Two professors at Edison State College have been named winners of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award. The two winners are Dr. Jay Koepke, an anatomy and physiology professor at the Collier Campus, and Christy Smith, a mathematics professor at the Charlotte Campus.
“It is especially gratifying when our professors are recognized on a national level for their dedication to their profession and the students they teach,” said J. Dudley Goodlette, Interim District President. “This award is very meaningful because it is the result of peer and student nominations.”
Edison State College faculty, student and staff nominate professors for this award. Nominations are based on a professor’s teaching and learning practices that encourage student achievement. The nominations are then sent to NISOD. Winners are honored in May during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.
“Dr. Koepke is well-respected on our campus by his peers, administration, staff and most of all, our students,” said Dr. Robert R. Jones, interim President, Collier Campus. “We are very proud that he has earned this honor. His dedication and enthusiasm ultimately benefits our students.”
“Professor Smith brings a unique approach to teaching a subject that can be especially challenging for students,” said Dr. Patricia Land, President, Charlotte Campus. “She knows how to connect the principles of mathematics to real-world applications in a way that students can understand.”
Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. This year marks the 33rd annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, honoring over 1,200 dedicated community college educators for outstanding contributions to the field. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world. NISOD is a service and professional development initiative of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. CCLP is a doctoral-level program training community college chancellors, presidents, vice presidents, and deans for 65 years.
Posted/Updated on Mar 16, 2012
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