The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has selected Dr. Sabita Manian, a Lynchburg College professor of international relations and political science, for an Outstanding Faculty Award.
As the highest honor that the Commonwealth of Virginia gives to professors at public and private colleges and universities, Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.
“Dr. Manian’s commitment to and accomplishment in fulfilling Lynchburg College’s mission is evident through her dynamic pedagogy and outstanding preparation of students for a global society as conscientious citizens,” said LC President Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, who nominated Dr. Manian. “In my nearly 54 years as professor, academic dean and president, I must say in summation that Dr. Sabita Manian is one of the most brilliant, accomplished, and inspirational individuals I have ever met.”
Dr. Manian has taught at LC since 2001. She has received two of the College’s top awards to faculty, the Shirley E. Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Thomas C. Allen Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.
Her teaching experience includes a broad array of subjects related to global politics and foreign policy. Her research interests include global sex trafficking, gender politics, and international policy considerations in Asia, the Middle East, and ethnography of Indo-Caribbeans in St. Lucia. She has given academic presentations in more than seven countries.
As the faculty mentor responsible for Lynchburg College’s participation in the Model United Nations, she trains students who represent LC in the policymaking simulation conference every year, winning accolades. Dr. Manian recently led the effort to create a new Liberal Arts Studies major, an interdisciplinary program designed for students who want to integrate courses from several other programs in their college experience.