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Awards and Fellowships

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 $7,500 in tuition assistance and a leave of absence up to 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.

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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, and release time for four courses over a two-year period.

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 Monday, January 9, 2017 please submit the nomination packets 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 nomination packets to Ms. Mariella Abanto at mabanto@nvcc.edu.

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Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship

The Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship was established in 2016 in an effort to promote better faculty teaching and student learning. The fellowship is one of four initiatives Reva Savkar and Robert Loser established through the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. The other programs are the Reva A. Savkar Excellence in Learning Scholarship, the Loser-Savkar PaTHS Scholarship and Anchored in Security, Hope and Acceptance (ASHA).

The first fellow awarded in 2016 was Biology Professor Gillian S. Backus. Backus also teaches anatomy and physiology at the Loudoun Campus. This year’s 2017 award winners are Associate Professor Mihaela Chamberlin and Associate Professor Ritu Kansal. Both teach chemistry at the Annandale campus. Professor Karen Murph teaches ESL, also at the Annandale campus.

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