June 26, 2003
Six faculty members from Harrisburg Area Community College represented the college recently at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, sponsored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at the University of Texas, Austin.

Diane Bittle, Fairfield, instructor, computer information systems at HACC's Gettysburg Campus; Mary Fourlas, Plainfield, assistant professor, counseling; Ruth Anne McGinley, Mechanicsburg, assistant professor, hotel restaurant and institutional management; Dale Miller, Harrisburg, senior professor, computer information systems, Diane Thompson, Carlisle, instructor, English; and Gladdi Tomlinson, Mechanicsburg, associate professor of nursing; were selected for their commitment to teaching excellence by a committee of HACC students, faculty and administrators.

The six professors each received the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award at the May conference.

NISOD is part of the Community College Leadership Program in the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, at the University of Texas. HACC is part of the membership consortium of colleges and universities that share a philosophical commitment to the support of excellence in teaching and learning.

The NISOD conference is the largest international conference focusing specifically on the celebration of teaching, learning, and leadership. It features exemplary practices and programs in 300 workshops, seminars, and roundtable sessions; preconference seminars offer in-depth descriptions and demonstrations of successful initiatives; general sessions on current issues in higher education; and offers hands-on opportunities to experience the latest and best instructional and organizational tools; and NISOD's College Showcase highlighting best practices in colleges across the globe.

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