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Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award

About the award

Initiated by a contribution from longtime NMC benefactors Harold and Imogene Wise in 1970 and first awarded to a full-time faculty member in 1971. Chosen by a student selection committee, award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication.

Past recipients

  • 2018: Steve Drake
  • 2017: Mac Beeker
  • 2016: Jim Press
  • 2015: Jerry Dobek
  • 2014: Lisa Blackford
  • 2013: Sonja Olshove
  • 2012: Kristy McDonald
  • 2011: Dr. Blake Key
  • 2010: Steve Drake
  • 2009: Dr. Amjad Khan
  • 2008: Connie Jason
  • 2007: Dr. Keith Overbaugh
  • 2006: Mark Nelson
  • 2005: Johnathon Mauk
  • 2004: Michael Jacobson
  • 2003: Sean Ruane
  • 2002: Mike Surgalski
  • 2001: Sonja Olshove
  • 2000: Doug Domine
  • 1999: Mary Quinn
  • 1998: James Press
  • 1997: William Faulk
  • 1996: Richard Cookman
  • 1995: Adam Gahn
  • 1994: Debra Pharo
  • 1993: Martin Trapp
  • 1992: James Coughlin
  • 1991: John Tanner
  • 1990: Allison Shumsky
  • 1989: Walter Ross
  • 1988: Jay Beery
  • 1987: Eric Wildman
  • 1986: Hettie Molvang
  • 1985: Lyle Bradford
  • 1984: Philip DeMarois
  • 1983: Dick Minor
  • 1982: Roy Terdal
  • 1981: Robert Rudd
  • 1980: Jim Spenceley
  • 1979: Arlo Moss
  • 1978: William Skinner
  • 1977: Jerry Sullivan
  • 1976: Ken Rose
  • 1975: Walter Holland
  • 1974: Larry Buys
  • 1973: Kay Donnelly
  • 1972: Jim Spenceley
  • 1971: Bill Long

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NOMINATE TODAY:FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Deadline is April 6, 2020

Have NMC instructors made a difference in your life? Could “dedicated”, “innovative” and “excellent” be used to describe them? If you are looking for a way to recognize the impact an NMC teacher has had on your learning journey, please consider nominating that teacher for the Faculty Excellence awards. Faculty are truly honored to be nominated for these annual awards. This is the highest teaching honor awarded at NMC and nominations can only come from students.

Nominations can be submitted here »

NMC instructor Nicole Speelman

2019 Recipient:

Nicole Speelman

Chemistry instructor Nicole Speelman began working at NMC in in January 2018. Students said of her:

  • “This instructor has gone above and beyond, holding study sessions every week even coming in on Saturdays to give extra help before exams.”
  • “She is very good at connecting with her students. She also uses a flipped; classroom as a style of teaching. We would watch the lecture videos at home as homework and use class time to go over concepts that we were struggling with. I found this incredibly helpful.”

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