A retired professor at West Virginia Northern Community College has made certain faculty excellence will be cited at the institution by creating an award to be given annually to recognize outstanding contributions by full-time faculty.
Emeritus faculty member Thomas R. Danford made an initial contribution late last year to create the “Danford Faculty Award Fund” through the WVNCC Foundation. He suggested the $100 award be presented to a deserving faculty member at the college’s annual fall recognition luncheon.
Recipient of the first Danford Faculty Award is Joyce Britt, instructor of psychology and human services. Danford was in attendance to honor Britt during the luncheon held in October.
Britt has been an adjunct faculty member at Northern since 2005, and started teaching full-time in January 2012. She has 26 years of professional experience in the social service field and has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wheeling College and an associate in applied science from WVNCC. She is a licensed social worker in both West Virginia and Ohio.
Dr. Mary Marockie, president of the WVNCC Foundation board of trustees, explained the process involved in selecting nominees for the award. She said they are recommended by the vice president of academic affairs at Northern and a committee of seven faculty members chooses the winner. Criteria for selection include teaching excellence, assessment participation, institutional service and community service, she added.
Marockie said, “The WVNCC Foundation was pleased to work with Professor Danford to help him realize his goal to honor outstanding faculty. We look forward to this award being made for many years to come.”
Danford said, “The fund exceeded our initial goal of $3,000 and, hence, is currently funded for the future. As the fund grows, it is my hope that it will support some professional development activities for faculty.” He explained the long-term goal is to reach $25,000 so that the fund will be endowed and will be awarded in perpetuity. As a result, the faculty award fund could support other faculty-related activities, such as national conference attendance, aside from just supporting a single faculty award.