Friday, August 31, 2012

CC Week Announces SLCC Instructors as 2012 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Salt Lake Community College faculty members Mary Alvarez, Kyle Costello, Melanie Dance, Terry Martin and Lois H. Oestreich were announced as the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) teaching excellence award winners in the August 20 issue of Community College Week Magazine.

Mary Alvarez has worked in the College’s Division of Natural Sciences since 2007. Prior to her work at the College, Alvarez worked in the field for 12 years in various academic positions and at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Her contribution to teaching and learning ranges from work as a volunteer English teacher for Chinese grade-schoolers to mentoring adjunct instructors at the College.

Kyle Costello is an innovative mathematics instructor who has worked for the College since 2007. He teaches advanced Mathematics Linear Algebra and Differential Equations and is involved with the Mathematics department’s faculty colloquium.

Terry Martin has worked for the SLCC Visual Art & Design department for the past 15 years, specializing in photography. Martin’s guidance and leadership have helped to establish the College’s photography program.

Lois H. Oestreich has worked in the College’s Education department for the past 10 years. She has effectively collaborated with many departments at the College and with external organizations to improve pedagogy instruction in this state. She has worked effectively with programs such as the Utah Paraprofessional Consortium, Utah Early Childhood Education Consortium, University of Utah and the University of Northern Colorado.

Melanie Dance has worked in the College biology department since 2010. Dance’s educational background includes a stint as teaching scholar at University of California  and an internship in the University of Utah’s Department of Surgery. She also mentors and provides job-shadowing opportunities for students interested in medical careers, and is especially effective at teaching students with documented disabilities.

About NISOD: Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. NISOD has worked to serve, engage, and inspire teachers and leaders through our conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, programs, and more. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony, held in conjunction with the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, honoring and naming the individuals as recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award.