Howard Community College Professor Wins National Honor
Columbia, MD – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has selected Professor Luda Bard, who teaches biology at Howard Community College, as one of its 50 recipients of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation. Bard is one of three Maryland community college professors to be honored this year.
Named for former President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, AACC established this new designation to recognize individuals who are making a difference in the classroom. Criteria for nominees include demonstrating passion for students and the classroom, participating in the college community, and going above and beyond to ensure students are successful in their academics.
Bard has been teaching at Howard Community College since 2003, becoming a full-time faculty member in 2007. She currently teaches and is coordinator for such courses as genetics, microbiology, cell biology, and computational biology. In addition, she serves as co-chair for the college’s Council for Curriculum Integrity, a cross-campus team charged with approving new courses and academic program changes.
Prior to joining Howard Community College, Bard worked at Johns Hopkins University in the psychiatry department studying schizophrenia. She holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her master’s degree is in applied molecular biology, also from UMBC.
Bard recently received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, presented by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Bard is also Howard Community College’s 2017–2018 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.
Bard and the other 49 awardees of the Parnell Distinguished Faculty award will receive custom commemorative medals at a reception with author Jeanette Walls at the annual AACC convention in Dallas, held April 28–May 1. Their names will also be showcased on a new AACC Faculty Wall of Distinction during the convention.
You can also see her take part in the SET Lecture Series to discuss the Hidden Secrets of Our DNA.