A national organization that celebrates excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges included three Yavapai College employees on its list of 2016 honorees.
The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) bestowed its annual Excellence Awards on YC Business Professor Joy D’Angelo, Paralegal and Administration of Justice Director Dr. Michael Davis, and Early College Program and Recruitment Director Heather Mulcaire. The three educators were feted at NISOD’s annual teaching and leadership excellence conference last month in Austin, TX.
Stacey Hilton, YC dean of computer technology and instructional support, expressed pride in the honorees and their contributions to the college. “These awards are a way to recognize individuals at our college who are doing great work and they also demonstrate the great work that comes out of Yavapai College.”
For Mulcaire, being singled out was a humbling experience. “It’s such an honor – such a huge honor to be selected for the award and to feel appreciated for the work that we all do and the quality of the work we do.”
As director of early college programs and recruitment, Mulcaire was gratified to learn at the NISOD conference that YC is leading rather than following higher-education trends. “It’s nice to see that we are doing so many of the things that they are talking about nationally for community colleges,” she said, citing summer programs for high schoolers and a first-year-experience program. “It’s nice to know that we are already headed down that road.”
D’Angelo, who directs YC’s Fast-Track Management Program, said she appreciates being recognized for her program leadership and for keeping her classes relevant for workplace application. ”It's a great honor to be peer-nominated,” she said, adding that she enjoyed making professional connections and sharing ideas at the conference.
The three latest NISOD winners brings the total number of honorees representing Yavapai College to 26 since 2007.