Testimonials

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Here’s what people are saying about NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence…

Excellence Award recipients who attend the conference gain energy and ideas for enhancing their teaching and support of our students, making them even better than they already were. When they bring these new ideas and enthusiasm back to the College, we all benefit.
—John J. “Ski” Sygielski, President, Harrisburg Area Community College (PA)
There is such a positive vibe at this conference, with everyone willing and trying to share ideas in order to make us all better teachers.  A spirit of collaboration and community pervades each session.
—Stephen Housenick, Faculty, English, Luzerne County Community College (PA)
I came away with at least two tangible ideas to pilot at my college. I also strengthened relationships with colleagues at my college and explored ways to collaborate across departments.
—Victoria Marino, Director of Career Services, Hudson County Community College (NJ)
The NISOD Conference was an opportunity to appreciate the value of the work we all do each day. I am excited, and encouraged by what I learned and ready to share it with students in a way that challenges both them and me. This was the best conference I have ever attended.
—Marty Rodweller, Academic Counselor/Adjunct Professor, North Shore Community College (MA)
Come to NISOD as an individual, attend as a student, and when it’s over you will leave as a member of the NISOD community.
—Cameron Cox, Instructor, SAIT Polytechnic (CANADA)
I’ve been to MANY conferences but this was my first NISOD conference. I was impressed with the quality of most of the presentations I attended and really pleased that all workshop leaders were willing to share their work to help the rest of us not have to reinvent the wheel.
—Melissa Harris, Coordinator for eLearning, Harford Community College (MD)
 Every year it is the most faculty-centered conference that I attend and I love it. I learned more this year than I ever have before
—Charlene Gibson, Professor, Communication, College of Southern Nevada (NV)
I appreciated hearing different perspectives and identifying that schools across our great nation seem to be struggling with the same issues. It is reassuring to know that we are not on an island, and there are others  we can reach out to for different ideas, perspectives, and solutions.
—John Metych, Assistant Dean for Social Sciences, Education, and World Languages,  Waubonsee Community College (IL)
There is no doubt that the NISOD conference is an excellent, renewing, revitalizing event. Regardless of anything else, one can’t help but feel recommitted to the job after attending.
—Julia Brandwin-Glait, Curriculum Consultant/Faculty, Nova Scotia Community College (NS)
I learned so many new ideas at the NISOD Conference about how to thrive in the new economy that it easily paid for my registration!
—Bo Sellers, Director of Workforce Solutions, Pierpont Community and Technical College (WV)
The ability to gain further knowledge and to know that community college families are all “on different ends of the same boat” was invaluable. Most institutions face similar issues and it was refreshing to see that others have best shared practices everyone can use to help enhance the overall educational opportunities we provide to our communities
—Gabriel Galindo, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning, Cochise College, (AZ)
The ideas shared were phenomenal because they transcended just faculty – it was great to have staff and administration present to learn from other lenses.
—AJ Stachelek, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Hostos Community College (NY)
If you’re looking for a conference that will provide you with concrete strategies and pedagogical choices, NISOD’s the one for you.
—Jo Pantaleo, Director, Academic Literacy Learning Center, Queensborough Community College (NY)