VCCS Fellowship, Professors and Sabbatical Programs Available

NOVA faculty members have consistently distinguished themselves by winning the top teaching awards. This year the college nominees for the prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award are Callan Bentley, Rebecca Kamen, Robert Bausch and Jane Serbousek.

It is time now for eligible faculty to consider applying for three other opportunities. The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership/higher education or discipline specific programs. The fellowship provides between $7,500 to $12,500 in tuition assistance and a leave of absence of one year to pursue full-time graduate study. It pays the recipients three-quarters of their salary during their leave with continuation of insurance, retirement, seniority and other employee benefits.  Detailed information is available here.

The Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program provides release time and summer stipends over a two-year period for faculty members to complete a self-directed educational project. Recipients can receive up to $7,500 in reimbursable expenses related to their teaching/learning project, a $3,000 stipend for two consecutive summers, and release time for four courses over a two-year period. Last year, two NOVA faculty members, Charles Evans and Patrick Reed, won this prestigious award.  Detailed information is available here.

Each of these awards has very specific eligibility requirements and those interested in applying should go the Virginia Community College System links listed above. By November 21, please submit a two-page statement that the Awards Committee will review in their consideration of NOVA’s nominees for these awards. Those interested in the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Awards should specify the degree that they are pursuing and the university that they will be attending.  Those who wish to apply for the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor Program will need to address the self-directed project that focuses on community college teaching and learning.

Send Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program and Commonwealth Professors Program proposals to Dr. Mel Schiavelli at

The President’s Sabbatical Award allows three professors, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, to receive a semester of leave with full pay.  Proposals should be no longer than 1,000 words, include a 50-word executive summary, and specify how the sabbatical will uniquely benefit both the individual and the college.  Faculty members on the Personnel Services Committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr.  Award recipients will present a lecture on their sabbatical experience to the college community during the year following the leave.  The deadline for the President’s Sabbatical Award is December 3. Send President’s Sabbatical Award proposals to Dr. Charles Errico at

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