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Top Miami Dade College Professors to be Recognized with National NISOD Awards

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Miami, May 22, 2012 - For half a century, the faculty at Miami Dade College (MDC), which is the nation’s largest and one of the most respected institutions of higher education, have been frequently recognized with top national awards for teaching excellence. The latest distinction will take place at the upcoming 34th Annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence May 27 – 30 in Austin, TX, of the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD)

Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 colleges around the world are NISOD-members, including almost every large college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world. NISOD has worked to serve, engage, and inspire teachers and leaders through its 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 awards ceremony, held in conjunction with its annual conference. The response to that ceremony was so positive that it became an yearly tradition.

MDC professors receiving the 2012 NISOD Excellence Award are – Dr. Miriam Frances Abety, Associate Professor Sr. of Natural and Social Sciences; Nora Dawkins, Associate Professor Sr. of EAP and Foreign Languages; Lourdes España, Associate Professor Sr. of Mathematics; Ece Karayalcin, Professor of Film and Television; Magdalena Lamarre, Professor of Arts and Sciences; Juan Miguel Morata, Professor of Natural Sciences Health and Wellness; Elena Perez-Mirabal, Associate Professor Sr. of English and Communications; and Dr. Lenora Yates, Department Chair of Generic Nursing. 

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