History Professor Charles Poland has been chosen to present the 2015 Legacy Lecture on April 13 in the Ernst Center Forum on the Annandale Campus. This event is jointly hosted by the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee and the Annandale Campus Council.
Poland is one of the longest tenured instructors in the history of NOVA, having joined the faculty in 1967, the year the Annandale Campus opened its doors.
Teaching courses in U.S. and local history and Western civilization, Poland is a renowned Civil War scholar who has traveled more than 120,000 miles to battlefields. He is the author of seven books on local history and Civil War era history. Placing special emphasis on his research on now forgotten heroes and little known military activities, Poland created a mobile Civil War Museum that toured schools throughout Northern Virginia.
He received the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, an honor given to those who have demonstrated superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service at public and private colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2008, the NOVA Alumni Federation awarded Poland the Faculty of the Year Award. Prior to that, the Annandale Campus Student Government Association presented him with its Most Outstanding Faculty Member award.
A native of Loudoun County whose ancestors can be traced back to Colonial times, Poland earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University and a doctoral degree from Western Colorado University.
Legacy Lecture was established by the Annandale Campus Council in 2010 to honor distinguished retiring faculty members. The first lecture was presented by Terrence Doyle (2011), former communication studies professor; followed by Liz Lieberman (2012), former mathematics associate professor; Mary Zimmerman (2013), former history professor and Duncan and Betsy Tebow (2014), former art professors.