Thomas Nelson Community College’s Jennifer Martin is among recipients of the State Council of Higher Education’s (SCHEV) 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards. A ceremony recognizing honorees will take place March 1 during a luncheon at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, according to an announcement from SCHEV and Dominion Energy.
Since 1987, these awards have acknowledged faculty at Virginia’s institutions of higher learning who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and service.
“I am honored to receive the SCHEV OFA,” said Martin, an associate professor of biology who joined Thomas Nelson in 2005. A thirst for hands-on study guides her specialization in rare fish and tropical leaf-cutter ants. She has conducted research at several museums and universities in Japan, England and Ireland on invitation. Research also took Martin to Nicaragua, and she has conducted studies at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology as well as the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.
Additionally, during a trip to Canada, Martin presented some of her findings at the American Society for Ichthyology and Herpetology annual meeting in conjunction with the World Congress of Herpetology.
The dedicated educator has secured numerous grants and earned many accolades throughout her career. Martin said stays abreast of the latest developments in her field by routinely attending conferences across the nation. Martin’s experiences greatly benefit her biology students as she uses all she gains from world-wide research opportunities to enrich their learning.
Nominees for SCHEV’s outstanding faculty awards are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of public and private sector leaders. In all, 83 nominations were received this year. This group was narrowed to a field of 27 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.
Recipients come from campuses large and small throughout the Commonwealth and from two- and four-year institutions, private and public. Their fields of expertise range from physics to communications. They have in common, however, the qualities honored by Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Awards: the highest level of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, public service and research.