SCTC Selects NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

Date Posted: May 24, 2021

Southern Crescent Technical College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2021 honorees include the following:


Dr. Michelle Bedford, Director of Financial Aid
Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Director of Distance Education
William Hurst, Director of Tutoring and Mentoring
Dr. Alan Stanfield, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations
Michael Shiver, Chief Information Officer


James Anderson, Program Coordinator/Instructor EMSP and Paramedicine
Angie Ballard, Nursing Program Coordinator/Instructor; Department Chair
Rosanna Dove, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator/Instructor; Department Chair
Julie Gates, Forensic Science Program Coordinator/Instructor
Adam Grubbs, Program Coordinator/Instructor, Paralegal Studies
Brad Jester, Speech and Humanities Instructor; Department Chair
Elizabeth Thoms, Adult Education Instructor
Brittany Varga, English Instructor
Curtis Ward, Adult Education Lead Instructor
Karla Weaver, Business Technology Instructor


Teresa Brooks, Special Services Coordinator
Raquel Gutierrez, Admissions Coordinator
Bryan Hill, Instructional Design Specialist
Rickeshia Jackson, Career Advisor
Janis Phillips, Administrative Assistant Academic Affairs
Marquita Traylor, Operations and Career Services Specialist Adult Education
Calvin Sinkfield, Athletic Coordinator/Head Men’s Basketball

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

SCTC President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “We are so very proud of the exceptional members of our faculty and staff that have received the NISOD Award of Excellence.  These dedicated individuals are a testament to the important work that is being done throughout Southern Crescent Technical College each and every day. I am pleased to celebrate these individuals through this prestigious award as we continue to build strong students, strong careers, and strong communities.”

Excellence Award recipients are recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, to be held virtually April 28-30, 2021. Excellence Awards recipients receive a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”


The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit