Jan 17, 2014

State Council of Higher Education Honors Dr. Quentin Kidd as Outstanding Faculty

(Newport News, Va.) - KiddThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has named Christopher Newport's Quentin Kidd as a 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award winner. The award is the commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, given in recognition of superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

"I'm honored and humbled by the recognition, and lucky to be doing something that I love at an institution that has always encouraged and supported me," said Kidd, Professor of political science, Chair of the Department of Government and Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at CNU.

Having joined the Christopher Newport faculty in 1997, Kidd is an eminent scholar of politics and sought-after commentator, appearing frequently in newspapers and on regional and national radio and television programs. He is the author of five books, including The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and Partisan Transformation of the American South. He earned a doctoral degree in political science from Texas Tech University in 1998, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas in 1993 and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas in 1991.

Kidd is one of 12 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients this year to be honored at a luncheon in Richmond, on February 20, 2014. Prior to the lunch, recipients will be given an honorary introduction on the floor of the General Assembly. In addition, each recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, a philanthropic unit of the energy company based in Richmond.

About Outstanding Faculty Awards

The General Assembly and governor created the Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) program in 1986. Since the first awards in 1987, just over 300 Virginia faculty members have received this high honor. The OFA selection committee comprises members of SCHEV and leaders in Virginia government, business and education. For more information, visit schev.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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