Prof. Jeff Offutt has been named one of the winners of the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Awards by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Offutt, an Outstanding Faculty Award winner, is a computer science professor who has been teaching for almost 30 years, including 26 at George Mason. He wrote the first version of the university’s “Responsible Use of Computing” policy.

He received Mason’s Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching with Technology, in 2013. He also received a three-year, $900,000 grant from Google to re-design how introductory computer programming classes are taught. He and co-author Paul Ammann wrote the most widely used textbook in software testing, and his course materials are given freely and used around the world.

He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed research papers. His 1999 paper, “Generating Tests from UML Specifications,” created a new area in software testing—model-based testing—that is used at thousands of software companies.

Offutt is editor-in-chief of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, a Wiley journal that aims to “publish high-quality papers that help researchers, educators and practitioners understand cutting-edge results,” according to the journal website.  

He is director of Mason’s master’s program in software engineering. He has mentored 18 PhD students, including 11 women in a field where fewer than 8 percent of all doctoral holders are female.

Outstanding Faculty Award nominees are selected by their institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of leaders from the public and private sectors. SCHEV received 86 nominations this year. From that pool, 27 finalists were named and 13 award winners were chosen.

Winners will be honored at a luncheon March 7 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

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