Two VCCS Faculty Members Earn Outstanding Faculty Awards
The first day of March saw Governor Ralph Northam congratulating 12 recipients of the 32nd annual Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Two of those recipients hail from the VCCS.
Jennifer Martin serves as professor of biology at Thomas Nelson Community College. Since joining the faculty in 2005, she has taught primarily in the fields of biology and oceanography. As a marine scientist and ichthyologist specializing in the taxonomy and evolution of oceanic fishes, she integrates her professional experiences as an international researcher into her teaching to engage students in active, inquiry-based learning opportunities, locally and abroad.
Patricia Parker is an assistant professor of mathematics at Germanna Community College. She has taught in Virginia for 27 years at the middle school, high school and community college levels. Since 2015, Parker has served the Virginia Community College System as the VCCS Mathematics Pathways project manager, as the developmental mathematics chair and as a mathematics instructor. She has worked on Virginia’s 2012 redesign of developmental mathematics and the current Mathematics Pathways Project. She also serves as a Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Facilitator supporting this work at the national level.
“Once again,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, “the faculty at Virginia’s Community Colleges have risen to the top. We are so proud of Jennifer and Patricia, but also proud of all our faculty members who make it their mission to serve our students with passion and dedication every single day.”
All 12 recipients received a $5,000 cash award.