NISOD award

About the Award

NMC is one of more than 700 community college members of NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, NISOD has made the teaching excellence awards to faculty at member institutions since 1989. Nominees are judged on criteria including commitment to learning, professionalism and relationships with both students and colleagues.

2017 Award WinnerS

Aviation recruiter Al Laursen and computer information technology instructor John Velis are NMC's 2017 winners. Al Laursen

"I consider myself lucky to have stumbled into the best job at NMC, where I get to be immersed in a field I love without having to be away from home all the time," said Laursen, pictured right, a former pilot who joined the college in 2011. "I'm fortunate to have bosses who support me with the resources and autonomy I need to do my job and to be part of a great team of aviation professionals who support me, each other, and our students. I appreciate the recognition and look forward to my continued work in the NMC community."

John Velis"Education has been a passion for me for most of my life," said Velis, pictured left, who joined the faculty in 2013. "It has brought me great satisfaction, along with many challenges along the way. Being recognized by my peers with a NISOD Excellence Award is humbling as I know I could not do what I do without the support of the many professionals that surround me daily."

Past Recipients

  • 2016: Jason Slade
  • 2015: Blake Key, Jerry Compton, Steve Rice
  • 2014: Judy Chu, Janet Lively, Megan Ward, Mella McCormick, Nicholas Roster
  • 2013: Sue DeCamillis, Nancy Gray, Kristen Salathiel
  • 2012: Diane Owens, Kathryn Fischer
  • 2010-2011: Stephen Siciliano, Diane Emling, Garyn Roberts, Jane Zlojutro, Linda Rea
  • 2009: Doug Domine, Jeff Straw
  • 2008: Mary Jo Elliott, Keith Overbaugh
  • 2007: Scott Goethals, Bob Rodriguez
  • 2006: Tamella Livengood, Mark Nelson
  • 2005: Stephen Drake, Deirdre Mahoney, Mark Puchala
  • 2003: Caroline Schaefer, Anne Patrick
  • 2002: Tom Auch, Margery Taylor
  • 2001: Michael Emerson, Sherry Howard, Connie Jason, Michael Torre, Linda Walter
  • 2000: Alison Collins, Diane Emling, Tom Gordon, Jim Press, Mary Quinn, Laura Schmidt, Jackie Shinners, Jim Valovick
  • 1999: Lynne Harris, Gary Klotzbach, Ken Marek, Marty Trapp
  • 1998: Joan Berg, Ann Cook, Jill Hinds
  • 1997: Claudia Bailey, Laurie Chesley, William Faulk, Bronwyn Jones, Jean Rokos, Barbara Tatarchuk
  • 1996: Jim Coughlin, Dianne Keelan, Gordon Niemi, Bruce Mann
  • 1995: Richard Cookman, Robert Dederichs, Lucy House, Keith Kelly, Regis McCord, Megan Roberts, Ken Rose, David Terrell
  • 1994: Linda Anderson, Karen Howie, Debra Pharo, Don Rodriguez, Marty Trapp
  • 1993: Sallie Donovan, Kathleen Duncan, Adam Gahn, Bronwyn Jones, Mary Ann Linsell Mary Norris, Robert Rudd, Mary Vanderkolk
  • Prior to 1993: Adam Gahn, Mickey Grooters
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