August 3, 2020


Wytheville Community College (WCC) recently recognized faculty members for their contributions and service to the college and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Awards are generally presented during a college-wide meeting at the end of the Spring semester. Because of the current pandemic Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President, contacted recipients to congratulate them on receiving awards.

Individuals who received awards were nominated by their peers and were then selected by an ad-hoc committee for their respective awards. The following WCC faculty members received awards:

Cindy Kincer, Assistant Professor of Biology – WCC Outstanding Faculty

Cindy Kincer huging Skeleton

The Outstanding Faculty Award is given to a current teaching faculty member who exhibits exemplary performance, dedication, and commitment in two or more of the domains of teaching, institutional responsibility, scholarly and creative engagement, and service.

Mimi Leonard, Associate Professor of Developmental English – WCC Excellence in Teaching Award

Mimi Leonard Selfie

The Excellence in Teach Award recognizes a current teaching-faculty member who demonstrates exemplary performance, dedication, and commitment to teaching. Recipients are selected based on criteria such as the person’s ability to inspire students to perform beyond normal expectations, contributions to improve the intellectual climate of the college, and the individual’s depth and breadth of expertise, sensitivity, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Keith Costello, Professor of Computer Information Systems Technology – WCC Advancement of Instruction Award,

Keith Costello

Brenda Sutphin, Assistant Professor of Psychology – WCC Advancement of Instruction Award

Brenda Suthphin

The Advancement of instruction Award is given to a current faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of instruction at the college. Both Costello and Sutphin received this award.

Johnathon Ferguson, Instructor of Machine Technology – WCC Faculty Rising Star Award,

Johnathon Ferguson

Jim Harrington, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice and Corrections Science – WCC Faculty Rising Star Award

Jim Harrington raising hand and hold handwritten sign that says I swear we miss you students

The WCC Rising Star Award is given to a current faculty member who demonstrates exemplary service, dedication, and enthusiasm in support of the mission of the college and has fewer than five years of full-time teaching at WCC. Both Ferguson and Harrington were selected to receive this award.

Each recipient will receive a plaque and a monetary award, and be recognized on WCC’s official social media accounts.



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