Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 12, 2014

Five NMC faculty recognized for excellence in higher ed

TRAVERSE CITY — Five Northwestern Michigan College instructors received 2014 Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for their teaching and leadership excellence in higher education.

Judy Chu, a communications teacher, was commended for her classroom instruction and for her leadership on a curriculum committee that designed coursework for the college’s most academically challenged students.

Humanities instructor Mella McCormic was noted for creating hybrid courses that combine face-to-face and online teaching. Nicholas Roster, a science and math teacher, was recognized for using new teaching and assessment techniques.

Writing Center coordinator Megan Ward and communications instructor Janet Lively were commended for co-directing NMC’s first-year writing program.

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development is a consortium of community and technical colleges that was formed in 1978.

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