NCTC announces TCCTA Faculty Fellows for 21-22

Jane England | Sep 13, 2021

North Central Texas College is proud to announce the selection of History Professor Anna Marie Anderson, Adjunct Math Instructor Jennifer Brown, English Professor Lisa Smart, and English Professor Lauren Sullivan to serve as Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022.  The Faculty Fellows Program is specifically designed for new faculty members, both full-time and adjuncts, who have been teaching at the institution for five years or less. Applicants who have demonstrated leadership potential and who have expressed interest in college governance are nominated by their respective Division/Department Chairs.

TCCTA created the Faculty Fellows program to assist beginning faculty leaders in developing strategies for addressing the complex challenges currently facing our colleges and communities. Throughout the year, participants will have opportunities to network with their peers and to engage in problem solving on a state, regional and local level.  Expenses are paid to attend the fall Faculty Leaders Conference October 8-9, 2021(online this year), as well as the general convention March 3-5, 2022 in Frisco (COVID permitting). Additionally, Faculty Fellows participate in legislative briefings, conversations with colleagues through Master Teacher Meet-Up groups, and web conferences on key issues in higher education.  

NCTC has participated in the Faculty Fellows program from its inception.  Provost Dr. Bruce King commented, “I support the program and encourage others to as well, since it is an amazing opportunity for professional growth through collaboration with colleagues across the state. Education is changing and many of the special sessions available to Fellows highlight important topics. Faculty Fellows gain knowledge that they bring back to our college and that information benefits all of us.”

Adjunct History Professor Amber Sultanov served as a Faculty Fellow last year and found the experience rewarding.  She noted “I enjoyed being a Faculty Fellow for the 2020-2021 school year! It especially was helpful during a turbulent year when professors needed guidance from college leaders. I wanted to be more involved in order to benefit my dual credit students. There were many valuable and timely sessions and experiences. The TCCTA 74th Annual Convention in February was a major highlight. Before attending the online conference, I had many questions on how to make the learning environment more inclusive both online and in-person while also helping students to connect with the content on a deeper level. The Convention sessions that I attended helped me to think outside the box in order to engage students in a deeper level of discourse while providing an inclusive learning environment. It is so vital that professors are provided with support to help us continue to be innovative and to develop a growth mindset. I would recommend the Faculty Fellows program because it provides incredibly timely, innovative, and inspiring sessions that support professional development and help faculty in finding ways to be involved in college governance.”

By participating in the TCCTA Fellowship Program, the NCTC Faculty Fellows will be part of a vibrant group of educators who are gaining understanding of the complications of the current academic environment and are developing strategic responses to meet the challenges that lie ahead.  Congratulations to Anna Marie Anderson, Jennifer Brown, Lisa Smart, and Lauren Sullivan as they embark upon a stimulating year of specialized leadership development!