Thomas Nelson Educators Selected for 2018-19 Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

May 11, 2018
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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Shanda Jenkins and Michael Sundblad (pictured) have been selected for the 2018-2019 Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship. The two educators are among only three VCCS faculty chosen for the prestigious fellowship. Each recipient will receive a $7,500 grant and up to a one-year leave of absence with support for salary and expenses.

Chancellor’s Faculty Fellows will prepare for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS by engaging in full-time graduate study, which includes time used to complete course work and the time needed to complete a dissertation.

A Thomas Nelson faculty member since 2015, Jenkins is a psychology instructor. She has a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University. Sundblad, who is chair of Performing Arts at the College, joined the faculty in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Central College and a master’s in music from Illinois State University.   

Recommended by the College President, the pair was selected for the prestigious fellowship by a committee comprised of one college president, one vice president or provost, chair of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Council, three members of the VCCS Professional Development Committee, and the Director of Faculty Development.

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