• 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

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.

2014 Award Winners

Five NMC faculty and staff members won NISOD awards in 2014: communications instructors Judy Chu and Janet Lively, humanities instructor Mella McCormick, science/math instructor Nicholas Roster and Writing Center coordinator Megan Ward.

  • Judy Chu joined the faculty in 2001 after two years as an adjunct. She was commended for both her classroom instruction and her leadership on a curriculum committee focused on designing coursework for NMC's most academically challenged students.
  • Janet Lively joined the faculty in 2010 after five years as an adjunct. Megan Ward joined the NMC staff in 2008. She has also taught as an adjunct since 2009. Lively and Ward were cited jointly for their work co-directing NMC's first-year writing program, which offers more than 100 sections of English per year.
  • Mella McCormick joined the faculty in 2008. She was noted for her work creating new hybrid courses that take the best of the traditional face-to-face format and combine that with the best of the online format.
  • Nicholas Roster joined the faculty in 2007 after two years as an adjunct. He was commended for being at the forefront of using new teaching and assessment techniques that are shown to be beneficial to student learning.

2014 Recipient Statements

Judy Chu

Learning is a path we walk, in class or on committee. While we strive for insight, the path is uneven: we wander, get stuck, puzzle through, fall back, inch forward. I’m inspired to walk with my students and colleagues. Learning happens not in spite of stumbling, but because of it.

Janet Lively

Teaching is about relationships, and what we all want in any relationship is to be taken seriously. When we respect out students’ time, when we consider their ideas seriously, teachers lay the foundation for relationships that foster serious learning.

Mella McCormick

The greatest reward of my work comes from showing students how the study of philosophy can significantly impact one’s life. My teaching philosophy begins with the principle that the quality of one’s life is determined by the quality of one’s thinking; as a result, my teaching obligation extends beyond merely sharing my knowledge with students, it aims at penetrating and enlightening the student’s mind.

Nick Roster

I am motivated by student success. I truly believe that if you put most of the learning responsibility in the student's lap, they will rise to the challenge and exceed your expectations. Believe in your students and they will start to believe in themselves.

Megan Ward

The real excellence I see demonstrated daily is in the students who work in our Writing and Reading Center. In working with their peers to explain difficult concepts, I see these students beginning to understand the great things that happen through teaching. And I see them walk away from those encounters saying how fulfilling it is to help and how much they also learn.


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