Mark McLean of Delgado Community College was selected as the winner of the first-ever LCTCS (Louisiana Community and Technical College System) President’s Faculty Fellowship award. On Friday, April 15, he was recognized at the LCTCS Annual Conference Awards Luncheon at the Baton Rouge River Center.
McLean is an assistant professor and Business Division coordinator at the Delgado West Bank Campus in Algiers, teaching courses in project management, business communication, principles of management and human resource management. He has been a Delgado faculty member since 2009 and previously won an Endowed Professorship Award in 2015. A native of Indianapolis, IN, he lives in Crown Point.
“I am truly honored to receive the inaugural President’s Faculty Fellowship Award,” he said. “I accept the award on behalf of all the faculty who are working very hard to make a difference every day, just like me. Let’s keep impacting student lives and building the workforce of tomorrow!”
The President's Faculty Fellowship provides opportunities for LCTCS faculty to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the system. The Fellowship provides financial support to those in pursuit of doctoral degrees.
McLean is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He said he anticipates deriving many career and professional benefits as a result of completing the Ph.D., including “increasing my value in the classroom, supporting Delgado and LCTCS programs and initiatives, and collaborating with an expanded network of professionals. I intend to continue focusing on human capital where developing people, making the right talent investment decisions, and educating the workforce of tomorrow are all critically important.”
McLean also said that his participation in the President’s Faculty Fellowship will increase his opportunity to conduct research and apply his knowledge to positively impact LCTCS, Delgado, students and the community.
“The foundation of USM's Human Capital Development Ph.D. program is workforce development so my doctoral journey is dedicated in this space and to this cause,” he said. “I will be proud to add the advanced degree to my list of professional and personal accomplishments.”
McLean made the formal transition to higher education after spending 20 years in professional services. He worked in the U.S. and abroad as a director for Deloitte, a multinational professional services firm headquartered in New York City.
“I always had a desire to teach and be engaged in higher education, but I was never able to do so given the significant travel requirements of my roles in Deloitte,” he said.
The purpose of the President's Faculty Fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within LCTCS. This can be accomplished by earning two types of doctoral degrees: community college leadership/higher education degrees or discipline-based degrees.
The President's Faculty Fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding professional educator in LCTCS. The award provides the recipient with a fellowship grant of $8,500 to cover the cost of attendance and related fees.
Full-time teaching, administrative and professional faculty with unrestricted rank and salary proposals, a minimum of three academic years of full-time LCTCS service, and who are recommended by the chancellor of the employing institution (or by the president for a System Office faculty member) are eligible for the President's Faculty Fellowship.
Selection of the President's Faculty Fellow is made by a committee composed of representatives from across LCTCS. Preference is given to teaching faculty.