TNCC Faculty to Discuss Experience in India, Community College Response to Rescue Reading Project

Published: September 20, 2007

The Communication and Humanities Division at Thomas Nelson Community College invites the public to attend a Faculty Colloquium to take place during the fall semester on the College’s Hampton campus.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Espada Conference Center, Moore Hall

Heath Scott, Assistant Professor of English will give a presentation on Thursday, October 4 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. entitled, Stranger Ones Have Come by Here: A Teacher’s Journey through India.” This year, Scott participated in the first Virginia Council for International Education (VaCIE) exchange program to Kolkata, India. He spent two weeks at Jadavpur University working with faculty and administrators to forward the mission of the Virginia Community College System, and establish a permanent exchange program for faculty and students.

Thursday, November 8, 2007 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Espada Conference Room, Moore Hall

Dr. Thomas L. Long, Professor and Department Chairperson of English will give a presentation on Thursday, November 8 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. entitled, Is Reading at Risk? If so, How can a Community College Rescue Reading? Dr. Long will discuss research on this issue, and provide data from national surveys and from TNCC.

Dr. Long received the 2005-07 Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Award for his proposal Rescuing Reading: A Community College Response to the National Endowment for the Arts Report, Reading at Risk. The Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship program was established in 1989 to recognize and support teaching excellence in the Virginia Community College System. As the Rescuing Reading project drew to a close, last spring, TNCC faculty had an opportunity to complete a survey about the project and about their and their students’ attitudes and dispositions toward reading. Dr. Long is currently analyzing the data collected in the survey.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 825-2725.

Note to Editors and News Reporters:
Dr. Long and Mr. Scott are available to the media to discuss their experiences and projects. Dr. Long’s research study will be completed in November.
Release #07-0958

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