Alvenia Derban, a native of Bronx, New York, has been teaching at EWC for 9 years. She is the published author of three novels under the pseudonym AE Derban and has written several plays and a good deal of prose.
Edward Waters College students had a much harder job than usual this school year. Among their unexpected burdens were issues including facing a global pandemic, rising costs of student tuition and the strain of taking classes virtually.
However two professors on the Edward Waters College campus have done the work to inspire a new generation of leaders and storytellers. For their hard work and efforts, this dynamic pair of teachers has been named as the Male and Female Professor of the Year for Edward Waters College.
“Each day that I engage my students is it day for me to make a difference in their lives.” She teaches various courses in Communications and is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Florida.
Rahman Johnson, who has been teaching at the HBCU for six years, is no stranger to the Jacksonville community. He’s a special features writer for the Jacksonville Free Press and has experience in other facets of the media world. Currently, he is the Treasurer of the newly reformed Jacksonville Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
“This award means so much to me because it is an award that was given by the students.” Johnson said that his daily work for his alma mater is the labor of love.
Both Derban and Johnson say they have some exciting things planned for the upcoming school year.