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Membership Benefits

Below you will find a list of NISOD’s membership resources designed to increase awareness about current topics; connect members with great people; and provide faculty, staff, and administrators with exceptional content that can help them promote student success.

Every other week faculty, administrators, and staff at NISOD member colleges receive Innovation Abstracts, NISOD’s flagship teaching and learning publication. Authors share their best ideas about programs, projects, and strategies that improve students’ higher education experiences. A full academic year’s collection features a wide array of topics with each issue having something for everyone. Learn more.

The NISOD Excellence Awards were established in 1991 to provide NISOD-member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses. Since then, more than 30,000 recipients have been honored with the Award by their colleges. Using their own criteria, NISOD member colleges submit the names of men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Learn more.

NISOD schedules a series of year-round, high-quality, and thought-provoking webinars. Led by community and technical college leaders and other experts in the field, NISOD webinars enable faculty members to conveniently learn about best practices and cutting-edge research related to effective teaching. Each webinar, a free benefit for NISOD-member colleges, includes timely, learning-focused, and action-oriented objectives that will help faculty members improve their teaching techniques for online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face courses. The combination of powerful expertise and interactive technology promises to bring new life to professional development on campuses around the world. Learn more.

NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Come and be inspired by thought-provoking sessions and Preconference Seminars designed specifically for community and technical college educators committed to improving student achievement. NISOD members receive discounted registration fees. Learn more.

NISOD’s Virtual Events provide opportunities to learn from and engage with colleagues from community and technical colleges across the U.S. and beyond! Participants gain access to top-notch presentations from leaders in their field and the flexibility to return to the recorded presentations at any time. Prices vary based on your college’s membership status. Learn more.

Students at NISOD member colleges can participate in the Student Essay Contest and/or the Student Graphic Design Contest. Winners receive $1,000 and more!

NISOD’s Regional and Campus-Based Workshops bring together educators from around your area or just your college to network, be inspired, and learn best practices from one another. Learn more.

The Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship covers the cost of the individual registration fee for NISOD’s annual conference. A total of five faculty scholarships are awarded each year. Only open to NISOD members. Learn more.

Beginning in summer 2022, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) will award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to individuals who attend select NISOD Learning Experiences and score a minimum of 80% on a post–learning experience assessment. NISOD recognizes the responsibility of educators to continue their educational and professional development and is excited to meet the needs of today’s faculty, administrators, and staff by providing CEUs as evidence of their professional development accomplishments. Learn more.

The Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges recognizes community and technical college exceptional commitments to diversity (including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, class, veterans, and thought) through best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities. Learn more.

Dallas College-Mountain View College and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) are joining forces to design, develop and promote a nationally recognized professional development program that supports faculty and instructional initiatives. The first collaboration aims to incorporate universal standards into online teaching and learning while providing national recognition for faculty who successfully complete a series of openly accessible courses. The idea is to increase awareness of best practices at higher education institutions across the country and provide external recognition to online faculty at NISOD member institutions. Learn more.

Interested in becoming a member? Take a look at some of our sample member-only resources.

“McLennan Community College is pleased to be a part of NISOD. NISOD’s priorities mirror our own commitment to excellence, teaching, learning, and leadership. Particularly rewarding for our college is the opportunity to recognize employees in a variety of categories—both staff and faculty—at the conference and also on our campus. NISOD creates excitement among our employees and enables us to celebrate their accomplishments. High quality materials, the exceptional annual conference, and innovative professional development opportunities set NISOD apart. The organization is our partner in encouraging excellence and innovation.”

Dr. Johnette McKown, President, McLennan Community College

“NISOD is THE leader in promoting teaching, leading, and learning excellence for technical and community colleges. As our focus becomes tighter on the target of student success, the connections and expertise of NISOD grow even more valuable.”

Dr. Greg Rutherford, President, York Technical College