The Faculty Senate of Surry Community College has selected Sarah Wight as the first recipient of the Servant-Leadership Recognition award for the Fall 2019 semester. Wright is the Lead Instructor for Humanities and the Faculty Advisor for the Scholars of Global Distinction.
The new award formally recognizes a faculty member in the fall and spring semesters who exemplifies dedication to the mission of Surry Community College and meritorious service to the college and to the community. Both full and part-time faculty members are eligible for the award after one year of service.
Candidates for the award should be sensitive to the needs of others, bring out the best in others, mentor and encourage self-expression, facilitate personal growth in those who work with them, and focus on achieving the goals of the college. They should also challenge the status quo in striving to solve problems and find new directions, as well as uphold and support the mission of the college.
Faculty Senate President, Dr. Kathleen Fowler, said, “We thank Sarah for her hard work and dedication to the Scholars of Global Distinction and recognize the enormous amount of time and effort she has spent in creating and coordinating this program. She is truly an excellent servant-leader.”
Wright began working at Surry Community College as an English instructor in 2009. Last year, she initiated Surry’s Global Scholars Program in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The program requires students to complete 15 credit hours of globalized courses with no lower than a “B,” attend eight “passport” events, participate in 30 hours of global experience through travel abroad or domestic intercultural experiences, and make a 10- to 15-minute capstone presentation related to the student’s participation in global learning opportunities.
Wright holds a Master of Science in Political Science, as well as a graduate certificate in National Security and Intelligence from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from East Carolina University.
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