Sarah Bogdewiecz, coordinator of academic support at the Annandale Campus, is the VCCS Chancellor’s Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. This fellowship is awarded once a year to a VCCS employee enrolled in a degree program at a Virginia institution of higher education. It allows the recipient to pursue degree studies that will enhance their ability to contribute to the community college mission.
Bogdewiecz enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Educational Policy/Higher Education at George Mason University (GMU) in 2015. Her research agenda broadly focuses on institutional change; faculty-staff collaborations; work-life balance policies; and the intersection of gender and work.
Since entering the program, Bogdewiecz has successfully completed the majority of her coursework, presented several papers at academic conferences, worked on research projects with GMU faculty and has two manuscripts in progress (working titles: “Institutional Avenues for Decreasing Racial Disparities in College Students’ Graduation Rates: The Case at George Mason University” and “Understanding Disparities in Parental Leave Policies Between Faculty and Staff: A Discourse Analysis”). This Fellowship allows her to relinquish her duties at NOVA for the upcoming academic year and fully engage with her research at GMU.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been selected for this award”, said Bogdewiecz. “This Fellowship is an opportunity to reduce my time to graduation and gives me the space to work on meaningful research projects, such as my manuscripts, which will add to the growing knowledge base in higher education”.