March 04, 2019

Nine WCJC faculty members were recognized by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for 2019. Front row, from left, are Ava Humme, Instructor of English; Tracey Simmons-Willis, Instructor of Chemistry; Pat Korenek, Instructor of ADN; and Kim Raun, Instructor of Biology. Back row, left to right, are Jim Bob Conner, Instructor of Speech; Grady Smith, Instructor of Law Enforcement; and Paul Spellman, Instructor of History. Not pictured are Kenneth Grubb, Instructor of History; and Stephen Lyford, Instructor of Computer Science. 

WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College instructors have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to their particular fields of study by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Nine WCJC faculty members will receive NISOD Excellence Awards for 2018-2019 at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence this May in Austin.

Honorees include:

  • Jim Bob Conner – Instructor of Speech
  • Kenneth Grubb – Instructor of History
  • Ava Humme – Instructor of English
  • Pat Korenek – Instructor of ADN
  • Stephen Lyford – Instructor of Computer Science
  • Kim Raun – Instructor of Biology
  • Tracey Simmons-Willis – Instructor of Chemistry
  • Grady Smith – Instructor of Law Enforcement
  • Paul Spellman – Instructor of History

“I want to congratulate these instructors on their achievement,” said WCJC President Betty McCrohan. “They have gone the extra mile to provide their students with the education and resources needed to be successful.”

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. This year’s recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leaderships Excellence, scheduled for May 25-28 in Austin. Each recipient will receive a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. Names, titles and colleges of all award recipients will be included in the event’s booklet.

“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.”

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget friendly, high quality and faculty-focused programs and resources. For more than 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align a wide array of benefits with the needs of its members. NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients in 1989.

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