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Awards & Scholarships

Each year, outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators are recognized for their contributions to the system.


Awards range from individual recognition for teaching and learning contributions, to team awards for groups at colleges working together to advance the VCCS mission.  The VCCS proudly acknowleges teaching excellence in a variety of ways.

To learn more about each award click on the links below:

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) acknowledges one teaching faculty member annually who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS college(s). The award provides the recipient with a VCCS stole suitable for wearing with academic regalia and $5,000.

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George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty
The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty recognizes up to five outstanding VCCS adjunct faculty members annually who exhibit excellence in leadership, teaching, and dedication to student success.

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SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA)

The SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) recognize excellence in teaching, research and service among the faculties of Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. The VCCS is proud of the increasing numbers of community college faculty receive this award.

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Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards

The Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge the enhancement of student success within the VCCS. Nominations for 2020 will open soon. More information to come.

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Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence
The Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence recognizes a VCCS faculty member who demonstrates faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership as reflected throughout Dr. Wood’s extensive career.

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The VCCS Office of Professional Development is pleased to offer an array of scholarship opportunities to our administrators, faculty, and staff. Whether you’re ready to pursue your baccalaureate or terminal degree, the VCCS is ready to support you.

To learn more about each professorship and fellowships, click the links below:

Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship
The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship award prepares full-time teaching, administrative, and professional faculty for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.

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Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Program

The Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Program recognizes and supports teaching excellence.

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