Area professor named regional coordinator of honors society


Jenni VanCuren, an assistant English professor at Lord Fairfax Community College, has been named the Virginia/West Virginia regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges.

She had previously been the associate regional coordinator for the two states.

“I am still processing it. I was so excited when I was told,” VanCuren said.

VanCuren, who is also a published novelist, co-advises the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter on the Middletown Campus, as well as the Alpha Psi Iota Chapter on the Fauquier Campus.

In 2014, she received Phi Theta Kappa’s Paragon Award for New Advisors, and in 2017 received the Distinguished Advisor Award.

“Honor societies are important because it offers opportunities to recognize students academic achievements. It also gives them opportunists for scholarships and to attend conferences,” VanCuren said.

She loves working with the kids in the honor society.

“Everyone wants to succeed but honor society students are driven,” VanCuren said.

Two years ago, VanCuren received LFCC’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. VanCuren graduated from LFCC in 2006 and returned to the college to teach in 2010. She had been at the Fauquier campus for the last year. She is to return to the Middletown campus in August.

She has a master’s degree in English with a concentration in teaching writing and literature from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Old Dominion University.