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Five Blinn College faculty honored with coveted educator excellence award

NISOD Excellence Award recognizes faculty for outstanding teaching and leadership

June 4, 2014

Five Blinn College faculty were recently honored with the 2014 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in recognition of their dedication to student success.

Music and Drama Professor Sarah Burke, Natural Science Instructor Frances Karels, Vocational Nursing Instructor Michelle Marburger, Legal Assistant Program Coordinator Robert Stanberry and English Professor Richard Williamson were honored at the annual three-day NISOD conference in Austin.

Created in 1978, NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. NISOD member institutions receive weekly professional development materials and are eligible to nominate outstanding faculty, staff and administrators for the annual Excellence Awards program.

The Blinn recipients were nominated by the heads of their divisions based on their character and integrity, effectiveness as instructors, involvement in student organizations and activities, service to Blinn College and participation in professional organizations and professional development activities.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by your colleagues and by your school,” Williamson said. “The award is greatly appreciated.”

In addition to teaching English, Williamson is director of the Bryan campus Writing Center. He said he brought back a wealth of information from the conference to be used in the classroom and the Writing Center.

“What we are doing here at Blinn is great—we’re engaging students, we’re using the latest technology,” Williamson said. “We have to meet the students where they are and realize that a lot of what they do is technology-oriented. I left feeling really good about where we are headed.”

Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.

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