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Professor of the Year, Special Achievement, Administrator of the Year



James O'Brien
Christine Damrose-Mahlmann
Julia Arnold

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Tidewater Community College has recognized three of its own with special awards in 2007.


Professor of the Year Award - Norfolk resident James O’Brien, Ph.D., professor of psychology, received this peer award established by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize teaching excellence. Working with several teams of students since 1998, O’Brien has debunked the long-standing view of social psychology that women conform more than men in response to group pressure. The research teams have presented their findings several times to the Virginia Academy of Science, and O’Brien has made presentations to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the Virginia Psychological Association. He has taught for more than 30 years at TCC in the areas of research methods, social psychology, child psychology, human relations and psychology of management.


O’Brien also has been named a Chancellor’s Faculty Professor for 2007-2009, one of two chosen for the Virginia Community College System award. He will focus on Solomon Asch’s theoretical contributions to psychology on independence and social influence.


Special Achievement Award - Suffolk resident Julia Arnold, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and math lab coordinator, received this peer award given by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize accomplishments that go above and beyond the call of duty. Arnold has been instrumental in the development of online mathematics courses, calculus tutorials and the continued operation of the Norfolk Campus math lab. Her diligence and untiring efforts have contributed to student success in mathematics.

 Administrator of the Year Award - Portsmouth resident Christine Damrose-Mahlmann, interim campus dean of student services, licensed professional counselor and assistant professor, received this award in recognition of contributions that advance the college’s mission and goals and promote opportunities for leadership, training and mentoring among TCC employees and students. Damrose-Mahlmann joined TCC in 1996 as a licensed professional counselor. In this role she provides personal counseling to students and others with emotional, physical and mental health issues and provides crisis counseling related to behavior issues, depression and anxiety. Damrose-Mahlmann also provides career counseling for clients and students experiencing uncertainty and ambiguity about their career choices. She serves as interim dean of student services for the Norfolk Campus. In this role she welcomes new and returning students and supports students, staff and faculty in their journey to reach their goals.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit