February 2, 2021

CVCC Professor Receives State Community College Teaching Award

LYNCHBURG, VA – In the spring of 2020, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) Professor of Psychology, Julie C. Piercy, Ph.D., was presented with the annual Virginia Community College System’s Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence award.
Professor Piercy reacted to her professional acknowledgement by saying, “I am honored to be recognized for doing a job I love with people I adore and respect.  I believe in the community college system and I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with all of the amazing individuals in my classes.”  
Dr. Piercy has been teaching psychology for Central Virginia Community College since 1999.  Prior to teaching at CVCC, she taught high school for special education youth in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Professor Piercy came to CVCC by way of UVA, after she completed her doctorate in Higher Education Administration.  She has also received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
Her additional accomplishments include direction of the CVCC Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Quality Enhancement Plan, Coordination of Articulated Learning Outcomes across the VCCS, and direction of the Central Virginia Community College Student Conduct Committee.  
This prestigious education award is named for Dr. Susan S. Wood, who retired from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research in April 2014.  Dr. Wood began her distinguished career as a charter faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in August of 1973. 
A fund supporting the Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence was created by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in November 2013, to honor Dr. Susan S. Wood’s 40 years of service to Virginia’s Community Colleges.  This award is presented to qualifying Virginia Community College System (VCCS) educators every year at the annual VCCS New Horizons Conference.