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Majewski Receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

February 13, 2008

Walerian Majewski (AN), professor of physics, is the recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA) for 2008. This prestigious award is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Dominion Foundation, and it is the highest honor bestowed to faculty.

Since 1982, Majewski’s distinguished record of teaching, service and scholarship has been a remarkable asset to NOVA. He is an exceptional physics educator and has continued to have a special place in the hearts of students. Majewski is known for being enthusiastic and making physics exciting. Because he recognizes that many students have not taken physics in high school, he works very hard to provide for each student’s needs within his classroom. His endearing approach has brought other accolades to include being named the Faculty of the Year three times by the NVCC Alumni Federation and named the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor twice.

Majewski also established the local chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and serves as the advisor. Their chapter has received five Outstanding Chapter awards, and he inspires SPS members to do community outreach in the public schools. He often organizes trips with students to off-campus physics laboratories to expose them to real-life research. He has developed seven online physics courses and was the first to teach honors physics courses and to use it in his electronic physics textbooks.

Before coming to NOVA, Majewski devoted years of research to Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics. He produced research publications in journals on weak interactions, symmetries of strong interactions, parity violation in atoms and processes in strong electromagnetic fields. He also presented at international conferences and pursued research at some of the most respected laboratories in the world. His research has led him to the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research at Dubna in Russia; the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland; the University of Missouri; Harvard University; Brandeis University and the University of Maryland, among others.

Majewski received his Ph.D. in physics from the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and later at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax. Over the years this multi-talented professor has taught the full range of 25 different physics courses – lectures and laboratories.

This is only a brief glimpse into the accomplished life of this scholar. Along with 11 other recipients, Majewski will be recognized in an awards ceremony that will take place on February 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. He is the sixth NOVA faculty member to receive this honor, and the third NOVA recipient in the past three years. NOVA congratulates Majewski on this wonderful accomplishment.

For photos and information about each of this year's recipients, go online to:

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