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George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

Dr. George B. Vaughan

George B. Vaughan is president emeritus of Piedmont Virginia Community College and professor emeritus of higher education at North Carolina State University.

“Let us never forget that all Americans have the right to pursue the American Dream: let us never forget that the community college represents the only hope millions of Americans have of achieving the Dream.”

-Dr. George B. Vaughan

This award is made possible in part by support from the George B. Vaughan Leadership Endowment Fund
through the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.


Friends and family of Dr. George B. Vaughan established an endowment fund in 2014 to honor Dr. Vaughan’s distinguished service of over 40 years as a national leader in community college education. The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty serves as a legacy of Dr. Vaughan’s achievements and as an inspiration for VCCS faculty. The award recognizes one outstanding VCCS adjunct faculty member from each of the Virginia Community College’s five regions served by Regional Resource Centers, for a total of up to five awards to be bestowed per year. The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty is the first VCCS award to recognize the approximately 9,000 adjunct faculty members who are making an impact with countless students across Virginia.


Each Vaughan Award recipient receives $1,000, paid before the end of the semester of selection of the award. Award recipients are photographed and included in VCCS communications including the VCCS websites and VCCS Annual Report. Recipients of the award will be announced during the VCCS New Horizons Conference.


Individuals applying for this honor must be current VCCS employees, serving as adjunct faculty members at the time of nomination, with a minimum of two years of service to their current, nominating college. Service does not have to be continuous, but should be at a single VCCS college. Applicants’ adjunct teaching careers should reflect the excellence in leadership, teaching effectiveness, and student service exemplified by Dr. Vaughan. Adjunct faculty are nominated by their college president via a letter of recommendation. Presidents may nominate no more than one adjunct faculty member per campus.


Vaughan Award recipients are chosen through a competitive selection process overseen by a panel of outstanding educators assembled from across the VCCS by the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success and Professional Development. The panel will select adjunct faculty members who they determine best embody the excellence in leadership, teaching, and dedication to student success Dr. Vaughan inspires. Candidates should demonstrate consistently superior teaching and a commitment to providing students with instruction of the highest quality; adapt readily to student needs, interests, and problems; provide outstanding support for the growth and development of individual students; and demonstrate use of relevant, contemporary information from their discipline in their teaching.

Application Process

Applicants for the George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty must submit an online application, including a letter of nomination from their college president that demonstrates the nominee’s history of outstanding leadership, teaching, and service. To apply for the George B. Vaughan Leadership Award, please follow the link below: George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Online Application.

The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019.