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May 2, 2024

Guilford Recognizes Teaching Excellence and Service

Chaific Bou-Saba, Rod Spellman and Terra Roane

 Chaific Bou-Saba, Rod Spellman and Terra Roane are this year's Bruce Stewart ’61 Award winners.

Two Guilford College faculty members and a staff member have been honored with Bruce Stewart ’61 Awards for teaching excellence and community service – among the most significant recognitions the College bestows annually.

The year’s recipients are Chafic Bou-Saba, an Associate Professor of Computing Technology and Information Systems, Rod Spellman, Visiting Instructor of English, and Terra Roane, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.

Chafic, who joined the College in 2008, received the teaching excellence award for tenured faculty. Rod, who joined Guilford in 2005, earned the award for non-tenured faculty, and Terra received the community service award for staff.

“I’m so happy for Chafic, Rod and Terra,” says Provost Maria Rosales. “Each of them reminds me of the powerful impact our faculty and staff make on our students — not just while they are at Guilford, but years after they’ve graduated. I’m incredibly grateful for their talent and dedication to the success of our students.”

Awardees, nominated by their peers at the College, receive an honorarium and a plaque. They were recognized at the Spring Awards Convocation in April.

The awards were presented for the first time in 2006 and are funded by an endowed gift from Bill Soles ’81 and Jan Soles Nelson ’87 and the Soles family in honor of a much-loved Guilfordian.

Bruce, a career educator, served Guilford as Director of Admission, Assistant Professor of Education, Assistant to the President, Acting Academic Dean, Provost, Acting President, Associate to the Vice President for Development and chair of the Board of Trustees.

He was head of school at two Quaker-founded secondary schools, Abingdon Friends in Pennsylvania and Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C.