Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018


The 2018 New Horizons Conference may be over, but a lasting memory from the event is the recognition of several outstanding faculty members for their superb contributions to the art of teaching.

The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) is presented annually to one teaching faculty member who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS colleges. This year’s recipient, Nicole Winkler, director and associate professor of Radiography at Piedmont Virginia Community College, received a cash award of $5,000 and a VCCS stole.

The Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence recognizes a VCCS faculty member who demonstrates faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership. This year’s recipient, Rebecca Evans, professor of accounting and business at Blue Ridge CC. received a $2,500 cash award, and will participate in leadership and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty recognizes outstanding VCCS adjunct faculty members annually who exhibit excellence in leadership, teaching, and dedication to student success. This year, there were three winners, each of whom received $1,000:

• Radford Thomas, Virginia Western Community College (Art)
• Jennifer Price, John Tyler and Piedmont Virginia Community Colleges (Biology)
• Marouane Balmakhtar, Northern Virginia Community College (Cybersecurity)

“Our colleges are blessed to have so many outstanding faculty members,” said Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “They demonstrate a passion not only for their chosen profession but especially for their above-and-beyond efforts to help our students succeed.”'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 270,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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