Dr. Brent L. Kendrick
Dr. Brent Kendrick, Lord Fairfax Community College English Professor, is the recipient of the Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award. He was presented with the honor and a gift of $3,000 at the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS), New Horizons Awards Banquet in Roanoke, Virginia on April 14.
The award was created by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to honor Dr. Susan S. Wood’s 40 years of service to Virginia’s Community Colleges. The honor recognizes a VCCS faculty member who demonstrates faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence. I am the first faculty member to receive the award, so that alone makes it special for me. More than that, however, I have such tremendous respect for Dr. Wood. I have held her always in such high esteem. In fact, I see her is a pinnacle of excellence in education as well as a pinnacle of excellence in academic leadership,” said Kendrick.
Kendrick came to the College as an adjunct instructor in 1998. He joined LFCC after working for a quarter of a century at the Library of Congress and after receiving that institution’s highest award for Distinguished Service. In 2001, LFCC appointed him to associate professor of English, and in 2005 to full professor.
Kendrick has taught numerous students in more than 100 traditional and online classes at LFCC, ranging from College Composition and American Literature to Creative Writing and Technical Writing. His specialized classes include Major American Writers, Southern Literature, Appalachian Literature and Leadership Development.
Kendrick’s love for teaching is very genuine. Many of his students have heard the following in lecture, “By choice, I have always lived a simple, rather quiet life—one that is relatively free of worldly distractions. It has allowed me to have singleness of purpose and singleness of focus. Teaching for me is a calling—it’s nearly spiritual in nature. I know that I am the primary beneficiary of such a life, but I like to think that my students are beneficiaries as well. I tell you—with no embarrassment whatsoever—I go to bed thinking about teaching and about my students, and I wake up thinking about teaching and my students. The truth of the matter is—I do.”
During his career as professor at LFCC, Kendrick has won the following awards:
- VCCS Chancellor’s Professorship (2012-2014)
- VCCS Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence (2010)
- Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 2008)
- LFCC College Medallion of Recognition (2008)
- Virginia Region of Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Advisor (2008)
- National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award (2007)
- Virginia Region of Phi Theta Kappa Horizon Award (2007)
- Phi Theta Kappa Mosal Scholar (2007)
- LFCC Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year (2006)
- Virginia Region of Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award for New Advisors (2006)
- National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOFD) Excellence Award (2005)
- LFCC B. J. Sager Distinguished Faculty Award (2004)
- Showcase Faculty Representative, Virginia Community College Association (2004)
An active scholar and researcher, Kendrick is an authority on New England writer Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. He authored “The Infant Sphinx: Collected Letters of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman,” which was praised by “The Journal of Modern Literature” as “the most complete record to date of Freeman’s life as writer and woman.” Kendrick served as an editor of the 754-volume “National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints,” hailed as the “bibliographic wonder of the world.” Kendrick has worked on two scholarly projects: an edition of “The Humourist” essays published in the “South Carolina Gazette” during the 1750s and “Celebrating 400 Years of Virginia Writers: John Smith to Lee Smith.”