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Three Macomb Community College faculty members receive award for excellence in teaching

– Monday, April 28, 2014 12:00AM

Three Macomb Community College faculty members are recipients of 2014 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. 

The awards were granted to Patty Dolengowski, a Rochester Hills resident and a special services counselor for Macomb; Gordon Lee of Macomb Township, an adjunct automotive technology instructor; and Elton Weintz, of Mt. Clemens, history professor.

This year, 816 educators nationwide were recipients of the NISOD awards, which recognize community and technical college educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

To be eligible, faculty members must submit an essay detailing their teaching philosophy and receive a recommendation from the dean in their academic areas. Nominations are then sent to NISOD, which is the outreach vehicle and service arm to the Community College Leadership Program based at the University of Texas.

Macomb College began participating in the NISOD award program in 1992.  Since then, 121 awards have been granted to Macomb faculty.

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), based in Austin, Texas, is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD's activities and programs are based on the premise that teaching excellence is a result of concerned and focused leadership, increased awareness and use of adult learning principles strengthened by exemplary teaching practices and technologies, and a profound commitment to teaching excellence and student success.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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