Thomas Nelson’s Michael Mann, Networking and Cybersecurity Program chair, has been has recognized by Cisco Systems as an advanced level instructor. The acknowledgement is a result of his accomplishments and contributions to the Cisco Networking Academy.
Created in 1997, Cisco Networking Academy is an information technology skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Cisco partners with 22,000 educators at 10,400 academies to deliver in-demand networking, security and related digital skills courses online and in classrooms. Its in-kind donations of tools, resources, support to schools, students and instructors totals over $2 billion.
Thomas Nelson is among schools offering the courses, and Mann is distinguished this year as one of the top 25 percent of instructors globally in student feedback and performance.
“I’ve been involved with the program for quite some time. It’s so nice to have the affirmation. I’m very happy that I’ve won the award again. I have gotten it in the past,” said Mann, noting that the recognition is a plus in the classroom.
“I believe it will give (students) further confidence taking classes with me. Hopefully, they have it anyway. When you’re in the position of a student, you’re a client and you’re paying for a service. So it’s nice to see there’s something else that you’re getting from that service,” he said.
In a nod to his fellow faculty members, Mann said faculty achievements such as special recognition and awards benefit the College.
“I’m happy for what it does for the reputation of the College. It increases our value in the eyes of our students. That’s a big thing for me,” he said. “I’m sure there are plenty of others who have earned awards and recognition. It increases our worth in the eyes of the community we serve and I’m happy to do my part.”
The associate professor was an adjunct for three years upon joining Thomas Nelson in the early 2000s. Now in his 10th year as a full-time faculty member in the Business, Public Services, Information Systems and Math division, he splits time teaching in Hampton and at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. This upcoming summer semester will find him teaching entirely in Williamsburg.
Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s degree in network management, and is in a doctoral program focused on cybersecurity. His industry certifications include CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching.