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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Robert Bausch

Professor of English
Northern Virginia Community College

Robert Bausch, a Professor of English, began his college education at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) as a student on the Annandale Campus in 1970 before transferring to George Mason University. He would not have a college degree — in fact he would not have had the life he has, or done the work he’s done — if not for NVCC.

Mr. Bausch published his first novel, On the Way Home, in 1982. His second novel, The Lives of Riley Chance, was published in 1984 and was later translated into Swedish. Almighty Me, his third novel, was published in 1991 and was later released in film as Bruce Almighty. In 1995, Mr. Bausch published a collection of short stories called The White Rooster and Other Stories.

A Hole in the Earth, (Harcourt, 2001; Harvest Books, 2002) his fourth novel, was inspired by his father, Robert Carl Bausch, a successful Washington businessman, who died unexpectedly in 1995 at the age of 79. Mr. Bausch’s family includes an identical twin brother (the novelist Richard Bausch), four other brothers and sisters, and parents who were happily married for 55 years. A Hole in the Earth was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Washington Post Favorite Book of the Year in 2001.

The Gypsy Man, Mr. Bausch’s fifth novel, was published by Harcourt in October 2002 and again in paperback by Harvest Books. His sixth novel, Out of Season, was published in the fall of 2005 and was also a Washington Post Favorite Book of the Year. In 2011 he published In the Fall They Come Back.

Since 1975, Mr. Bausch has been a college professor, teaching creative writing, American literature, world literature, humanities, philosophy, and expository writing. He has taught at the University of Virginia, American University, George Mason University, and Johns Hopkins University. In 1975, Mr. Bausch began his teaching career at NVCC, and he has taught there ever since. He has also been a director on the board of the Pen-Faulkner Foundation. In 2008 he was awarded the Fellowship of Southern Writer’s Hillsdale Prize in fiction, and in 2009 he was awarded the John Dos Passos Prize in Literature. In 2012 the NVCC Educational Foundation cited him as Outstanding Faculty of the Year.

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Robert Bausch


"My mother suggested NVCC, a new college that had only opened its doors the year before. I applied and began my college career at the Annandale Campus in 1970, and have been at NVCC, on one side of the desk or the other, since then. To be an effective teacher, one must remain a student -- exploring, discovering, perfecting, in pursuit of ones craft."