National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
Columbus State is an institutional member of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), which is dedicated to the professional development of community college faculty, staff and administrators. The NISOD website has many articles, webinars and conference recordings of interest to community college personnel. (To access some archival material, you will need to enter the username “member” and password “horns2012.”)
Innovation Abstracts: In “Teaching Theatre in a Theatre-less World,” Richard Wallace, Theatre Instructor, at Calhoun Community College (AL), describes a very successful strategy for getting his formerly disinterested students very interested and engaged in theatre for the first time in their lives.
In “It Makes A Difference,” Mark Schwartz, Adjunct Math Instructor, at Southern Maine Community College, offers a not-yet-student-tested strategy for explaining a visualization process for explaining rules for operations with signed numbers.
Hook'em Up Newsletter: Learn why Bowling Green Technical College (KY) has one of the top retention rates in the country! Click here for a recap of the AACC Convention, including the 21st Commission Report and celebration festivities that took place for John E. Roueche’s upcoming retirement. Are you a new faculty member teaching a course at a community college this summer? Read Dr. Ali Esmaeili’s advice as you prepare for the semester. Meet the National Association for Developmental Education’s President-Elect, Patti Levine-Brown!
Celebrations: Community Colleges: Ready for Prime Time? Rod A. Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
"I encourage all of you to commit to completion and to becoming champions of students, by helping them complete what they start. I encourage you to accept the Community College Completion Challenge, and to set your goals and publicize them throughout the community. The Community College Completion Challenge is a call to action to our community colleges. Our nation’s economic prosperity and democracy are hanging in the balance. "
If you have any questions about NISOD, contact Columbus State’s liaison to the organization , Rich James, at ext. 2175.