Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence


Who is Susan S. Wood?


Dr. SusanS. Wood retired as ViceChancellor for Academic Services and Research in April 2014. She began her distinguished career as a charter faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in August of 1973.


A fund supporting the Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence was created by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in November 2013 to honor Dr. Susan S. Wood’s 40 years of service to Virginia’s Community Colleges. The Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence recognizes a VCCS faculty member who demonstrates faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership reflected throughout Dr. Wood’s extensive career. During the academic year when the Professor serves, leadership and professional development among VCCS faculty generally and new faculty in particular will be strengthened through the Professor’s participation in key activities at major VCCS faculty convenings such as the VCCS New Horizons Conference, Regional Center for Teaching Excellence events, and VCCS peer group conferences.



The Susan S. Wood Professor will receive $2,500*, contingent upon participation in Professorship activities outlined herein. In addition, travel expenses in support of Professorship activities requested by the System Office, such as presentations at the VCCS New Horizons conference, the VCCS First Year and Adjunct Faculty Institute, Regional Center for Teaching Excellence events, VCCS Peer Group conferences, and attendance at the State Board annual meeting will be covered by the VCCS Office of Professional Development.

*The award honorarium has been increased to $2,500 from the previously advertised $2,000.



Individuals applying for this honor should be full-time faculty members in the VCCS whose careers reflect a history of striving for excellence, commitment and dedication to students, creative and innovative approaches to teaching, active involvement in one’s discipline, demonstrating leadership and collegiality among peers (at the college, state, and/or national levels), and reflecting continuous professional growth and development during his/her continuum of being a faculty member. The individual should be a seasoned professional who is giving back to the profession in some meaningful and demonstrable way, for example mentoring junior or adjunct faculty, engaging in research, and involving students in their work. A minimum of five years’ service to the VCCS is preferred.



Through a competitive selection process, a VCCS faculty member will be designated as the Susan S. Wood Professor. Faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership will be evident in the faculty member selected to receive this honor. The period of service for the Professorship shall be the academic year, aligning with the faculty contract start and end dates for the academic year. The application & selection process is coordinated by the VCCS Director of Faculty Development with oversight by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services & Research.


Application Process

Applicants for the Susan S. Wood Professorship must submit an online application, including:

  • A letter of nomination from their college president that demonstrates the nominee’s teaching excellence
  • An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae
  • Wood Professorship signature sheet icon

The online application for the Professorship is available here: Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence Application

The application is due by 5:00 pm. EST on February 15 of the current year.


Timeline and Activities


February 15 Online application is due to System Office by 5:00 p.m. EST.
March 18 Professorship award recipient selected and notified.
Fall Semester Professor delivers workshop or session at First Year & Adjunct Faculty Institute.
Spring Semester Professor participates on Selection Committee for the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor delivers featured address at New Horizons Conference.
Either Semester Professor may be invited to speak at peer group and/or regional center event.


General Provisions


  1. Designation as Susan S. Wood Professor shall not affect the faculty rank of the individual.
  2. The honorarium shall not become a part of the individual’s base salary.