Dr. Yi Charlie Chen, professor of biology at Alderson Broaddus University’s College of Health, Science, Technology & Mathematics, was named the 2020-2021 Faculty of the Year during Opening Convocation earlier this month.
“I am extremely excited and honored to receive this prestigious award,” remarks Dr. Chen. “I am so blessed to work with wonderful students and great faculty and staff members at AB, the loving family at the mountaintop.”
The nomination process for Faculty of the Year starts with students. Every student is encouraged to name a candidate and why they believe that faculty member to be worthy of the award. After nominees are selected, a committee of two students from each College, the SGA President, President Barry, and the Provost, vote on who they believe to be the best candidate for the award.
“To be able to provide the Faculty of the Year Award was an honor for me,” explains SGA President Carson Comer. “I was glad to present the award and recognize Dr. Chen for his dedication to the students and the field of biology. Last year, because of COVID concerns and social distancing, the faculty did not attend graduation. So it was great to recognize faculty that care for their students’ success and tackle different issues in society. Dr. Chen is the first-ever two-time recipient of this award, which shows his character and the respect students have for him.”
After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Zhejiang University in China, Chen earned his second Master of Science degree and a doctorate from Washington State University. Before coming to AB, Dr. Chen worked as a postdoctoral fellow at USDA and Oklahoma State University.
Throughout his two decades as an educator at AB, Dr. Chen has set his focus on engaging students in multiple areas, including microbiology, genetics, evolution, research methods, parasitology, immunology, cell biology, and conservation biology.
Aside from his regular teaching duties, Dr. Chen has published more than 70 academic papers and chapters in a wide range of scientific journals and books. In addition, he has received several significant grants totaling more than one million dollars from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and WV-INBRE, National Science Foundation (NSF), WV-EPSCoR, Washington State Fruit Tree Commission, and USDA for scientific research.