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NOVA Professor Callan Bentley wins VCCS Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

Callan Bentley, assistant professor of Geology at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus has received the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). This annual award recognizes one teaching faculty member in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS colleges. The honor includes a $5,000 check and a ceremonial stole that is worn with traditional graduation regalia.

“If you Google this year’s CATE recipient you’ll see he was the media’s go-to expert during the 2011 earthquake that took us all by surprise,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of VCCS. “Callan’s collaboration with colleagues at four-year colleges has not only enhanced his students’ educational experience but has also enhanced the reputation of Virginia’s Community Colleges as a whole.”

In his sixth year at NOVA, Bentley is interested in structural geology, paleontology, climate science, Rocky Mountain geologic history, Sierra Nevada geologic history, and, most particularly, the geologic history of the Appalachian Mountain Belt. He has traveled widely, including spending time in 21 foreign countries and all of the 50 United States.

A Washington, D.C. native, he studied geology and received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and Montana State University.

Every year each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges is eligible to nominate one candidate for the award. A selection committee then reviews the nominees and selects one winner.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.