This year marks NISOD’s 40th anniversary, a milestone in our storied history. This anniversary creates an opportunity to reflect on how the organization has grown from a single publication into a 300+ member association promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.
NISOD was formed in 1978 when Dr. John Edward Roueche, the organization’s founder, discovered a need to identify and disseminate teaching strategies and tactics to community college practitioners. Dr. Roueche assembled an organization with the primary purpose of publishing solicited information about community college best practices, beginning with Innovation Abstracts, a publication that could be read in just a few minutes.
As NISOD grew, the association added new member benefits to enhance community college practitioners’ professional development. Today, NISOD provides a virtual conference, a weekly newsletter (NISODirect), webinars, workshops, student contests, a diversity award, faculty scholarships, partner discounts, and the Excellence Awards. Of all the resources NISOD brings to its members, the hallmark is NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held every May in Austin, Texas.
During its 40th year, NISODirect will feature and highlight NISOD’s past events and Innovation Abstracts and celebrate our members and supporters. We look forward to commemorating this significant achievement throughout 2018!