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

– Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00AM

Three Macomb Community College faculty members are recipients of the 2017 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, which recognizes community and technical college educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

Macomb faculty who received the 2017 award are Heather Mayernik, of Grosse Pointe Woods, college success skills and reading professor; Rochelle Zaranek, of Mount Clemens, sociology professor; and Kathleen Gerus, of Macomb, sociology instructor.

To be eligible, faculty members must submit an essay detailing their teaching philosophy and receive a recommendation from the dean in their academic area. Nominations are then sent to NISOD, which is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

Macomb has participated in the NISOD Excellence Awards since 1992. Since then, 130 awards have been granted to Macomb faculty. This year, 648 educators nationwide were recognized with NISOD Excellence Awards.


The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, 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 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is 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.


2017 NISOD winners

Macomb Community College faculty members who were recently recognized with NISOD Excellence Awards are
(l to r) Heather Mayernik, Kathleen Gerus and Rochelle Zaranek.


Media contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560,