NISOD Debuts Inaugural Virtual Conference

Austin, Texas,  July 27, 2017 – In an effort to increase the availability of outstanding professional education opportunities, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is excited to announce its inaugural virtual conference, being held 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST) on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The virtual conference is the newest event added to NISOD’s professional development portfolio, which culminates with the Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. By partnering with Blindside Networks, Inc., a company that enables educational institutions to deliver high-quality learning experiences to remote students, NISOD will be able to offer a completely online experience during which participants can join in from anywhere they have access to a computer and the internet.

“We understand budgetary and time constraints can sometimes make getting away from the office difficult,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “This online event will bring the reputation of our annual conference to a virtual platform, enabling not only great sessions from well-respected presenters, but also networking opportunities we know are a valuable part of the learning process.”

Designed for front-line practitioners, the virtual conference will consist of eight, 50-minute sessions presented by leading experts in professional development for full- and part-time community and technical college faculty members. The hand-picked speakers were chosen not only because of their reputation and expertise in the focus area, but also because they are individuals who will make the online conference as empowering, informative, and enlightening as NISOD’s annual conference.

“Faculty professional development strategies designed to increase student academic achievement is continuously changing and improving,” said Cathy Brewster, Professional Development Manager, Truckee Meadows Community College. “This virtual conference is an outstanding opportunity to learn about new approaches from the comfort of our offices or homes. It is one of the many ways NISOD is helping community and technical colleges build a robust faculty.”

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the virtual conference. In addition, all sessions will be recorded and available on demand for two weeks following the virtual conference, giving registered participants who could not attend the live sessions an opportunity to view the archived sessions.

For the full agenda and presenter and registration information, please visit For sponsorship opportunities, please call (512) 471-7545. For all other questions, contact Edward J. Leach at (512) 232-1430.


The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit

Blindside Networks

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