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Dr. Brent L. Kendrick

Written or last revised on April 2, 2008
Dr. Brent L. Kendrick

LFCC faculty member Dr. Brent L. Kendrick was named recently as a recipient of the state's 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award. Kendrick was one of 12 faculty members selected from public and private colleges and universities throughout Virginia.

The Outstanding Faculty Award program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and is funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers of energy. Recipients are honored for their excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service.

"I am thrilled and honored to be one of the 12!  I can't imagine anywhere else on earth other than Lord Fairfax Community College where I would have had such an opportunity," said Kendrick, who was one of two community college instructors to receive the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award. He is the first professor in LFCC's history to receive the award.

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. At last, Kendrick - the sixth child of a West Virginia coal miner and the first in his family to attend college - had fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a college educator.

Applauded for his enthusiastic, passionate and energetic teaching style, Kendrick's students sing his praises. One student commented, "He is emotionally attached to his subject, and it shows all over his face. This makes me want to learn more and achieve the same happiness I see in him." 

Kendrick has taught more than 2,300 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. Also, he designed and launched a 32-credit-hour Technical Writing Certificate Program incorporating technical editing, desktop publishing and Web page design.

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." Currently, Kendrick is working 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."   

Kendrick is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2007, Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college, named him a Mosal Scholar, the highest honor bestowed upon Phi Theta Kappa advisors. He received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and 2007. The LFCC Student Government Association designated him Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2006, and his LFCC colleagues selected him as the B. J. Sager Distinguished Faculty Award recipient in 2004.  Kendrick earned his doctoral degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and his bachelor's degree at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.