Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Even though a year has elapsed since the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship awards were announced, the afterglow continues to burn brightly for this particular group of instructors.

“I can honestly say, I still am humbled and honored to be chosen for the award,” said Valeria Burge-Hall (center), assistant professor of health at Thomas Nelson Community College.

The Fellowships are intended to prepare faculty members for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS by giving them the time and financial support they need to pursue doctoral degrees.

While conducting research for her dissertation, Elizabeth Bensen-Barber (left), associate professor of English at Reynolds Community College, developed a strong interest in 21st century literacy practices.

“This meant that I shifted my focus from rhetoric and textual studies, to examining theories and theorists contributing to a variety of concepts within the now-growing field of New Media.”

Cindy Wallin (right), assistant professor of mathematics at Central Virginia Community College, is nearing the finish line with her manuscript and looking forward to defending her dissertation this summer. She says she’s learned a lot from her experience and is eager to return to the classroom with a renewed sense of excitement.

“At the same time, I hope that the completion of my degree will open doors of opportunity for me to move into an administrative position in the upcoming years.” 

The Fellows are selected by a committee and receive a fellowship grant of $7,500, three-quarters salary, and up to a one-year leave of absence.

The recipients of the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship will be announced at the end of the month.'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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