New East Region Faculty Assembly and Senate Presidents

Thursday, September 2, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Congratulations to Professor of English Chris Borglum as he will serve as Winter Park Campus’ Faculty Assembly President for the 2021-2022 academic year. Chris started teaching at the West Campus in fall 1993 after receiving his Master of Arts in English from the University of Florida. He began as a tenure-track faculty member at Winter Park Campus in fall of 2001, the semester the campus began in its current location on Morse Boulevard.

Chris served as College-Wide Faculty Association President in the 2003-2004 academic year, a busy time that saw, among other things, the adoption of a new faculty salary schedule and the beginning of work on the College’s virtual office hours policy.

Chris has coached the Valencia Brain Bowl team since he started at the College. During his tenure, Valencia has been the pre-eminent community college quiz bowl program in the United States, winning eight Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) state titles to go with seven runner-up finishes. He was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame in 2005.

“I look forward to working with both my Winter Park and college-wide faculty colleagues to provide faculty voice in college governance,” Chris said. “This is going to be a year of big changes, so I hope my fellow faculty won’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of help or share their concerns.”

Hats off to Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Lawhon on her new position as East Campus’ Faculty Senate President for the 2021-2022 academic year. She began teaching full time at Valencia in 2001 and earned tenure in 2004. Jennifer has been actively involved at the College which included serving on the Faculty Senate for several terms over the last 20 years. She began teaching online and mixed-mode courses in 2004/2005 and became involved in Valencia’s online strategic planning team.

While working towards her doctorate in 2014, Jennifer focused her course of study on online and mixed-mode teaching modalities. In fact, part of her dissertation work included creating a professional development course (with fellow colleague Professor of Mathematics Amanda Saxman) for faculty on teaching in the mixed-mode modality. Over the last year, she was a facilitator for some of our professional development courses, which involve online and mixed-mode learning.

In 2015, she became the liberal arts math coordinator for East Campus math department which has allowed her the opportunity to work closely with both full-time and part-time faculty. Jennifer participated in Valencia’s PIVOT 180 program from 2018-2019. During the 2020-2021 academic year, she served as a mentor for the Valencia Engaging for Completion through Opportunities in Research Program (VECTOR) which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, where she works closely with STEM majors.

Jennifer shared, “I look forward to working with East Campus faculty over the next year, and I hope to create strong, lasting relationships as we work together and contribute to the success of the College.”

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