Madisonville, Ky. Madisonville Community College is proud to announce Jennifer Welch as a recipient of the 2015 NISOD Excellence Awards. Welch, of Madisonville, is an Assistant Professor of Biology at MCC.

I am honored to receive this recognition. The greatest honor is being able to become a small part of my students lives, encouraging them and helping them succeed in achieving their academic and career goals, shared Welch.

NISOD s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox noted, Jennifer demonstrates all of the qualities exemplified by the NISOD Excellence Awards through her innovative teaching strategies, her effective use of instructional technology, and her generous collaboration with other colleagues to support their work in the classroom. She has a thirst for learning which translates directly to her students, helping them set even higher goals for themselves. We are extremely proud of this outstanding faculty member.

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 23-26, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.
Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges mission is something we look forward to doing each year, said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD s Executive Director. The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.

Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.