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TCC Professor Thomas Geary awarded Outstanding Faculty Award by SCHEV

Tidewater Community College Professor Thomas Geary, Ph.D., was recognized with the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Energy.

Geary is one of 12 recipients in the Commonwealth and will receive a $7,500 gift from Dominion Energy at a ceremony on March 1, 2022.

Geary is a professor of English at the Virginia Beach campus at TCC.  He regularly teaches composition, rhetoric, technical writing, developmental writing and humanities courses. He also serves as the editor of Inquiry, the peer-reviewed journal for faculty, staff and administrators at Virginia’s Community Colleges. He is an elected representative on the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly and an executive committee member of the Two-Year College English Association.

Since 1987, these Outstanding Faculty awards have recognized faculty at Virginia’s institutions of higher learning who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and service.

“Truly, this is the greatest honor of my professional career. I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award and be recognized alongside an exceptional group of faculty in our state,” Geary said. “Even more so, I am thrilled that TCC shares in this honor; our incredible administration, faculty, and staff work so hard every day to guide our students to be successful in their academics and as contributors to our community. I’m grateful to work alongside everyone in fulfilling our mission.”

This year, the program received 85 nominations. This group narrowed to a field of 25 finalists and then to the 12 recipients. Geary is one of two Virginia Community College faculty to receive the award.