NISOD Names 2017 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Austin, TX, April 6, 2017 – The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is honored to announce the faculty scholarship recipients for the 2017 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, in Austin, Texas:

  • Mandy Aaberg, Bates Technical College
  • Essie Childers, Blinn College
  • Thomas Priester, Genesee Community College
  • Melda Beaty, Olive-Harvey College
  • Jimmy Hodges, Wallace State Community College

This year’s scholarship recipients will each receive a complimentary registration to NISOD’s 2017 conference, complimentary hotel stays, complimentary participation in one conference excursion, and reimbursed transportation costs.

“The quality of the applications we received was amazing,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “We are pleased to award the scholarships to these faculty members and support their commitment to improving student achievement.”

NISOD’s annual conference is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. To learn more about this “must-attend” event, visit For more information about NISOD’s faculty conference scholarships, including criteria and terms, visit


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

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