Dr. Charles Errico will be the keynote speaker during Northern Virginia Community College’s 48th Commencement on Sunday, May 18. The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. in George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
Errico began his academic career at NOVA in 1975 and is currently a professor of history and assistant dean for the social sciences at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus.
In 2007, Errico received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in recognition of his superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. The Outstanding Faculty Award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for teachers at Virginia’s colleges and universities. In addition, he has twice received the Alumni Federation’s Faculty of the Year Award and won the NVCC Educational Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
As the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor, sponsored by the Virginia Community College System to recognize and support teaching excellence in Virginia’s Community Colleges, Errico developed a nationally recognized television program that became a model for distance education telecourses. To create the program, Errico conducted videotaped interviews with such influential 20th century leaders as Betty Friedan, Gen. William Westmoreland, Julian Bond, Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Eugene McCarthy.
Errico has published an extensive number of articles in such publications as American Heritage, The Washington Post Magazine, The Maryland Historian and The Social Studies. His two-volume textbook and reader, “Portrait of America,” is required reading in 70 colleges and universities nationwide. He has presented papers at dozens of conferences, including meetings for the American Historical Association and the American Association of Higher Education.
In the past eight years, Errico helped write four grants that provided more than $5 million in professional development funds through the Department of Education to Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Alexandria public schools. He has served on the advisory board for those grants and is a frequent speaker before public school teachers throughout Northern Virginia. But his favorite audience, after his students, consists of senior citizens and nursing home residents who have lived through much of the history he teaches and frequently correct him on factual errors.
Errico earned his doctorate in American diplomatic history from the University of Maryland. He lives in Falls Church with his wife, Denise.
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.