural anthropologist who has been an active member of the Hereford community since 2007. She has directed the undergraduate program in African American and African Studies for the past few years. Her own research concentrates on life in the country of Gabon in Central Africa and on French culinary culture. However, Ms. Shutt's teaching also addresses Africa in more general ways, the culture of foodways in worldwide, popular media, gender, post-colonial studies and global development studies. You will frequently see her around Runk with her husband Dave and kids Zoe and Josh. Please come over and say hello -- or better yet, take a seat and have a chat over ice cream!
Nancy is a distinguished lecturer and program director of graduate Landscape Architecture at UVA's School of Architecture. She also served as Principal of Hereford from 2007-2013.
Paul Freedman is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics where he has taught since 1997. Freedman teaches courses in public opinion, media and politics, voting behavior, and research methods, and has written extensively about campaign advertising. Since 2000, Freedman has been an election analyst for ABC News in New York.
Rafael is a career digital humnanist with interests in building software and organizations that support the scholarly use of technology, and teaching about digital technology as a cultural system. A a writer and hacker, he has published essays on the digital humanities and have written code for several projects, including the Princeton Charrette Project. Rafael is currently Research Faculty at UVa's Data Science Institute, where he teaches and conducts research on cultural analytics.
Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Dillingham holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. She has led the development of global health training across UVa’s campus as the director of the UVa Framework Program in Global Health, which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health.
Richard is the Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor in the International Studies Office. He has been with the ISO for nearly 25 years. Prior to coming to UVa, Richard was an Advisor in the College at the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.A. from the University of Chicago, both degrees in Philosophy. His core mission has been to support the efforts of this University to become a truly global institution. Richard is married to Uma Nayak, on faculty in the Department of Public Health.
Stephen A. Macko is a Professor of Isotope and Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include marine organic geochemistry, deep ocean communities, meteorites and the Origins of Life as well as K-12 education and outreach. Recent projects of his include studies on chemosynthesis at cold seep sites and hot vents using the Johnson Sea Link and Alvin submersibles for sample acquisition; interpretation of ancient human diet; tracking fires and aerosols from sub-Saharan Africa; establishing the geochemical conditions of the Earth prior to the origins of life and pioneering the broadcast of live interactive classes between Africa and the USA. His laboratory is featured in King Corn, a documentary on the influence of corn on the lives of North Americans, which opened at Independent theaters in New York and Washington in October, 2007 and appeared on PBS in April, 2008.