Faculty Spotlight

Sylvia Maine named JBLM Distinguished Faculty of the Year

May 11, 2019 by Victoria Lim
Joint Base Garrison Commander Col. Nicole M. Lucas presents Sylvia Maine with the 2019 Brandman University Distinguished Faculty of the Year award.                 

The student compliments for Sylvia Maine share common themes: her dedication to student success. Servant leadership. Academic professionalism.

Maine says the same of her students at Brandman’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) campuses.

“It’s fun. Not only are you a teacher, but you’re also learning from the students because they have a lot to offer. Military folks have been a lot of places with a lot of experience. You learn from them as they learn from you,” she said. “Every day I look forward to teaching because of that.”

Her enthusiasm and reciprocation were honored at this year’s JBLM commencement ceremony as she received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award.

“In my many years of higher education management, I have worked with many exceptional student-focused instructors, however; what Sylvia offers our Brandman students is a rare gift.  I am constantly humbled and grateful when I hear of her stories of how above and beyond she will go to help a student along their pedagogical journey. Saying this by no means she is a pushover – she holds a firm line with our students, and they become better because of this. At Brandman, JBLM we put our students first and she exemplifies this mantra tenfold,” said Lorine Hill, JBLM campus director.

Maine teaches in Brandman’s organizational leadership program – one that is quite familiar to her. She earned two master’s degrees from the Chapman University system: human resource management (Brandman, formerly known as Chapman University College) and organizational leadership (Brandman). Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies Glenn Worthington was one of her MAOL professors.

While Maine teaches at JBLM, she also worked (up until two years ago) with the federal government as the Chief, Manpower and Organization for the United States Air Force. By her count, she’s taught more than 100 graduate and undergraduate courses online and on-ground.

“What stands out the most is the extra effort she puts forth in ensuring her students understand that she is always willing and able to drop what she is doing, including  weekends and provide personal time to ensure her students are on the path to success in her course,” said one of her students upon hearing of Maine’s award.

“I know that most instructors are equally as exceptional,” Maine said. “So, it’s an honor to be chosen when I have a lot of competition.”

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