Nicklaus Goff Named Potomac State College of WVU’s Outstanding Professor of Year

Nicklaus Goff Named Potomac State College of WVU’s Outstanding Professor of Year

Criminal Justice Instructor Nicklaus Goff, center, was named Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s Outstanding Professor of 2016. Sheri Chisholm, Biology Professor and Faculty Chair and Campus President Leonard Colelli made the presentation. 

Criminal Justice Instructor Nicklaus Goff, J.D., was honored this spring with the designation of Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s (WVU) Outstanding Professor of 2016.

The Outstanding Professor is decided through a process where students, faculty and staff nominate faculty members who must accept the nomination and then create a portfolio including: letters of recommendation from a division chair, student, faculty, and staff; as well as documentation of teaching and innovative teaching techniques; service to the college and community; and professional growth and development.  This year, a subcommittee of the Faculty Welfare Committee reviewed the files for completeness and the specifics of the documentation to make the final decision.  

The award includes a plaque and a monetary gift of $1000. The Outstanding Professor also serves as the academic mace bearer during commencement leading faculty in the procession and opening and closing the ceremony.

One of the letters of recommendation stated, “The multitude of innovative teaching techniques listed in his evaluation file speaks to his desire to have the students think critically to be prepared to use their knowledge in the ‘real world.’  One such exercise is having the students split to represent both sides in a court case that was than presented in the courthouse in front of Judge Phil Jordan.  What a tremendous opportunity and learning experience.”

Goff joined the College four years ago and teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Abnormal Behavior, Criminal Procedure/Constitutional Law, Criminal Investigation, Adjudication Process, Criminal Justice Technical Writing, Field Practicum, White Collar Crime/Economic Crime, Criminal Evidence, Law and the Legal System, and Juvenile Delinquency.

Additionally, he serves as co-advisor of the student Criminal Justice Club, advisor of both the Student Veteran’s Organization and Archery Club, and he serves as a chair for the College’s Student Conduct Board. He also serves as Public Information Officer for the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association.

Prior to teaching at Potomac State, Goff served as a judicial clerk for Circuit Court Judge Philip Jordan.  He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force earning an Outstanding Achievement Medal and a Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. 

Goff earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in social studies and the other in sociology, from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va.  He earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from WVU College of Law in Morgantown, W.Va. where he graduated Order of the Coif.

He and his wife, Jessica (Farrell) reside in Cumberland. He is the son of Fred and Patricia Goff.