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Congrats, Dr. Poland!

My path as a student of the sectional conflict began in the summer of 1987, when I took Dr. Charles Poland’s class on the Civil War and Reconstruction at Northern Virginia Community College. Thus, it was with great delight that I received this absolutely fantastic news recently:

Charles Poland Receives Outstanding Faculty Award
Longtime history professor at Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Charles Poland of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has received the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award, administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and sponsored by Dominion.

Poland is one of 12 faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities who received the award, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service.

“On behalf of the NOVA community, we would like to express our congratulations to Dr. Poland for being selected as a recipient of this prestigious award,” said NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr. “Dr. Poland has touched the lives of thousands of students since he began at the College in 1967. Students have embraced and praised his hands-on approach in directly engaging history and its artifacts. This is evidenced by the mobile Civil War museum now installed at NOVA that includes hundreds of historical documents and objects.”

Poland teaches courses in U.S. and local history, Western civilization, and the Civil War at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. His teaching career spans more than five decades. Since 1977, he has conducted celebrated field-trip courses to major and minor battlefields of the Civil War. He has traveled more than 120,000 miles to battlefields from Alexandria to the Ohio River and from Gettysburg to Appomattox, giving hundreds of lectures to students varying in age from teenagers to senior citizens.

More information on the award and Dr. Poland’s accomplishments as a teacher and scholar, his most recent work being The Glories of War: Small Battles and Early Heroes of 1861, can be found here.

Comments (1) to “Congrats, Dr. Poland!”

  1. That is fantastic. Although I never took a class with Dr. Poland, I am very familiar with his detailed study of the war in Virginia/West Virginia in 1861 that you mention. It is truly one of the most thorough accounts of the war in NOVA during this period of time and a great resource for my blog work. I hope I have a chance to meet him or hear him lecture one of these days. You were lucky to have him as a prof, and your success is a testament to his abilities!