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SCC Selects NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

Published on Jan 29, 2021

eric wooldridge and dr. deanna proctorSomerset Community College (SCC) is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. The 2021 honorees from SCC are Dr. DeAnna Proctor (Director of Online Learning/Teaching and Learning Center) and Eric Wooldridge (Professor Additive Manufacturing).

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.

Proctor said “I am thankful for receiving Somerset Community College’s 2021 NISOD Excellence Award. During a year with a pandemic, my fellow colleagues stepped up to provide students online courses and online services and didn’t skip a beat. I’m very fortunate to work at SCC with a family of colleagues that ensure students come first.”

Both individuals will be formally recognized at SCC’s Convocation during the awards ceremony later this fall.

“I cannot say enough about what a privilege it is to work and be a part of the SCC community, and this award means a great deal to me on many levels. I appreciate so very much the friendship, support, and encouragement that I have been blessed with, as well as the years of being able to contribute to the lives of our students.  This is truly a special moment,” said Wooldridge.

“These dedicated individuals are a testament to the important work that is being done throughout SCC each and every day. We are pleased to celebrate through this prestigious award the excellence they demonstrate in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Carey Castle, SCC president. “Congratulations to DeAnna and Eric. Well done!”

Excellence Award recipients are recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, to be held virtually April 28-30, 2021. Excellence Awards recipients receive 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.”