Spotlight: Christy Hawkins Receives VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

Published: August 12, 2008

Christy Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Health at Thomas Nelson Community College, was awarded the VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship to pursue her doctorate of philosophy degree in education at Old Dominion University. The fellowship provides up to a one-year leave of absence, with shared financial support, for doctoral study at accredited institutions of higher education. While on leave, Hawkins will complete her final course requirements, comprehensive exams, and defend her dissertation proposal. Hawkins plans to evaluate predictors for success in online learning in her doctoral research. She will return to teaching after spring break for the second eight-week session of the spring semester.

The VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is awarded annually to no more than three outstanding faculty members in the VCCS. According to the website, “The purpose of the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.” According to VCCS Director of Professional Development, Nan Ottenritter, Ms. Hawkins is the first faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College to be selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow.

Christy joined TNCC in 2001 as a Program Manager for Workforce Training and Continuing Education and was later selected as the Director of Continuing and Professional Education. In 2006, she became a full-time faculty member teaching health education courses in stress management, women’s health and human sexuality. Christy has served on numerous professional development, curricular and facilities committees at the college. She received a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from James Madison University and a master’s of science in physical education at the University of South Carolina. Christy resides in Newport News with her husband, David, and their three “furry” children, Jake, Autumn and Timmie.

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