NOVA Professor Receives George B. Vaughan Leadership Award

NOVA professor, Babur Kohy, received the George B. Vaughan Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty from the Virginia Community College (VCCS) for the Northern Virginia Region at the New Horizons Awards Banquet in Roanoke, Va. The award recognizes one outstanding VCCS adjunct faculty member from each of the five regions served by a Regional Center for Teaching Excellence.

This award is made possible in part by support from the George B. Vaughan Leadership Endowment Fund through the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

Babur Kohy is an accomplished Cyber Security educator, researcher and dedicated volunteer. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of cyber security at NOVA’s Lo

udoun Campus. His passion resides in educating students on secure human behavior, engaging them in cyber security issues early on and connecting industry to academia through conferences, workshops and professional networking. Outside of his academic work, Babur serves as a cyber security advisor to public and private sectors, volunteers with multiple non-profit organizations, and is the founder of CyTalks, a platform for the members of academia, community and industry to discuss Cyber Security matters. His research interests include secure human behaviors, dark web, emerging technologies, and organizational cyber resilience. He has a master’s degree in Cyber Security, a bachelor’s degree in Business, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Cyber Security.

The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty is the first VCCS award to recognize the approximately 9,000 adjunct faculty members who are making an impact with countless students across Virginia. The winners demonstrate consistent superior teaching and a commitment to providing students with instruction of the highest quality; adapt readily to student needs, interests, and problems; provide outstanding support for the growth and development of individual students; and demonstrate the use of relevant, contemporary information from their discipline in their teaching.

“It was a good time, great people, a tremendous achievement for the members of academia, especially for all of us at NOVA,” said Kohy. “Achieving The George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty was empowering, a feeling I will never forget.”

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