This fall, we will welcome a number of new faculty to the College, many of whom have taught for us as adjuncts. Since coming here to Nichols, I have been impressed by how our faculty embodies the concept of a student-centered culture. They share a love for teaching and many come to us after successful “other” careers, ranging from a Marketing Executive for a Fortune 500 corporation, to a Superintendent of a public school system, to Vice President at a major sports organization.
A good example of this is Len Samborowski. Len has been teaching here as an adjunct professor and recently joined the Sport Management program as the Visiting Professor of Sport Management. With more than 30 years of leadership and management experience in the United States Army, a doctorate in management and experience coaching at the college and high school levels, Len brings a unique combination of passion, management experience and coaching to the Sport Management program.
In addition to Len, I am happy to welcome other new Assistant Visiting Professors, who include Jean Beaupre, Boyd Brown III, Maryann Conrad, Melanie Fleming, Megan Nocivelli, and Dr. Chrystel Pit.
Here at Nichols, excellent teaching is the primary criteria for success for our faculty. But in addition to that, a number of our faculty become involved in curricular innovation projects and student events.
Faculty members are important not only to a student’s success but the success of the College as well. When I visit alumni – whether they are from the Class of 1950 or 2010 – they share stories about beloved faculty members who made a difference in their lives. Whether it was a faculty member who provided career guidance or extra help with a difficult subject, those memories are reminders of why those individuals succeeded while at Nichols or later in life.
Our faculty’s love of teaching, combined with years of experience and the “war stories” that accompany that, make for a great classroom experience for students. The College tagline Your Success Is Our Business is actualized every day by the dedication and commitment of our remarkable faculty.