Seven Outstanding Broward College Professors Named 2024-2025 Endowed Teaching Chairs

Seven Broward College professors were named 2024-2025 Endowed Teaching Chairs, the highest academic award bestowed by Broward College to a faculty member for their excellence in the classroom. The exceptional faculty members were surprised by the news in their classrooms by Broward College Acting President Dr. Donald Astrab; Dr. Jeffery Nasse, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Megan Cottle, Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer for the Broward College Foundation; and Dr. Stanley Marks, Chair of the Broward College Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair Selection Committee. “We congratulate our newest End-owed Teaching Chairs,” said Dr. Astrab. “Their dedication to teaching excellence and their commitment to our students is what makes Broward College a leader in higher education in our community.” The Endowed Teaching Chair awards were launched in 1989 with a goal of providing the opportunity for at least 10% of the College’s original faculty to achieve this status in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the classroom. With the support of philanthropic individuals, businesses, foundations, and city organizations, the Broward College Foundation now has 36 Endowed Teaching Chair Awards. All seven of this year’s Endowed Teaching Chairs receive a one-year grant of $13,500, which includes an $8,500 honorarium and $5,000 for professional development and projects to improve classroom excellence and efficiency.

The 2023-2024 Endowed Teaching Chair recipients are:

Professor Marjetta Geerling, associate professor, Eng-lish at the Broward College Central Campus, received the International Education Endowed Teaching Chair.

Professor Joshua Kimber, assistant professor, Philosophy at the Broward College Central Campus, received the Truist Financial Corporation Endowed Teaching Chair.

Dr. Savena Budhu-Barajas, associate professor, English at Broward College’s Central Campus, received the Margaret and Cato Roach Endowed Teaching Chair.

Dr. Cathileen Montesarchio, associate professor, Business Administration at the Broward College Central Campus, received the Causeway Lumber Company Endowed Teaching Chair.

Professor Rosena Beniste, associate professor, Communication at the Broward College Central Campus, received the Dr. Wanda E. Thomas Endowed Teaching Chair.

Dr. Lilian Muniz Alvarez, associate professor, Mathema-tics at the Broward College South Campus, received the Southeast Banking Corporation Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair.

Professor Dina Durand, assistant professor, Business Administration at the Broward College North Campus, received the Gene A. Whiddon Endowed Teaching Chair.

Professor Marjetta Geerling
Professor Joshua Kimber
Dr. Savena Budhu-Barajas
Dr. Cathileen Montesarchio
Professor Rosena Beniste
Professor Dina Durand
Dr. Lilian Muniz Alvarez

Serving approximately 56,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees, and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners.

Established in 1971, the Broward College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the officially designated means of making private, charitable contributions to Broward College. Our purpose is to change lives through education by providing community awareness, advocacy and funding to the college.