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Recognition for Excellence - Faculty & Staff

Outstanding Faculty Awards

outstanding faculty awards logoThe Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

outstanding faculty awards logoThe purpose of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence is to recognize excellence in teaching in Virginia’s community colleges. The Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded annually to one teaching faculty member in the VCCS who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS college(s). The award provides the recipient with a VCCS stole and $5,000. One nomination per campus will be accepted.

The Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship Program

outstanding faculty awards logoThe purpose of the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the VCCS have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.

This can be accomplished by earning two types of doctoral degrees: community college leadership/higher education degrees or discipline-based degrees. To support this goal, the Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship provides up to a one-year leave of absence, with shared financial support for doctoral study at six institutions of higher education: (1) the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; (2) the Community College Program Area at Virginia Tech; (3) the National Center for Community College Education at George Mason University; (4) the School of Education at the College of William and Mary; (5)Virginia Commonwealth University; and 6) Old Dominion University.

In addition, faculty may apply for a VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship to attend regionally accredited universities/colleges that do not provide shared financial support.

Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors Program

outstanding faculty awards logoThe Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship program was established in 1989 to recognize and support teaching excellence in the VCCS. Up to three individuals may be designated Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors each year. Each individual so designated shall retain the title for a two-year term. 

Each Chancellor's Commonwealth Professor shall receive funding for reimbursable expenses and stipends for two summers to help support the individual's self-directed project. Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors shall also receive reassigned time equivalent to two courses (normally six semester hours) each year during the regular academic year in order to pursue their self-directed projects.

Educational Foundation Outstanding Service to the College Award

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Each year the NVCC Educational Foundation sponsors an award program to recognize Outstanding Employee service.

The College Awards Committee administers the process. This year there are four separate categories of recognition:


  • Full Time Teaching Faculty - maximum of three awards,
  • Classified Staff - maximum of three awards,
  • Non-Teaching Faculty (counselor, librarian, administrator, instructional technologist) - maximum of one award, and
  • Adjunct Faculty - maximum of one award.

Alumni Federation – Faculty of the Year

alumni federation logoEvery year the NOVA Alumni Federation sponsors the Faculty of the Year Award. The selection for this award is based on written essay nominations from alumni and current students. Nominees for the award must demonstrate outstanding mastery of academic discipline, and commitment to the intellectual growth and development of students. If you know of a faculty member who deserves this recognition, please complete the Faculty of the Year Nomination Form.  

Presidential Sabbatical Award

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The President's Sabbatical Award will allow a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, to receive a semester of leave with full pay.

Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus (page 167, section 6.9900)

nova logoIn accordance with the VCCS Policy Manual, to be eligible for the rank of professor emeritus, an individual holding faculty rank (usually that of associate professor or professor) must have retired from Northern Virginia Community College after a minimum of five years full-time service to the College, a minimum of 10 years of service in the Virginia Community College System and must have made meritorious and significant contributions to the College.

Please refer to Section 6.9900 in the 2010 Faculty Handbook.