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Thursday, May 26, 2011.

History prof chosen for honor

History Professor Dr. Matthew Jaffe was named Wednesday as Antelope Valley College’s Scholar in Residence for 2011-12, the highest honor accorded a faculty member at the college.

Jaffe was recognized during the annual Faculty Recognition Day held in the Cafeteria at the Lancaster campus.

In recommending Jaffe for the honor, colleagues Karen Lubick and Jacquelynn Lott cited Jaffe’s passion for history, as well as his commitment to student success and extensive involvement in campus life.

Criteria for the annual award include the candidate’s ability to increase knowledge within a discipline, bring credit to the college, and serve as a “compassionate and skillful educator who opens visionary insights for students.”

Jaffe came to AVC in fall 1990 having earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. His expertise includes history of the Middle East, Western Civilization and European history.

Among the honors Jaffe has received while at AVC are the first Most Inspirational Faculty Member Award presented by the Associated Student Organization in 2005, and the Outstanding Advisor Award presented recently at the statewide convention of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the community college honors society.