By CCWeek Staff  /  
2016 February 5 - 01:34 pm

Faculty Lounge

A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation

Virginia Chambers, fulltime instructor and program chair for Portland Community College’s (Ore.) Medical Assisting Program, has won the American Association of Medical Assistants 2015 Golden Apple Award, which is its educator-ofthe-year honor. Chambers was presented with the award in front of 700 medical assisting colleagues from across the nation last month. The AAMA recognized Chambers for her efforts in cultivating excellence among partners and students as well as her involvement with the AAMA on the local, state, and national levels. She serves on the National Board for Continuing Education, which coordinates educational programs for medical assistants, updating their skills and knowledge base. Chambers has worked at the college for six years, starting as a fulltime faculty member and now as program chair for the Medical Assisting Program. A lot of her time is spent on community outreach to build relationships with partners, clinics and healthcare organizations to provide support to students, training opportunities for graduates, and the skills and training institutions need to hire qualified workers in medical assisting.

As president of the River Cities Chapter of the AAMA, which includes 800 members in Northwest Oregon, Chambers organizes monthly workshops, seminars and activities that are specialized to their field. On top of all this work, she recently created an educator’s forum where all of the local proprietary schools that teach medical assisting in the area come together and meet regularly to share resources and develop training. Chambers has a master’s degree in health administration and management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Portland State University.


The Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology (N.Y.) has conferred upon Irene Buchman the title of professor emerita. This prestigious designation is in recognition of her distinguished contributions to FIT and to academia. Buchman retired from the faculty in 2015, with the rank of full professor, after having taught at FIT for 40 years. She had been professor of educational skills, and coordinator of the Presidential Scholars program. During her career, she gained recognition for her service above and beyond

the requirements of the faculty role she held. During her tenure at the college, Buchman served as chair of the Faculty Council, chair of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, and a member of several other Faculty Senate committees. She was respected throughout the college for her creation and leadership of the Presidential Scholars program. She also provided leadership as co-chair of the Middle States Periodic Review Process (1997) and initiated the collegewide program for supporting students with learning disabilities (1986). Buchman served successfully as acting dean for both the School of Liberal Arts and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology during periods of leadership transition.

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