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William Rodner, TCC history professor, receives designation for second time

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 6, 2009) – William S. Rodner, a Tidewater Community College history professor, has been named a Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor for 2009-2111; he is one of three chosen from the state's 23 community colleges.

A program of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) since 1989, this professorship gives time and monetary compensation to faculty for the purpose of scholarly study in their area of expertise, enabling them to bring a new wealth of knowledge to the classroom. The award acknowledges teaching excellence in the VCCS system, while advancing the art of instruction.

Delighted to receive the award for a second time, Rodner thanks TCC

President Deborah M. DiCroce for her enthusiastic support, as well as Michelle Woodhouse, dean of social sciences and public services, Virginia Beach Campus. He also credits his students as constant inspiration: “Their thoughtful and stimulating comments, questions and discussions in my World History

classes have consistently sharpened my teaching and prompted me to think

of new ways to investigate the past.”

“For me, good teaching is linked to scholarship. I want to be thought of as a teacher of history and a historian: I want to not only explain the past but also to add to our knowledge of history by conducting research and publishing the fruit of my discoveries,” says Rodner. He plans to co-edit the unpublished “Reminiscences” of DeWitt Clinton Poole, detailing this American diplomat’s actives in Bolshevik Russia in 1918 and 1919. Poole served in Russia during the Russian revolution and later headed the Russian division in the U.S. State Department.

Rodner will work with Lorraine M. Lees, a history professor at Old Dominion University, to research the reminiscences compiled by the Columbia University Oral History Project in the 1950s. He also will use the material for a new TCC course on 20th century global history.

In 2002-04, Rodner was awarded this professorship for the first time. During that time he completed his book, A London Samurai. Britain, Japan and Yoshio Markino, 1902-1915. Rodner joined the TCC faculty in 1988. He holds a Ph.D. in history/art history from The Pennsylvania State University.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit