Dr. Brent Kendrick, an English instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College, has earned the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).
The CATE was created to recognize a full-time instructor who personifies teaching excellence at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges may nominate one candidate for the annual award. A selection committee reviews the nominees and selects one winner. The honor includes a $5,000 check and a ceremonial stole that is worn with traditional graduation regalia. The award will be formally presented at the November meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges.
Kendrick, the son of a coal miner who was the first in his family to attend college, tells his students that English and teaching are the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morning and it is the last thing he thinks about before falling asleep at night.
“Simply put, teaching is my soul’s salvation,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick began teaching at Lord Fairfax Community College in 1998. Since then he has taught more than 145 classes involving more than 3,300 students. He is renowned for teaching classes both online and in traditional classroom settings and for earning consistently and remarkably high student evaluation scores.
“I often talk with LFCC students and alums and the comment that I consistently hear from them is that Dr. Kendrick is, or was, the best college professor that they have ever had,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, the president of Lord Fairfax Community College. “I have worked with close to a thousand full-time faculty members during my career. Kendrick is one of the top if not the top faculty member I have had the pleasure of knowing.”
“Brent Kendrick represents everything you can ask for in a community college instructor,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “He is quick to adopt technology in his teachings, maximizing the value of the digital tools around us. And he places a premium on engaging and inspiring his students – a timeless focus that always has and always will determine the value and success individual students find in their college pursuit.”
Kendrick is the forth VCCS instructor to earn the CATE. Past winners include Kim Hoosier, associate professor of sociology, Piedmont Virginia Community College (2009); Martin D. Zahn, associate professor of biology, Thomas Nelson Community College (2008); and Dr. James O’Brien, professor of psychology, Tidewater Community College (2007).