Chris Jones, Professor of Mathematics at Harford Community College, will receive an inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. The award will be presented at the AACC Annual Convention that will be held in Dallas, Texas from April 28 to May 1.

The AACC’s Faculty Distinction recognition, named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, has been established to recognize individuals making a difference in the classroom. AACC accepts one faculty nomination from each member college; this year almost 50 people are being recognized. Criteria for the award includes demonstrating passion for the students and the classroom; showing willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom; being inclined to participate in college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.

Award recipients will receive a custom commemorative medal as well as recognition on the AACC Faculty Wall of Distinction during the convention and the AACC website. They will also be invited to a private reception with author Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle) at the AACC Annual Convention.

Prof. Jones supports students inside and outside of the classroom. He served as faculty advisor to the Rho Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges, from 2009 to 2016. He has led the Honors Program at Harford Community College since August 2015. He recently organized the Second Annual STEM Day at HCC that featured a guest speaker from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management and showcased research projects from approximately 20 students. He has attended regional and national conferences to learn more about student success, retention, and graduation. During his tenure at the College, he has served on various committees and volunteered at assorted events. He coordinates HCC’s dual enrollment transitional mathematics program with Harford County Public Schools. Prof. Jones is also the liaison for the College’s First in the World Mathematics Reform Initiative to coordinate the development of a new approach to developmental math education.