Seminole State honors 2020 Endowed Teaching Chairs

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Photo (L-R): 2020 Endowed Teaching Chair recipients Professor Angel Nater, Dr. Lori Theodore, Dr. Van Quach, and Dr. Craig Tidwell, were recognized during the Spring 2021 graduation ceremony, May 4, 2021.

Seminole State College of Florida recognized four faculty members who were honored with $5,000 Endowed Teaching Chair Awards this spring.

Endowed Teaching Chair Awards, established in 1996 and supported through community sponsors, recognize some of Seminole State’s most outstanding educators for their invaluable contributions to the College. Applicants are nominated by their peers and screened by a committee of faculty and staff.  Members of the Foundation for Seminole State College’s Board of Directors interview the finalists and select the honorees. This year’s honorees are:


Professor Angel Nater, program manager for Emergency Medical Services, was honored with the Orlando Health Endowed Teaching Chair award. 


Dr. Lori Theodore, professor of nursing, was honored with the E. Ann McGee Endowed Teaching Chair award.


Dr. Craig Tidwell, program manager for Information Systems Technology, was honored with the SunTrust Endowed Teaching Chair award.


Dr. Van Quach, professor of chemistry, was honored with the Citizens Bank of Florida, B.F. Wheeler Sr. Endowed Teaching Chair award.

Five faculty members who were finalists in the Endowed Teaching Chair Awards but were not selected as recipients instead received Ken Sylvester Faculty Excellence Awards. Honorees are:


Professor of Communication Laura Dickinson


Program Manager for Criminal Justice Dr. Sandra Dillard


Professor of Mathematics Evelyn ‘Julie’ Edstrom


Professor of English for Academic Purposes Dr. Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Goussakova


Professor of Social Sciences Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Middleton