On April 10, the NOVA Alumni Federation presented 2014-2015 Faculty of the Year Awards at a ceremony at the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. Thirty full-time faculty members and 11 adjunct faculty were nominated by current students and alumni from all six NOVA campuses.
The selection criteria for the nominees are (1) outstanding mastery of academic discipline and (2) demonstrated commitment to the intellectual growth and development of students. NVCC Educational Foundation Executive Director John Ruffino, Assistant Director Mary Bramley and Public Relations Assistant Jennifer Jones were on hand as Annandale Music Professor Herb Smith and his jazz combo “Confirmation” provided the music.
NOVA Alumni Federation Board of Governors President Ian Patterson opened the evening by welcoming the assembled faculty and thanking them for their contributions. Annandale Interim Provost Charlotte Calobrisi greeted everyone and spoke of the special contributions each of the nominees has made to the well-being of their students.
Representing the other campuses were Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill, Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig, Alexandria Dean Jimmie McClellan, Manassas Dean Heidi Adamson and Medical Education Campus Community Outreach Specialist Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian.
The following full-time faculty are Faculty of the Year winners for 2014-2015:
Elizabeth Bull (French) – Alexandria Campus
Jacintha Jayatilake (Economics) – Annandale Campus
Dr. Amy Laubinger (Veterinary Technology) – Loudoun Campus
Cristina Sparks-Early (Spanish) – Manassas Campus
Omobola Oyeleye (Nursing) – Medical Education Campus
AndrewYoung (English) – Woodbridge Campus
Adjuncts selected as Faculty of the Year winners for 2014-2015 are:
Phil Doughty (Information Technology) – Manassas Campus
Jacob Pilipski (Biology) – Manassas Campus
Each nominee was presented with a certificate and each winner was given an engraved Jefferson cup. Alumni Federation Board members Margaret Reed, J.P. Liss, and Jonathon Pick assisted Patterson in presenting the awards.