CC Week Announces Salt Lake Community College Instructors as 2012 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

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Salt Lake Community College faculty members Mary Alvarez, Kyle Costello, Melanie Dance, Terry Martin and Lois H. Oestreich were announced as the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) teaching excellence award winners in the August 20 issue of Community College Week Magazine.

Melanie Dance, 2012 Teaching Excellence Award winner

Melanie Dance, 2012 Teaching Excellence Award winner

The Excellence Awards tradition gives NISOD the distinct privilege of honoring so many of our community colleges’ best. Community college faculty, staff, and administrators are true heroes in this world.

Salt Lake Community College faculty members Mary Alvarez, Kyle Costello, Melanie Dance, Terry Martin and Lois H. Oestreich were announced as the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) teaching excellence award winners in the August 20 issue of Community College Week Magazine.

"The Excellence Awards tradition gives NISOD the distinct privilege of honoring so many of our community colleges’ best," said Coral Noonan-Terry, NISOD Interim Director. "Community college faculty, staff, and administrators are true heroes in this world."

Mary Alvarez has worked in the College’s Division of Natural Sciences since 2007. Prior to her work at the College, Alvarez worked in the field for 12 years in various academic positions and at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Her contribution to teaching and learning ranges from work as a volunteer English teacher for Chinese grade-schoolers to mentoring adjunct instructors at the College.

Kyle Costello is an innovative mathematics instructor who has worked for the College since 2007. He teaches advanced Mathematics Linear Algebra and Differential Equations and is involved with the Mathematics department’s faculty colloquium.

Terry Martin has worked for the SLCC Visual Art & Design department for the past 15 years, specializing in photography. Martin’s guidance and leadership have helped to establish the College’s photography program.

Lois H. Oestreich has worked in the College’s Education department for the past 10 years. She has effectively collaborated with many departments at the College and with external organizations to improve pedagogy instruction in this state. She has worked effectively with programs such as the Utah Paraprofessional Consortium, Utah Early Childhood Education Consortium, University of Utah and the University of Northern Colorado.

Melanie Dance has worked in the College biology department since 2010. Dance’s educational background includes a stint as teaching scholar at University of California and an internship in the University of Utah’s Department of Surgery. She also mentors and provides job-shadowing opportunities for students interested in medical careers, and is especially effective at teaching students with documented disabilities.

About NISOD: Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. NISOD has worked to serve, engage, and inspire teachers and leaders through our conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, programs, and more. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony, held in conjunction with the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, honoring and naming the individuals as recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest provider of career and technical education programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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