ANNANDALE, Va. (Sept. 17, 2018) - On Wednesday, September 19, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) community will celebrate mathematics professor Dr. David Conroy’s 50 years of service to the college and his students - past and present. The event and reception will be held on the NOVA Annandale Campus, located at 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA, in the Godwin Building, on the first floor Provost’s conference room, from 2 to 3 pm.
The event will include the presentation of a new, endowed student scholarship, titled the Dedicated Faculty Service Scholarship. This annual scholarship program has been designed to recognize NOVA’s long time faculty members – specifically those who will have served more than 45 years. At the celebration, NOVA President, Dr. Scott Ralls, will announce the establishment of this new scholarship and let Dr. Conroy know that he will be the “inaugural” faculty member to be honored through this program.
Dr. Conroy began teaching mathematics at the NOVA Eastern Campus (today’s Alexandria Campus) on September 18, 1968 after completing his military career as a U.S. Army Captain. He began teaching at the Annandale Campus after it opened the following year. It is estimated that in the course of his 50 years of service to NOVA, Dr. Conroy has taught and guided more than 20,000 students.
Dr. Conroy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, a Master’s of Science from Central Connecticut State College, and a Doctorate in Education from American University.
As a veteran NOVA professor, Dr. Conroy has received numerous awards and accolades from the college. Among them are:
The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- Two “Golden Apple” Awards
- Two Time Alumni Federation “Faculty of the Year Award” Winner
An innovator in teaching methodology, Dr. Conroy helped NOVA adopt a new computerized teaching program using “Math Technology-Based (MTT)” courses. Dr. Conroy has also employed a participatory style of teaching allowing students to enter into active dialogue with the instructor. In his classes, routinely filled to capacity, he is known for the value he places on immediate “feedback” from students and the impact this feedback has on learning. He ensures that his students assist and provide support for one another to create a positive and satisfying learning environment. He has also served as a guide and mentor to students and other college professors who have returned to teach at Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Conroy has taught the children and grandchildren of students he welcomed into his classroom during his early years at NOVA.
Dr. Conroy is best remembered by a presentation he gave to faculty members during an annual convocation entitled “Don’t Accept Mediocrity.” He was also recognized during one of President Barack Obama’s many visits to campus – as an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, Dr. Conroy was invited by the White House to offer an invocation.
At a lecture last year, Dr. Conroy offered the following, “Throughout the years, during which I have been honored to teach at Northern Virginia Community College, my greatest joy has been to have the privilege and opportunity to teach our students. All of my encounters with the students in my classes were consistently a very transcending experience, enabling me to set my entire life aside in order to share with the students new insights to facilitate their dreams in becoming a reality. As we enter the multivariate colors of autumn, we should be reminded of the incredible, unique attributes that our students will bring to all people they meet on their journey in life. To the point, it is all about the students.”
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 website, www.nvcc.edu.
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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.